Friday, April 17, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway: "Boneman's Daughters" by Ted Dekker

I'm giving away 3 brand new copies of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winners on Friday, April 24. US and Canada addresses only (No PO Boxes). Good luck!



This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Boneman's Daughters

Center Street (April 14, 2009)


Ted Dekker


Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing.

After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor's Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for a large healthcare company in California. Dekker was quickly recognized as a talent in the field of marketing and was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. This experience gave him a background which enabled him to eventually form his own company and steadily climb the corporate ladder.

Since 1997, Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. Dekker's body of work encompassing seven mysteries, three thrillers and ten fantasies includes Heaven's Wager, When Heaven Weeps, Thunder of Heaven, Blessed Child, A Man Called Blessed, Blink, Thr3e, The Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, White), Obsessed, Renegade, and Chaos.


Would you kill an innocent man to save your daughter?

They call him BoneMan, a serial killer who’s abducted six young women. He’s the perfect father looking for the perfect daughter, and when his victims fail to meet his lofty expectations, he kills them by breaking their bones and leaving them to die.

Intelligence officer Ryan Evans, on the other hand, has lost all hope of ever being the perfect father. His daughter and wife have written him out of their lives.

Everything changes when BoneMan takes Ryan’s estranged daughter, Bethany, as his seventh victim. Ryan goes after BoneMan on his own.

But the FBI sees it differently. New evidence points to the suspicion that Ryan is BoneMan. Now the hunter is the hunted, and in the end, only one father will stand.

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You can listen to an audio clip HERE

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If you would like to read the first chapter of Boneman's Daughters, go HERE

One of Dekker's finest

Let me first start by saying I loved this book. I felt it's one of the best Dekker has ever written. However, this was one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. It makes one think about how one really values life. The scenes in Iraq were painful to read because it was so realistic. Just like in the story, events like that probably happen every day and us Americans never think twice about it because it's not happening to us. I felt most of the characters to be very self centered. Eventually they learn to grow as characters but they find themselves in the situations they are in because of their selfishness. Reading about serial killers always pushes my boundaries. It scares, disgusts and fascinates me all at the same time as to why they do the things they do. It also intrigues me how an author can allow themselves to get into the mindset of a killer and come out still being normal.

The book is quite violent but it is not gory. It's more implied and forces you to use your imagination which can sometimes make the scene worse. There are times when you want to stop reading and just skip over some scenes because they can be quite disturbing (warning: do not eat food while reading this book). I found myself squirming several times while reading this book. However at the same time, it makes you think how far will you go to save someone you love?

This book really puts Dekker in the same league as other mainstream writers. He's able to put out a good story that keeps you wanting more without using gore, harsh language (there is some minor cursing) and sex. There is a faith element running throughout the book but it's not preachy and won't offend non Christians who read this book. If you are looking for a book that will give you a thrill ride and put you on the edge of your seat, you must read this book. VERY HIGHLY recommended.

Unfortunately I never want to see or use Noxzema ever again.

Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker is published by Center Street (2009)

Oh yes totally forgot to mention that Ted will be on Center Street's Blog Talk Radio show program on Monday at 3. You can call in and ask him a question! I plan on it (tentatively)!


  1. Don't enter me - I'm reading the book right now. I'm really glad Carl's not out of town, because the book is rather creepy! Great review.

  2. Don't enter me, I have the book. I received it earlier this week. I was going to wait until the read-a-thon to start reading it, but I can't wait. I brought it with me to work and I'll be reading chapters here and there.

  3. Oh, I'd love to win this book! I was just saying that — I'm a big Dekker fan.

    WordLily AT gmail DOT com

  4. heavenbound9:44 AM

    I would love to win this book,I love Ted Dekker and want to read this one because I would do anything to protect my own daughter and want to see how this one reads. thank you

  5. I really did not think I would want to read this book, but after reading your review as well as several others, I do. Please enter my name. Thank you.

    cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

  6. Oh, wow, this book sounds really good! I would love to win so I could read it too!

  7. I'm looking forward to reading this book (at least I think I am) Gotta find out about the Noxzema thing...*g*

    Thanks for the chance to win, Deborah.

    eviesmommo at yahoo dot com

  8. I'd love to win. Plese enter me. Thanks.


  9. Lacy (hellolacy)10:20 AM

    I would like to enter! lacyckelly at gmail dot com

  10. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  11. I heard Ted on Laura Ingrahm last week talking about this book. I so want to read it!

  12. Anonymous10:34 AM

    Hi, put me on the list, I'm a big Ted Dekker fan.
    mary at maryconnealy . com
    I'm posting as anonymous because I can't get the other to work but I'm not trying to be sneaky. :)

  13. JustJanet10:40 AM

    Looks like a great book! Please enter me to win.

    JustJanet @ FR

  14. Anonymous11:10 AM

    My husband is a *HUGE* Dekker fan after I started getting him to read them after I'd read House.

    Please put my name in the hat to win.

    beckipeters13 at

  15. I was just reading about this book earlier this morning and thought that I would love to read it. Please enter me in the drawing.

  16. Please enter me! I love thrillers and mysteries, and haven't read anything yet by Ted Dekker. I'd love to win!
    ebickell (At) hotmail (dot) com

  17. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Please enter me in the drawing. I need to catch up on my Ted Dekker reading!

    lorena2(at)earthlink (dot) net

  18. I've not had the privilege of reading one of Ted's offerings yet. I'd love to win this one.
    scaramouche9999 at yahoo dot com
    Donald James Parker
    Author of Reforming the Potter's Clay

  19. I read this as an Ebook and loved it. I would love to win the hardcopy for my permanent library!

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  20. I've watched the vid at Dekker's site for this book and it's very creepy. I sooo want a copy of Boneman's Daughter!

  21. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Please enter me, I love Ted Dekker. I just finished Thr3e....
    Harley at FR

  22. I just recently read a bunch of Dekker books, and I'd love to read this one!

    rebornbutterfly (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  23. Ted Dekker is one of the authors at the top of my favorite author list. The only trouble is I have not read any of his books yet. I would like to say I have and will be able to soon if my name is drawn for this book. My husband and I read books aloud together and I KNOW this is one we would read that way. Please enter me in your contest.
    Thanks. Pam Williams
    cepjwms at wb4me dot com

  24. Please include me in your giveaway.

  25. Anonymous4:46 PM

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest. I love Ted's work and don't have this book.

    Oh, by the you love chocolate???? :) Not that I'm trying to bribe you or anything!

    Paulette Harris

  26. Please enter me in the contest, the book sounds very interesting and I love Ted's books. Thanks Katherine


  27. Definitely want this book!!!
    forevereading at gmail dot com

  28. This book is on my WL..please enter me!

  29. Anonymous10:08 PM

    I would love a copy of this book. It sound great!

  30. I absolutely NEED this book as I am a stark raving mad Ted Dekker fan! I have all of his books (except this one) and all of the movies on DVD of his books! I can't get enough of Dekker!

    PBS nickname: alldatndensum

    alldatndensum @

  31. Anonymous11:36 PM

    This book looks like another winner by Ted Dekker. I am excited about reading it!!!

  32. I would love to win a copy. I am new to Dekker...(gasp). Thank you.

  33. I think I'm posting in the right place- lol.
    My sons love his work- and I would love to win a copy of this. I saw the movie made from his book - Three - and really enjoyed it! (chilling- in a good way) I also plan to read some of his work soon, and borrow them from my sons (since I love eerie and mysterious too) :)

  34. This sounds like an intense book. I would love the chance to win a copy. hollymag(at)gmail(d0t)com

  35. Please enter me. I've been really desperately wanting to read this since I first heard of it. Thanks!


  36. Anonymous11:39 AM

    this book sounds amazing would love read it..please enter my first of ted decker..he sounds amazing also


  37. I'm scared already - but I'm entering! Thanks for the chance!
    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  38. I have never read any of Ted Dekker's books but I have heard so many good things about them! I would love to start with this one!
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT

  39. What a scary book. Please count me in.

    cindyc715 at gmail dot com

  40. After all I've heard about this book, I'm positive I want to read it... but maybe in the daytime! Thanks for the contest.


  41. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the opportunity to win and for your review!

    slcremer at gmail dot com

  42. Kristipye (FR)6:44 PM

    I've been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it.

  43. Anonymous9:49 PM

    I would love to win a copy for my husband and son. They read Ted Dekker. Please enter my name. Thanks. Teresa


  44. Please enter me; my brother would love to read it!

    dancingqueen18 @ PBS

  45. I would love to read this book. I've read quite a few of his book and I really like them!

  46. I would love to read this book great review!

  47. Please enter me in the contest. I love Ted Dekker!

    username on PBS - tavnkate5

  48. I would love to win, please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  49. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win a copy of this book!

    Cathy Bryant
    catbry1 AT yahoo DOT com

  50. Anonymous3:25 PM

    Please enter me. I am loving your blog gal!

  51. Anonymous3:26 PM

    Well shoot - I am having problems posting anyway except as anonymous. The message above is mine. or
    CozSnShine PBS

  52. Anonymous3:33 PM

    I haven't read any Ted Dekker books yet, and would love for this to be my first (plus my birthday is on Wednesday so this would be a great gift for myself lol!) Thanks Deborah! or JaneAustenFan at PBS.

  53. I'd love to win this one -- maybe it could be my first Dekker book!


  54. Hi! My husband and I both enjoy reading books written by Mr. Dekker! Please enter me in your drawing for this book of his.
    Many thanks, Cindi

  55. Sounds like a great book, just my kind. I would love to read this one. Please enter me. Thanks!


  56. Definitely want to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  57. Anonymous8:40 PM

    I'd love to win one of these!
    PBS username ladybugsbooks