By Dean Koontz
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The woman who acknowledged no to death.
Bibi Blair is a fierce, humorous, dauntless younger woman—whose healthcare professional says she has twelve months to live.
She replies, “We’ll see.”
Her surprising restoration astonishes clinical science.
An enigmatic girl convinces Bibi that she escaped demise in order that she will store another person. a person named Ashley Bell.
But store her from what, from whom? And who's Ashley Bell? the place is she?
Bibi’s obsession with discovering Ashley sends her at the run from threats either mystical and worldly, together with a wealthy and charismatic cult chief with terrifying ambitions.
Here is an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced tale with a thrilling heroine and a twisting, creative plot packed with wonderful surprises. Ashley Bell is a brand new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.
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“Grabs you on web page one and retains you enthralled with ever widening loops of intrigue, spine-tingling plot twists, soaking up characters and emotional involvement . . . extraordinary.”—Bookreporter
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30). He finds calm by submerging himself in a tank of tropical fish, where “the world outside ceased to exist” (Williams 1992, p. 11), symbolising an escape into an imagined, psychological space. At the same time, the ferocity of nature reflects Jay’s inner turmoil as “[t]he southeaster moved rapidly over Devil’s Peak, down the barren mountain slopes, and battered the city below. Papers whipped off the street. Sign boards rattled. Tempers were fired” (Williams 1992, p. 3). Jason begins to look for clues to his past as he embarks on a quest for his grandfather’s missing yellowwood box.
Williams voices feelings that reflect the contrast between physical and psychological space when Jay is told that his grandfather “said that too many people here either had their heads in the sand or were living in some European fantasy; not enough people were living here, in this country, this South Africa” (Williams 1992, p. 121). In his search for his grandfather’s box, he comes to realise that the space between races is constructed by perceptions and attitudes. He finds his grandfather, himself, and his identity as a South African in the yellow-wood box containing his grandfather’s diaries and stories which prompt him to find his passion for writing and “as he typed, so he took the first steps of his adult life […].
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