Boneman’s Daughters by Ted Dekker
Center Street, April 2009
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5)

A serial killer looking for the “perfect daughter”.
A father who wants a second chance with his family.

A daughter who only ever wanted a father who loved her.

How far would you go to save your child?

So many layers to BoneMan’s Daughters, so much to say about it. I’ve put off writing this review because the book was so complex, so powerful, so disturbing (on so many levels), that I wasn’t sure what to say or how to say it. So I’m just going to tell you what my impressions were as I read it, and how I felt at the end.

I didn’t love this book at first. It takes focus, something I don’t exactly have at this moment in my life (with a one-year-old). It also concentrates largely on issues that can be very troubling to anyone with children. It takes you, kicking and screaming, into the mind of a serial killer. Worse, a serial killer who targets teenage girls. Here’s a quote so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about. A tiny peek into the mind of BoneMan, a creature (I can’t even call him a man) so scary, I’m now suspiciously analyzing every strange-looking man.

There were two things that excited BoneMan more than he could possibly express with mere words; nay, three things that sent shivers up his spine.
A young girl’s cries for mercy.
Noxzema skin lotion.
The sound of bones breaking beneath skin.
(BoneMan’s Daughters, page 148)

Freaky, right? If Ted Dekker’s mission was to make things alarmingly life-like and give us a window into the mind of Satan, he did it man. I even had to take a break from reading it at one point because I started having disturbing dreams. Call me a wimp, if you must – my only defense is that this was my first serious thriller.

Despite the fact that it freaked me out, it was an amazing read. Fascinating. By the time I finished, I was just staring into space thinking, “Wow.” Why is it so good? It’s like CSI, NCIS, and 24 rolled into one. Except ten times better because you’re reading it and not watching it on TV. When you watch thrillers on TV you hardly have time to think about anything before you’re on to the next exciting scene. Reading it is a whole different experience. You can set the book aside and think. You have time. Time to roll the facts (and horror) through your mind. Time to predict what will happen next.

One of the main reasons that I love Ted Dekker’s books is that there is always more to it than just the plot. The plot itself is always thought-provoking (forget though-provoking, it’s thought-electrifying) of course, but there is, without fail, a message, a question that opens your eyes to real life, to your life. BoneMan’s Daughters was no exception.

I highly recommend you read this book if you’re into thrillers, adventure, 24, . Just maybe don’t read it at night like I did. ;-) I’m warning you, though – you’ll want to buy copies for your friends and make them read them (like you’d have to force them if they’ve read Ted Dekker before) so that you’ll have someone to discuss the books with. And you’ll find it entering your mind at the most inopportune times, like when you need to be sleeping.

Forget it. You can sleep when you’re dead. Read Ted Dekker now, sleep later. It’s worth it.

Awesome conversation with Ted Dekker about BoneMan’s Daughters (video embedded in post):

Great Links:

Read the first chapter of BoneMan’s Daughters
Ted Dekker’s Official Website
Michelle Sutton’s Review of BoneMan’s Daughters

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