Wednesday, April 9, 2008

"Adam" review

I found Ted Dekker's latest book slightly before it was supposed to come out. I waited a while before reviewing it just to let myself settle down. You see, I read this one in about a day, and boy, was it an interesting day. I've waited a while to say this, because I wanted to reflect and make sure it was true:

Adam is Ted Dekker's best book to date.

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.

Adam is perhaps the most gripping and gritty Ted Dekker's writing gets. Daniel Clark's deadly adventures will keep you riveted from start to finish. The case study of the Eve killer, told in nine magazine excerpts throughout the book, is always captivating.

But be careful... this one could be the most real, and therefore terrifying thriller you read this year.

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