Who is she? The beautiful young girl called Alice Ringwald has no memories of an earlier life. She’s just beginning to find her way with her new foster parents and settle into what could be a comfortable life. That is, until the man shows up at the door and tells her that everything she knows, even now, is a lie.
Claiming to be her father, Wyatt kidnaps her and takes her back to her “true” family. And is that family a doozy! Far in the backwoods of Louisiana, away from any other people and with literally no way to escape, Alice is informed that her real name is Eden, her mother’s name is Kathryn, and she was born for a purpose.
And that’s where things start to get a little bit dicey for her. Stuck in a frighteningly abusive situation, Eden has gone from wondering who she is to wondering whether she’ll live to see tomorrow.
This is nothing new with Ted Dekker. If you’ve read any of his previous works, you have some general idea of what to expect. Even the best of writers can hit bumps with stories or miss the mark, but this is not one of those. The writing, the characters, the plot – all remain sharp, tight and focused in this most recent adventure.
If you read to give yourself a mini-vacation and step out of your own worries for a while, this is the book for you. Full immersion into this universe is pretty much guaranteed for the reader. Because as we all know, when Ted is at the helm, the best thing you can do is hold on, try to breathe, and prepare for full-on entertainment.
And yet, even with all of that excitement and adventure, Ted still manages to bring the gospel into a simple, powerful, and highly profound message that can speak to anyone, no matter who they are.
Rated PG: There are some difficult, tense, and more adult situations in this book. I’d recommend younger readers beware.
Review copy provided by the publisher. Thanks!