Bibi Blair is a young and beautiful author, the daughter of
laid-back surfer parents whom she lives with in Corona del
Mar, California. She is engaged to Paxton Thorpe, a Navy SEAL
who is on a covert mission. Bibi's world is shaken when she
is suddenly diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, and falls into
a coma. She wakes up a day later, seeing a man and a dog beside
her hospital bed, and believes that they cured her. She later
realizes she was saved because she has a new mission in life:
to save a young girl names Ashley Bell who, she learns, has
been kidnapped by a neo-Nazi and his followers.
Bibi was taught by her grandfather, the "Captain,"
to forget the terrible things that have happened to her, especially
the nightmarish creatures of her youth. But as Bibi searches
for Ashley Bell, the events she tried to forget come back
in bits and pieces, and often just as frightening as when
they first occurred. All too soon, Bibi realizes that someone
is trying to kill her before she can save Ashley Bell.
Dean Koontz has written a complex and suspenseful novel, told
by a combination of flashbacks to Bibi's youth. We learn that
several characters Bibi has met are hostile to her, though
the reason behind that hostility is rarely apparent. Many
times I became confused, but Koontz has written such a psychological
novel that I could not set the book aside. I needed to know
why Bibi is so driven to find the missing girl, Ashley Bell,
and I often admired Bibi's strength and determination. Of
course, as with all Dean Koontz's novels, the ending has a
surprising twist that is both confusing and thrilling. This
is one book that will make you think long after the last page
Notes: Dean Koontz is the author of many #1 New York
Times bestsellers. Book contains some swearing language.