The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3)
"I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead." Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she's breathing, she'll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom--and free will--of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane's husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane's enemies are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was.Jane's ruthless pursuers can't stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) Details

TitleThe Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 8th, 2018
PublisherBantam
ISBN-139780525483427
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) Review

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!Jane Hawk is still on a search to find out the reason why her husband was killed and who did it. His death was set up to believe that he committed suicide, but Jane knows better. She is hiding, for her life depends on it, as she is hunted by some government agents who have a way to find their enemy. Jane used her intelligence to outsmart the enemy. She is a ex F.B.I. Agent and is a wanted fugitive. Jane's enemies are determined to see her dead or make her wish she was. Her son has been 4.5 stars!Jane Hawk is still on a search to find out the reason why her husband was killed and who did it. His death was set up to believe that he committed suicide, but Jane knows better. She is hiding, for her life depends on it, as she is hunted by some government agents who have a way to find their enemy. Jane used her intelligence to outsmart the enemy. She is a ex F.B.I. Agent and is a wanted fugitive. Jane's enemies are determined to see her dead or make her wish she was. Her son has been hiding out with friends, so that he will remain safe. Jane uncovers a conspiracy in the highest echelon of the goverment, a group who call themselves, the Arcadians. The Archadians are pure evil. They use a drug and inflicts it into people and they then have total mind control of them. They do it to those that they feel are a threat to society. Nothing can prepare Jane for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.This book was super action packed. It is the third book in the series. I think that you should definitely start with the first book. I loved this one the best. This book is so intense. I literally couldn't put it down. When you read this make sure that you have plenty of time because I feel that you will not want to put it down. This one is my favorite of all of Dean Koontz books. He has finally came back with a winner. This book is very dark and terrifying. This series is a thriller series. Once I started it, it captivated me till the very end. Lots and lots of riveting suspense. It is a fast paced read, with lots of twists and turns. The characters were done so well and there were lots of disturbing ones. I love Jane Hawk's character. She is an ass kicking heroine and doesn't seem to be afraid as anything and really trusts her instincts. I was so fearful of her safety. The characters and events are realistic. I loved the dynamics of the characters. I did not like the ending. I was so excited and my heart was pumping to find out what was going to happen next only to find a cliff hanger ending. I loved the writing style. This is a long book, but the chapters are really short, which makes it a very fast paced read and didn't take long to finish. This book is fantastic!! I highly recommend it for thriller fans.I want to thank Netgalley, Random House and Dean Koontz for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐Book three of the Jane Hawk series and this is my favorite of the three so far! I’d considered walking away from the series after the last book The Whispering Room and now I’m so glad I stayed with it. Jane, America’s most wanted fugitive OR America’s new-age hero. Jane is relentless in her pursuit to find those responsible for the nanotechnology with the potential to enslave the world to those in power. One of the first casualties…her own husband, and she’s swore vengeance to hunt down thos ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book three of the Jane Hawk series and this is my favorite of the three so far! I’d considered walking away from the series after the last book The Whispering Room and now I’m so glad I stayed with it. Jane, America’s most wanted fugitive OR America’s new-age hero. Jane is relentless in her pursuit to find those responsible for the nanotechnology with the potential to enslave the world to those in power. One of the first casualties…her own husband, and she’s swore vengeance to hunt down those in charge. To truly get the most out of this series you really should start with book one The Silent Corner. It provides Jane’s background as well as the uprising of the powerful Arcadians, who will stop at nothing to take over the world for their own perverse pleasures.It’s a long book (over 500 pages) but with very short chapters you move along quickly. I was drawn in right away and was on the edge of my seat all the way through. Dean Koontz took this series to the next level and I’m already looking forward to the next release!Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and Dean Koontz for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review
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  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks once more to Bantam Books/Random house for this ARC (sorry I am getting to it a little late!). Also, I can never thank Dustin Crazy little brown owl - moderator of Koontzland - the definitive Koontz Goodreads group - enough for hosting another book giveaway!You want suspense, you got suspense!If you are in book three, the techno-terrorists probably have you in their grasp.You are definitely being pursued - the paranoia is real . . . listen to it . . . you will obey.Oh, but wait, Jane Hawk Thanks once more to Bantam Books/Random house for this ARC (sorry I am getting to it a little late!). Also, I can never thank Dustin Crazy little brown owl - moderator of Koontzland - the definitive Koontz Goodreads group - enough for hosting another book giveaway!You want suspense, you got suspense!If you are in book three, the techno-terrorists probably have you in their grasp.You are definitely being pursued - the paranoia is real . . . listen to it . . . you will obey.Oh, but wait, Jane Hawk is on the case - yeah, you're gonna be just fine!Play Manchurian with me.Yes, all right . . .
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  • Phrynne
    January 1, 1970
    I am going to be honest here and admit to a degree of disappointment in this book. It was very long, very wordy (although Koontz often is) and it had far too much going on.Reading it made me feel the author had so much to say that he just scribbled it all down without any editing. There were side stories that did not need to be there at all (the twins) and there were long unnecessary dialogues (Jergerns and Dubose). Worst of all was the character of Jane who has sunk to the level of the people s I am going to be honest here and admit to a degree of disappointment in this book. It was very long, very wordy (although Koontz often is) and it had far too much going on.Reading it made me feel the author had so much to say that he just scribbled it all down without any editing. There were side stories that did not need to be there at all (the twins) and there were long unnecessary dialogues (Jergerns and Dubose). Worst of all was the character of Jane who has sunk to the level of the people she is chasing. I would like her to win by being smart not by doing gross things to people.I am still giving it three stars because many parts of the book were really good. It just needed a good editor and a red pen. The ending is a colossal cliff hanger so I will be back for book 4
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  • Yodamom
    January 1, 1970
    Fast, violent, deadly, with intense suspense.I think an ultimate fear is losing control of our own minds, or choices. This book dives into that fear and drags it into that dark place, then it adds rape, torture, sex salvery, and running for your life. It is intense. Jane the main character, rams though her targets, try to find her husbands killer, and save her son from an unspeakably horrific threat. The bad guys are so ruthless, my stomach churned during several scenes. Jane is an incredible ch Fast, violent, deadly, with intense suspense.I think an ultimate fear is losing control of our own minds, or choices. This book dives into that fear and drags it into that dark place, then it adds rape, torture, sex salvery, and running for your life. It is intense. Jane the main character, rams though her targets, try to find her husbands killer, and save her son from an unspeakably horrific threat. The bad guys are so ruthless, my stomach churned during several scenes. Jane is an incredible character, smart, and twisted enough to do what needs to be done.Why only 3 stars ? Several reasons. One, it was too dark, there was so little hope and too much taken away. It left me with a hopeless feeling, I didn't want to continue many times. Oi, to feel such despair it hurts. The threat to the child, was too much for me. I will not continue the series for fear of where Mr. Koontz will go with that. I can't go there, can't fear for that happening. Then there was the fact that this book had two separate time lines going on switching back and forth with each short chapter. I found that really disruptive. Finally the ending, it just stoped, like mid breath just stoped-cliffhanger extreme. I think it did what it was ment to do. It shocked, upset and drove adrenaline rushing through my body. It just wasn't my idea of an entertaining read.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    I have three things to say about the books in this series, of which this is the third: First, I loved every single minute of reading them all. Second, they're good enough to keep you looking forward to the next one - perhaps even more so because the endings aren't quite endings at all. And third, if you want to get the most out of them, start at the beginning (with The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room).That doesn't mean the books can't stand on their own, because they do. But I also know th I have three things to say about the books in this series, of which this is the third: First, I loved every single minute of reading them all. Second, they're good enough to keep you looking forward to the next one - perhaps even more so because the endings aren't quite endings at all. And third, if you want to get the most out of them, start at the beginning (with The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room).That doesn't mean the books can't stand on their own, because they do. But I also know that I enjoyed Books 2 and 3 a lot more because I read what came before (and I'd say that's more true of this one; had I not read the second, I'd have felt a bit lost throughout the first several chapters). The series features Jane Hawk, a disgraced standout FBI agent who's now on the Bureau's Most Wanted list and on the lam. She's certain her husband Nick's suicide (in a previous book) was murder - committed by an ultra-dangerous and secretive group of powers-that-be called the Arcadians who use nanotechnology to infiltrate the minds of their victims and control their words and actions. Those victims, it seems, are chosen based on a computer model that identifies people who are most likely to get in the way of the group's idealogy - and that certainly included her highly principled husband. While trying to stay out of the group's crosshairs, Jane is now searching for an especially violent member who has threatened her young son, Travis - forcing her to stash the boy with friends at a place where he won't be found (or so she fervently hopes). Also featured prominently here are fraternal twins and writers Tanujat and Sanjay, who apparently have landed a place on that hit list. Chapters switch from what's happening in their world as they slowly realize somebody's out to get them to what's happening in Jane's - ditto, except in her case, there's nothing slow about the realization.Her chase is, as might be expected, fraught with identity changes, close calls and dead bodies, but eventually she gets what she wanted (or thought she did). That, in turn, leads her to a frightening encounter with - you guessed it - a crooked staircase that, no matter whether she's going up or down, is filled with almost unimaginable horrors. Put another way, there's never a dull moment in this book; and once again, I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read an advance review copy.Oh yes, about that non-ending: What follows it is a preview of the next book, The Forbidden Door. When authors do this, I never - but never - bother to read them. But something - maybe the totally abrupt stop of this one - made me take the plunge, and I urge you to do the same. Even though it too ends with a cliffhanger, it eases the pain of the first one a bit and is a little less in-your-face.
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  • Maureen Carden
    January 1, 1970
    The Crooked Staircase, the third book in the Jane Hawk series is a powerful read.Jane continues her fight against the Techno-Arcadians; the cabal mostly consisting of politicians, agents of secret/ law enforcement agencies, rich business people and techno inventors. They are evidently the worst word in the English language: elitists. Although Koontz is careful to point out that not every Ivy Leaguer, government employee, politician, wealthy business person, innovator, or member of the mainstream The Crooked Staircase, the third book in the Jane Hawk series is a powerful read.Jane continues her fight against the Techno-Arcadians; the cabal mostly consisting of politicians, agents of secret/ law enforcement agencies, rich business people and techno inventors. They are evidently the worst word in the English language: elitists. Although Koontz is careful to point out that not every Ivy Leaguer, government employee, politician, wealthy business person, innovator, or member of the mainstream press are malevolent elitists, his message is easy to read and seems to cater to the current political climate.However, this particular group of evil elitists, the Techno-Arcadians, is looking to take over the world and form some sort of utopia; a really nasty type of utopia that seems to only benefit them. One way they are doing this is by destroying people with nanotechnology. These are people picked by a computer algorithm as possible future opponents; basically defined as people who can think and reason for themselves. Read the previous books; you owe it to yourself. These villains are among the worst I’ve come across in many years of reading; and this from an author who excels in presenting some pretty scary villains. The two Techno-Arcadian hunters on the ground to find Jane or her little boy, Travis, are especially depraved. Jane is still the loner on the run. A few months ago she was a loving wife, a mother and a respected FBI agent. The murder of her husband Nick by the Techno-Arcadians enraged Jane and put her into beserker mode. Her son Travis is in hiding and she has a star role on the list of Most Wanted for crimes running from murder to treason. However she has plans for some powerful payback. Man plans, God laughs, something Jane has forgotten. Something the villains may have forgotten too. The story is written in alternating, short chapters with differing POVs. Not fun, but effective to read the mindset of the severely deranged. It aggravates me that I enjoy Koontz’s books so much. His writing as usual is lyrical, and can be pure bone chilling. His descriptions can give James Lee Burke a run for his money; whether it is an area of Orange County or an escape across California wildernesses. My aggravation comes from his definition of elitists. Fair warning, this book is dark, unrelentingly dark. Jane is forced to confront how far she will go to protect her son and in her quest to bring down the Techno -Arcadians. She will kill in self-defense, but will she cross other lines that seem worse? Koontz has come up with outcomes that actually are worse than death. The Crooked Staricase crosses genres, easily jumping from thriller to science fiction to techno thriller. I wanted to sit there with pen and paper taking notes on all the information given on the ways I can be tracked, hacked, or eavesdropped on, making The Crooked Staircase chilling in ways other than just as a distopic story. As to the title, I’ll let y’all discover that one on your own. I do advise constructing a couch pillow fort.Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Tiffany PSquared
    January 1, 1970
    "Jane stood in the dark, and the dark stood in her, the latter being the darkness of both her past actions and lethal potential."OK, be honest, did Dean Koontz have a clandestine meeting with George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) before he wrote The Crooked Staircase? Because he definitely broke readers' hearts and left a bitter taste in my mouth with this book.In this 3rd book in the Jane Hawk series, former FBI agent Jane is bent on climbing the Who's Who ladder within the Arcadian Society to "Jane stood in the dark, and the dark stood in her, the latter being the darkness of both her past actions and lethal potential."OK, be honest, did Dean Koontz have a clandestine meeting with George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) before he wrote The Crooked Staircase? Because he definitely broke readers' hearts and left a bitter taste in my mouth with this book.In this 3rd book in the Jane Hawk series, former FBI agent Jane is bent on climbing the Who's Who ladder within the Arcadian Society to exact some revenge for the death of husband and the ruination of her career and peace. With her son safe in hiding, Jane makes major moves to settle some scores and get closer to cutting off the proverbial head of the beast.In this series, Koontz capitalizes on our fear of losing control of our true identities and succumbing to another's whims and agendas. He is a master storyteller, and he conveys as much of the story by what he leaves out as he does by what he includes. And although this installment is action-packed, fairly little ground was gained.The bad guys are truly brutal. The protagonist is still amazingly resourceful, but she seems to be stretched a little thin. Plus, readers may start to cringe now every time she asks any of her friends for help of any kind. The body count rises in heartbreaking ways right along with the intensity. Lovers of fast-paced action will especially appreciate the final two sections of this novel.I'm a Koontz fan, but I had to take off a few stars because of my extreme distaste for the brutal violence (triggers include rape, torture, and child abuse) and for the all-too-convenient way the bad guys were able to track down every single one of their targets regardless of the paltry clues they had to go on. Even in today's high-tech society, I found that incredibly inconceivable. And finally for the abrupt ending that felt less like a cliffhanger and instead like the book was just unfinished.Fans of this series will rush on to read Book 4, The Forbidden Door, and hopefully, they will be rewarded with an ending (if it ends) that is completely satisfying.**Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and Bantam Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    4 kept me going starsJane Hawk is a remarkable capable woman who in this third book in the series is still tracking a nefarious group called the Arcadians. Their goal is to control the population, eliminate what they think to be the troublemakers, and create a society of peace( well peace according to them) with them in the lead position. They do this by using a drug which uses nanotechnology to eventually control one's brain which is triggered by a group of words. The Arcadians decide who will 4 kept me going starsJane Hawk is a remarkable capable woman who in this third book in the series is still tracking a nefarious group called the Arcadians. Their goal is to control the population, eliminate what they think to be the troublemakers, and create a society of peace( well peace according to them) with them in the lead position. They do this by using a drug which uses nanotechnology to eventually control one's brain which is triggered by a group of words. The Arcadians decide who will be injected and who will die. Mind control is their goal and they do not care who dies in their attempt at domination. Jane's husband was one of their victims and his "suicide" death was their mind control at work. Most of this secret Arcadian group have deep workings with government groups like the FBI, CIA, NSA, and others. They have many powerful people within their ranks and their workings are secret and covered up. They take away one's free will without the person realizing what has been done to them. This is a scary prospect one that might not be so far fetched in the atmosphere we live in today. This is the third outing for Dean Koontz with the Jane Hawk series. Having not read a novel by Mr Koontz, I was in for quite a surprise in the direction this series has gone. I have not read the previous novels but after reading this one, I will certainly be pursuing the others. This was a long novel, but had just the right amount of suspense and nail biting episodes to keep one going. The ending was well done as the next book in this series in on approach. This is a fine book for those who like a bit of science mixed in with conspiracies, and the government. I, for one, will be back for the next installment to watch how Jane not only protects her young son, but also battles the evil forces at work in the Arcadian organization.Thank you to Dean Koontz, Random House Publishing, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this very exciting novel.Publishing May 8, 2018
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  • Dee Arr
    January 1, 1970
    While I have enjoyed Dean Koontz books in the past, I am sorry to say that was not the case for “The Crooked Staircase.” Mr. Koontz has crafted a good story, and there are plenty of thriller elements to it. I realize the author was trying to generate tension by having the chapters rotate from character to character. Sometimes this worked, but the constant flipping felt artificial after a while, and the tension that could have been built became ho-hum as I felt more whipsawed back and forth rathe While I have enjoyed Dean Koontz books in the past, I am sorry to say that was not the case for “The Crooked Staircase.” Mr. Koontz has crafted a good story, and there are plenty of thriller elements to it. I realize the author was trying to generate tension by having the chapters rotate from character to character. Sometimes this worked, but the constant flipping felt artificial after a while, and the tension that could have been built became ho-hum as I felt more whipsawed back and forth rather than caught up in the separate storylines. This was especially emphasized when a chapter took less than a minute to read, and the powerful lines that might have worked with longer chapters became lost in the massive pile of chapter endings.Losing interest may have caused me to have the time to notice other things that bothered me. The description of weapons –using the full catalog name and part of the description, right down to magazine capacity – sounded more like it was copied from the manufacturer. No sense in alerting us to how many bullets the gun can shoot if it never has a bearing on the story. I did think the author did a good job of involving the reader with his characters so that we cared whether or not something bad happened to them.The bad cop duo of Jergens and Dubose was interesting in the beginning, but the constant banter began to repeat and by the end fell into a pit of banality. I felt that the choice of the ultra-evil villain stretched my usually flexible limits of credibility, and to realize that the entire series is built upon this person was a disappointment for me.However, what really turned me off was the cliffhanger-like ending. Creating a successful series that goes on and on has been done (the 14-book Wheel of Time series begun by Robert Jordan comes to mind), but there needs to be a semi-conclusion, not a weak ending that leaves me incredulous when I turn the page to find an ad for the next book. I guess I will never find out what happens to Jane Hawk, because my interest died with the book three non-ending. Two stars.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Unrelenting tension and an unyielding female protagonist are the highlights of this well-plotted novel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ SUMMARYAn epidemic of murder-suicides is sweeping the nation. It claimed Jane Hawk’s husband and many others and it is escalating rapidly. Jane, an FBI agent, has gone rogue against a horrific conspiracy that threatens the freedom and free-will of millions. As a wanted fugitive she relentlessly hunts for the secret organization behind the plot. Jane’s enemies, both the government and thos Unrelenting tension and an unyielding female protagonist are the highlights of this well-plotted novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SUMMARYAn epidemic of murder-suicides is sweeping the nation. It claimed Jane Hawk’s husband and many others and it is escalating rapidly. Jane, an FBI agent, has gone rogue against a horrific conspiracy that threatens the freedom and free-will of millions. As a wanted fugitive she relentlessly hunts for the secret organization behind the plot. Jane’s enemies, both the government and those involved in the conspiracy will stop at nothing to see her dead. But Jane has a plot of her own. She has her sights set on one of the twisted leaders in the conspiracy. How far will she go to protect her young son Travis, and discover the truth behind the technology that is creating a new world order. “There is not much news in the news anymore. The lies they tell don’t leave a lot of time for the facts about anything.”REVIEWJane Hawks is waging a one woman war against the most powerful conspiracy ever. She is phenomenally brave and determined, and readers like me, who are looking for strong female protagonists, will be in awe. The conspiracy is so scary you have to put it down at times and tell yourself “it’s only a book, it’s not real.” The unrelenting tension, interspersed with occasional spots of humor, was one of the things I liked most about the story. I also like many of the characters in the book, particularly the “good guys.” Cornell’s character was fascinating, as was Jessie and Gavin. Five-year-old Travis was adorable and he will wiggle his way into your heart. THE CROOKED STAIRCASE is the first Koontz book that I have picked up in several years and find that I have jumped right in the middle of a series. What was I thinking...it’s the third one in the series, no less. The others books, The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room, surely have a wealth of information to provide, but having not read them did not prevent me from understanding and enjoying the intensity of this one. With a major cliffhanger at the end, you know there will be more books to come. This one had just a bit to much of a cliffhanger for me, just meant to hook you into buying the next book. If you like thrillers, series and a strong female protagonist this is definitely the book for you. I listened to the Audible version of the book and loved the narration. Publisher Brilliance Audio. Publication Date May 8, 2018Narrated Elizabeth Rodgers“None of us ever has more than this moment. Tomorrow becomes today, today becomes yesterday. The best I can do for my boy is give him enough todays that he can make a past for himself that will have had some meaning in it.”
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I pretty much inhaled this 3rd installment in the Jane Hawk novels. I've been a huge fan of Dean Koontz ever since I read Watchers decades ago. One of the things I love most about his books is that no matter how inherently evil his villains are, there is always someone that is good and honorable and full of love. His books are always filled with light and dark, hope and hopelessness... But usually, light, hope, and love conquers. Jane Hawk is not his usual protaganist, and is not always ful Wow! I pretty much inhaled this 3rd installment in the Jane Hawk novels. I've been a huge fan of Dean Koontz ever since I read Watchers decades ago. One of the things I love most about his books is that no matter how inherently evil his villains are, there is always someone that is good and honorable and full of love. His books are always filled with light and dark, hope and hopelessness... But usually, light, hope, and love conquers. Jane Hawk is not his usual protaganist, and is not always full of light, but the love she has for her 5 year old son, and for her friends, makes everything that she has to do to try to combat the evil Techno Arcadians worth it. She unerringly finds the pure hearted for help when needed. In The Crooked Staircase, ex-FBI agent Jane Hawk continues her quest to protect her son while trying to stop the heinous evil threatening to change the world. This 3rd book was my favorite so far and I could barely put it down. Although it ended quite abruptly with a cliffhanger, I still loved it. Jane is a serious kickass heroine and I can't get enough! The Forbidden Door can't get here soon enough!*Thanks to NetGalley and Bantam Publishing for an advanced copy!*
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read a copy of THE SILENT CORNER, the first book in the Jane Hawk series just before I read this book. Since THE CROOKED STAIRCASE is book three have I only missed THE WHISPERING ROOM. However, I felt reading this book alone worked fine, despite that. I was very glad that I at least had read book one because I felt that I would have been a bit lost without the knowledge from that book. And, that's my advice to readers, start from the beginning.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OV I was lucky enough to read a copy of THE SILENT CORNER, the first book in the Jane Hawk series just before I read this book. Since THE CROOKED STAIRCASE is book three have I only missed THE WHISPERING ROOM. However, I felt reading this book alone worked fine, despite that. I was very glad that I at least had read book one because I felt that I would have been a bit lost without the knowledge from that book. And, that's my advice to readers, start from the beginning.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Former FBI agent Jane Hawk has gone rogue, fighting the mind-control conspiracy that caused the death of her husband and countless others. She has become very skilled at hiding in plain sight as she continues to fight the powerful people behind the plot. She's being hunted, not only by the FBI but by the devious powers-that-be who are behind the increase in murders and suicides. Jane has a very powerful man in her sights....and she is determined to get him. But the closer she gets, the more she Former FBI agent Jane Hawk has gone rogue, fighting the mind-control conspiracy that caused the death of her husband and countless others. She has become very skilled at hiding in plain sight as she continues to fight the powerful people behind the plot. She's being hunted, not only by the FBI but by the devious powers-that-be who are behind the increase in murders and suicides. Jane has a very powerful man in her sights....and she is determined to get him. But the closer she gets, the more she learns that the truth is more horrific than she could have ever imagined. I love this series! There is plenty of action and Jane Hawk kicks ass as a main character. She is intelligent, scrappy and determined. The Crooked Staircase is the 3rd book in the Jane Hawk series. The facts behind the conspiracy have been revealed slowly as this series progresses. They really messed with the wrong person when they caused Jane's husband to die. She's not going to stop until she gets her revenge and stops their plans. This series has a bit of a different vibe from other Dean Koontz books I've read in the past. I like his horror novels, but he definitely writes a great action/thriller too! I am definitely going to keep reading each book in this series. The next book, The Forbidden Door, comes out in October 2018, followed by #5, The Night Window in 2019. **I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Random House/Ballentine via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a huge fan of Dean Koontz since I was eight years old. He's incredibly talented and always manages to get me involved with the characters. My favorites by him are Watchers and Lightning, in that order. This Jane Hawk series I think is my favorite series by him. He really drew me in when introducing me to Jane Hawk and her plight in book one. Book two I thought was good but didn't quite engage me as well as book one. However, it's KOONTZ, and I just knew he was setting the stage for som I've been a huge fan of Dean Koontz since I was eight years old. He's incredibly talented and always manages to get me involved with the characters. My favorites by him are Watchers and Lightning, in that order. This Jane Hawk series I think is my favorite series by him. He really drew me in when introducing me to Jane Hawk and her plight in book one. Book two I thought was good but didn't quite engage me as well as book one. However, it's KOONTZ, and I just knew he was setting the stage for something and I believe he delivered in this book three. Written in 5 parts from different perspectives, we get to know a little more about who is protecting her son and I absolutely love the dynamic of Travis (Jane's son) and his "aunt and uncle". Kids are just so damn resilient, aren't they?! I knew I was enjoying the read but it wasn't until I got to the end of part four and literally gasped out loud that I realized just how immersed I was in the storyline.I tell you what - I can't wait for book four - I NEED IT NOW! I feel like Jane is SO CLOSE to her goal... but is she actually?! I DON'T REALLY KNOW. I do know that I love her spunk and a woman scorned, who also happens to have a shit ton of skills in her arsenal, is someone you do NOT want to mess with.Engaging, calculating and fierce. Get to know Jane Hawk. Tell her I sent you. 😉Huge thank you to Bantam for this copy in return for my honest opinion. <3
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the Jane Hawk series and while still good was probably my least favorite. There seemed to be multiple stories going on at the same time. At the start of the book we had Jane's story of course but the chapters alternated with the story of twins who are the targets of the Techno-Arcadians. I kept expecting there would eventually be some kind of connection. Jane and the twins would meet. Something. Anything. That never happened. Eventually this totally separate story came This is the third book in the Jane Hawk series and while still good was probably my least favorite. There seemed to be multiple stories going on at the same time. At the start of the book we had Jane's story of course but the chapters alternated with the story of twins who are the targets of the Techno-Arcadians. I kept expecting there would eventually be some kind of connection. Jane and the twins would meet. Something. Anything. That never happened. Eventually this totally separate story came to an end. After the twins the novel seemed to alternate chapters between Jane and the bad guy duo of Jergens and Dubose who are chasing her. Again ... two separate concurrent stories.One of the more interesting aspects in this latest book is the changes in Jane. In her pursuit of the Techno-Arcadians she makes a certain decision and the reader is left questioning whether she is that different from them? Of course she is the heroine of this series and is seeking justice for her husband, for other victims, to protect all of us from the utopian vision of the Techno-Arcadians. But if she does something is it okay for her and wrong for the Techno-Arcadians? It seemed as though there was too much violence in this story. More than in the previous books. More than was necessary for the story.The other gripe I have with this book was the ending. I was reading this story expecting more and the next thing I knew I was reading an excerpt of the next book in the series ... The Forbidden Door. Overall I liked this book and the series and I plan to read the next book but it I think Dean Koontz could have done a better job with how he ended this book.
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  • Tiffany Reisz
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Half a star deduction for YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID DEAN KOONTZ.
  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Hawk and her one-woman war against the Techno Arcadians are back! If anything, this book is even more intense than the first two books. When I finished, I just wanted more. The ending was a cliffhanger so we know there is more to come.Jane's husband took his own life and Jane knows it is because he is being controlled by nanotechnology that is injected in people to control them as robots. They have a list of people who the Arcadians have decided are a risk to their planned controlled world. Jane Hawk and her one-woman war against the Techno Arcadians are back! If anything, this book is even more intense than the first two books. When I finished, I just wanted more. The ending was a cliffhanger so we know there is more to come.Jane's husband took his own life and Jane knows it is because he is being controlled by nanotechnology that is injected in people to control them as robots. They have a list of people who the Arcadians have decided are a risk to their planned controlled world. Jane has hidden her son with friends who she feels can protect him while she searches for more some of the conspirators who are high in command of this powerful group. In this installment Jane is after a high-ranking, very powerful official, Booth Hendrickson. He turns out to have quite an interesting history which leads her to The Crooked Staircase. While Jane is pursuing the Techno Arcadians, there is something going on with her son.I generally have enjoyed the Dean Koontz books I've read and I am really enjoying this series. Jane is a strong character who at times seems like a superhero. Thanks to Dean Koontz and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine through Netgalley for an advance copy of this book. I can hardly wait for the next Jane Hawk novel!
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the Jane Hawk series. It is just as fast paced as the first two. Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat. Like the first two books, The Crooked Staircase picks up where the previous book left off. There is no hand holding, so I advise you to read the first two books. Jane is still trying to find out who is the head of the Arcadians who killed her husband and is trying to remake the world brain controlled nano technology. She has a new lead to expose and bring t This is the third book in the Jane Hawk series. It is just as fast paced as the first two. Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat. Like the first two books, The Crooked Staircase picks up where the previous book left off. There is no hand holding, so I advise you to read the first two books. Jane is still trying to find out who is the head of the Arcadians who killed her husband and is trying to remake the world brain controlled nano technology. She has a new lead to expose and bring to an of the Techno Arcadians. While being pursued, Jane is is brought to the Crooked Staircase to obtain evidence that could end Arcadians. But the Arcadians are getting closer to finding her 5 year old son that she has had hidden with with friends who would die for their country and their freedom. This book ends in a bit of a cliff hanger, unlike the first two books. So it will be difficult to wait for the The Forbidden Door. I received an advance copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Play Manchurian With Me -AgainThe good news is that Koontz has put out a third Jane Hawk book which readers like me will hungrily devour from cover to cover without taking breaks for eating or sleeping (well, maybe a few short ones). The bad news is that it's not a trilogy and a fourth book is due to come out down the road ( a preview of book four is included) so we've got to wait a bit to find out what happens. Koontz has given us a terrific fast-paced action-packed thriller series which plays Play Manchurian With Me -AgainThe good news is that Koontz has put out a third Jane Hawk book which readers like me will hungrily devour from cover to cover without taking breaks for eating or sleeping (well, maybe a few short ones). The bad news is that it's not a trilogy and a fourth book is due to come out down the road ( a preview of book four is included) so we've got to wait a bit to find out what happens. Koontz has given us a terrific fast-paced action-packed thriller series which plays around with concepts of mind-control (ala Stepford Wives), vast conspiracies with lots of tentacles, and the difficulties with being on the run in the modern world where phone calls and credit cards are monitored, phones and cars are filled with locator devices, and there are license plate reading cameras in more places than you can imagine. What makes it work do well is that the story pits a lone heroine (Jane Hawk) who is FBI-trained competent against an all-powerful foe who has an endless supply of obedient monsters to sic on her and forces her and her kin to be permanently on the run. As opposed to the earlier novels on this series, here, Jane knows quite a bit about what she is up against, their plans, their methods, their conspirators. She is no longer in the dark about what is going on. And that knowledge just might be even scarier.
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  • Michelle Willms
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Koontz is able, with his exquisite prose, to communicate the danger of the situation, the evil of the villain, and the foreshadow the jeopardy lurking in the characters' futures. Jane Hawke redefines Koontz. She is his greatest creation yet. She is strong, capable, brilliant, a single mother, and only human. The descriptions in this book are so beautifully wrought, I could smell the rain, and feel my heart pounding in fear along with those fleeing in the night. Add to that the very r Once again, Koontz is able, with his exquisite prose, to communicate the danger of the situation, the evil of the villain, and the foreshadow the jeopardy lurking in the characters' futures. Jane Hawke redefines Koontz. She is his greatest creation yet. She is strong, capable, brilliant, a single mother, and only human. The descriptions in this book are so beautifully wrought, I could smell the rain, and feel my heart pounding in fear along with those fleeing in the night. Add to that the very real worries of government conspiracies and medical bioterrorism described in the book, and this novel becomes elevated to a novel of epic proportions. If you haven't already begun the Jane Hawke series or added it to your TBR list, now is the time to do it.
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  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Random House/Bantam for sending me an advance copy of this latest installment in the Jane Hawk Series. Dean Koontz is at his best. The words printed in this book seem to lift magically off the pages, creating visual perfection in my mind. The Crooked Staircase leads to some dark moments and we can be grateful that this series is not yet finished. Some Favorite Passages: Not for the first time in the past two years, she felt as if somewhere ahead of her, reality itself must be erodin Thank you to Random House/Bantam for sending me an advance copy of this latest installment in the Jane Hawk Series. Dean Koontz is at his best. The words printed in this book seem to lift magically off the pages, creating visual perfection in my mind. The Crooked Staircase leads to some dark moments and we can be grateful that this series is not yet finished. Some Favorite Passages: Not for the first time in the past two years, she felt as if somewhere ahead of her, reality itself must be eroding, washing away, so that she might come to the crumbling edge of a precipice with nothing beyond but a lightless, bottomless abyss. Silver needles of rain pleated the darkness with mystery and threat.______The barrel of the weapon was elongated by a silencer, the muzzle as dark and deep as a wormhole connecting this universe to another.______Death had undergone an image makeover and at long last revealed her true gender.______The stormfall drummed the earth and chattered like an infinite number of tumbling dice against the blacktop, and on a nearby hundred-year-old live oak, each of the thousands of stiff oval-shaped leaves was a tongue that gave voice to the rain, raising a chorus of whispers that together were like the roar of a distant crowd, all serving to mask the sound of an approaching engine._____The space had a science-fiction-y feel, as if she'd entered a time tunnel or an interstellar vessel.______"None of us ever has more than this moment. Tomorrow becomes today, today becomes yesterday. The best I can do for my boy is give him enough todays that he can make a past for himself that will have had some meaning to it."______As in all such tales of fantasy, they had come to that moment of respite in which the most humble circumstances seemed all the warmer for being unpretentious and in contrast to the extraordinary drama that had proceeded it, when homely food seemed to be the most delicious meal every put before them because it had been earned by their cleverness and bravery._____We grow, we change, we labor to maturity, to what little wisdom we might ever acquire, but always in the mirror is who we were as well as who we are, a harking back and, yet again, a quiet reckoning.
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  • Bam
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars rounded up.Dean Koontz is the master of building the intensity of suspense in his thrillers! There were times in this third edition of the Jane Hawk series that I had to close the cover of my Kindle to get a break from it all!A group of wealthy and powerful people, who call themselves the Techno Arcadians, are trying to reshape society with implanted nanotechnology that allows them to control the minds of ‘adjusted’ people. “The ones who turn society in the wrong direction, we hate th *4.5 stars rounded up.Dean Koontz is the master of building the intensity of suspense in his thrillers! There were times in this third edition of the Jane Hawk series that I had to close the cover of my Kindle to get a break from it all!A group of wealthy and powerful people, who call themselves the Techno Arcadians, are trying to reshape society with implanted nanotechnology that allows them to control the minds of ‘adjusted’ people. “The ones who turn society in the wrong direction, we hate them and believe they deserve to die. Some of those we enslave are just for our pleasure. Others will run the world at our direction while we remain concealed behind them, and they are all ignorant fools who deserve to be enslaved.” Jane became aware of this when she started investigating a rise in unlikely suicides after her own husband's death—which triggered horrifying threats directed at both her son and herself. Jane hid her boy away with trustworthy friends and went on the offensive to get her revenge and save the world. I was a little disappointed in the way this third book ended—not in a cliffhanger, but just at the end of a chapter, giving the feeling That’s IT??? But thankfully the first seven chapters of the next Jane Hawk book, The Forbidden Door, are included to give the reader a taste of what’s to come. Note: I enjoyed listening to the classical music which calmed Jane's nerves as well as mine as she drove on to confront the horrors of the crooked staircase. Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and Dean Koontz for allowing me access to an arc of this terrific thriller. Can't wait to read more!
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  • Glady
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.Please, just finish already! The Crooked Staircase is the third novel in Koontz's Jane Hawk series. And, once again, he delivers a well-written thriller. The only problem here is that too much of this novel is repetitive of the first and second titles in the series. Once again, innocent, talented individuals are deemed too dangerous to continue with their lives so they are turned into murderers; allies of Jane Hawk are hunte I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.Please, just finish already! The Crooked Staircase is the third novel in Koontz's Jane Hawk series. And, once again, he delivers a well-written thriller. The only problem here is that too much of this novel is repetitive of the first and second titles in the series. Once again, innocent, talented individuals are deemed too dangerous to continue with their lives so they are turned into murderers; allies of Jane Hawk are hunted down and killed; cruel participants in the Arkadian "take over the world" programs are discovered by Jane and dealt with in rather inventive manners. Childhood traumas experienced by Jane and her foes are brought to the forefront while Travis, Jane's little boy, is presented as a too bright, too industrious, too aware five-year-old who is cognizant of the dangers that surround him. But little new is really learned about any of the characters.Koontz's writing manages to take readers into another world. His description of the "crooked staircase" and the eras of horrors displayed there makes the Arkadian future of controlled, robotic beings just an all-too-possible tread on this staircase. But, still, it is time for fewer examples of humanity's decline and time for Jane Hawk to bring evil to bay. It's time for Jane and Travis to be reunited.Even though I believe The Crooked Staircase to be redundant and therefore not a great read, I am invested in Jane and her cause so I will continue to read this series. But, please, finish it already!!
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  • J.D. Barker
    January 1, 1970
    Cunning, beautiful, deadly. Three books in and I can't get enough of Jane Hawk! With THE CROOKED STAIRCASE, Koontz reminds us just why he's a master of the craft. Don't miss this one!
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Bantam Books and Random House for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!So my partner reader, Chandra, and I have been in this series from book one. We both have been on the same page as far as which books we've enjoyed. I know a lot of people, us included, were a little bummed with book two. I promise you, THE CROOKED STAIRCASE is worth continuing with the series! Dean Koontz was setting everything up for this third installment and we both loved it!We get a story told in Thanks to Bantam Books and Random House for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!So my partner reader, Chandra, and I have been in this series from book one. We both have been on the same page as far as which books we've enjoyed. I know a lot of people, us included, were a little bummed with book two. I promise you, THE CROOKED STAIRCASE is worth continuing with the series! Dean Koontz was setting everything up for this third installment and we both loved it!We get a story told in five parts from different perspectives. If you've followed my reviews then you'll know this is a writing style and choice that I love. The readers get more from Jane's son, Travis, and get to see how this is all affecting his life. With Jane still on the run to get more information on these supposed suicides, the action and suspense ramps up. I agree with Chandra, the end of part four. Holy crap! I'm telling you, this is so worth picking up and continuing with the series.Jane Hawk is strong female lead that we don't see much of in these types of action thrillers. I love her and seeing her progress throughout the series. I can't wait for book four in the series! I need to know what's going to happen. Will she ever find out what's going on? You'll find yourself flying through this 500+ page novel like it's nothing.I give this one 5/5 stars!
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Another page-turning thriller in the Jane Hawk series. I love Jane, a former FBI agent who is still the ‘most wanted person in America’ and as kick-ass as ever. The story starts off with a bang and keeps on rolling like a roller coaster. I was especially captivated by the arsenal and usage of high-tech tools/technologies which once upon a time could only be imagined. Fascinating stuff that Koontz masterfully incorporates.
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  • Kristie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great installment to the series. While reading The Whispering Room, I started to worry that the series was becoming repetitive, but this one mixed things up a bit. It is still a continuing story, but I am interested in where it is going. There are at least two more installments planned in the series and though I'm enjoying it, I hope the story is wrapped up in book 5, The Night Window, because the story could be at risk of risk of going on too long. Of course, I said that last time an This was a great installment to the series. While reading The Whispering Room, I started to worry that the series was becoming repetitive, but this one mixed things up a bit. It is still a continuing story, but I am interested in where it is going. There are at least two more installments planned in the series and though I'm enjoying it, I hope the story is wrapped up in book 5, The Night Window, because the story could be at risk of risk of going on too long. Of course, I said that last time and thought this installment was even better, so who knows maybe Koontz has a plan to keep it fresh. I think this is a great thriller series with a very scary and believable plot line. The heroine is amazing and maybe a little too good at staying alive in the face of all this danger, but what would the story be without an uncatchable protagonist? If you like conspiracy theory type thrillers, I would definitely give this series a try. Start at the beginning. The series is really one long story. The Silent Corner ★★★★The Whispering Room ★★★★The Crooked Staircase ★★★★The Forbidden Door - expected publication 10/9/18The Night Window - expected publication 2019Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group / Ballantine Bantam for providing me with a free electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for the ARC, which was given in exchange for an honest review.After the abysmal The Whispering Room, I was hesitant to continue reading Dean Koontz’s Jane Hawk series. While I loved the first book, The Silent Corner, I felt its sequel was unabashedly cheesy and too much of a retread of its successor. But I was granted access to a review copy of this, and in the end I am a Dean Koontz fan. I decided to give it a shot. I am happy to say this series is back on t Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for the ARC, which was given in exchange for an honest review.After the abysmal The Whispering Room, I was hesitant to continue reading Dean Koontz’s Jane Hawk series. While I loved the first book, The Silent Corner, I felt its sequel was unabashedly cheesy and too much of a retread of its successor. But I was granted access to a review copy of this, and in the end I am a Dean Koontz fan. I decided to give it a shot. I am happy to say this series is back on track, and I eagerly await the fourth volume, due out in October.This series takes Koontz’s career-long fascination with governmental technological conspiracy and combines it with modern sensibilities; the whole thing is rather Crichton-esque, and a helluva good time. Unlike the previous volume in this series, The Crooked Staircase is satisfyingly tense — don’t start in on the final hundred pages if you are going to be interrupted — and the body count is shockingly high, for Koontz. Despite the usual moments of cheesy dialogue and schlocky sentimentalism (which is just par for the course with this author), this novel is a barrel of fun. The titular character, Jane Hawk — former FBI agent and most wanted person in America — is coming ever closer to succeeding in her mission to take down the governmental agencies that led to the suicide of her husband and many others via mind control in an attempt to create an utopian society. In this age of constantly-evolving technology, this premise could, frighteningly, become a reality one day. Koontz plays up the paranoia here — which made the first volume in the series so successful — thus delivering on the tension and scares.Though I could have done without the Patterson-length chapters (seriously, after a while the pace was so quick I began to feel exhausted) I can’t bear to take off even one star from a read that had me so enthralled. Isn’t that what matters most? This series will never win any literary awards, but that’s okay: Dean Koontz does here what he set out to do, and that’s entertain. My highest recommendation.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    While I enjoyed the first two books of the Jane Hawk saga, I was disappointed in “The Crooked Staircase”. It reminded me of a “filler episode” of my favorite television series, where the showrunners don’t want the plot to progress much so they throw in whatever stalling mechanisms they can to lead up to a penultimate and finale climax episode.There’s a secondary plot involving writer twins that has nothing to do with Jane except to waste pages to show what we already know – the bad guys can inje While I enjoyed the first two books of the Jane Hawk saga, I was disappointed in “The Crooked Staircase”. It reminded me of a “filler episode” of my favorite television series, where the showrunners don’t want the plot to progress much so they throw in whatever stalling mechanisms they can to lead up to a penultimate and finale climax episode.There’s a secondary plot involving writer twins that has nothing to do with Jane except to waste pages to show what we already know – the bad guys can inject lethal weapons to alter brain activity and consciousness. It was never clear why the twins were weapons, how their writing was so subversive to the bad guys. So many pages are wasted on this storyline so that by the time we got to their final manipulated rampage, I had lost interest. My major complaint is the mood of doom and gloom throughout this novel. While the previous books had me cheering for Jane and her clever tactics, in this book she goes as low as they have to gain intel from one of their own. We spend hours in the car with an Arcadian leader whining about his “mommy issues”, and I lost interest again. When we get to the “crooked staircase”, I admit I skimmed through just to get to the end to see if Jane gets out intact.While the Washingtons, who are safely harboring Jane’s son, Travis, are supposed to be highly intelligent, military trained and always alert, they do something that makes no sense and is totally uncharacteristic, that it appears to just be thrown in with no motivation except as a plot device to hurry things along.I am unaware of how long Koontz is planning to keep this saga going. As trilogies seem to be the current trend, I thought this was the end. Not so – warning to readers. There’s another cliffhanger at the end.Thank you NetGalley for offering this ARC. I wish I had liked it better.
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