Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 at 11:40 am
My review of
by Ted Dekker
Like I have said numerous times in the past, it is absolutely possible to write a utterly creepy, suspense filled story, complete with good and evil and a wicked villian, that allures the reader while freaking him out without adding even the smallest of curse words and not the slightest indecency.
Adam was the perfect example of this.
Adam. Just thinking about this book disturbs me. It was so good and left me with an eerie sensation that seemed to follow me around. The good v/s evil present in this book is extreme. Ted Dekker is a mastermind, my very favorite of authors. I have read just about all of his books, own quite a few, and I have yet to read one that I didn’t think was his best. In Adam Dekker had me feeling sorrow for the bad guy, and disgusted at him at the same time. It was one of those books I couldn’t read at bedtime but wanted to keep reading it into the wee hours none-the-less.
Alex and Jessica were kidnapped when they were just 3 and 4. They were not found. Their new mother was evil and the two kids were raised in a twisted world of warped religion and bloody ritual. They forgot their pre-kidnapped life but managed to cling to each other for the love and bonding that all humans crave. Alex took care of Jessica, and eventually orchestrated their escape – close to adulthood.
The two of them found the real world fascinating. They jumped into their fresh start in life, soaking it all in, and loving their new found freedom. Short lived this joy was and that is where Adam takes off.
Totally spiritual. The good v/s evil present is as real as it gets. I just can’t say enough about the truth found between these pages. Dekker is a pro at this – bringing out real life mega-struggles in people and showing the terrifying truth about what does happen when you step out from under God’s cloak of safety. Evil, Satan, exists in the rawest form, cannot be stopped by a locked door or barred windows; Hell is real, but salvation is just a prayer away. There is such a positive message in this book but I just don’t want to give any of it away.
There aren’t negatives in Dekker’s books, not one that I have ever found, anyway. The only thing I would want to warn you about is that the good/evil struggle is real enough to scare your socks off. Adam is not a book for children.
To Sum It Up:
I loved it. After I read the first chapter of Adam I was thoroughly captured and totally freaked out. I kept thinking, this book is really good but it isn’t reading like the typical Ted Dekker novel, what is he doing here? It didn’t take long to see Dekker shine through the pages, however.
Pick it up and read it. Just make sure you keep a light on when you go to bed, not that it will make a difference.