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Ashley Bell is the newest book by Dean Koontz. Meet Bibi Blair. 22, fierce, writer, one year to live.

One day Bibi calls her mother because something is wrong. She describes it as the feeling of 50+ cell phones strapped to you and all of them vibrating. It’s a numbness that won’t go away. They rush to the hospital where Bibi goes through testing to find out that she’s got brain cancer. The doctor gives the grim estimation of time left with the living and they find out the short time span includes the help of treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. This is not a normal cancer that’s a balled up tumor, it’s all over her brain.

One night in the hospital Bibi is visited by a man and his dog. The next day she’s feeling like her normal self, if not better. She knows the cancer is gone. Doctors start running the tests all over again and, sure enough, there’s no trace of the cancer that was spider-webbed all over Bibi’s brain.

Bibi believes there’s a reason she’s been cured. After some research she believes it’s to help Ashley Bell stay alive. But who is Ashley Bell?

Heather: I picked this book up not that long ago and I’ve been devouring it. The book itself might be a little thick, but the chapters are really small, formed up of only a couple of pages on average. The pacing is good and the timeline jumps a little to show the current happenings and some of what happened in the past. This is my first read by Koontz and I’m likely going to read more.