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Master of evangelical Christian suspense, Dekker (Thr3e; Blink; Skin) joins first-time author Healy in this thriller, no less fast-moving than the Christy Award–winning author's solo prose, but also more gripping as it plunges into the life of a woman with frayed and painful family relationships. When a tragic auto accident leaves Shauna McAllister's brother brain-damaged and erases her recent memories, she discovers she has a paranormal ability to steal memories from others, a capability that will either get her killed or unveil hidden sides of the very people she thought she could trust. Against this background, she attempts to uncover the ugly truth about her father's dark secrets and to upend his run for president of the United States. True to Dekker's penchant for twists that keep you guessing till the very last page, Kiss also attempts to return to snappier dialogue and more logical plotting than Skin. A psychological suspense thriller that shines light into black-market child trafficking, Dekker's latest will satisfy Christian fiction lovers who want complex characters and who believe in the stark realities of true good and heinous evil. (Jan.)
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Imagine that you awake from a coma and discover that you have no memory of the past six months. You have a boyfriend you don’t remember; your beloved brother is severely brain damaged (your fault, apparently); you’re up on charges of drug possession and criminal negligence; and, oh yes, your father, who is currently running for president of the United States, despises you. That’s the situation facing Shauna McAllister, who must try to regain her memory if she’s to clear her name and find out what really caused the car accident that nearly killed her and her brother. But there’s one problem: a group of conspirators will kill her if she starts to remember anything. This is a very enjoyable thriller with plenty of twists and turns—one of those books where you’re afraid to get too close to the characters in case one or more of them turn out to be keeping some nasty secrets (and, here, some of them are). A definite treat, not just for Dekker and Healy’s devoted fans, but for anyone who enjoys a good thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159554819X
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Rayburn VINE VOICE on January 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ted Dekker knows how to spin a tale that makes the improbable seem possible. Whether it is a child who can heal multitudes as in "Blessed Child" or a woman who can steal memories from others through physical touch and emotional vulnerability as in "Kiss", Dekker's stories make the surreal come alive. In "Kiss" Dekker joins with author Erin Healy in creating a story that keeps the reader on edge and looking over his or her shoulder, never knowing who can be trusted. Although the story is billed by some as a romance, that isn't the central theme of the book. Heart-warming relational connections do find their way into the story, but the real thrill is in the suspense of a good mystery and in the psychological phenomena woven tightly in the plot.

Dekker's writing has drawn me in like few authors can. I hesitated to pick up the books because I'm not a fan of Sci-Fi or Fantasy fiction. But now I see that his writing is neither. There are no aliens or fantasy creatures. Instead, his style introduces supernatural events in everyday situations. Healy adds enough of the feminine touch to this story that both male and female readers will enjoy this gripping account of emotional healing and reconciliation. I give "Kiss" five big smackeroos.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J N on February 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed Dekker's past works immensely. I looked forward to reading this story and truthfully, the action/pace didn't disappoint.
However, the character arc seemed a bit contrived. Shauna feels bad for stealing memories and finally ruins a man's past and realizes that she went too far. This doesn't seem like a strong enough change to me. Anyone would feel that way, I think. Also, I wanted to get to know her deeply and although I enjoyed the references to her mother, I didn't feel that Shauna's characterization was as strong as it could have been. She didn't feel like a rounded, real person to me.
Finally, I miss the deep spirituality of Dekker's earlier books.
This is Healy's first book, and despite the things I feel it lacked, both she and Dekker did deliver on creating a page-turning read.
I just wish the end could have left me more fulfilled.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By SanjeevP TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2008
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'Kiss'is a novel of suspense and action from the beginning to the end that will captivate you and bring out the detective in you. The mysterious plot of family, political and medical drama ties beautifully onto an interesting story of a women who loses her memory after an 'accident' and discovers her own powers by tapping into others memory bank to unfold the mystery. What a fascinating concept woven by the authors. The book is a perfect plot for an action movie. A good read during a long flight!

Enjoyed it thoroughly and and could not put it down until finished.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. White on November 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After a brief set up chapter, the story's heroine, Shauna McAllister, is involved in a car accident that leaves her in a coma for months. Why is this relevant? Because Shauna's father is one of the leading Presidential candidates and, prior to her accident, Shauna came upon information which, if true, would destroy everything her father has worked to create and derail his campaign.

However, after coming out of her coma Shauna finds herself suffering from amnesia; she doesn't remember any of the potentially damaging information she was planning to confront her father with. Yet, during the course of trying to reconstruct her memories she has to deal with various shady characters who think she knows / remembers more than she does and who have a decided interest in her never regaining those memories. From the boyfriend she doesn't remember, to the doctors who treated her with experimental drugs during her coma, to the uncle who seems to be a bit more than just her father's business partner and advisor, Shauna's every move is shadowed and she doesn't know who to trust.

The "catch" of the story is that, as a result of her accident, Shauna discovers that she has acquired the ability to read and steal people's memories. She first discovers this while kissing her alleged boyfriend (hence the book's title), but later comes to learn she has to do little more than touch someone to utilize her new talent. Unfortunately this potentially interesting plot device is never fully utilized. The story twists and turns around on itself in an attempt to seem complicated, but really just spins its wheels with a main character who, even having a recent coma as an "excuse", engages in far too many questionable - if not downright ill advised - activities.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Considered the master of thrillers intended for the Christian market, Ted Dekker joins first-time author Erin Healy (his editor) in delivering a political potboiler with ripped-from-the-headlines intrigue.

The premise of the book has Shauna McAllister, daughter of pharmaceutical industry honcho and aspiring presidential candidate Sen. Landon McAllister, attempting to confront her estranged father at a campaign party with a bombshell misdeed just weeks before the election. Stymied, she retreats with her brother and campaign manager, Rudy, only to drive her car off a bridge. For six weeks she languishes in a coma. On waking, she learns the awful fact that the crash left her brother in a vegetative state and left her with felony drug charges and six months of lost memories. As compensation, she also discovers she has acquired a most unusual gift, one that will prove useful in unlocking the truth behind the crash and the identity of the lover standing at her beside, Wayne Spade, a man she does not remember.

Mysterious text messages, experimental drug programs, baby smugglers, a kindly housekeeper, a shadowy newspaper photographer, a lost love, shady businessmen, the persistent black hole that was her recent life, and memories garnered from other people through intimate contact keep Shauna constantly looking over her shoulder as she tries to piece together answers to the questions lurking behind that fateful night of the crash.

Dekker and Healy have a fine premise that offers thousands of possibilities that could have kept them writing twists and turns that would have kept readers guessing to the very end. The potential is there for a great book, but sadly, _Kiss_ never lives up to its promise.
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