Dean Koontz, Dean, Koontz, Forbidden Door, book review, Random House
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The Forbidden Door: a Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Bantam book review

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Dean Koontz, Dean, Koontz, Forbidden Door, book review, Random House
The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door is book 4 of the Jane Hawk Series by Dean Koontz. I love a great story that contains a strong, believable and memorable main character. Up until this series, Odd Thomas was my favorite character to date. However, I have to agree with an Associated Press quote that says “Jane Hawk is arguably the best character Koontz has created.” Jane is strong, a fighter, passionate, able to make decisions in crisis situations, and so much more. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, you will want to start today with book 1, The Silent CornerThis will introduce you to the cast a characters and give you the back story to why Jane’s fight is not only a fight for her family and her sanity, but also for a much greater cause.

“Mommy? Uncle Gavin and Aunt Jessie went for groceries, and they never came back.”

In book 4, The Forbidden Door the stakes have gotten much higher, and Jane’s enemies are going for the one thing that they know she will coming running for…her five-year-old son Travis. Travis is her whole life and she has made impossible decisions about how to keep him safe in this fight she has been caught in. She has been able to keep him safe with a couple that she had hidden ties to, so the enemy was not able to identify the connection. When she receives a phone call on one of her disposable cell phones she assumed it was either Gavin or Jessie because they were the only one’s that had this number. However, when she answered she hears “Mommy? Uncle Gavin and Aunt Jessie went for groceries, and they never came back.” Her son had to grow up fast, and he knew making a call to her was dangerous. Jane calmly gives him instructions on a plan to keep him protected, and her young son has to set out on his own to the next safe house until she can be with him again. Hanging up the phone, she is rocked to her core, and comes up with her own plan to reunite with Travis before the group who are altering the brain structures of their chosen victims can find them.

There are a variety of story lines going on at the same time, which gives a wonderful tension to the story. People are starting to believe Jane’s stories about what is really going on and they are joining in her fight in their own ways. I believe strongly that book reviews should never give away spoilers before the reader has a chance to enjoy them. Since this book has so many plots to savor, I will leave this review with this thought. When you are about 3/4 of the way through the book, do yourself a favor and find a block of time that you can read the remainder of the book in one sitting. There is so much action going on, and plot lines overlapping and blending together, you will not find a good spot to put the book down. So enjoy the final ride of The Forbidden Door at a time and place that you can delve deep into the wonderful story. You may need to catch your own breath a couple of times. By giving yourself time to enjoy it you can enjoy the adrenaline ride and keep on going until the end of this story.

Finally, the story of Jane Hawk is not done with this story, the next book, The Night Window will be coming soon!

If you are just starting with the Jane Hawk series, here is the complete list of titles:

  1. The Silent Corner
  2. The Whispering Room
  3. The Crooked Staircase
  4. The Forbidden Door
  5. The Night Window (coming soon)

You can purchase your own copy of The Forbidden Door here:

Disclosure:  Thank you to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Bantam for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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