The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) by Dean Koontz

The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3)

SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, DEAN R. KOONTZ! Jane Hawk--who dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room--faces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime in this electrifying new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz. "I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead." Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she's breathing, she'll never cease her one-woman wa...

Details The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3)

TitleThe Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3)
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Reviews The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3)

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    4.5 stars!Jane Hawk is still on a search to find out the reason why her husband was killed and who did it. His death was set up to believe that he committed suicide, but Jane knows better. She is hiding, for her life depends on it, as she is hunted by some government agents who have a way to find their enemy. Jane used her intelligence to outsmart the enemy. She is a ex F.B.I. Agent and is a wanted fugitive. Jane's enemies are determined to see h...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐Book three of the Jane Hawk series and this is my favorite of the three so far! I’d considered walking away from the series after the last book The Whispering Room and now I’m so glad I stayed with it. Jane, America’s most wanted fugitive OR America’s new-age hero. Jane is relentless in her pursuit to find those responsible for the nanotechnology with the potential to enslave the world to those in power. One of the first casua...
  • Julie
    The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz is a 2018 Bantam publication. Our vigilante superhero Jane Hawk is back. With each chapter of the series, Jane’s adversaries become more difficult to conquer, more diabolical, and evil. This is one of the biggest challenges to date. The Techno-Arcadians- and the mastermind- Booth Hendrickson are whom Jane has zeroed in on. On this stop she must deal with Booth’s brother, Simon- a truly charming chap, who p...
  • Phrynne
    I am going to be honest here and admit to a degree of disappointment in this book. It was very long, very wordy (although Koontz often is) and it had far too much going on.Reading it made me feel the author had so much to say that he just scribbled it all down without any editing. There were side stories that did not need to be there at all (the twins) and there were long unnecessary dialogues (Jergerns and Dubose). Worst of all was the character...
  • Matthew
    Thanks once more to Bantam Books/Random house for this ARC (sorry I am getting to it a little late!). Also, I can never thank Dustin Crazy little brown owl - moderator of Koontzland - the definitive Koontz Goodreads group - enough for hosting another book giveaway!You want suspense, you got suspense!If you are in book three, the techno-terrorists probably have you in their grasp.You are definitely being pursued - the paranoia is real . . . listen...
  • Yodamom
    Fast, violent, deadly, with intense suspense.I think an ultimate fear is losing control of our own minds, or choices. This book dives into that fear and drags it into that dark place, then it adds rape, torture, sex salvery, and running for your life. It is intense. Jane the main character, rams though her targets, try to find her husbands killer, and save her son from an unspeakably horrific threat. The bad guys are so ruthless, my stomach churn...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    "Jane stood in the dark, and the dark stood in her, the latter being the darkness of both her past actions and lethal potential."OK, be honest, did Dean Koontz have a clandestine meeting with George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) before he wrote The Crooked Staircase? Because he definitely broke readers' hearts and left a bitter taste in my mouth with this book.In this 3rd book in the Jane Hawk series, former FBI agent Jane is bent on climbing th...
  • Monnie
    I have three things to say about the books in this series, of which this is the third: First, I loved every single minute of reading them all. Second, they're good enough to keep you looking forward to the next one - perhaps even more so because the endings aren't quite endings at all. And third, if you want to get the most out of them, start at the beginning (with The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room).That doesn't mean the books can't stand...
  • Maureen Carden
    The Crooked Staircase, the third book in the Jane Hawk series is a powerful read.Jane continues her fight against the Techno-Arcadians; the cabal mostly consisting of politicians, agents of secret/ law enforcement agencies, rich business people and techno inventors. They are evidently the worst word in the English language: elitists. Although Koontz is careful to point out that not every Ivy Leaguer, government employee, politician, wealthy busin...
  • Marialyce
    4 kept me going starsJane Hawk is a remarkable capable woman who in this third book in the series is still tracking a nefarious group called the Arcadians. Their goal is to control the population, eliminate what they think to be the troublemakers, and create a society of peace( well peace according to them) with them in the lead position. They do this by using a drug which uses nanotechnology to eventually control one's brain which is triggered b...
  • Dee Arr
    While I have enjoyed Dean Koontz books in the past, I am sorry to say that was not the case for “The Crooked Staircase.” Mr. Koontz has crafted a good story, and there are plenty of thriller elements to it. I realize the author was trying to generate tension by having the chapters rotate from character to character. Sometimes this worked, but the constant flipping felt artificial after a while, and the tension that could have been built becam...
  • Lisa
    Unrelenting tension and an unyielding female protagonist are the highlights of this well-plotted novel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ SUMMARYAn epidemic of murder-suicides is sweeping the nation. It claimed Jane Hawk’s husband and many others and it is escalating rapidly. Jane, an FBI agent, has gone rogue against a horrific conspiracy that threatens the freedom and free-will of millions. As a wanted fugitive she relentlessly hunts for the secret organization b...
  • Karen’s Library
    Wow! I pretty much inhaled this 3rd installment in the Jane Hawk novels. I've been a huge fan of Dean Koontz ever since I read Watchers decades ago. One of the things I love most about his books is that no matter how inherently evil his villains are, there is always someone that is good and honorable and full of love. His books are always filled with light and dark, hope and hopelessness... But usually, light, hope, and love conquers. Jane Hawk i...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I was lucky enough to read a copy of THE SILENT CORNER, the first book in the Jane Hawk series just before I read this book. Since THE CROOKED STAIRCASE is book three have I only missed THE WHISPERING ROOM. However, I felt reading this book alone worked fine, despite that. I was very glad that I at least had read book one because I felt that I would have been a bit lost without the knowledge from that book. And, that's my advice to readers, start...
  • Jim
    This is the third book in the Jane Hawk series and while still good was probably my least favorite. There seemed to be multiple stories going on at the same time. At the start of the book we had Jane's story of course but the chapters alternated with the story of twins who are the targets of the Techno-Arcadians. I kept expecting there would eventually be some kind of connection. Jane and the twins would meet. Something. Anything. That never happ...
  • Juli
    Former FBI agent Jane Hawk has gone rogue, fighting the mind-control conspiracy that caused the death of her husband and countless others. She has become very skilled at hiding in plain sight as she continues to fight the powerful people behind the plot. She's being hunted, not only by the FBI but by the devious powers-that-be who are behind the increase in murders and suicides. Jane has a very powerful man in her sights....and she is determined ...
  • Tim
    640 pages of meandering gibberish. The earlier version is better as this one reeks. 1 of 10 stars
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    I've been a huge fan of Dean Koontz since I was eight years old. He's incredibly talented and always manages to get me involved with the characters. My favorites by him are Watchers and Lightning, in that order. This Jane Hawk series I think is my favorite series by him. He really drew me in when introducing me to Jane Hawk and her plight in book one. Book two I thought was good but didn't quite engage me as well as book one. However, it's KOONTZ...
  • Tiffany Reisz
    4.5 Half a star deduction for YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID DEAN KOONTZ.
  • Judy
    Jane Hawk and her one-woman war against the Techno Arcadians are back! If anything, this book is even more intense than the first two books. When I finished, I just wanted more. The ending was a cliffhanger so we know there is more to come.Jane's husband took his own life and Jane knows it is because he is being controlled by nanotechnology that is injected in people to control them as robots. They have a list of people who the Arcadians have dec...
  • Dave
    Play Manchurian With Me -AgainThe good news is that Koontz has put out a third Jane Hawk book which readers like me will hungrily devour from cover to cover without taking breaks for eating or sleeping (well, maybe a few short ones). The bad news is that it's not a trilogy and a fourth book is due to come out down the road ( a preview of book four is included) so we've got to wait a bit to find out what happens. Koontz has given us a terrific fas...
  • Nancy
    This is the third book in the Jane Hawk series. It is just as fast paced as the first two. Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat. Like the first two books, The Crooked Staircase picks up where the previous book left off. There is no hand holding, so I advise you to read the first two books. Jane is still trying to find out who is the head of the Arcadians who killed her husband and is trying to remake the world brain controlled nano te...
  • Glady
    I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.Please, just finish already! The Crooked Staircase is the third novel in Koontz's Jane Hawk series. And, once again, he delivers a well-written thriller. The only problem here is that too much of this novel is repetitive of the first and second titles in the series. Once again, innocent, talented individuals are deemed too dangerous to continue with their lives so they are tu...
  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    Thank you to Random House/Bantam for sending me an advance copy of this latest installment in the Jane Hawk Series. Dean Koontz is at his best. The words printed in this book seem to lift magically off the pages, creating visual perfection in my mind. The Crooked Staircase leads to some dark moments and we can be grateful that this series is not yet finished. Some Favorite Passages: Not for the first time in the past two years, she felt as if som...
  • Michelle Willms
    Once again, Koontz is able, with his exquisite prose, to communicate the danger of the situation, the evil of the villain, and the foreshadow the jeopardy lurking in the characters' futures. Jane Hawke redefines Koontz. She is his greatest creation yet. She is strong, capable, brilliant, a single mother, and only human. The descriptions in this book are so beautifully wrought, I could smell the rain, and feel my heart pounding in fear along with ...
  • J.D. Barker
    Cunning, beautiful, deadly. Three books in and I can't get enough of Jane Hawk! With THE CROOKED STAIRCASE, Koontz reminds us just why he's a master of the craft. Don't miss this one!
  • Bam
    *4.5 stars rounded up.Dean Koontz is the master of building the intensity of suspense in his thrillers! There were times in this third edition of the Jane Hawk series that I had to close the cover of my Kindle to get a break from it all!A group of wealthy and powerful people, who call themselves the Techno Arcadians, are trying to reshape society with implanted nanotechnology that allows them to control the minds of ‘adjusted’ people. “The ...
  • Jessica
    Thanks to Bantam Books and Random House for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!So my partner reader, Chandra, and I have been in this series from book one. We both have been on the same page as far as which books we've enjoyed. I know a lot of people, us included, were a little bummed with book two. I promise you, THE CROOKED STAIRCASE is worth continuing with the series! Dean Koontz was setting everything up for this third instal...
  • Kristie
    This was a great installment to the series. While reading The Whispering Room, I started to worry that the series was becoming repetitive, but this one mixed things up a bit. It is still a continuing story, but I am interested in where it is going. There are at least two more installments planned in the series and though I'm enjoying it, I hope the story is wrapped up in book 5, The Night Window, because the story could be at risk of risk of goin...
  • Karen
    Another page-turning thriller in the Jane Hawk series. I love Jane, a former FBI agent who is still the ‘most wanted person in America’ and as kick-ass as ever. The story starts off with a bang and keeps on rolling like a roller coaster. I was especially captivated by the arsenal and usage of high-tech tools/technologies which once upon a time could only be imagined. Fascinating stuff that Koontz masterfully incorporates.