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The BoneMan, a serial killer, who murders his victims by breaking their bones, but not their skin, re-emerges after a two-year hiatus and abducts 16-year-old Bethany Evans, the estranged daughter of military intelligence officer Ryan Evans. Having recently returned from Iraq, where he was captured and psychologically tortured by insurgents, Ryan is an emotional wreck. His mental state not only impedes his efforts to find Bethany, but also gives the authorities reason to suspect him of being the BoneMan himself. Robert Petkoff's narration matches the novel's tense pace step-by-step. He handles the diverse cast of characters with ease, and though his voice sounds too youthful for Ryan, it works perfectly for the BoneMan, who Petkoff infuses with chilling malevolence. A good—and gruesome—suspense-filled ride. A Hachette/Center Street hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 9). (Apr.)
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Well known for taut, supernatural thrillers (Sinner; Skin) that push readers to the brink, Dekker goes over the edge with a gruesome plot that may make sensitive readers squirm. A serial killer is kidnapping young girls, breaking their bones, and leaving them to die. Ryan Evans is an intelligence officer who is alienated from his own family. When the BoneMan kidnaps Ryan's daughter, Ryan must take on this deranged killer himself to save her. Full of Dekker's trademark suspense, this well-written thriller is bound to elicit strong demand from fans. Despite the dark material, it does not contain overly graphic accounts of violence. For CF suspense collections.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 Reprint edition (March 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446547204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446547208
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Norburn on June 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I`d never heard of Ted Dekker before (it turns out he's a remarkably prolific author of Christian fiction) and picked up The Bone Man's Daughters as an audio-book because, well, it was a new release and the selection of unabridged audio-books in my library is limited.

I had a mixed reaction to this novel. On a positive note, I appreciate that the author tries to explore issues, ranging from the relationship parents have with their children to the morality of causing innocent casualties of war. Dekker poses the question, what are you prepared to sacrifice, including the lives of other people, to protect your children? As a thriller, The Bone Man's Daughter mostly succeeds and for the most part I enjoyed the novel.

I have some complaints though. First off, the relationship between the protagonist (Ryan) and his estranged wife is something of a mystery. She shifts from a kind of indifference towards him to a level of fear and hate that feels contrived and without basis. 2nd, Ryan is a brilliant military strategist but does a lot of things that seem pretty stupid. Granted, his thinking may be clouded by his daughter's plight, but again this felt like a necessary contrivance of plot rather than a genuine extension of his character. Ultimately though, these are really just two examples of a larger issue for me, which is that the whole novel is just too melodramatic for my tastes. The surprise twist near the end (I don't want to give it away) is predictable and as these twists often are, undermines much of the rest of the novel.

I didn't realize until after I had finished listening to the novel that Dekker was an author of Christian fiction.
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Format: Hardcover
BoneMan's Daughters is a story that will shock you, haunt you, amaze you and then just totally freak the living daylights outta you. Ted Dekker has truly bested himself with this story, this protagonist, and this honest-to-goodness bad guy who for sure tops even the infamous Marsuvees, at least in my mind. The characters in BoneMan's Daughters are driven to their own individual (and each understandable) ends and I love that, because it leaves you guessing at every step. Though considerably violent, this story has completely restored my excitement and faith in future Dekker releases. Because it poses a signature Ted Dekkery question: How far would a Father be willing to run into the bleak unknown for his daughter? It's that key unknown that'll keep the pages turning until you hit the very end.
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Ryan Evans has served his country well as an intelligence officer for the navy. On the other hand his role as a husband and a father has been lacking at best. When a mission goes wrong near Fallujah, Ryan comes face to face with a horrific reality causing him to reflect on his own personal failures. After a narrow escape Ryan vows to return home a better man for his wife and his daughter, Bethany.

Meanwhile in Austin, TX, new evidence has come to light regarding the capture of the serial killer known as Boneman. Two years ago Boneman went on a rampage capturing young girls and then torturing them by breaking all of their bones without breaking their skin. Boneman was finally captured, but the new evidence suggests they have the wrong man. Their suspicions are confirmed when the real Boneman captures Bethany Evans soon after her father returns from Iraq. Ryan will now stop at nothing to save his daughter from this monster. Unfortunately for Ryan, the FBI is convinced that he is Boneman.

Ted Dekker has sold more than three million copies of his titles and Boneman's Daughters shows us why. With an astonishing twenty-three novels in nine years, Dekker has done what many authors fail to do after time: he only continues to get better. This latest installment easily showcases the best writing of his short, yet illustrious career.

This well crafted plot is packed with tension and suspense. Dekker gives just the right amount of information to keep us hooked, but never enough to spoil the ride or reveal the final destination. Each of the main characters are wondrously brought to life, and the twisted glimpses into Boneman's world are terrifying and disturbing. Dekker has crafted his share of memorable villains, but Boneman may be his darkest creation yet.
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Below is an excerpt of my full review of BoneMan's Daughters:

Ted Dekker has a knack for giving his serial killers odd habits or rituals, and BoneMan is no expection. In fact, BoneMan is probably the weirdest one yet. His odd habit was to constantly cover himself with Noxema lotion. Sometimes he would find himself sweaty and he hated it, so he would dry himself with a towel and then proceed to rub himself with the lotion, even though he may have done it an hour earlier. It is a constant obsession, occurs many times and adds to his creepiness. This habit was rooted in his mother's constant verbal abuse to him as a child about his ugly skin while she frequently put the same lotion on. He also marveled at his own body; once in front of pictures of his victims, another time in front of Ryan's daughter. BoneMan was bona-fide narcissistic kook.

The pacing in the story works well and leaves very few moments dull. Most of the characters are forgettable, except for BoneMan, Ryan's ex-wife and her lover, the overly arrogant District Attorney. Dekker probably went overboard with the aggression of these two characters as they became irrational at times in their accusations towards Ryan, believing he kidnapped his own daughter after losing her and his marriage; they were utterly convinced Ryan was the culprit even with virtually no proof. The FBI agent involved in the case was not so easily swayed, though gaps in Ryan's background forced the FBI to consider him a suspect.

Two things about the book bugged me. When Bethany gains consciousness and realizes her predicament, she does exactly what every girl before her did not: she fully complied with BoneMan.
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