Review: Skin

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Title:  Skin

Author:  Ted Dekker

Genre:  Thriller

Back Cover:

A freak storm has spawned three tornadoes, and the town of Summerville is directly in their path.  But under the cover of the storm is a much more dangerous threat – a vindictive killer known as Red, bent on extracting revenge.  Wendy Davidson is a recovering cult survivor taking refuge in Summerville.  With her are four strangers, any one of whom could be Red’s next target.  Or Red himself.  Something is terribly wrong under the skin of Summerville…something that will destroy far more than one small town…



That’s my one-word reaction to Skin.  Wow.

I’d never read a Ted Dekker book before this.  My mother, however, is a big Ted Dekker fan (so much so that she’s been bugging me to finish this so she can read it).  Also, I was having an unsuccessful library visit, attempting to find something good in the adult section, and I knew Ted Dekker was a Christian author, so at the very least, I wouldn’t have to worry about any erotic moments.  I decided to try it.

I’d never read a book like this before – at least not one that I didn’t give up on because of too much gore.  Skin surprised me, shocked me, startled me, scared me…practically the only thing it didn’t do was bore me.

Funny thing…I didn’t notice while I was reading, but I didn’t really get a feel for any of the characters.  Sure, I wanted everybody to survive and beat the killer, but I didn’t really love any of the characters.  I would call this a plot-driven novel, because none of the characters really stood out – but the plot was spectacular.

One thing that really stood out was Wendy grew up in a cult.  This was stated early on and repeated throughout the book.  Besides the fact that it made her afraid of touching men, I’m not sure what other point this fact served.  I’m also not sure if the repetition was a good thing or a bad thing – it was just a thing.

About the only thing I had a problem with was description.  There really wasn’t much – at least not with the characters.  That wasn’t a big deal for most of the characters.  I just imagined them whatever way seemed to fit them.  But I wish Ted Dekker had described Colt a little more.  He was supposedly ugly, and I wanted to know how exactly he was ugly.  Deformed?  Scarred?  Just not handsome?

Despite that one little detail, I loved the book.  And I certainly did not expect the ending.  It was one of the best adult books I’ve read since…okay, make it the best adult book I’ve read so far.  Totally amazing.

I wonder what else Ted Dekker wrote…


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