Book Review – BoneMan’s Daughters (ARC)

BoneMan’s Daughtersbonemans-daughters
Written By: Ted Dekker
Published By: Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group, 2009, First Edition, 416 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-1599951959
(Available NOW!)
Top Pick

BoneMan’s Daughters is a spine-chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller that reads like a blockbuster movie; the BoneMan is evil personified!”

Product Description –
“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.”

BoneMan’s Daughters is an outstanding novel. I was captivated by this book from the very first page. The characterization of the military personnel and how they deal with being captured and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is all very accurately depicted. The unique plot has great momentum, taking stirring twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. Near the end of the book there is a completely unexpected plot twist that caught me off guard and left me with a few questions; they kept me thinking about the book, long after I had finished reading. The BoneMan himself is a fascinating case-study in the deranged depths of a serial killer’s mind; he is just so revolting and believable that it actually made me a little sick to my stomach. The Author also does a remarkable job of allowing Ryan to come full circle without any cheesiness or fluff. Ryan’s emotional and physical pain, his agonizing worry and his absolute determination to save his daughter is one of the most moving literary performances that I have had the pleasure of reading in a while. That a father can be driven to such twisted depths of depravity and despair and all the while, in those dark times he NEVER gives up hope that his daughter can be saved; it is such a testament to the depths of love that fathers feel for their daughters. If this book is adapted to film, I will definitely be going to see it!!
*This book contains some very gruesome scenes of torture and violence.*
I very highly recommend this book!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!

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A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy


10 thoughts on “Book Review – BoneMan’s Daughters (ARC)

  1. “Revolting but believable” – a quote from your review about this serial killer – is a very interesting phrase. We can all identify with “There but for the grace of God go I” and since most of us haven’t experienced military post-traumatic stress or the abuse that goes into the make-up of a serial killer (very hardened, and identifying now with the abuser), a book that treats this subject well and in-depth is rare. Sounds like a great read!

  2. Hi Christina,

    I was so amazed at how realistic the characters were in this story. Sure, there were parts and characters that freaked me out, but isn’t that exactly what we’re looking for if we pick up a book like this? :-)
    It is a really great read!
    I hope you pick up a copy when it’s released to the public.

  3. I’m so glad you loved this book! I’m starting it this weekend. I’ll be back to read your review more when I’m finished with it.

  4. Hi Darlene,

    That’s wonderful, I hope you like it as much as I did. Tell everyone in your house NOT to sneak up on you, you’ll be so engrossed in the book, you’d never hear them coming lol ;-)
    Super, please let me know what you think of my review; I would love to hear from you.

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