Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker

Ryan Evans is a Naval Intelligence officer serving in Afghanistan. After an horrific experience, he sent back home, a place where he hasn't spent much time. Over the past 20 years he has spent very little time with his wife and daughter and they have felt abandoned by him. Consequently, his homecoming isn't quite what he expected. His wife files for divorce and his daughter will have nothing to do with him. When his daughter ends up being the latest victim of the Boneman, a serial killer who kidnaps would-be "daughters" and then kills them if they are not perfect, he does everything possible to save her but is believed by the authorities to be the Boneman himself. Ryan then has to evade the authorities while trying to find the Boneman, called such because of his method of killing by breaking his victim's bones, and his daughter.
I was grabbed in immediately by this story and found the part in Afghanistan quite good. I felt that the story fell apart in the middle a bit and then picked up at the end again. I was a little nervous about reading this book since I have 6 daughters. I thought it would really creep me out but I didn't think he played up the whole perfect daughter thing as much as he should have. Much more time was spent on Ryan than the Boneman. We never did know what the victims did made them less than perfect and so got them killed. Part of the ending was far-fetched and really unnecessary and there were times when Ryan did things that seemed completely out-of-character. However, I found the rest of it to be interesting and a good mystery with plenty of action.
This was the first mainstream book by a popular Christian author and so it was really very clean as far as sex and profanity go. I read some reviews of the book and found people complaining about the foul language and had to look up what upset them, which were words like pi** and a**. Those words were in the book about 4 times. Funny that I didn't read any complaints about the mother's affairs (which were not described graphically but we did know about) or about the violence of which there was quite a bit. Hmmm. Thought that was interesting.
Rated PG-13 for the violence and the creepiness (it does get creepy at the end).

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