What a ride BoneMan’s Daughters was! I read House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti a while back and was totally blown away by it and BoneMan’s Daughters was no different. It took a hold of me from the very beginning and didn’t let go until the end. I read this one quickly, within a couple of days and I must say it is so well worth reading! Ted Dekker writes in such a way that he keeps building a story until I just can’t stand it. I always have such a strong urge to head to that last page and see what happens but of course, I never do. I just sit there with my heart pounding and keep flipping those pages at an amazing rate of speed.
BoneMan, the serial killer alluded to in the title is The BoneMan. He abducts girls that he would like to keep for his own daughters and when they don’t meet up to expectations; he breaks their bones and leaves them to die. He is a seriously disturbed individual who believes he is the perfect father. He is the father who would never leave his child or hurt his child. Reading about him gave me quivers up and down my spine that have still not left me as I’m writing this.
Ryan is a military man trained in intelligence. He has a wife Celine and a daughter Bethany but he barely knows them as he’s spent most of his time away. Celine is not the best mother in the world herself; she’s way too interested in herself. Bethany is sixteen years old and on the verge of making it in the modelling world yet she’s still not happy. The vestiges of childhood have made an impact on who she is now.
Ryan experiences a mission gone wrong in the dessert. He realizes as his own life is at stake that he loves his family and wants them back. He comes home but neither Celine or Bethany want to give him a chance. Celine has moved on and Bethany just doesn’t seem to care anymore. They finally get a restraining order on him and he has no choice but to try and move on. All this time he is struggling with demons of his own.
Enter the BoneMan. He’s already killed six victims and his seventh just happens to be Bethany. He takes her and so begins the harrowing journey that Ryan takes in order to get back his daughter. The big problem is that the FBI believes he is the BoneMan due to his experience in the dessert. All he wants to do is save his daughter.
As I expected Ted Dekker develops his characters perfectly and I find in a lot of thrillers you don’t get this. I felt I knew these people even including the sick and crazy BoneMan. He takes you right into the mind of this nutcase and you has you questioning the reasoning for the man becoming who he is~what goes into making up an individual like this even though in your wildest dreams you can’t imagine the depravity of this animal. I could also feel Ryan’s pain and fear, along with Bethany’s. He develops them by sharing their past with us and in doing that makes us more interested in what’s going to happen to them now.
This story was much more than a thriller. It shows us the extraordinary ways in which one father will go to in order to save his daughter as Ryan will stop at nothing to get her home safely with him and I mean nothing. It also has us questioning how much one life is worth~and what determines who’s life is worth saving more? More importantly, who gets to decide that?
BoneMan’s Daughters will be released tomorrow, April 14, 2009 by Hachette Book Group. Check out the Hachette website here for an author interview and video. Thanks to Miriam for sending me this novel. It’s an awesome thriller and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for some heart-thumping action. You can purchase the book here in the US and here in Canada.