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BoneMan's Daughters Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 14, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a very real look into a current issue with PTSD, and for that reason quite disturbing. I really liked the book but found some of the issues with the X wife and boyfriend... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Marilyn W. Brenneman
This one was pretty gruesome. I hate when writers write hoping their book will be turned into a movie. They always overdo the story when this happens. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lili
This is the first book by Ted Dekker and it will not be my last. The last 100 pages are flat out a good lesson in speed reading. The plot is crammed with twist & turns. Read morePublished 2 months ago by william a. roesler
This book dragged on and was repetitive. The inner dialogue of both father and daughter became tedious. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L~
There is one question to ponder in the book BoneMan’s Daughters by Ted Dekker, Would you kill an innocent man to save your daughter? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kelly
Characters were hackneyed and the plot was fairly predictable given the wealth of similar material that is available for consumption.Published 4 months ago by Mel G.
I loved how this book wove a tale of a PTSD affected soldier into the story. It was interesting to see how he was perceived at home, how he reacted in situations, and how that both... Read morePublished 5 months ago by scwordie