The Boneman’s Daughters – Mini Review

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.

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18 comments to The Boneman’s Daughters – Mini Review

  • I’ve yet to read any Ted Dekker simply because I know he’s Christian fiction (Kind of like Frank Peretti). It’s not that I have anything against Christian fiction, but it seems that, when it’s a Christian thriller, the Christianity is a little too shoved-in-the-face and forced. I would rather read something that has some Christian elements, but isn’t too heavy-handed.

  • This book didn’t really do much for me either. I’ve read hundreds of thrillers, and this one just did not stand out. I also had no idea this was intended to be Christian fiction. Frankly, quite a few thrillers pull in God, the devil and everything in between so I would never have known.

  • Hummm I’m totally out of it — I had no idea that Dekker was Christian fiction. I don’t like in your face Christian solutions (for lack of better description) — like, if you pray all will be okay; if trust God/Jesus that’s all that’s needed. I have no problem with spiritual or religious themes. I’ve been meaning to give Dekker a try, and I guess I still will, just to make up my own mind.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Review: The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale =-.

  • sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. Thrillers must be thrilling to hold my interest as well. I haven’t read this one or any other Dekker books.

  • Ti

    I agree. I listened to this one on audio and I could care less what happened to Bethany. I think that was her name in the book. I thought the mother was annoying and the reader for the book was annoying as well.

  • Sorry this didn’t work for you. I read it, and liked it, but didn’t love it.

  • I haven’t read this one, but if you’d like to give Dekker one more try, I remember thinking “Three” was an amazing thriller, and I don’t think the Christian message was heavy-handed in that one at all.
    .-= Carrie K.´s last blog ..Literary Road Trip: Author Molly Blaisdell =-.

  • Techincally this isn’t Christian fiction, unless your definition of Christian fiction is fiction written by a Christian author. This isn’t my favorite Dekker, though.

    • That isn’t my definition normally, doesn’t he normally write Christian Fiction? I just found the ending to be really heavy handed with the religious imagery, and all of the sudden, too.

  • Amy

    Didn’t know Dekker was christian fiction either. I don’t read many thrillers but this one looked like it had promise. Sorry it didn’t work out.

  • I keep hearing great things about Dekker, but I’ve never read him. I’ll take your suggestion and start with something else if I read him. If you want a good thriller, however, I’m a huge fan of Robert Ellis (City of Fire and The Lost Witness).
    .-= nomadreader´s last blog review: Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman =-.

  • I agree with Amy’s comment. While Dekker has written Christian fiction in the past, this would fall under his thriller category. I’m sorry you didn’t like this one. I hope it doesn’t stop you from reading some of his other work. It’s quite impressive!
    .-= Jenn’s Bookshelves´s last blog ..Waiting on Wednesday: The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry =-.

  • Oooohhh .. I have this one on my TBR.. sorry you didn’t like it .. I guess if a book didn’t make you care, it is not worth it.

  • This review made me laugh. I listened to this on audio, and besides enjoying the detailed portrait of the mc while he was at war I really didn’t think anything else about it. I also don’t know that I was expecting much so in hat way I guess I got what I expected.

  • I’m totally with you! You said what I thought and felt about this book better than I did, I think. At least yours is more succinct :-). It was just annoying with the “three things, no four” stuff every time you turned around, and then it just got weird at the end. Like Carrie, I thought “Three” was fantastic, but this one was.. meh.

    I passed it on to my mom, who said she had been meaning to buy it, so I’m wondering how she liked it.
    .-= The Kool-Aid Mom´s last blog ..Friday Fill-Ins ~ The LOST Bionic Invisible Blogger! =-.

  • It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so I can’t remember the god/devil part you’re referring to. I enjoyed it, though. The Noxema was the hook that caught me. It kept me on edge. I don’t remember ever worrying that any of the main characters would die, but I usually assume they don’t. Still, it didn’t keep me riveted like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, either.
    .-= Literate Housewife´s last blog ..TSS – January in Review =-.

  • Reader

    I read all types of fiction including Christian fiction and enjoy it all. However, when I read Christian fiction, I do like the spiritual aspect to be introduced early on and continue to be fortified as the book proceeds. I agree that this book did not give me the gradual workup and crescendo I enjoy. I have read most of Dekker’s material and usually enjoy the books.

  • courtney :)

    yalls is crazy! i thought this book was awesome….but i am 13 and i am very christian…..soooo…ya 😀