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Review: Boneman’s Daughter

April 25, 2009


Ryan Evans was a Navy Intelligence Officer more married to his career than to his family.  On a tour of duty in Iraq, his convoy was ambushed and he was taken prisoner.  The brutalities he witnessed made him vow to be a better husband and father when he returned to his family.

Upon his return to the U. S., Ryan learned that his family had moved on – his wife wants a divorce so she can marry the local district attorney,  and his beautiful daughter doesn’t want to have anything to do with him.  Ryan angrily attacked the DA and was served with a restraining order.

While this is going on, a serial killer, the Boneman strikes after a two year hiatus.  The Boneman abducts his victims and slowly kills them by breaking every bone in their body, careful not to break the skin.  His latest victim is Ryan’s daughter, Bethany.  The Boneman taunts Ryan and the police quickly tag Ryan as a suspect.  Ryan has to race to save his daughter or is he really the killer?

Boneman’s Daughter by Ted Dekker is  full of suspense.  You know fairly early in the story who the killer is, but you don’t know what he’ll do next or how he’ll get caught.  The book’s  not too graphic and doesn’t contain foul language.  There were times when I felt like the story got bogged down in some details that weren’t necessary and I wanted the story to progress a little faster.  I found some of the characters (like the DA) to be a little clichéd and the story to be somewhat predictable, but overall, I though the book was good.  I think fans of thrillers and Ted Dekker’s books will enjoy this one.  Boneman’s Daughter is Ted Dekker’s 23rd novel.  You can listen to an interview of him on Blog Talk Radio.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2009 7:09 am

    I have this book ordered from a book club. I’ve never read anything by Dekker before, so I’m looking forward to getting this one.

  2. April 25, 2009 7:19 am

    I’ve seen this title EVERYWHERE lately. I’m glad you liked it. I haven’t read any of his books yet.

  3. April 25, 2009 8:15 am

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, and I feel like it’s starting to get built up so high that it will never meet my expectations… Anyway, I was glad to see your thoughts on the predictability of the story and characters–a nice dose of reality.

    Great review!

  4. April 25, 2009 8:17 am

    I definitely want to read this one after listening to him talk about it on the BlogTalk Radio show. Sounds like an interesting book!

  5. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 25, 2009 9:27 am

    So many people have suggested Dekker that I finally checked out an audio book of his from the library. Now I just need to find the time to listen to it 🙂

  6. April 25, 2009 10:18 am

    Well, as you have probably surmised, I absolutely LOVED the blogtalk interview and now have Ted Dekker at the top of my TBR list. I think I might start with either Shadowland (a co-worker has recommended this one) or Black (which I read with my student book club in December, but want to re-read with my new-found insight of the author).

    Great, honest review of his latest work! I do enjoy a good suspenseful thriller, so I will definitely read it sometime in the future.

  7. April 25, 2009 1:04 pm

    This sounds pretty good, the bone breaking thing reminds me a bit of Saw, I have no clue why.

  8. April 25, 2009 1:13 pm

    ooooh.. sounds a little scary.. Okay.. I am a wimp. Great review. I do want to read this one … I love that I am broadening my horizons by reading everyone’s blogs. I feel a lot of genres are opening up by these great reviews and recommendations. Thank You!

  9. April 25, 2009 1:41 pm

    I’m reading this one now. LOVE Dekker’s writing style. I’m pacing myself, don’t want to finish it too soon!

  10. April 25, 2009 2:49 pm

    Kathy, stop by my blog please. There’s an award for you!

  11. April 25, 2009 3:58 pm

    I’ve never read anything by Ted Dekker, but I keep hearing great things about his writing. I have a copy of Kiss that I really need to read.

  12. April 25, 2009 4:35 pm

    I really liked reading this one. It wasn’t a perfect novel, but it was perfectly enjoyable. 🙂 It certainly was a great way to spend most of the read-a-thon. Great review, Kathy!

  13. April 25, 2009 4:57 pm

    Interesting review. Sounds like you found both good and bad things about this book.

  14. April 25, 2009 5:00 pm

    I just saw this at B&N or the library I believe the other day. The title caught my eye but I hadn’t read the back. After reading the description, it sounds rather interesting but hopefully it won’t feel like it’s dragging for me…

    BTW…I gave you an award!! Stop by The Book Faery Reviews and check it out. 🙂

  15. April 25, 2009 5:35 pm

    Nice review. You’ve got an award waiting on my blog.

  16. April 25, 2009 5:57 pm

    While you’re at it, stop by my blog for an award too! Luv is all around.

  17. April 25, 2009 7:44 pm

    This has certainly been on a lot of blogs lately! I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of Ted Dekker before but it seems like the serial killer has just enough of an unusual method to really set this a part from other books like this.

  18. April 25, 2009 8:42 pm

    I’ve only read one other of Dekker’s and liked it. Not sure why I haven’t read any others so this is a good push to get back to him. Thanks for the good review!

  19. April 25, 2009 11:25 pm

    I am about half way through and there does seem to be a lot of detail..feel it’s going real slow..hoping it will catch me before I give up…but giving it a shot..Liked your review.. 🙂

  20. April 26, 2009 4:54 am

    Nice review. I’m not sure this one is for me.

  21. April 26, 2009 8:20 am

    I’m looking forward to reading this one. Glad you liked it!

  22. April 26, 2009 8:04 pm

    I liked this one too Kathy. It was just creepy enough for me.

  23. April 26, 2009 10:09 pm

    I can’t wait to read this one. I hope to get to it in the next couple of weeks.

  24. April 27, 2009 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the review. Anna is sending me the audio version, so I’ll let you know what I think!

  25. May 4, 2009 9:50 pm

    I haven’t read a Dekker book in a while, but the few I’ve read, I’ve enjoyed. I’ll have to keep this one in mind. Thanks for the review.


  26. May 7, 2009 1:36 pm

    I have seen this book around and it sounds better and better everytime I read a review.

  27. September 15, 2009 11:32 pm

    This sounds interesting. I haven’t read many thrillers, but the title’s certainly intriguing. Although, doesn’t it give some of the plot-line away? Perhaps not, and I’m presuming things without a basis.

    I read Dolce Bellezza’s interview with you, and clicked the link posted on her site. I’m eager to read more of your reviews!

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