Book review: Ashley Bell

AT the age of 22, university drop-out turned-author, Bibi Blair, is admitted to hospital.

At first, doctors think she’s had a stroke, but it’s a rare brain cancer, and she’s given just months to live. 

Overnight, however, after a visit from a golden retriever, she is cured.

When she returns home, her parents send her to meet a masseuse-cum-psychic, who, through the medium of Scrabble, divines that Bibi has been spared to save the life of someone called Ashley Bell.

Bibi has no idea who, or where, Ashley is, but sets off to find her, despite receiving a call from a neo-Nazi psychopath who has raped his own mother, and who intends to kill her and Ashley.

Dean Koontz has legions of loyal fans, but even they will struggle with this bizarre, rambling, chaotic story, and he’s unlikely to win any new ones.

Ashley Bell

Dean Koontz

HarperCollins, £18.99; ebook, £8.49


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