Bibi Blair is a writer – she spends her days creating stories. Yet, when her own story takes an unexpected turn, Bibi refuses to believe that a rare form of brain cancer will defeat her. The night after her diagnosis, she receives a strange visitor to her hospital room and wakes to find a miracle. But things take another wild turn, leaving Bibi on the run, desperate to find a girl named Ashley Bell – for she was told that if she saves Ashley, she’ll save herself.
If you’ve read Dean Koontz before, you’ll note that Ashley Bell is a relatively typical Koontz-ian tale: a dash of creepy, a splash of darkness, mixed with a drizzle of humanity, in a pool of exciting twists and whaaaaats?, with a golden retriever 🙂 While I wasn’t super keen on the occult aspects, it is significant for me to note that dabbling in the occult is what sparks the trouble for Bibi. Ashley Bell is a fascinating examination of the capacity of the human mind/spirit to both hurt and heal itself, as well as a captivating look at the unlimited power of imagination and storytelling.
Weird? Yes. This story is creepy cool – there’s no other way for me to put it. But I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend it to my friends.
Thanks to Random House/Bantam Dell Publishing Group and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!