The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz

The Whispering Room

Jane Hawk--fiction's most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine--continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner. "No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this." These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun--just before she takes...

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The Whispering Room Reviews

  • Fred

    Link to Koontzland's December 2017 Group Read Discussions: this is #1 out of 4 listed - completed

    Below is the group link

    Jane Hawk, the "rogue" FBI agent solves her husband's suicide, FBI Lt.Col. Nick Hawk.

    She wants to catch the criminal scientists & investors on implanting microscopic brain "mechanisms" to control a person's bra

    Link to Koontzland's December 2017 Group Read Discussions: this is #1 out of 4 listed - completed

    Below is the group link

    Jane Hawk, the "rogue" FBI agent solves her husband's suicide, FBI Lt.Col. Nick Hawk.

    She wants to catch the criminal scientists & investors on implanting microscopic brain "mechanisms" to control a person's brain to kill. They were responsible for her husband, as a "suicide" victim with the implant they created.

    Cora Gunderson, schoolteacher, sets her SUV on fire, drives into the Veblen Hotel exploding, killing 42 & killing a congressman. Sheriff Luther Tillman reads Cora's insane journal to determine she was "programmed" to kill.

    Jane corners Journalist Lawrence Hannifin in an embarrassing "nude" scene locking him inside his closet forcing him to give her info, it took time to escape the locked closet. Says he was "attacked" by her to get to lawyers & owners for information to them.

    Her goal is stop Brain implants & save future victims from scientists? investors? Jane needs to follow, Randell Larkin - of Woodbine, Kravitz, Larkin & Benedetto lawyers. And Bertolucci Shenneck & D.J. Michael who own Shenneck Technology & Far Horizons.

  • Annie

    The Whispering Room is book #2 in the Jane Hawk series. The story follows on from #1 The Silent Corner, but it is not necessary to have read book #1 in order to understand the gist of the storyline. In some ways I was disappointed with how the storyline developed. Jane Hawk seems to have spent most of the book chasing around, interrogating people in order to extract information from them. The book was boring at times and not as enjoyable as The Silent Corner. I will be reading book #3 because I

    The Whispering Room is book #2 in the Jane Hawk series. The story follows on from #1 The Silent Corner, but it is not necessary to have read book #1 in order to understand the gist of the storyline. In some ways I was disappointed with how the storyline developed. Jane Hawk seems to have spent most of the book chasing around, interrogating people in order to extract information from them. The book was boring at times and not as enjoyable as The Silent Corner. I will be reading book #3 because I do want to know what happens. Hopefully, book #3 will not disappoint.

    After Cora Gunderson's spectacular suicide mission, Sheriff Luther Tillman begins to realise that somehow people are being controlled. He decides to go to Iron Furnace in a bid to find out what happened to Cora whilst she was there. Tillman and Hawk paths cross in Iron Furnace and they team up to rescue the children from the 'school'. They transport the children to safety, then go their separate ways. Tillman tries to get his family to safety, but that doesn't go quite as he planned. Hawk continues in her bid to find out how to get to D.J. Michael in the Far Horizons building.

    Many thanks to Netgalley for the advanced proof digital copy.

  • Kaceey

    Picked up right where book one left off. A follow-up book two from the Jane Hawk series. And Jane is still on the run. I highly recommend starting at the beginning with ‘The Silent Corner’ in order to become fully enmeshed.

    Money, power and sex! The triple threat of human nature that combined, have major potential for evil to bloom. A sinister group are using nanotechnology to take over and control unsuspecting innocent people through brain implants. (Sounds crazy right? Perhaps not so far-fetche

    Picked up right where book one left off. A follow-up book two from the Jane Hawk series. And Jane is still on the run. I highly recommend starting at the beginning with ‘The Silent Corner’ in order to become fully enmeshed.

    Money, power and sex! The triple threat of human nature that combined, have major potential for evil to bloom. A sinister group are using nanotechnology to take over and control unsuspecting innocent people through brain implants. (Sounds crazy right? Perhaps not so far-fetched somewhere in the near future hmmmm….). It rests on Jane’s shoulders to stop them before it's too late. Risking her own life, Jane is determined to bring them down.

    Her cross-country chase/run has her bumping into all sorts of characters. (Bernie was my favorite!). Some really didn’t seem that relevant to the overall plot and simply served to slow down the speed of the chase, and thus the book.

    Unfortunately this book wasn't all that different from book one. The progression of the story-line stumbled somewhat. Without advancement, the book just felt soooo long!

    I am hoping book three (due out in 2018) will take Jane's quest for justice to the next level!

    Thank you to NetGalley, Dean Koontz and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine for an advanced copy to read in exchange for an honest review

  • Maureen Carden

    For good reason there a genre called thrillers, if you looked the term up in the dictionary no doubt a picture of the cover for The Whispering Room (TWR) would be one of those books featured prominently.

    Rogue FBI Special Agent Jane Hawk is back in her continuing crusade against the cabal that is trying to control the world through implanted nanotechnology.

    Jane has acquired proof but since she is #1 on the FBI's most wanted list and since the NSA and other sources can mess with whatever she pos

    For good reason there a genre called thrillers, if you looked the term up in the dictionary no doubt a picture of the cover for The Whispering Room (TWR) would be one of those books featured prominently.

    Rogue FBI Special Agent Jane Hawk is back in her continuing crusade against the cabal that is trying to control the world through implanted nanotechnology.

    Jane has acquired proof but since she is #1 on the FBI's most wanted list and since the NSA and other sources can mess with whatever she posts on a the web, Jane is desperate to find a way to get the information out to the public and to those government officials not yet ensnared.

    Fast paced might be an understatement. Koontz starts at 60 mph and speeds up from there. I welcome Jane's nightly vodka and coke; I need the break too for my heartbeat to slow. Hey, does that mean reading TWR is a cardio exercise?

    FBI Special Agent, rogue agent, crusader, cold blooded killer; the true definition of Jane is mother, wife, and now widow. Jane is as compelling as she was in the first book, The Silent Corner. In the Silent Corner the inexplicable suicide of her husband and thousands of others set Jane on her journey and is what inspires Jane to keep moving, to keep searching for payback and justice, and most of all to keep her hidden five year old son safe.

    Jane has acquired an ally, Sheriff Luther Tillman from Minnesota. A beloved teacher in his town commits an unbelievable act of terrorism sending him on a search for answers after it becomes clear the Feds have no interest in looking into the inexplicable crime. Jane and the sheriff come across each other in a resort town hiding a dark secret. He ends up paying a terrible price for his knowledge and loyalty after combining forces with Jane to fight the growing evil.

    Koontz is so polished in his characters and plotting, there isn’t much to say other than he carries on this tradition with The Whispering Room too.

    He also continues with his very strong anti-government stance, which always amuses me since I, myveryownself work for the government as does my husband and most of our friends and neighbors. Who devote their best effort for this country. But I’ve never let this put me off from the pure magic of his writing.

    My only complaint, not enough dog. Koontz is the master of dog characters.

    A great second book, in what I hope is a long running series.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in return for a fair and honest review.

  • Selena

    I received a free electronic copy of The Whispering Room (Jane Hawk, #2) by Dean Koontz from NetGalley for my honest review.

    First I have to say I have always been a big fan of Dean Koontz. This was a great thriller filled with conspiracy and mind control. Jane Hawk's husband committed suicide and Jane is trying to avenge her husband's death by proving it wasn't a suicide. Jane then becomes one of the most wanted people in the US because of what she knows.

  • Monnie

    When I finished

    , the first book in this series featuring FBI agent Jane Hawk, I loved it so much that in my review I urged the author to hurry up and finish the next one sooner than scheduled. He must have heard me, since he beat that original date by a couple of months. And oh boy, am I glad he did!

    This one can stand alone, although I'm sure I enjoyed it more for having read the first. That one had plenty of action, but here it's almost nonstop, meaning I was "forced" to put o

    When I finished

    , the first book in this series featuring FBI agent Jane Hawk, I loved it so much that in my review I urged the author to hurry up and finish the next one sooner than scheduled. He must have heard me, since he beat that original date by a couple of months. And oh boy, am I glad he did!

    This one can stand alone, although I'm sure I enjoyed it more for having read the first. That one had plenty of action, but here it's almost nonstop, meaning I was "forced" to put other chores on the back burner so I could keep reading (honestly, I think it's even better than the first, and I gave that one a 5-star rating). The prose is pure Koontz, with each turn of the phrase artfully crafted. The focus of the plot - really, really bad guys and gals who are using nanotechnology to turn human beings they don't like into well-controlled automatons - may be a bit "out there," but on the other hand, as one of my favorite comedians, Judy Tenuta, used to say, "It could happen."

    In the first book, Jane's husband Nick reportedly committed suicide - but Jane knew better and vowed to get to the truth. That in turn put her at odds with the FBI and even higher-up powers, forcing her to go on the run and put her young son Travis in hiding. Early on, she seeks help from a respected journalist - hoping he's someone she can trust (it's nearly impossible to discern who's had the technology implants, making Jane's quest to take down the instigators all that much harder). At the same time, a much-loved Minnesota school teacher inexplicably commits mass murder by driving her homemade bomb-laden car into a crowd (killing herself as well). When Jane learns of the incident, she immediately suspects that the woman was "guided" by an outside force.

    At the same time, local Sheriff Luther Tillman has suspicions all his own; wanting to find out why the normally sweet teacher would commit such a horrible act, he visits her home and retrieves a few items. Shortly thereafter, her home goes up in flames, adding fuel to Luther's belief that something is rotten in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

    Jane and Luther lead separate investigations for a while, but as might be expected, their trails eventually come together. From that point on, there's no going back - and they must cling to the hope that the way forward won't end with either or both of their deaths.

    Mysterious and spooky and all together ooky, this book is a must-read for anyone who loves thrillers spiked with a tablespoon of science fiction. Love it - and I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Matthew

    Thanks to Bantam Books/Random house for this ARC. Also thanks to

    - moderator of

    - the definitive Koontz Goodreads group - for hosting the giveaway. I say ARC even though it came out two weeks ago, but I got it just a couple of days before the release so I am late to the party.

    The Jane Hawk adventure continues as she takes her bad-ass-ery all over America in search if truth an justice. There is so much stuff happening in this book and it was very suspensef

    Thanks to Bantam Books/Random house for this ARC. Also thanks to

    - moderator of

    - the definitive Koontz Goodreads group - for hosting the giveaway. I say ARC even though it came out two weeks ago, but I got it just a couple of days before the release so I am late to the party.

    The Jane Hawk adventure continues as she takes her bad-ass-ery all over America in search if truth an justice. There is so much stuff happening in this book and it was very suspenseful. Page after page I was fully entertained. I cannot wait for this saga to continue.

    For Koontz fans: this series is unlike anything I have read by Koontz before. If you are look for a story and writing like early Koontz, you will not find it here. That is not a bad thing, just different. This series is more espionage and corporate/government corruption instead of horror and supernatural. But, it does have dogs - so it is definitely Koontz!

    Important note: as you may already know this is the second book in the series. While you might be able to read this without reading the first one and still be entertained and catch up with what is going on, I highly recommend starting with the first.

  • Sarah

    Time for a confession: I’ve never read a single book by Dean Koontz. I started The Face once, long ago, and never finished.

    Maybe it’s time to revisit that book. The Whispering Room is a sequel to Koontz’s first Jane Hawk book: The Silent Corner. I should have picked it up while it was on sale a couple weeks ago because it’s right up my alley: conspiracy theories, kick ass heroine, a fun supporting cast.

    That being said, I actually had no issue following along here. The first few chapters provide

    Time for a confession: I’ve never read a single book by Dean Koontz. I started The Face once, long ago, and never finished.

    Maybe it’s time to revisit that book. The Whispering Room is a sequel to Koontz’s first Jane Hawk book: The Silent Corner. I should have picked it up while it was on sale a couple weeks ago because it’s right up my alley: conspiracy theories, kick ass heroine, a fun supporting cast.

    That being said, I actually had no issue following along here. The first few chapters provide a convenient recap of the first book (without feeling like an obvious infodump- though I might have felt differently had I read the first one), and while there were references to the events of The Silent Corner, I could easily put 2 and 2 together from the context and never felt lost or confused.

    I really loved the plot. This is a spoiler if you know nothing about The Silent Corner: a super secret shadowy organization called the Arcadians, which have infiltrated every aspect of the US Gov’t, have invented nanotechnology which can be injected into a person’s blood stream making them a shell of themselves and susceptible to mind control. Arcadians then decide whether the geniuses of the world will help to influence it for the “better” (what matches their vision) or do something to upset the balance of their power for the “worse”. If you are one of those that their computer program decides will influence the world in a way that doesn’t match their vision of the future, you are selected for elimination or to commit other atrocious acts of violence. Jane’s husband was one of these victims, and she is on a mission to rid the world of Arcadians and their mind controlling nanotechnology.

    While I do believe that many of the events in this book are entirely plausible (which is also borderline terrifying) I also think that towards the end the whole book got a little wacky and crossed the lines of implausibility (but always remained entertaining). For example, Jane meets a LOT of people who mysteriously don’t think she’s a complete looney toon. And I don’t mean friends or acquaintances, I’m talking random people she meets at truck stops and the like. I also think that for all Jane’s smarts the author left some gaping plot holes that the antagonist actually bothers to point out to the reader. He literally says: “What if she did X, Y, or Z with this knowledge? Imagine how bad that would be!” And then of course I couldn’t get out of my head: “Damn it Jane! Why the hell didn’t you do that?” Given the circumstances she was operating under at the time it was somewhat forgivable, but still, given the ease with which she utilized her knowledge in some situations, I’m a little confused as to why she didn’t make better use of the knowledge later in the book.

    The characters were all very enjoyable and likeable. My only real complaint about some of them was they lacked some depth. The whole cast, minor characters especially, seemed like perhaps they were colored significantly by the author’s own perception of what he might like the world to look like. Lots of them were very well dressed. Jane is noted to look like a supermodel on multiple occasions. They have happy, amiable faces. They are fit, in shape, with stylish haircuts and shoes, etc. None of this ever detracted from the entertainment factor, but it just seemed like a cartoonish caricature of the world by the end of it.

    Minor issues aside, I am 100% hooked and can’t wait for the next book. I’ll probably go back and read The Silent Corner while I wait.

    I’d recommend this to any fans of Koontz, believers in conspiracy theories, or fans of the suspense genre in general. Thank you to BookishFirst and Bantam books for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Linda Strong

    I'd almost forgotten what a Dean Koontz book did to me .... the hairs on the back of my neck tingled, an adrenaline rush, forgetting to breathe at times. This book may be his best yet.

    Jane Hawk has a story to tell. She is an FBI Agent, gone rogue, charged by our government of multiple murders. But the government is not telling the truth and Jane is looking for an honest reporter to tell her story. She has a young son to protect, b

    I'd almost forgotten what a Dean Koontz book did to me .... the hairs on the back of my neck tingled, an adrenaline rush, forgetting to breathe at times. This book may be his best yet.

    Jane Hawk has a story to tell. She is an FBI Agent, gone rogue, charged by our government of multiple murders. But the government is not telling the truth and Jane is looking for an honest reporter to tell her story. She has a young son to protect, but will she be able to tell her tale before 'they' find him .. and her?

    Terrific story premise with unforgettable characters. Book drew me in from the very first. This 4 chapters has me drooling to read the entire book.

  • Juli

    Jane Hawk is back. She's still on the run....a fugitive....a rogue FBI agent. Following the apparent suicide of her husband, Jane discovered a conspiracy, something so evil and diabolical that she immediately knew she had to find those responsible and stop them. A group of powerful, wealthy people have developed technology that can hijack the will of any person...take over their brain. The person can be made to do anything. No resistance. No conscience. They will obey without question. Some peop

    Jane Hawk is back. She's still on the run....a fugitive....a rogue FBI agent. Following the apparent suicide of her husband, Jane discovered a conspiracy, something so evil and diabolical that she immediately knew she had to find those responsible and stop them. A group of powerful, wealthy people have developed technology that can hijack the will of any person...take over their brain. The person can be made to do anything. No resistance. No conscience. They will obey without question. Some people are made to kill themselves like Jane's husband. Others are made to commit terrorist acts. And some are just used as mindless sex slaves for the wealthy. They made a mistake when they killed Jane's husband. They made a mistake when they threatened the life of her young son. They made a mistake when they tried to kill her. And, they made the biggest mistake of all when they underestimated her power to bring them down, to exact revenge.

    This book is hard hitting from the beginning and doesn't let up until the very end. I loved the first book in this series, The Silent Corner.....and I enjoyed this book just as much. Jane Hawk kicks ass. She is intelligent, resilient, and cunning. As a highly trained FBI agent, she knows how to use surveillance, interrogation and techonology to her best advantage. She also knows how to avoid being seen, unless she chooses to be noticed.

    Dean Koontz is hit or miss for me. His horror books recycle plot elements a bit too much -- sentient dogs, groups of people battling supernatural forces, etc. But the Jane Hawk series is something from Koontz that's fresh and wonderfully written. He could even write in a talking dog and nobody would see a single eyeroll from me.....that's how much I like Jane Hawk. A strong, hard-hitting, brutal female main character. The story has great realistic action and excitement. It's not often I sit and read an entire book in one sitting, but this series has had me burning the midnight oil twice now. I'm sure I will be totally into the third book, The Crooked Staircase, when it comes out in June 2018.

    **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Random House - Ballentine via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**


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