Thursday, February 21, 2008

Adam by Ted Dekker

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you'll know that I'm a fan of Ted Dekker. My admiration only grew when I interviewed him a few months ago for an article (additional clips here). So I picked up Adam this past afternoon with eager anticipation.

FBI behavior psychologist Daniel Clark has one obsession - finding the serial killer known only as Eve. His relentless hunt has already cost him his marriage. And then it claims his life. Or does it?

Resuscitated twenty minutes after Eve killed him, Daniel is haunted by the fact that only he saw the man's face - and he can't remember it. There is only one way to recover his lost memories before Eve finds another victim. Daniel must reenact his own death.

But will dying again bring life, or unlock the door to something far worse?

This book is both gripping and haunting, and fully complements the author's previous books. I've read a dozen of Ted's full-length novels (pictured right), so a few of the plot twists were expected, and the review copy gave away a plot point I wish it hadn't, because it ripped away suspense from the latter part of the book. I liked the way backstory was revealed through a nine-part news story throughout the book, but I would have preferred the novel didn't begin with part one, but instead the current story. It took a little while for me to get into the book for that reason. It also shares some some similarities with T. L. Hines' Waking Lazarus.

But the real test comes in a few hours. Will I have trouble sleeping?


C.J. Darlington said...

The only novel I've read that really gave me a nightmare was a Ted Dekker. It was Thr3e, and I ended up dreaming some killer was chasing me!

Elaina M. Avalos said...

This was the first Ted Dekker book I've read and I loved it.

Unknown said...

If Adam's the first Ted Dekker book you've read, I'd highly recomend "Black".

The circle trilogy is probably the focus of most of Dekker's other novels---great stuff!

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