Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

A Novel

Large Print - 2015
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"Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman--whose doctor says she has one year to live. She replies, “We’ll see.” Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science. An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she? Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions. Here is an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced story with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious plot filled with staggering surprises. Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master."--Print.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press/ale, Cengage Learning, c2015.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410484956
1410484955
Call Number: KOONTZ
Characteristics: 781 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Large type books.
Death -- Fiction.
Young women -- Fiction.
California -- Fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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CinderAngelkc
Jul 16, 2018

No spoilers will be found in this review. Dean Koontz is my favorite contemporary author. He doesn't just write, he constructs and builds worlds with words. He is a great master painting a canvas with language. Where some may dismay at the length of the inherent weirdness or vivid descriptions, I see a map to the tale he tells, every word has meaning and function on the pages he creates. His words contain the mystical meaning that balancing between the world's of make-believe and imagination foster. Koontz' books are written to make you think. "Ashley Bell" does it beautifully. Don't skip a word as you take this journey by reading this book.

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Jenkskitten
Oct 29, 2017

Mystery, twists and turns and a lot of the unexpected as the tale progresses. I was not able to guess a single fact from the clues. Hope you can do better. Enjoyed the mind game of this book.

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crystalcreative
Sep 18, 2017

I LOVE Dean Koontz. Most especially the books where he includes animals, notably Golden Retrievers (as he has owned these dogs and shares an affinity with them). This book featured a golden and was really good - gripping, right from the start. It was right up there with the best of Dean Koontz... until they mention "the dream thing".
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Once a story (book or movie) heads into the realm of "this isn't really happening" dream-type stuff, you've lost me. The dream-story paralleling the real story was still good, it was done well, but it just killed my enthusiasm dead. For me, if it's not really happening what's the point? Even though it's a just a story - if that makes sense.
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So I sprinted through the first half, chewed through it with vigor, hit the "dream-stuff", and like a car hitting water I hit the brakes, swerved, despaired, swore, resigned myself to it, and made the stubborn looooong crawl to the end. Satisfied that I finished it.
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Still a good read, glad I got to meet these characters.

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staceyfeitz
Jul 28, 2017

This book is not for people who cannot see the forest for trees, Nor is it for people who cannot see the bigger picture of this book. This book is several stories wrapped in one. It can take a bit of getting used to but its well worth the read

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jb1839
Mar 15, 2017

Started out with high hopes for this book. The first one third was building in suspense, but then got bogged down and eventually became silly, with a " I can't believe I invested time to thes book with such a dissapointing even sillier ending!"

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WitchyMama
Jan 13, 2017

At first it was engaging but, I found that after awhile I just seemed to get lost in the endless text. Although the twists and turns were enjoyable for me the book was just too drawn out for me causing moments of boredom.

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ddaria
Oct 09, 2016

I was expecting this book to be awesome, and thought I would swallow it up in a few days, but really, it took me much longer, as it failed to hold my interest. I felt like it was written by a teenage girl, and the "artful" prose was quite heavy-handed. If this is some of this author's best work, as per the reviews, I don't think I'll be coming back to him any time soon.

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koiishi22
Aug 16, 2016

huge lover of the work of dean koontz, this book had some great moments and twists but some were so very cliche that i was a torn on if i should continue reading, i finished it if you are curious and want to give it a read. the ending is alright but not what i was expecting

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genepy
Jun 15, 2016

Really enjoyed the detailed prose and unique style of Dean Koontz which made up
for the very lengthy parts of the story somehow. I believe it is autobiographical because it takes place
in the mind of the main character who is a strong-willed, determined, incredibly imaginative author of fiction, “a dangerous art “ as states one of the evil creations of that very mind.
For Koontz’s fans only !

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falconroom
Jun 10, 2016

This was one of my least favorite Koontz books..more complicated, by far, then necessary and too long (and I don't mind long books)..could have used some major editing. Skip this & read his excellent "Innocence".

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AnnieMargie
Feb 17, 2016

Koontz is back in his groove with this novel of a young woman who is caught between reality and unreality...and as phantoms chase her into the future. Gripping read.

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