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The Silent Corner

(Jane Hawk #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  29,950 ratings  ·  2,972 reviews
Meet Jane Hawk—a remarkable new heroine certain to become an icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

“I very much need to be dead.”

These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, f
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Bantam (first published June 6th 2017)
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Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz is a 2017 Bantam publication.

This is the best Koontz novel I have read in a very long time.

After Jane’s decorated husband commits suicide, she detects a noticeable uptick in suicides, prompting her to do a little research into the matter.

The FBI agent quickly realizes her findings have made someone very nervous, which prompts her to relocate her son to a safe place, while she goes in search of answers.

The horror she uncovers is a spine tingling world of brain
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Matthew by: Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
Thanks to Bantam Books/Random house for this ARC. Also thanks to Dustin Crazy little brown owl - moderator of Koontzland - the definitive Koontz Goodreads group - for hosting the giveaway where I won this book.

Right away in the intro to the ARC, Koontz says this is not like his normal writing. I have not read all of his books yet, but of what I have read, this it a very true statement. This is not horror. This is not supernatural. There are no oddly named demons or maniacal serial killers. But,
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This thrilling new series from Dean Koontz gets off to a flying start. Things are going well for Jane Hawks when out of the blue her husband commits suicide. A reeling and griefstricken Jane is on leave from the FBI when she decides she is going to look into this, taking the precaution of hiding her five year old son away. She becomes aware that there are other talented people who have similarly committed suicide. As she tried to get to the bottom of this horrifying phenomena, she finds herself ...more
Maureen Carden
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My five stars showed I really liked this new book by Dean Koontz. Which is a relief as I have been all over the place in recent years with my opinions of his books. The first book I ever read of his, Strangers is on my all-time top ten list. Others I had a hard time finishing.

Jane Hawk is on leave from the FBI, her husband Nick has committed suicide. Nick, along with many others that Jane finds out about all seem to fit the category of "least likely to off themselves." Jane is determined to find
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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Original review can be found at Booknest.

2.5/5 stars

Being disappointed by one of your favorite authors is a hard pill to swallow. Watching that author fall further and further down your list of favorites while you stand helplessly by is no picnic, either. Once upon a time, Dean Koontz was one of my very favorite authors.

When I was in high school I somehow came to hold the fervent belief that one couldn’t be a fan of both King and Koontz, so I checked out a book by each fr
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book would make a fantastic movie! Maybe already in the works? If not, well it should be!

Jane was convinced she had the perfect life. A great job with the FBI, a husband rising fast through the ranks of the Marines, and a beautiful son. Then the bottom falls out. While entertaining the entire family and preparing for dinner together, Jane gets the shock of her life… her husband just killed himself.

She digs to find the unfathomable reason why he would ever take his own life. During her inv
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: 06.06.17

It is nighttime as I write this. In fact, it is time for me to sleep, but I cannot; not until I get out my thoughts on Dean Koontz's latest thrill ride, The Silent Corner. I just finished reading, and my pulse is still pounding.

Jane Hawk is a woman on the run. She's mourning her husband's suicide and running from her past; she's running toward answers. An FBI agent on leave, Jane is a resourceful, intelligent protagonist who suspects a conspiracy: the suicide rate in the Un
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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I very much need to be dead.

The Silent Corner is a new series from Dean Koontz which introduces a strong female lead character, FBI agent, Jane Hawk. Jane goes on leave after her husband's suicide - a suicide that occurred after a string of migraine headaches. While grieving her husband's death, Jane realizes that suicide rates have gone up and that very accomplished seemingly happy people are committing suicide in alarmingly high numbers. As Jane seeks to find answers, she becomes a hunted woma
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May 23, 2017 rated it liked it

Jane Hawk is like a female Jason Bourne! She is on leave from the FBI and off the grid to investigate her husbands suspicious death. Nick has committed suicide, but he had everything to live for and Jane is determined to use her experience and talents to uncover the truth concerning his death. She soon discovers a pattern of other suicides that appear as suspicious as Nicks.

She runs, she hides, she investigates, she uncovers evidence. She is always checking her back and sleeps with a pistol und
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The latest from Dean Koontz and the start of a new series featuring Jane Hawk, an FBI agent. I like Koontz best for his supernatural stories but this mystery / thriller was good too.
Jane Hawk is an excellent new character for a series. She is smart, more than capable (of anything as it turns out) and very determined. In this book she is in a position where she is on the run and unable to trust anyone even her fellow FBI agents. The reader is very quickly on her side and willing her to succeed in
Feb 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Why did I listen to all of those glowing reviews about this book. I should have known. This is just more Koontz and his love of all things guns plot-lines with either a solo person or family going up against an evil group using nanotechnology to control human beings. I saw elements not only just from "77 Shadow Street" but he whole sale just reworked a plot from his "What the Knight Knows" story-line with a character who is affected by his sister being raped and murdered in front of him. And it ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Hawk a former FBI agent work she finds suicides all over the countyrs off the grid she is still gettingover the death of her decorated husband Nick, who killed himself as she investigates further she finds suicides all over the country.

When the FBI get involved & find out Jane's findings Jane has to relocate her son so he is safe & she can continue investigating the case, What she finds is spinetingling a series of brain inplants & evil geniuses empowered by c
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this ARC from in exchange for a review.

FBI Agent Jane Hawks is sure someone is killing people and making it look like suicide, including her husband. Now she must find and prove the truth before they find her.

I didn't like this book too much and was mostly bored with the story. Jane is a strong heroine but I didn't fall in love or sympathize with her character.

There were obscure references (like one to Hester Prynne) that didn't relate to anything else, as if the remar
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read two of the books of this series, I decided that I really needed to read the first book of the series entitled book, The Silent Corner, to find out how our heroine, Jane Hawk came into being. I was thrilled with the previous two books, Crooked Staircase and Forbidden Door and I can happily say that I was just as thrilled with The Silent Corner.

Dean Kootnz has created in Jane Hawk, and intrepid, kick butt protagonist who is out to safeguard not only her young son, but also the world i
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars, rounded up to three mainly for the crazy paced action

I have never been a big Dean Koontz fan. I loved The Darkest Evening of the Year but started an Odd Thomas book and never finished it. But I decided to give this new series of his a shot.

It's a conspiracy story. An FBI agent, on leave from her job after her husband’s suicide, tries to find a reason for an increasing number of suicides taking place among successful, nondepressed people. You're given bits and pieces of what's happeni
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
--David Bowie

When I open a new Dean Koontz book, it's always with great enthusiasm. Whether or not I'll love it isn't an issue - the only question is what he will come up with to keep me engrossed this time. As expected, there's no "oops" here - he's done it again with this, the first of a series featuring FBI agent Jane Hawk. If I had to describe the book in just a few words, it would be Sarah Connor meets Jason Bourn
The Hook I've read many books by Dean Koontz and have enjoyed most. I like when an author takes a risk and tries something different. Fans often want the same ol' and don't take kindly to a book going in a new direction. When I hear Koontz was throwing his hat into the series ring, I thought, “Why not?”.

The Line - ”Children were the world as it was meant to be - and they were a light within the world. But for every light, there seemed to be someone bent on extinguishing it.”

The Sinker - This i
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars, just missing 4 stars due to a slow moving plot in the first half.

I’m a long-time fan of Koontz, having read and enjoyed nearly everything he’s written. This thriller is the start of a new series featuring Jane Hawk, and is a departure from his typical horror/supernatural genre.

I love a strong female character and Koontz outdid himself with Jane. I liked her a lot. As with most of Koontz’s good guys, she does the right thing regardless of the personal cost. She’s smart, courageous, an
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A lot of things sickened her these days, and yet she didn’t spend any time throwing up.

That quote sums up our heroine, Jane, in this book. She lost her husband to suicide and (view spoiler) only a few months ago, but she is hard as a rock and is difficult to connect with emotionally because of it.

In this book, we journey with Jane as she searches for answers behind her husband's death. There is a lot of action, and a lot of characters who make brief a
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay note the rating. I know some of you will want a sort of bottom line on the book so, yep I like it. I give it 5 stars and can recommend it.

Now I'd like to say a few things about the book and about Dean Koontz.

First, I was introduced to Dean Koontz years ago (1970s). I believe it was probably my late wife who got me to read his books. At first back in the days of Phantoms by Dean Koontz , Midnight by Dean Koontz , Lightning by Dean Koontz and so on. I was pretty much underwhelmed by most of the books. They seemed often (to me) to be extended outlines
Natalie M
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
A little chilling, a little worrisome and definitely fast-paced.

I was looking for a new series during the lockdown and found I had this book which I had purchased some time ago. What a great find and a little bit of escapism. FBI Jane Hawk finds herself a lone-wolf on the trail of a number of unexpected suicides.

Powerful people are trying to protect a secret so important and so powerful they will do anything to stop her from learning the truth. Plot, characters and pace are very good; with an a
J.D. Barker
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twisty, relentless, smart. Jane Hawk is to die for. THE SILENT CORNER just became my new favorite Koontz novel.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I read Lightning by Dean Koontz many, many years ago and since then I have loved Dean Koontz's books. I haven't read that many Koontz books in recent years, but I have slowly started to read through the books I have missed. I was really thrilled to get the chase to read The Silent Corner, the first book in a new thriller series.

The book starts off strong with the book's heroine Jane Hawk trying to find a reason for why her husband and several other people have committed suicide, despite never sh
This was an entertaining read. Not very believable but entertaining. I agree that it would probably make a good movie. I haven't read many of the author's books but what I have read were more in the horror genre. This reminded me of Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, or Ira Levin.

Jane Hawk takes a leave of absence from her job as an FBI agent after her husband commits suicide. She cannot accept that he would take his own life. He was a Marine with everything going for him. Successful, happily married
The Captain
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! This be me read for the July BookBum Club Challenge where the theme be “that is so last year – a book ye meant to read in 2017.” Well Dean Koontz is one of me favourite authors and was featured in Broadside No. 9 but I hadn’t read a book by him since 2011! This book marks me 60th Dean Koontz book. Arrrr! It was about time I got to it because books two and three are already out. Plus book four is coming soon. I have been wanting to read this ever since I read crew member, Ki ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed THE SILENT CORNER. Caught up in Koontz brand of storytelling, I found myself anxiously turning each page to see what horror Jane would have to face next.

For the most part, I was enraptured by THE SILENT CORNER but occasionally it got a little too descriptive, upsetting the character connects and the flow.

This is the first time I'm reading a Dean Koontz novel and I can tell you now it won't be my last. Koontz writes a memorizing and riveting tale that just grabs the reader in i
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very disappointed, one of my favorite writers is Dean Koontz. This book just did not catch my interest at all.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Koontz is one of my favourite authors, but I've not read any of his books for years. Over the years, I have seen the 'series' of books become more and more popular with authors. Having read The Silent Corner, I now have to wait months for the next instalment of the this trilogy, which I find so very annoying.

Here we read about FBI agent Jane Hawk. Jane is trying to find out the truth, as to why her husband Nick and many others suddenly commit suicide. She sells her house, leaves her young son wi
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Koontz Group Read July 2017

Vampires, Weres and Fae

What happen to Inga

A new Paramount TV series is coming with Jane Hawk - the FBI agent on leave. "The Silent Corner" starts the series, "The Whispering Room" is the second book, I don't see the 3rd book published yet?
This book reminds me a little of Tess Gerritsen's "Rizzoli & Iles" books. Jane Hawk can be compared to Det. Jane Rizzoli, tough detective with gentle personality to help the innocent.

Jane Hawk investigates increasing suici
Patrice Hoffman
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where has this Dean Koontz been the last 10-15 years (maybe more)? And Jane Hawk? I needed her in my life as well. The Silent Corner brings together all the things I grew up loving about Koontz writing and actually delivering on a plot that I didn't want to give-up on halfway through the novel. No iPad's or Kindles needed to repaired after reading 25 pages or so of how awesome dogs are.

And yes, dogs are awesome but really... I mean really...

I digress...

Jane Hawk is obviously running from someon
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