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Publisher's Note:

"In this mind-bending thriller, father-daughter writing team Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker triumph in their faultlessly structured and deconstructed world of religious extremism. . . . the book's suspenseful plot drives the story forward at a racing pace, making this a riveting novel that will long haunt readers."--Booklist, Starred Review Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter. Her older brother's questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she's seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides--but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth? For the first time…

The Girl Behind the Red Rope

by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker

Overall Book Review:

The Girl Behind the Red Rope is a book written by father and daughter team Ted and Rachelle Dekker.  Although I am generally not a fan of allegorical Christian fiction, I thought I would give this a try.  The results were less than thrilling.  It is a rather predictable ramble down an unnecessarily jumbled pathway. 

This story is an in-depth rant on Christianity and how people can easily fall prey to their own fears.  In thinking about things as the plot lumbers forward, it becomes clear that even the strong characters are spineless and weak.  Although the main point of the novel is clear, the story just comes off creepy and confusing. 

The book feels like a journey into the mind of a person suffering from severe mental illness.  It wanders all over the place and yet nothing really happens for most of the book.  As a reader, it was clear where the story was headed and what was likely to happen, but somehow the authors made it bog down with a lot of repetitive ambling.  All of the characters and what they actually represent in the allegory are fairly obvious.  In the end, the only relief felt is finishing the book and knowing it didn’t have to be read again.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Character imagines another is bleeding or torn in half; a character hears a shout and it is implied the character is being attacked; report that a girl was raped by her father and endured other forms of physical abuse from him; a report that a character attempted suicide; report of a person killing another; a character strikes another on the cheek; multiple instances of  characters insisting that someone needs to be killed; a character poisons another; a scene in which a dark creature is swirling creepily around people; two scenes where a character is shot and killed; a multi-page scene in which a character is forced to whip another until dead, blood is described; a man grabs another by the neck intending to kill the character.

Sex/Nudity:  Character mentions her breasts in reference to clothing designed to cover them; a girl mentions that women are not allowed to live with their husbands until they are pregnant, she mentions conjugal visits, but no details; a non-married character kisses a married character; a female character is forced to disrobe in front of male characters, non-sexual scene; a character refers to himself as someone’s lover; a character is reported to have been raped by her father.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family member, rape, suicide, cults, entrapment, murder.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.