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Boneman’s Daughter by Ted Dekker

 Boneman's Daughter

A Texas serial killer called BoneMan is on the loose, choosing young girls as his prey, His signature: myriad broken bones that torture and kill – but never puncture.

Military intelligence officer Ryan Evans is married to his work; so much so that his wife and daughter have written him out of their lives. Sent to Fallujah and captured by insurgents, he is asked to kill children not unlike his own. The method: a meticulous, excruciating death by broken bones that his captor has forced him to learn.

Returning home after the ordeal, a new crisis awaits. A serial killer is on the loose, and his method of killing is the same. Ryan becomes a prime suspect, which isn’t even the worst of his problems: Ryan’s daughter is BoneMan’s latest desire.

In a story that is devaststing in its skill and suspense, – Ted Dekker brings to bear his ability to terrify and compel in BONEMAN’S DAUGHTERS.

Yet again, a book that has been sitting on my wish list…as well as all of the other books by Ted Dekker.  This is the first book that I have read by this author and he has quickly earned a place in my heart, truly fantastic and a total rollercoaster of a story.

Ryan Evans has served his country well – an intelligence officer in the Navy he is one of the elite.  After a mission goes terribly wrong, he does some soul searching and realizes it’s time for him to put his priorities in place and make his family whole again.  This will be no easy task considering he has not been a very active part of his wife or daughter’s life.

Enter Boneman – a brutal serial killer who captures young girls and tortures them by breaking all of their bones without breaking their skin.  He’s in search of a perfect “daughter” and thinks  he has found it in Ryan’s daughter Bethany.  Not only is Ryan in a fight to save his daughter from an early death, he also has to convince the FBI that he is not Boneman, as they believe.

This book is impossible to put down – when the word suspense is used, this is exactly what they are talking about.  Dekker hooks you by giving you just enough information to keep you turning pages to see where you’re going next, and it is a journey you don’t want to miss!  I HIGHLY recommend this book but be warned – set aside some time because you’ll want to finish it in one sitting.

Thanks so much to Miriam of Hachette for allowing me to review this novel!

Ted Dekker is the author of twenty-two novels, with more than 3 million copies of his books sold to date, 1 million of them sold in 2007 alone.

Known for adrenaline-laced stories packed with mind-bending plot twists, unforgettable characters and confrontation between good and evil, Dekker has earned his status as a New York Times bestselling author.

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Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Eyewitnesses claim, and the security camera confirms, that the assailant was their strange, sinister neighbor-a man who, by all reports, was already dead and buried weeks earlier. While Captain Laura Hayward leads the official investigation, Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta undertake their own private-and decidedly unorthodox-quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them to an enclave of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive, reclusive cult of Obeah and vodou which no outsiders have ever survived.

This is the first book by these two authors that I have read and I jumped at the opportunity when I found out what the book was about.  It is not an easy task to take on writing a novel, but to write a novel with another author must be a very interesting undertaking to say the least.  The writing in this novel is flawless, although predictable at times. 

This book certainly starts off with a bang – a murder of one of the “cast” of characters that these two have created.  This leaves everyone in a state of shock and grief and they are left to try and solve the crime and do justice to their fallen comrade.

As crazy as it seems, this murder seems to have been committed by Colin Fearing.  What makes that strange?  Well, he committed suicide several weeks earlier.  All signs point to him as the murderer, and when they follow the trail they are led to a cult – a cult that the victim was investigating due to animal cruelty allegations.

What they find when investigating the cult is shocking – they practice Voodoo (Vodou) in order to create zombies to eliminate people that stand in their way.

Although this type of book has been written before, these two authors seem to breathe new life into the world of Voodoo and the types of people that believe in this ancient practice.  I will be certain to pick up some more by these two – I want a better understanding of the characters and believe the only way to do this is to read more by them, something I am really looking forward to!

Thanks so much to Miriam of Hachette for allowing me to review this novel!

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History.  He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West.

Lincoln Child is a former book editor and systems analyst who has published numerous novels and anthologies.

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