The Boneman’s Daughter by Ted Dekker
Summary from the author’s website:
They call him BoneMan, a serial killer who’s abducted six young women. He’s the perfect father looking for the perfect daughter, and when his victims fail to meet his lofty expectations, he kills them by breaking their bones and leaving them to die.
Intelligence officer Ryan Evans, on the other hand, has lost all hope of ever being the perfect father. His daughter and wife have written him out of their lives.
Everything changes when BoneMan takes Ryan’s estranged daughter, Bethany, as his seventh victim. Ryans goes after BoneMan on his own.
But the FBI sees the case differently. New evidence points to Ryan being BoneMan. Now the hunter is the hunted and in the end only one father will stand.
I was really, really disappointed in this book. I don’t read a lot of thrillers, but when I do I expect them to be, well, thrilling. I didn’t find “Boneman’s Daughters” to be thrilling at all. I didn’t feel any suspense, I didn’t care whether any of the characters lived or died, nothing. This sort of sucked, because I had totally geared myself up for a thriller before reading this.
Okay, and then there was the fact that this was Christian fiction. I totally knew that and didn’t have a problem with it going into the book. Based on the beginning of the book I figured that, in this case, Christian fiction just meant ‘clean’ and not too gory (but why couldn’t we still have had thrilling without the gore???). Until I got to the ending. Suddenly the God/Christ/Devil analogies were completely in your face. Going from little to no talk of God to this made the ending seem totally heavy handed.
This one just really did not do anything for me.