BoneMan's Daughters

BoneMan's Daughters

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by Ted Dekker

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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

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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. Ryan goes after BoneMan on his own.

But the FBI sees it differently. New evidence points to the suspicion that Ryan is BoneMan. Now the hunter is the hunted, and in the end, only one father will stand.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[It] doesn't just get under your skin. It crawls there, nests, and raises its head with a bitter tug, as if it's living within you."

—- Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lies "

Ted Dekker is a true master of thrillers, and this is his best."

—-Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of The Gold Coast"

[BONEMAN'S DAUGHTERS] is a tour-de-force of suspense that demands to be read in one sitting."

—-James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Oracle

Library Journal

Well known for taut, supernatural thrillers (Sinner; Skin) that push readers to the brink, Dekker goes over the edge with a gruesome plot that may make sensitive readers squirm. A serial killer is kidnapping young girls, breaking their bones, and leaving them to die. Ryan Evans is an intelligence officer who is alienated from his own family. When the BoneMan kidnaps Ryan's daughter, Ryan must take on this deranged killer himself to save her. Full of Dekker's trademark suspense, this well-written thriller is bound to elicit strong demand from fans. Despite the dark material, it does not contain overly graphic accounts of violence. For CF suspense collections.

—Tamara Butler
Kirkus Reviews
Christian novelist Dekker offers a mainstream novel featuring a soulless serial killer, a top Naval Intelligence officer and a 17-year-old aspiring model in a tale set in Austin, Texas. Ryan Evans, a career officer, finds himself imprisoned while serving in Iraq by a man who wants to teach him a lesson on war. In a room with photos of children killed in a bombing plastered to the walls, his captor gives the officer an edict: Evans must hand over his wife and child back in the United States or watch a succession of Iraqi children die by having their bones slowly broken. Evans manages to break free and return to the base, but not before witnessing several children suffer this horrible fate. The experience profoundly affects him. Returning home, Evans tries to reestablish his life with his estranged wife, Celine, and daughter, Bethany, an aspiring model. But while Evans was serving his country, Celine and Bethany have moved on. Celine has found another man-District Attorney Burt Welsh-and she wants out of her marriage. As for Bethany, she simply wants nothing to do with her father, but none of that matters when the BoneMan strikes again. BoneMan-so named for his method of killing young female victims by breaking their bones without breaking their skin-haunted Texas for years, then abruptly stopped for two years (coincidentally, it's the same amount of time that Evans has been absent from the area). Populated by characters who relentlessly review everything they know about the case but never develop into people the reader will care about, Dekker's story is lightly and improbably plotted. Many moments in the book seem to exist only as space-fillers, and there's one implausible plot twist afteranother. Dekker's villain-who is addicted to Noxzema skin cream-is almost likable compared to his victims and the other characters, all of whom overthink every action in this less-than-thrilling tale that might hit the mark with Dekker fans but will leave most readers begging for mercy.

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James Rollins
"A tour de force of suspense that demands to be read in one sitting."--(James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Last oracle)
Brad Meltzer
"BoneMan's Daughters doesn't just get under your skin. It crawls there, and nests, and raises its head with a bitter tug, like it's living within you."--(Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lies)

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BoneMan's Daughters 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 238 reviews.
pennywisePC More than 1 year ago
I was curious as to how this author would do in his first of this kind. His award winning fantasy (Circle Trilogy) has a huge following, but I'm not into fantasy. Another of his books about a serial killer was supposedly religious, which again, I'm not into. Now comes BoneMan's Daughters and as an employee of a major book seller and a lover of thrillers I got my hands on an early copy. Every bit as good as any thriller I've read this last year. Not perfect (some of the details in Iraq were off) but once it gains steam this is a nail-biter to the bitter end. Dekker knows how to write with heart and he had mine all the way through. Not bad, not bad at all.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
BoneMan's Daughters by Ted Dekker is a cringe-worthy, hair-raising thriller. Ryan Evans has spent most of his adult life devoted to the Navy, at the expense of his relationships with his daughter, Bethany, and wife, Celine. When he is captured and tortured in Iraq, he realizes how much time he wasted with his family and returns home to make it right. But after sixteen years of abandonment, both Celine and Bethany are more than willing to move on. Celine with the handsome district attorney, Burt, who put serial killer BoneMan behind bars, and Bethany with a modelling career. Burt messed up, and the man who was imprisoned as the BoneMan has been set free. The killer takes Bethany, and Ryan is soon suspected to be the BoneMan, so the only way to prove his innocence and save his daughter from a brutal monster is to find her himself. Dekker writes a haunting, frightening story with parallels to the love of God. He uses Ryan's love and willingness to sacrifice his life for her to demonstrate Jesus' death for us. The story doesn't get hung up on faith, however. The BoneMan is a frightening villain worthy of Hannibal Lecter, and Bethany's descent into Stockholm syndrome gave me goosebumps. Do not read this book late at night or in the house alone!
LadyBugSR More than 1 year ago
If you like your stories intense, this debut mainstream novel from Dekker is a fantastic treat. Not for lovers of plodding plot with endless character development, this is a fast read and it had my pulse going steady, especially during the last half. I read an advance copy because of the endorsements from Brad Meltzer and some others who all commented on it being intense... So true. What surprised me most was how deeply I got sucked into the characters on this harrowing ride they take. Honestly, it's not the most original premise in the world, Father returns from Iraq to discover that his estranged daughter has been taken by a serial killer and goes after said killer on his own. But there are numerous reversal and twists and I had a very hard time putting this novel down which is quite unusual these days. A great, fast paced read if you want to lose yourself in an intense plot.
BiggistFan More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Very suspenseful. The ending was not what I thought it would be. All of Ted Dekker's books are riviting.
copperkel More than 1 year ago
More like a bedtime story than a novel...unrealistic plot, author glosses over some key points in the story. I have read much better serial killer based novels with authors that have really seemed to do their research on the inner workings of their "bad guy". It seems as if the author didn't want to worry about creating a conclusion involving the supporting characters so he just kills everyone off with little fuss. If not a good bedtime story, maybe a made for TV movie is where it should end up, definitely not on my Nook...
DuckHunter More than 1 year ago
This is one of the stories that gets you involved from the very beginning and then never lets you go. Keeps you on the edge of your chair. I found my self wanting to not put it down, and then anxiously waiting for the next chance to start reading it again. I really like the character development for each of the main players. I have suggested this book to many others as an introduction to Ted Dekker. So far, everyone that I suggested the book to really loved the book. Anytime a book can keep me interested, regardless of the story line, then I consider it a good book. I think that Mr. Dekker can do this with the talent he has been given. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book! Its one of Ted's best yet. I have a brother who is over seas fighting and he is a Hum V Driver so part of the book made me cry for quite a bit. Anywho, this is a great book and Ted Dekker has to be my FAVORITE author. If you like christain authors and books then Ted is your man!! I wouldnt recommend this book if you dont have a strong tummy :) For example if the thought of breaking peoples bones makes your knees buckle this book is not for you. I loved it and hopefully you will too! :)
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
My 1st Ted Dekker experience! This book caught my eye right away when I saw it for the first time and the blurbs from Nelson DeMille & Brad Meltzer on the back are what sold me on it! DeMille says it the best book yet by Dekker and Brad Meltzer (author of Book of Lies) says it gets under your skin! I know previously Dekker has written mostly for a Christian audience and this book is his first shot at mainstream. "BoneMan's Daughters" is a good thriller / mystery. I thought the book started very strong and ended even stronger! Part of the ending is a little predictable, but its the journey getting to that point that makes reading it worthwhile. The characters were good, the main character was a bit confusing, Dekker made him out to be a somewhat "tough" military man, but then later in the book he doesn't quite fill that part! The serial killer, the Boneman had his moments. This book is probably considered gruesome, gory and a little scary if your a teenage girl or if you are easily spooked or if you attend alot of church! For me, I'm used to a little more extreme stuff. This book did have one of the cheesiest lines I've ever read in a book, so cheesy I feel the need to share it- "There are two things the Boneman despises, writers & journalists of all kinds and Mini Cooper automobiles, because they looked like ladybugs and Boneman hates bugs and he hates women!" I probably won't go back and read any of Ted Dekkers other books based off the reviews I've read, but I will strongly consider reading anything new he writes that is written for a mainstream non/Christian audience! Good, fun fast paced thriller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate for someone to give me a summary of the book so here is my opinion instead. I can read just about any type of murder mystery/ serial killers, etc.. However, this book made me cringe when I begn reading the details and desscciption of breaking humans bones. I could only read for short periods of time before taking a short break - very intense.
diskoball More than 1 year ago
Kinda hard writing a review for a story that leaves you speechless. From the sands of Iraq to the city and country-side of Texas, we follow Ryan Evans as he faces insurgents, a family torn apart and even the FBI. If that wasn't enough, he now has to deal with a serial killer named BoneMan-who strangely enough uses the same killing methods as the Iraqi insurgents. This is one book hard to put down. It grabbed me from the start and just had to read on to see what happens and who's really behind all that's going on-- who is this Boneman? Is there really a Boneman or is it really Evans as the FBI suspects? Or is he something else completely? Time is running out and somebody better do something to stop the madness. The twist towards the end is killer (pun intended). Although it ends rather abruptly. I'd rather not go into it with more details as I don't want to ruin the story for anybody. Ted Dekker takes you through one emotional, psychological thrill ride that will leave you breathless but still turning the pages at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BoneMan's Daughters is a simple book on the surface, but as we all know, looks can be deceiving. What looks to be a straightforward serial killer novel is actually a more complicated tale rich in paradox and irony. What you take into this book will likely determine what you take out of it and the longer you dwell on it, the more it wraps around you. I love the way Dekker constructed the opening chapters of BoneMan's Daughters. The changing between scenes was highly effective and contrasted Ryan's suffering with his family's indulgence. It caused an immediate connection with Ryan and affected my attitude towards him throughout the whole story. I enjoyed a lot of the themes explored in BoneMan's Daughters. They were interesting to think through and some very good points were made. It wasn't as overt as some of Dekker's previous novels, but he was crystal clear in presenting his ideas. It was a nice change and more in the vein of Thr3e than Skin. My main complaint was I didn't feel the story as I should have. This had the making to be a story that could cause tears to flow and my blood pressure to rise. The problem with BoneMan's Daughters, was it was a rather subdued book. One the surface, it appeared as though it would be violent. After all, we are talking about a serial killer who breaks his victim's bones. Unfortunately, there were not a lot of details, so I knew when someone was injured, but I didn't get to experience it with them. Granted violence can go too far the other direction, to gratuitous, but there is a middle ground. An area where the reader can truly understand, but without feeling the need to puke. BoneMan's Daughters didn't go far enough. It stopped well short. I wanted to feel the horror that Ryan did when he watched the first child die. I wanted to know how he felt. I wanted to be outraged, but because it was anticlimactic it lacked true impact. Don't get me wrong, there is a respectable body count and none of the deaths would be a method I'd choose, but it lacked the chilling aspect I thought this book should really have. Over all, I enjoyed BoneMan's Daughters. I liked it even better a couple of hours after I finished it. In some ways it's a break from some of Dekker's recent books. It's not as energetic and fast paced. It's not slow by any means, but it doesn't have as many turns and they're taken a little more cautiously. There are some nice plot twists and great suspense elements. It's a well written book with some deep spiritual themes. It's the type of book I most enjoy. I know I'll be contemplating it for several days, and that's exactly what I want in my fiction.
Moriarty More than 1 year ago
Definitely on of Ted Dekker's best. It grabs you at the beginning and never loosens its grip as it drags you through hell. (and back) Complete with rich parallels, it sketches a different, considerably more painful portrait of love and sacrifice. Not for the faint of heart, but if you are looking for Dekker books, then you probably expected that. Not to say it is without its problems. The basic plot idea has been used a lot before, even by Dekker himself. So in that department it is far from inventive. And (in my opinion only, of course) I thought the ending was a tad lacking. However I also think that the thrill and the thought provoking make it quite worth it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
My son has this in print. I have not been able to put it down. A fantastic read, yearning for more reads. Happy reading
Sam-C More than 1 year ago
**spoiler alert** This was my second Ted Dekker book (the first was "The Bride Collector"). I found "The Bride Collector" to be a decent read and as a Catholic, I appreciated the religious themes, so I thought I'd give this book a chance after reading the synopsis. I was sent an autographed copy of the book, which thrilled the literary nerd in me. Little did I know that that would be the only thrill I'd extract from this purchase. While the story managed to hold my attention, I wasn't crazy about the writing of "The Bride Collector," and I thought that it would improve with another book. It didn't. While this story did keep me entertained, I felt that I was constantly being struck over the head with repetition and belabored points. Nothing irks me more as a reader than a poorly edited story. You can tell when an author goes for page/word count. Rather than being 401 pages, it could have been maybe 300 or less after tightening it up.  Repetition insults the reader; it detracts from the story and comes across as very patronizing. I felt as if Dekker wrote under the assumption that his readers have amnesia and need constant reminders and rehashing of points that have been made countless times throughout the story. I already knew, on my own, that: - BoneMan was Alvin Finch, Satan, Lucifer, etc. - Ryan Evans loved his daughter. - Ryan Evans wanted to find his daughter...alive. - Ryan Evans is emotional and capable of losing himself in extreme emotional turmoil at random moments. - (Enter your own.) Even that twist surrounding BoneMan being Bethany's biological father at the end of the story didn't reach into me and shake me up. I love a good twist, but that just fell flat. The ending was predictable. Let the readers do some of the work.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and had an excellent story line. My opinion though some of the story was not well executed and the ending could have been so much better had the author taken his time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, good twist at the end
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First novel of Dekker that I read, and it was excellent. Im reading the newest series now and its just not quite as enjoyable as this book but hoping the 3rd story of 3 turns out to be the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. True Dekker.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a pretty good book. It had some suspenseful moments and for the most part it was not too predictable so I would recommend it to someone who enjoys reading a good thriller book from time to time
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is sad killer kills by breaking every bone in your body. Dekker is my fav author.