Thursday, February 19, 2009
Adam by Ted Dekker
From the back: It takes an obsessive mind to know one. And Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he's been stalking.
He's devoted every waking minute as a profiler to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He's pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in underground basements or caverns. He's delved into the killer's head and puzzled over the twisted religious overtones of the killings.
What Daniel can't possibly know is that he will be Eve's next victim. He will be the killer's first Adam. After sixteen hopeless months, the case takes a drastic turn on a very dark night when Daniel is shot and left for dead. Resuscitated after twenty minutes of clinical death, Daniel finds himself haunted by the experience. He knows he's seen the killer's face, but the trauma of dying has obscured the memory and left him with crushing panic attacks. Nothing--not even desperate, dangerous attempts to reexperience his own death--seems to bring him closer to finding the killer.
Then Eve strikes again, much closer to home. And Daniel's obsession explodes into a battle for his life . . . his sanity . . . his very soul.
My thoughts: This is a very dark, scary, & at times gruesome book that will make many uncomfortable. It is a psychological thriller with a Christian message. It's not just a book about a serial killer. It explores how he became a serial killer. Abuse, fear, evil, and victimization all were part of his making. After being lead at breath taking speed through the story I really was dissapointed at the ending. It didn't seem to be completly finished to me. It led me right to the edge, to the salvation of Daniel, then stopped. The final chapter, an article that was part of the story, indicated little of what became of the main characters. I listened to this, I love listening to books, but thought a couple of times that I might have enjoyed reading this one more. I found out through reading reviews, that an extra chapter was added to books that were sold in Christian bookstores. Now I'll have to find one of those and see what I have missed.
I have read three of his books so far and his book Thr3e is my favorite. What a twist in it at the end.
Ted Dekker talks about his book Adam:
Here is Dekker's site.