Since I’ve been mentioning him in several recent posts, and I had one of his books on my shelf that I hadn’t read, I decided to return to Ted Dekker this week, finally reading “BoneMan’s Daughters”, which has been sitting on my shelf for a year.
Naval Intelligence officer Ryan Evans has been an absent father and husband for a long time, but when he gets captured in the deserts of Iraq by terrorists, he realizes how much he truly loves his family, and how badly he wants a second chance. Evans returns stateside to find that everything he left has dissolved even further, and no one wants to give him a second chance. When a serial killer kidnaps Evans’ daughter, Evans is given a chance to prove his love–and prove that he isn’t the killer.
In keeping with his style, Dekker packs this book full of fast-paced action, with different characters offering different views and theories about what’s going on. And because it’s Dekker, you never quite know what twist he’ll pull out at the end.
While he does delve into psychology some in this book, I would classify it as just a thriller, not a psychological thriller like some of his other titles, including “Three” and “Skin.” It’s these psychological thrillers that I really love, because it keeps your mind guessing the whole time. While I knew that Dekker could pull out something wild at the end, I also could easily predict how the story was going to end. So, as with other thrillers, all the reader has to do is enjoy the fast-paced action leading to the end.
I did notice this story was a little different than some of his others. It was a little creepier, and actually contained a few swear words, which for Dekker is uncommon. But a note at the end of the book sheds some light on it, I think, when he discusses the situation in his own life that led to the book and made the story so personal for him.
What I also noticed is that this story didn’t end in the typical neat and tidy fashion. The cops and FBI didn’t show up and quickly absolve Evans of any suspicion. In fact, the way it ended would likely make that much more trouble in closing the case. It’s not particularly important, but it just struck me as actually kind of refreshing. As with life, not everything ends in a neat and tidy package.
This book reminds me why I love Dekker’s writing. It’s clean, fast, understandable and it draws you in quickly. Good thing my birthday is coming up soon, maybe I’ll get some book money.