The Silent Corner – by Dean Koontz
This thriller by Koontz appears to be the first in a series. FBI Agent, Jane Hawk (oh dear, anyone remember who Agent Starling is? Shame on you Deano, you lazy sod), has taken a leave of absence to privately investigate the suicide of her loving husband, refusing to accept that her devoted love, and father of their young child, would kill himself.
Her doubts are validated when she receives serious death threats to herself and her son from a shadowy group warning her off any further inquiry. Agent Hawk has little option but to hide her boy with friends, and then disappear entirely in order to remain safe whilst pursuing those responsible.
Jane moves off the grid. She is uncontactable and untraceable via electronic means, yet still utilizes the internet in her search. The novel informs us that those who have no Web presence and who cannot be located or identified via modern technology, whilst still using such electronic apparatus for their own ends, are said to be in The Silent Corner.
Agent Hawk’s survival depends upon her remaining in this ‘place’ of relatively safety, as her pursuers are powerful and have the resources to track Jane anywhere should she show herself. She does not know who to trust and so fights alone, at least until a chance encounter with the mysterious and wealthy Dougal Trahern who, sadly, is a complete cliche. But hey, no one’s perfect.
The Silent Corner is an interesting and fairly engaging read. It made me think (even more) about the increasing role that modern technology plays in our lives, and how corrupt forces – state and otherwise – can misappropriate such info and access to our lives for reasons of evil or unethical intent. Our World is becoming a very public and unsafe place. Big Brother is all too real in modern societies, and this insidious trend shows no sign of slowing let alone moving in reverse.
Jane Hawk is a likeable character. Koontz, as always, sets the scenes well. This isn’t his best work but it’s still enjoyable, if somewhat implausible (this from someone who enjoyed The Lord of the Rings… ahem).
As an indication of the standard of this novel, I will state that should there be a sequel (and I feel strongly that there certainly will be), then I intend to read it. I confess, though, to thinking that I already knows how it all pans out (ain’t I a clever boy then?)
Sult scale rating: 6.5 out of 10. Not too bad.