A U.S. intelligence officer, captured in Iraq, inadvertently becomes a suspect at home in the serial killings of seven young girls. Dekker . . . ...Show synopsisA U.S. intelligence officer, captured in Iraq, inadvertently becomes a suspect at home in the serial killings of seven young girls. Dekker . . . masterfully takes readers on a ride of plot twists and turns . . . an almost perfect blend of suspense, mystery, and horror--"Publishers Weekly."Hide synopsis
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The BoneMan, or, more frequently, just BoneMan, no article thank-you-very-much, is a fairly typical post-Hannibal the Cannibal serial killer. He has a schtick--kills his victims by breaking their bones, one at a time, without ever breaking the skin. He has a fetish--clear, unblemished, unbroken skin. He has a childhood trauma--a mommy who didn't love him enough. His given name is Alvin, but you can call him Satan.
Ryan Evans is a naval intelligence officer on loan to the army, who is abducted by insurgents in Iraq, tortured, and experiences an epiphany of non-religious dimensions, inspiring him to be a better husband and a better father. But his wife is leaving him and his daughter hates him and here comes the BoneMan. Or just BoneMan, Ted Dekker can't ever seem to make up his mind.
BoneMan's Daughters moves quickly, but there isn't an original bone, ahem, in its body. A snack between Jeffrey Deavers and Dean Koontzes, but not really a meal proper
I'm an avid fan of Dekker books. His style and content, along with the deep Christian value messages he intertwines in his stories make these books above the rest. He doesn't disappoint in Boneman's Daughters. I don't think it is quite as indepth as many of his books as is the case with his book "Skin", but the essence of his writings are still there and would make a great book for a beginning Dekker reader as well as us seasoned ones.
One by one the bones break beneath his expert hands. He?s done this many times before. They don?t call him the BoneMan for nothing. It?s not that he wants to kill them necessarily, they just don?t meet up with the standards he?s set for the perfect daughter. And that?s all he wants. Someone to love him like he loves himself.
But in his pursuit for perfection, the BoneMan faces a formidable foe. Ryan Evans, father of the BoneMan?s latest victim, is not just going to let his daughter go. Having been subjected to seeing the same sort of torture as a POW in the War on Terror, Ryan can only imagine his daughter placed in that situation. He hasn?t been a perfect father by any means; he?d barely been a part of his daughter?s life. But that experience had brought him closer, made him want to reconcile with his daughter. And now that he was back, this monster had taken her from him, trying to make her his own daughter.
With the FBI thinking that Ryan himself is the BoneMan, he lashes out and goes vigilante. The battle between the Ryan and the BoneMan becomes personal. A war of two fathers in which one must fall.
Boneman?s Daughter?s exhibits a depth and a breadth that is both heart-pounding and heart-stopping. It is page-turning and riveting. Be prepared for an intricately woven story that examines the depth of one father?s love. Prepare for 4.14.09, clear your schedule because you?ll not want to put this book down, calm yourself, keep the lights on, and enjoy?for behold, the BoneMan cometh.
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