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I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I'm unsure who I can ...

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Overview

Let me tell you all I know for sure. My name. Shauna.

I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend—how could I have forgotten him?—my uncle and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragiccar accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. But what they say can't be true—can it?

I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I'm unsure who I can trust and who I should run from. And I'm starting to remember things I've never known. Things not about me. I think I'm going crazy.

And even worse, I think they want to kill me.

But who? And for what? Is dying for the truth really better than living with a lie?

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After partially recovering from a six-month coma, Shauna McAllister has returned home, but her memory of the car accident that caused it has been erased. Her estranged father, a senator with eyes on the White House, and her abusive stepmother blame Shauna for the tragedy. Wracked with guilt (the accident left her brother severely brain damaged), she attempts to piece together scattered images from that horrible day. What she eventually discovers will astonish and endanger her. A crisp Christian read about responsibility.
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Master of evangelical Christian suspense, Dekker (Thr3e; Blink; Skin) joins first-time author Healy in this thriller, no less fast-moving than the Christy Award-winning author's solo prose, but also more gripping as it plunges into the life of a woman with frayed and painful family relationships. When a tragic auto accident leaves Shauna McAllister's brother brain-damaged and erases her recent memories, she discovers she has a paranormal ability to steal memories from others, a capability that will either get her killed or unveil hidden sides of the very people she thought she could trust. Against this background, she attempts to uncover the ugly truth about her father's dark secrets and to upend his run for president of the United States. True to Dekker's penchant for twists that keep you guessing till the very last page, Kiss also attempts to return to snappier dialogue and more logical plotting than Skin. A psychological suspense thriller that shines light into black-market child trafficking, Dekker's latest will satisfy Christian fiction lovers who want complex characters and who believe in the stark realities of true good and heinous evil. (Jan.)

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Shauna McAllister cannot remember the last six months of her life after suffering a traumatic automobile accident that left her in a coma. She returns home to recuperate but finds that her family blames her for the accident, which also severely injured her brother. Shauna's friend Wayne Spade tries to jog her memory, but instead Shauna develops the mysterious ability to read other peoples' memories. She needs to find out what really caused her accident, but she also knows that it may cost her her life. Debut novelist Healy is aided by thriller master Dekker's talent for writing suspense with a supernatural edge. Kiss will also appeal to readers who enjoy books by Eric Wilson (Expiration Date), T.L. Hines (Waking Lazarus), and Kathryn Mackel (The Hidden). Recommended for CF and crossover suspense collections.


—Tamara Butler
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"Shauna McAllister wakes up in the hospital after a car accident with weeks of missing memory. Her fiancé tries to fill in the blanks, but is he telling her the truth? Pam Turlow's sweet voice brings Shauna to life as she struggles to reconstruct her world. But Shauna has a secret to protect:  When she touches others, she can steal their memories. As Shauna begins to uncover the truth about her father's indiscretions, Turlow's voice reflects her tension and fear. Turlow's delivery alternates between a calm, steady narration and modulated emotion. Her understated approach helps make this story of the paranormal even more suspenseful." 
M.B.K.  2010 Audies Finalist - © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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  • ISBN-13: 9781595544704
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is the New York Times best-selling author of more than25 novels. He is known for stories that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. He lives in Texas with his wife and children. Twitter @TedDekker, facebook.com/#!/teddekker

Erin Healy is the bestselling coauthor of Burn and Kiss
(with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for many bestselling authors. She owns WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She is a member of American
Christian Fiction Writers and Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife,
and Stranger Things. She and her family live in Colorado.

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kiss


By TED DEKkER ERIN HEALY

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2008 Ted Dekker and Erin Healy
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4185-7214-3


Chapter One

SIX WEEKS LATER

Nightmares of death by black water ticked off the hours of the deepest sleep Shauna McAllister had ever experienced. In an eternal loop, she choked and drowned and was somehow resuscitated, only to choke and drown again, and again, in an endless terror. Always the same fight, the same thrashing for air. Always the same intense agony for the same amount of time before the screen of her mind dimmed.

Then it would flicker back to life.

Merciless, exhausting.

Her stomach hurt with the penetration of a hundred slicing knives, cutting her enough to scrape and bleed and sting. The cold water was not a strong enough anesthetic.

She could not remember where she was or how she had come to be here.

Why wasn't her father with her? And where had Rudy gone?

The water closed over her head again. She considered welcoming death and letting her fatigue have its way. She was so tired.

Something touched her. A stable hand, gentle and helpful, grabbed her wrist. In that Herculean grip was all the strength she could not muster. And so it was that at the very moment she resigned herself to drowning, she sensed as she rose through the black waters that maybe she would not die today.

Shauna broke the surface, gasping and flopping like a snagged fish tossed onto the deck of a-

No, she was on a bed, some narrow thing that rattled when she moved. Her hands hit metal rails and she grabbed hold to avoid sliding back underwater, though some sixth sense told her there was no water. She started coughing and could not stop, as if the oxygen in this place would kill her just as quickly as liquid.

How did she get here?

Someone shoved a pillow under her shoulders. Someone was speaking. Several people were speaking at once, animated and urgent.

She opened her eyes and took her first full lungful of air.

A middle-aged woman in nurse's scrubs stood next to the bed, bright eyes wide and gap-toothed mouth slack. She hit an intercom button in the panel over the bed, punching it so hard the plastic speaker rattled.

Shauna was half-aware of people spilling into the room.

"Dr. Siders," the woman said into the wall. She put a hand over her heart as if to prevent its escape. "We need you here now. She's awake!"

* * *

Still disoriented, Shauna lay at the center of the small gathering in the room. Through her mental haze, she locked onto a tall doctor in a white lab coat as he moved to the head of her bed. The man was 80 percent limbs and 20 percent torso, long and wiry and strung taut.

"Hello, Shauna. You can hear me?"

She felt her chin dip a fraction of an inch.

He put his hand on her arm. "I'm Dr. Gary Siders. And you-well let's just say you're one very lucky girl. Without a doubt, the most unusual case I've had in here for a while."

Where was here? Where was Rudy?

She tried to remember. Random images collided in her mind in a wreck that could not be construed as an explanation: shopping at an open-air market in Guatemala, congratulating a colleague at the CPA firm where she worked, stir-frying veggies in a wok at her downtown loft.

These stray events seemed disconnected from this white bed, this white room, these people dressed in white. She couldn't remember, and the void was the most disconcerting piece of this white puzzle.

She saw a flash of color. Blue. A blue class ring on a long, angular hand that was supporting a man's chin. A handsome man. He stood under the TV, arms crossed, and his worry-lined forehead tripped some wire in Shauna's brain that said friendly. His brown eyes held hers and he smiled almost imperceptibly, hopefully.

Her mind held no recognition. But he was a relief to her senses, a warm, sympathetic object in an unfamiliar, cold room. She smiled back.

On the other side of the bed, her eyes landed on Patrice McAllister.

Shauna shivered involuntarily. How was it possible, after all these years, that the woman could make her feel afraid? Patrice wore her trademark navy blue pantsuit and deadpan expression. She had all of Diane Keaton's good looks, but her heart was a stone.

The scar tissue under Shauna's arm seemed to burn, as always when Patrice stared at her. Shauna looked for her father. No sign of him. No surprise there.

Instead, she saw Uncle Trent standing behind Patrice. A close-cropped layer of white hair covered his sun-spotted head. Trent rested his hand on Patrice's shoulder as if forcing her to stay put. The laugh lines around his eyes eased Shauna's fear.

In these beats of recognition, Shauna felt her body with new awareness, as if her senses had been on vacation and just returned: the stiffness of her limbs, the pain in her stomach, the hardness of her mattress, the discomfort of her itchy sheets. She wanted to get out of bed. Her muscles would not respond.

"Let's sit you up." The doctor reached the controls for the hospital bed, and she rose with a whir. "Better?"

"Where is this?" her vocal cords rasped.

"Hill Country Medical Center."

She'd been in this hospital many times, but never as a patient. Behind him on a counter, old flowers wilted in dirty water. Other empty vases lined up behind these.

"How long?"

"This should only take about five minutes. We'll schedule a complete neuropsychological evaluation when we know you're up for it. That will take a day or two."

"I mean, how long have I been here?"

He hesitated. "Six weeks."

Six weeks?

"You've drifted in and out for several days, never fully awake."

"I don't remember any of that."

"Not unusual."

"What day is it?"

He checked his wristwatch. "October 14. Sunday. You came in September 1."

September.

She tried to remember August.

Nothing. July.

Nothing. Farther.

Nothing.

She'd been here six weeks? Her mind didn't want to connect with the idea of it, much less any specific memory.

He flashed a blinding light across her eyes and she winced. The stranger under the TV stepped to the bed and placed a warm hand on her blanketed foot. The gesture gave her courage. Who was this man? Someone she trusted, apparently.

"Follow my fingers," Dr. Siders said. She focused on his sinewy hand, contemplating how so much time could have slipped by without her knowing it. Six weeks from-

From what?

She'd taken her trip to Guatemala. That was when, March?

He lifted the blanket and ran a fingernail along the sole of her other foot. Her reflexes snatched it out of his reach. "You have no respect for the Rancho Levels-if you move through those any faster, I'll have to discharge you this afternoon. The GCS score is useless. Apparently all you're guilty of is a concussion. No TBI. The MRIs and CATs are clear, though they're not the most reliable, considering you're in a drug trial."

She had no idea what he was talking about.

"Can you tell me who's here in the room with us?" he asked her.

Shauna kept her eyes on the doctor. "My father's wife, Patrice McAllister. And Uncle Trent-Trent Wilde, a family friend. He's not actually my uncle."

"And what does Mr. Wilde do?"

The answer came to her without her needing to search for it. This surprised her. "He's the CEO of my father's company. McAllister MediVista."

"Where is that company located?"

"Houston."

"Do you know who he is?" Dr. Siders gestured toward the man whose warm hand still rested on her foot.

She studied him again. High hairline. Color-coordinated waves and eyes. Dark brown sugar. Older than she was, maybe midthirties. Professional. He might be an athlete-a distance runner or a cyclist. As for who he was, she came up empty.

She shook her head. Patrice sighed and tapped her fingers on her crossed arms.

"You have no recollection of Wayne Spade?" the doctor asked. "I understand you two are well acquainted."

"How well?"

Uncle Trent exchanged a glance with Wayne, who averted his eyes and shoved his hands into his pockets.

"Honey," Trent said, "you and Wayne have been close for several months."

Embarrassment settled over Shauna. "You don't mean-"

"It's okay, Shauna." Wayne's tone was careful, and his smile covered up what Shauna sensed was disappointment. She heard what he didn't say: they had been more, and he didn't want the truth of it to hurt either one of them. "Take your time."

How could she have forgotten someone so close to her? Distress filled her stomach.

"I'm sorry," she whispered.

Dr. Siders turned back to her. "Wayne saved your life, my dear. He pulled you out of the water and performed CPR until the paramedics arrived."

This man? He saved her life? What water?

The doctor went on. "Where do you live, Shauna?"

"Wha-? Um, Austin."

"What is your father's name?"

"Landon. McAllister."

"And he is presently campaigning for the office of?"

"President," she said. "Where is he?"

"California, I think. Our staff is in the process of contacting him about your status. Can you tell me the outcome of the primary elections in February?"

He won, of course, or else he wouldn't still be campaigning. She had a few questions of her own, but the conversation was moving too quickly for her to articulate the bottom line. Why could she remember her father but not-what was his name? Wayne? Why could she remember last year but not this summer? She stood unbalanced at the edge of a yawning gap filled with nothing but anxiety.

"Can we move it along please?" Patrice asked.

Dr. Siders checked his notes. "Do you remember the accident?"

Wayne seemed to recover from the blow of Shauna's forgetfulness. Touching her ankles, he said, "Is now the best time to bring all this up?"

"The-I was in an accident?"

"Oh, for crying out loud," Patrice murmured.

Wayne frowned at her. "Mrs. McAllister, please."

Shauna could not look at her stepmother, but she caught Uncle Trent's eyes. He shook his head at Shauna. Let it go.

"Yes," the doctor said to Shauna. "Do you remember it?"

Shauna looked at Wayne. "You were there? How did you ...?"

"He was following you home from my house," Uncle Trent said.

"I don't understand," Shauna said.

"Dr. Siders," Wayne said, "she's so tired."

"She's been sleeping six weeks," Patrice said, standing. "She can stay awake a few more minutes."

"Patrice," Trent said.

"No," she snapped. "Enough of this melodrama. We deserve to know what she knows."

"I don't understand." Shauna gripped the bedsheets in a double fist. "What happened?"

"You tell us, Shauna. I believe you know precisely what I mean. If you're pulling a stunt"-Patrice leaned over the bed-"if I find out you're making a mockery of Rudy and your father with this act ..." She frowned and fumbled for words.

Nothing but Patrice's own twisted view of the world could make sense of such accusations. Shauna's temples throbbed. She looked at Uncle Trent, begging him without words to sort this out for her.

He pulled Patrice away from the bed. "Rudy was with you, honey. You were driving when your car collided with a truck and went off a bridge."

Shauna managed a shallow breath but she couldn't exhale. "Is he okay?"

Wayne's eyes shifted. Dr. Siders appeared as baffled as Shauna felt. Trent looked at Patrice but offered no answer.

"Is Rudy okay?"

Patrice glared at Shauna. "You don't deserve an answer to that. You will tell us exactly what happened. Where you got the drugs. Why you planned to hurt Rudy. I can't believe anyone would go to such lengths. You're a beast. You have nearly ruined your father. It's a wonder he has managed to go on."

Rudy was hurt. Fear injected adrenaline into Shauna's heart.

Drugs?

"Where is he?" she demanded.

"California," Trent said.

"I mean Rudy!" She threw back the covers.

Patrice stepped back into Trent. Dr. Siders snapped out of his gawking. He dropped his charts onto the counter behind him, then leaned across the bed to catch Shauna's arm. "I want you out of here, all of you! We spoke about this."

She slapped Dr. Siders's hands away. "Tell me where Rudy is."

Wayne's face lit up with worry, and he reached for Shauna as she dropped her legs over the edge of the bed. A rolling table stood between them, and he bumped into it.

Her bare feet hit the floor and she tried to stand on her atrophied legs, which resented her demands as much as everyone else in the room apparently did. The blood in her body raced to her feet to be of help, emptying her head. Patrice stood back and watched Shauna fall. She went down before anyone else could catch her, clipping her jaw on the table and clamping down on her tongue. She tasted blood and heard her skull smack the vinyl flooring, then she slipped back into the black waters.

Chapter Two

Wayne held Shauna's elbow and helped her down the white hallway. She insisted on walking this time, desperate to get out of the wheelchair, and determined to get out of this hospital as quickly as possible. It was already Wednesday.

After a day of fluctuating consciousness followed by two full days of being scanned, tested, poked, quizzed, and studied, she had many more questions than the first time she awoke.

But no more answers. They were all refusing to speak to her about Rudy and it was driving her crazy.

"I can't believe how much progress you've made already," Wayne said as her energy flagged. She paused for a break and leaned against the wall. "You're amazing."

She searched his eyes. "Please, Wayne. Tell me."

"Tell you what?"

"What no one else will. About Rudy."

"We've been over this." His tone reflected sadness rather than impatience. "Shauna, they've told me as much as they've told you. How bad can it be if they've sent him home?"

"This is ridiculous! Why all the secrecy?"

"He's home. And he's got the best care your father's money can buy."

"So for all we know they've sent him home to die?"

Wayne chuckled. "Wow. You really do go to the worst-case scenario, don't you?"

"Don't laugh at me." Shauna started walking again.

He sobered up and stayed by her side. "I only meant that your father wouldn't be on the road if that was the case."

"It's maddening!"

"I'm sure it's for your best. Trent has everything taken care-"

"My father should be the one in that role. But then he never was where he needed to be, was he?"

"He's on his way back."

"So I hear."

Wayne didn't say anything to that. Really, what could he say? Shauna didn't wish her family's dysfunctional dynamics on anyone.

"Thank you for all you've done these last few days."

"You're welcome."

"I feel really bad about ... about not ..."

Wayne placed a finger on her lips, giving her a light static shock. She flinched. He looked surprised, then grinned.

"Don't worry about any of that," he said. "We'll figure it out as we go. Right now, you have bigger things to worry about."

He placed his free hand between her shoulder blades and guided her into the office, rubbing her back gently.

Dr. Siders was already there, his gangly body folded into a chair too small for him. The office had been painted uninspiring shades of mauve and green that failed to calm her. The colors clashed with the hyper arrangement of chairs and a chaos of paperwork on every flat surface.

"I'll wait outside," Wayne said.

"You can stay."

"This is your private business," Wayne said. "Tell me as much or as little as you want later. I'll be here for you."

His sensitivity took the edge off her nerves. She would press for information about Rudy until they told her what she wanted to hear or discharged her.

Dr. Millie Harding, a devil-may-care psychiatrist with frizzy red hair and glowing lipstick, crossed paths with Wayne at the door, then greeted Shauna with a kind touch on the shoulder.

Shauna hardly noticed it.

"You promised to tell me about Rudy," she said to Dr. Siders.

"Absolutely, Shauna. But you're our main concern right now. Let us bring you up to speed on our evaluations, and then-"

"I've spent three days imagining the worst."

"You've had a terrible crisis to face," Dr. Harding said. Her gravelly voice suggested she had smoked for decades. "Memory loss is catastrophic enough to process. One thing at a time, dear."

"If someone would just say, 'Rudy's fine,' I would-"

(Continues...)



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  • Posted December 28, 2008

    Christian romance and suspense¿

    Kiss<BR/>Ted Dekker & Erin Healy<BR/>Thomas Nelson, 2008<BR/>ISBN: 9781595544704<BR/>Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 12/08<BR/>5 Stars<BR/>Christian romance and suspense¿<BR/>Shauna and her brother were in an accident. For several weeks, Shauna lay in a coma. When she wakes up, she has no memory of the last six months. Her father, a Texas senator with Presidential aspirations, and stepmother blame her for the accident that left her younger brother severely brain damaged. Determination to seek the truth places Shauna in grave danger. <BR/>This delightful Christian novel is never preachy but touches on faith in God. Ted Dekker and Erin Healy work well together. I will be watching for more of their combined efforts. Kiss has a touch of paranormal, with enough twist and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

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  • Posted January 12, 2009

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    Disjointed

    At the beginning, the book confused me with its disjointed storyline, but I persevered and discovered that after a car accident, the protagonist is having a paranormal experience whereby she goes into a trance-like state and steals memories from others with a kiss. Science fiction is not my favorite genre, but I suspended my disbelief so that I could enjoy this tale. However, it never rings true.<BR/><BR/>Imagine: A daughter estranged from her father to the point that throughout her life, he barely speaks to her and on many occasions physically turns his back on her. She refers to him by his first name, yet she calls him "Daddy" at the book's conclusion with very little provocation. That is a hard one for me to swallow.<BR/><BR/>However, the book is not without redemption. There is a good question that develops. Pain or perspective--which one would you choose? Would you choose to have your memory wiped out, thereby removing all painful memories, as well as any foundations for decision-making? Or are all memories worth keeping?<BR/><BR/>The human trafficking issue is hinted at in several places, but is never developed; perhaps a sequel is in the works. The ending is rushed in the final chapter, reading like an epilogue. There were a few surprises; it's hard to figure out who's the good guy. I guess this is one for Dekker fans but it wasn't one for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Amazing....maddie

    This book is amazing i bought it at books a million and i loved it at first it was kind borig and as it got more into the book i couldnt put it down and i felt like i was there and my heart was racing and sometimes i got so into it i freaked out when someone said my name......lol

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    This is an excellent novel.

    I enjoyed this novel thoroughly. This kind of story was completely new to me. Ted Dekker, once again, did an excellent job at surprising his readers with something entirely different from his other works. This is the first time Dekker has a female protagonist in one of his novels, but he was able to pull it off. If you are a reader who likes thriller/suspense novels, this is certainly a novel and author for you.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

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    Another hit by Ted Dekker, welcome Erin Healy

    I read every Ted Dekker book I can as soon as I can. And as soon as I'm done, I can't wait for the next one. Kiss is no exception. In this book, Ted Dekker partners with Erin Healy to tell a powerful story that has it all - suspense, mystery, twists, emotion, and best of all, it makes you think.

    Dekker and Healy use a paranormal device where the main character, Shauna McAllister, finds that she can steal the memories of others, even as she struggles to regain her own recent memories after a traffic accident. What follows is a thrill ride that takes the reader to the very end of the book and leaves them breathless and wanting more.

    Some people don't understand or object to the paranormal aspect of this book, but I liked it. It is imaginative and makes you think. I think maybe because so much literature that makes use of the paranormal is dark, people are cautious of it. But if you look at C.S. Lewis' popular Narnia series, the very foundation is built on the paranormal.

    If you want an exciting, engaging book, you can never go wrong with Ted Dekker, and if her first book is any indication, I will be reading everything from Erin Healy in the future too.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

    A Kiss that will Hold on to You

    ¿Kiss¿ written by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy, this book could be renamed Keep me in super suspense! It was a true page turner with so many twists and turns, it kept me reading until the last page. I could not put the book down until I had finished it. Have a couple of hours to yourself and a blanket and get ready for a wild ride. They bring so many characters to life and the story is so real. I can not wait until they write another book together; it was sure genius in this one. Just when you think that you have it ¿solved¿ you begin to doubt yourself and then something else happens and you do not know what to think. This book made me forget all of my daily problems and I started to feel like I was in the book. The suspense was great, I loved that it was a wholesome book to read, no profanity or unneeded sex dialogue. I would recommend this book to any and all of my friends. You should go to your local book store and buy this book right now and read it tonight! All I can say is ¿wow!¿

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

    Loved It!

    I just finished up Kiss which was co-authored by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy. I have to be honest. I had heard mixed reviews on Dekker¿s work and was rather skeptical about starting one of his books. But there was something about the concept of the book that intrigued me, so I decided to take a chance. I was pleasantly surprised! Kiss was a thrilling roller coaster ride of a read. The writing was phenomenal; the plot was outrageous; and the characters were riveting. <BR/>Kiss is the story of Shauna McAllister, the daughter of a powerful and very influential family. Shauna awakens in a hospital realizing that she has lost months of memories. As she journeys down the road to recover and rediscover herself, she finds herself swimming in a sea of scandal and lies. She is left not knowing who to believe and finding that some of her closest allies are actually her worst enemies. Shauna also develops an unusual power of the mind, in which she realizes is both an asset and a hindrance. In this power, Shauna begins to rediscover her lost memories and unearth tragic family secrets. Shauna also finds love and a new relationship with the Lord. <BR/>Kiss is unlike any other Christian fiction book I have read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspenseful nail-biters mixed with true emotion.

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

    Kiss- The Latest and Greatest Novel in Christian Suspense!

    If you like Christian suspense, you are going to love Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healey! The novel starts with the main character, Shauna, waking up in a hospital room. Her short-term memory has been wiped clean. She does not remember the car accident she was in, though she is told that she was driving her car under the influence of drugs and that the collision resulted in her beloved brother, Rudy, being critically injured. Shauna can't remember the months leading up to the accident, but she knows that she is not a drug-user. Shauna leaves the hospital and goes to her father's house to recover. Shauna's father, Landon, is running for the presidential office and is the owner of one the largest pharmaceutical companies in America. Shauna's relationshiunp with her father and her step-mother, Patrice, is strained. In fact, they do not even want to allow her to see her injured brother, Rudy, who is now confined to a wheelchair, unable to communicate. Shauna begins to have vivid dreams, strange dreams, in which she is another person. Shauna has the nagging feeling that something is not right. She is unsure of who she can trust and who she should fear. Kiss is a page-turner that will keep you guessing until the end. I could hardly put it down from the time I picked it up! I highly recommend Kiss if you enjoy mystery or suspense novels!

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

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    Short and sweet, but thoroughly worth the read

    I read a few reviews before I finished the book and I was concerned that Dekker/Healy would show all their cards before the end. That really wasn't the case...enough was left to ponder to keep me reading right through to the last page. I prefer when Dekker writes alone or with Peretti, but this book wasn't a disappointment. I'm thinking it would probably appeal to the younger set of teens/twenty-somethings and may hand it off to a student.

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  • Posted January 14, 2009

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    A Kiss is much more than a Kiss...

    One of the things I loved about Erin Healy collaborating with Ted Dekker was that it seemed to take the hard edge (gore) off the thriller aspect of The Kiss and made it a book that engaged me, drew me in, mystified me, thrilled me and I never felt like I had to "close my proverbial eyes". The Kiss has a very strong storyline that made me wonder and kept me guessing. Did Shauna really cause the accident that severely injured her brother? Was there a 3rd person in the car? After her waking up from her coma, why does Shauna keep getting new memories of other people? Why don't they know what she is talking about? If she gets too close to the truth will she be okay? Is her step mother really as mean as Shauna remembers or is it her dad that is bad to the bone?<BR/><BR/> Deeply riveting, and totally engrossing - if you like Ted Dekker, then do not miss this one with Erin Healy - but if maybe Ted's previous books have been a little hard core scary for you then The Kiss is the book to check out!

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  • Posted January 14, 2009

    KISS Starts off Strong

    I started this book with great excitement and high hopes. The premise sounded fascinating and it's the first book I've read by Ted Dekker (co-written with Erin Healy).<BR/><BR/>It started out great. The prologue grabbed me and I couldn't stop turning the pages. I read the first half in one day. Almost in one sitting. Twists, turns, high stakes, and a maze of clues all made for an exhilarating read. But, once Shauna starts figuring out who she can and cannot trust, it started to lose me. More than once, she puts herself in situations that make no sense. Her father, Landon McAllister, seems a bit gullible for a presidential candidate. And the final confrontation felt somewhat anticlimactic, with Shauna not taking a big enough role.<BR/><BR/>Having said all that, I still enjoyed the book and would rate it at 4 out of 5 stars. I just wish the end had lived up to the promise of the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

    One of Tedd Dekker's best yet!

    Phenominal, couldn't put down, kept me guessing!

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  • Posted December 25, 2008

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    A unique thriller.

    Shauna McAllister wakes up from a six week coma with six months of memory loss her doctors can't explain. During her coma Shauna was on a trial mix of medications based on her DNA profile which, as she later learns, have a mysterious side effect. Faced with the reality of the accident that led to her coma Shauna turns to Wayne Spade. He's one of the few people from her inner circle that haven't turned their back on her yet she remembers nothing of their relationship before her accident.<BR/><BR/>As Shauna begins to investigate the accident, thinking it will help her memories return, the result is more questions instead of answers. It seems that her father's company isn't as legit as it looks to be and discovering the truth puts her in a killer's sights. <BR/><BR/>Kiss has a great twist that gives this thriller a unique story line. Throughout the whole book you're guessing who's a good guy and who's a bad guy with surprising revelations. The story flowed nicely with the action and the writing was filled with so many clues that by page fifty I'd already come up with three different theories on what was going on. They were all wrong by the way. I highly recommend this book to suspense/thriller lovers and can't wait to read the next Dekker/Healy collaboration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    I hate amnesia books

    This is a great book even with the amnesia plot. Although predictable I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Amazing

    This booj is absolutely wonderful the way the suspense and romance mix together is amazing yiu never know what is gonna happen next i would recommend this to anyone who loves romance and a good thriller and the Christian traits are perfect

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Awesome

    One of my favorites from Ted Dekker!! Couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Wow

    For once i couldnt predict what was going to happen next and i absolutely loved this story line and plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Reminds me of a book...

    Reminds me of a book...

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This book was riveting, I could not put it down. The characters were real, I am usually able to figure out the plot after a couple of chapters, but this time I wasn't. It was like watching a movie with twist and turns of espionage, straight from the CIA. I loved it, only one thing I would haved loved after the memory was stolen if the character would have been able to replace those stolen memories with new memories whether or not they were fiction or reality.

    Mr. DeKker you never disapoint, all your books are riveting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Loved loved loved it!

    So good! I love ted dekker:):):)

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