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Ashley Bell

(Ashley Bell #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  16,555 ratings  ·  2,319 reviews
At twenty-two, Bibi Blair’s doctors tell her that she’s dying. Two days later, she’s impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a southern California landscape that p ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Bantam
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Alasandra Alawine Not sure, I mean is Bibi even real? It's possible that this is all a figment of Thomas Ripley's imagination. …moreNot sure, I mean is Bibi even real? It's possible that this is all a figment of Thomas Ripley's imagination. (less)
Cr Mania What is more romantic than having the man you will marry believe in you so deeply that he alone hears your cry for help and sets out to do just that!!…moreWhat is more romantic than having the man you will marry believe in you so deeply that he alone hears your cry for help and sets out to do just that!! No sexual tension but a whole lot of deep love.

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Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz is a 2015 Bantam publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've read my fair share of novels by Dean Koontz over the years, some of which were absolutely brilliant, while others were just awful. While at one point, many years ago, I would have effusively recommended anything by this author, over the past couple of years, I've begun to approach his work with a bit more caution.

This book is almost a
Edward Lorn
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Edward by: the publisher
Nope. Nope. Nopenopenopenopenopenope!

I'm stopping now. I made it to page two before he mentioned a golden retriever. I assume everything else is going to be Koontz repeating himself, so I'm not going to upset myself further. Life is too short to read the same shit over and over again. I'm done. This is me saying I'm done with Koontz. Don't send me anymore review copies, not even if I ask for them.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy, but no. Nope.

In summation: NOPE.

Final Judgm
What a trip this was.

I've already been pretty much a lifelong fan of Koontz, but I haven't read all of his novels. Lately, I was into the Odd books, all of which I really enjoyed until the last one, so I had a bit of trepidation with picking up an opener for a new series.

I shouldn't have worried. It might have been just a case of getting bored with an old character. No biggie.

He got his mojo back with Bibi. She was delightful and full of literary life. I mean, come on. I LOVE reading stories abo
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz is not in my opinion “The must read thriller of the year”. I loved Intensity with its strong female lead and fast paced plot and was hoping for another thrilling read that I could recommend. This wasn’t it. Mr. Koontz’s writing is interesting and easy to read, but this book dragged and was not able to carry me through the unbelievable like he usually can, as in the Odd Thomas books. The ending was terrible and not worth the trouble it took to slog through this book. Mr ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reviews for this book are all over the place but I am on the side of the lovers not the haters. It was fun, it was engaging, occasionally it was really spooky and it was a really good story. Full marks Mr Koontz for originality. You kept me guessing until just before you exposed the twist to the story. I jumped up and down saying "It's ....... ". (Sorry, you will have to read it to find out.) And you have to admit the cover is beautiful. If you are a fan of the earlier books then read this. ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have been reading Dean Koontz’s books for years – and whilst there were some absolutely incredible ones…some of my favorites being Intensity, Watchers, Strangers, there have also been some really so not even good ones for me….like Odd Thomas, which I just could not get into. I must be honest and state that I have not read some of his latest novels.

But Ashley Bell’s synopsis was so interesting and intriguing that I decided to read it.

This book didn’t do it for me.

After the first couple of cha
Jan 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ashley Bell is overly long and very boring. It also made no sense the plot was too confusing & unbelievable to even get invested in. I usually love Dean Koontz books but Dean gets a thumbs down this time.
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Dean Koontz has been a favorite author of mine since reading Watchers in 1987, and then following Odd Thomas's adventures from his ‘birth’ in 2003. To say Mr. Koontz knows how to tell is story isn’t doing him justice because his stories are so much more than just words on a page, and Ashley Bell is further testament of that.

At twenty-two, Bibi Blair’s doctors tell her that she’s dying. Two days later, she’s impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea tha
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
I have never read a book by Dean Koontz and if this book is any indication of what his writing style is like I don’t think I’ll be reading another.

The premise for this book sounded extraordinary. I eagerly dove into the book. I already knew that the lead character, Bibi, is found to have brain cancer at a very early age. She is a writer who is just now enjoying the fruits of her labor, a well received novel. Celebrating with her parents at a restaurant she returns home happy and exhausted.

Terri Robinette
I love Dean Koontz, and I was very excited about this book. However, this book didnt really do anything for me. It was long and a little tedious. I found myself wishing for the end instead of being fraught with suspense and fear. Huge fan so I will continue to anticipate the next book but this one was, well, lackluster.
Oh man. This is going to be a doozy. I am still mad and I finished this up last night. I mean I woke up at one point last night and maybe screeched yelled at the final reveal to this book. I have loved older Koontz books, but his most recent stuff besides the Odd Thomas books hasn't really resonated with me. The only book I recall that I even "liked" was "The City" and even that got on my nerves at times.

I think this book highlights many of the ways that his recent works have not worked for me a
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realised that I haven't read any Dean Koontz since my 20's and I'd forgotten how wickedly good he is. I never realised before either how similar he and Stephen King are. Both are incredible story tellers, taking you into worlds where nothing is ever what it seems. I really enjoyed my foray into Bibi's world and the twist and turns that kept me on my feet and guessing the whole time. It was so cleverly written with all the elements I remember from a really good Koontz novel. It was suspenseful, ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dean Koontz has built his career on horror themed thrillers, but in this, the authors latest work, Ashley Bell, we see extra elements in fantasy and paranormal thrown into the mix in what is an intriguing and unusual read. Twenty two year old Bibi Blair is a successful writer with a disturbed past. It will be that past that creeps up on her after she suffers a suspected stroke and is taken to hospital. Bibi and her parents will then be shocked when she is given the worst possible diagnosis of a ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Dean Koontz story that I have read. Ashley Bell is a beautifully written and beguiling novel. I found myself immediately immersed and captivated by the finely drawn characters. Bibi Blair is magically cured of brain cancer and comes to believe that there is a reason for this. Her mission is to save Ashley Bell’s life. She goes on the trail. There are numerous mysteries and twists on a dangerous odyssey which had me gripped and engaged. A fabulous novel which is superbly plotted ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-books
Apologies in advance if you are a Dean Koontz fan...

I will make it known upfront that I have never read a Dean Koontz book before, mostly due to the fact that I don’t generally enjoy books from the genres he tends to focus his writing on. However, an opportunity to participate in a challenge with a dear reading friend of mine set me on the path of reading my first Dean Koontz novel - Ashley Bell.

I went into reading Ashley Bell with open mind, as well as with a sense of hope, as this author is ve
Ashley Bell was a major let down for me; tedious, drawn out, too much introspective thought and over descriptive narrative. It's one of the few (ok, so far, only) occasions where I wish I had listened to the abridged version (is there an abridged version?). The audiobook clocked at well over 17hrs and would've benefited greatly from a fair amount of editing. The narrator, Suzy Jackson was good though.

There are fleeting glimpses of good writing which drew in my attention only to loose it again w
Judy D Collins
Top 50 Books of 2015

A huge Dean Koontz fan, he returns following The City, landing on my Top 30 Books of 2014, with ASHLEY BELL --once again, crossing several genres--from psychological suspense, mystery, adventure, fantasy, literary, and thriller; with a multi-layered story of engaging lyrical prose, only Koontz can tell.

The year Bibi Blair turned ten, twelve years before Death came calling—a writer of short stories, with detailed diary descriptions--she was a happy child, a stranger to m
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Koontz may be my favorite author but it doesn't actually mean that I love all of his books. Lucky for me, this was one of the ones that I passionately loved :)

Bibi Blair is diagnosed with a form of brain cancer that leaves her with only a year to live. Shortly after her diagnosis, she's healed. I won't say exactly how, I'll just say that it is a Koontz book after all. After this happens, she ends up talking to a Scrabblemancer (yes, I'm perfectly serious) and finds out that the reason she was sp
Betsy Hetzel
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
How I looked forward to the release of this book. How I couldn't wait to read it. And how disappointed I was in what, IMO, is the worst Koontz book that I have read, and I've read or listened to at least 3/4 of his work, which I've always enjoyed.
We have a heroine, Bibi Blair, whose motivation I didn't even begin to understand until the closing chapters. We have a heroine who is dying of brain cancer and will die if she doesn't go in search and save Ashley Bell who turns out to be (view spoile
Ashley Daviau
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely enthralled by this story right from page one. And I only became more enthralled as it went on. This story was truly mind blowing and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. There were so many twists and turns and I was completely thrown for a loop by each one. Then there's Bibi that you can't help but fall in love with her and root for her because she is such an amazing and complex character. I really can't say enough good things about this book, it kept me on the edge of my ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r, netgalley
Aaaaaw NetGalley!

You really love me?!

This is my second Koontz book (the first being The City). While I can not say I am a fan, I enjoyed my second trip a bit more than the first.
This took me a long time to get into, as you can see by my reading 'progress'.
I had highlights in the book but my kindle app appears to have 'eaten them' so here goes.....

How do you review a book like this without spoilers?
I am sure some of my super star friends here could do it but my only reviewing friend was turned
Oct 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
I loved Koontz when I was younger. I would read any book that he wrote - so, I was excited when, thanks to Netgalley, I was able to read this book prior to the release date in exchange for an honest review.
The excitement did not last. I just wanted the words to fly by so I could get to the good stuff. I kept wanting to skip - which, obviously is not a good sign. The story had an interesting premise and could have been great but it lacked the energy to keep my attention.
It honestly made me real
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first Koontz read, I probably jumped in at the deep end!

This novel has a strong premise as young Bibi Blair is told she is dying, but two days later she is cured.
She believes she’s meant to save someone, that person is Ashley Bell.

I really liked the story but found it overlong at times, there was plenty of sections that were very wordy.
I’ve heard that Koontz can be very hit or miss, so I’m willing to give him another try...
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sorry I don't like giving bad reviews but unfortunately for me I found this quite hard to get through, although I did finish it. It just did not hold my attention, have loved many of his other books but not this one. ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading Dean Koontz books since I discovered him in the early 70s. His stories have just enough truth in them to make it enjoyable. In this book the main character "Bibi Blair" is an author and she has just beaten incurable brain cancer. As a gift for this miracle her parents give her a reading from a physic masseuse that goes horribly wrong, so wrong that the physic tells her the "Wrong People" will now be after her and her life is in danger. During the reading she discovers that sh ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Twenty-two year old Bibi Blair, a wild child of surfer parents and writer extraordinaire, is diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. She greets this news much as she would the arrival of a plate of rancid clams, by shaking her head and directing the disease back to the kitchen. Which works. The cancer departs. Life begins again. Only certain alterations have been made.

While it does not seem so, this is a very complicated premise. Every step young Bibi will take from this point forward,
Kim Kaso
I have truly loved some of Dean Koontz's books, and have enjoyed many others. My top 3 would be Strangers, Watchers, and Lightning. I also liked Odd Thomas and some others. This book, while fast-moving and slick--a little too slick for me--feels like the de riguear book examining the creative process that many writers come to at some point. It almost always feels egocentric, writer as god/God, and I wish they could write them without necessarily publishing them. I found all of that discussion in ...more
♡ Kim ♡
Oct 05, 2015 marked it as own-will-read-soon
Shelves: i-own, arc, giveaway-wins
Woohoo! I just received notification I won an early review copy. I cannot wait to receive it!
Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
8 Parts and 130 Chapters! In the beginning, I was not excited about this novel. I kept putting off starting the book for two reasons - Ashley Bell is lengthier than the average Dean Koontz novel, and I had been disappointed in one way or another with recent Dean Koontz releases including: The City, Innocence, Saint Odd, and Deeply Odd. While reading Part One, I was expecting to give this book another average 3 star rating, but as I entered Part Two, interesting things started happening.

I was im
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bibi Blair is a writer who is just starting to enjoy the fruits of her labor. When she begins to feel the symptoms of a heart attack, she admits herself to the hospital. What they find is that she has brain cancer--gliomatosis cerebri. Bibi is given one year to live.

When Bibi is miraculously cured, she comes to believe she has been cured to save a life. Through scrabblemancy she discovers that life is Ashley Bell. Somehow Bibi's past is tied into her future. As a writer she has a vivid imaginati
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