Saturday, May 9, 2009

BoneMan's Daughters- My Thoughts

BoneMan's Daughter's
Author: Ted Dekker
Genre: Christian Fiction/Suspense
Published: 2009 by Center Street
Pages: 416

Short Synopsis from Goodreads:
A Texas serial killer called BoneMan is on the loose, choosing young girls as his prey, His signature: myriad broken bones that torture and kill - but never puncture.Military intelligence officer Ryan Evans is sent to Fallujah and captured by insurgents, he is asked to kill children not unlike his own.Returning home after the ordeal, a new crisis awaits. A serial killer is on the loose, and his method of killing is the same. Ryan becomes a prime suspect, which isn't even the worst of his problems: Ryan's daughter is BoneMan's latest desire.

My Thoughts:

I have read Ted Dekker in the past and enjoyed his books. This one is a fast and compelling read, but there were moments for me that just didn't work. The relationship between Ryan, his wife, and daughter was not developed at all. The reader is just suppose to accept the hatred coming from the wife and daughter towards Ryan. It did not ring true to me. When he comes home from his ordeal of being captured and tortured, neither his wife nor his daughter welcome him home. In fact, they treat his so horribly that I was honestly turned off by it. The other thing that distracted me from my reading was Dekker's habit of writing the same thing over and over again. Here's what I'm talking about:

There were two things Alvin loved, three that he would kill for.

There were two things that Alvin Finch, aka BoneMan, wanted; nay, three that he would cut off his own hands to possess.

This is just a few of happened throughout the book. The flow just didn't work for me and I'm upset by that because the story is pretty good, but my mind kept getting hung up on those little oddities. Dekker does make up for most of this in the ending of the book. It kept me hanging on and wondering if what I read was true or not....I'm still questioning who the BoneMan really was. Overall, it wasn't a bad book, and I'm glad that I took the time to read it. If you've enjoyed Dekker in the past , then I'm sure you will like this one too.

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  1. I thought this book was pretty good. I think Ryan had distanced himself from his wife and daughter so much that they really didn't know him. The thing about their relationship that got me was that his captivity gave him this sudden revelation he could come back into their lives so quickly.

  2. Sorry you didn't like this one as much as you had hoped.

  3. Staci, sorry this one didn't completely work for you.

    I think the same as Kathy-that he had ignored his family for so long and made them feel they weren't important compared to his job that they had just had enough. I do agree though about his daughter-as a daughter myself, unless I had been abused, I think I would give my dad another chance.

    I do agree with the things the Boneman hated thing you noticed. I noticed it too but thankfully it didn't distract me.

    Thanks for the shout out on mine.

  4. I've yet to give this author a try but I am planning on it eventually. I won't be starting with this one though and instead will try one of his other titles first. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  5. Thanks for the honest review, what works for someone else may not work for you. I havent read anything by Dekker so can't comment either way.

  6. I haven't read anything by this author so know anything about his books. It's too bad you didn't like it. Maybe the next book will be better.

    Happy Mother's Day.

  7. Thanks for the honest review. I still want to read it though. Will have to give into temptation soon and order it. :)

  8. Sorry this one disappointed you a bit. I appreciate the honest review.

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