Ted Dekker, Ted Dekker, Ted Dekker!!! This guy is AMAZING! I know I mention him a lot in my blog, and rightly so. He deserves it. This author writes the most original and spooky stories that I’ve ever gotten my hands on. He’s so much better than Stephen King, if you ask me (who I’m still trying to get into, but can’t seem to at all).
I’m going to probably dedicate many blog posts to Dekker’s work as I continue reading his books. Maybe I’ll annoy enough people to get them to finally check him out.
Today, I want to talk about a recent Dekker book I read called Skin.
Skin follows five survivors of three tornadoes that have completely wiped out the fictional town of Summerville. Each of the characters are unique and interesting. There’s Nicole, a beautiful girl with a hidden past. Her brother Carey, who is in the occult. Colt, a cop, who was raised in a prostitution home and abandoned by his mother. Jerry, an epileptic, who is a professional gamer. And Wendy, a cult survivor with a fear of men. Now if this group of strange characters doesn’t arouse your interest in reading this book enough, let me continue.
These five survivors are not alone in the now wiped-out town. There is a sinister foe, a serial killer who goes by the name of Sterling Red (or could he possibly be one of the five survivors? I’ll let you figure it out if you can). He plays with their minds and starts out his sadistic games by telling the survivors they must kill the ugliest of the group, leaving them to decide who that is. What’s the punishment if they don’t? Well, he gives them six hours to make their decision before he starts his killing spree.
And the story takes off from there, leading you down a crazy, spiraling roller-coaster ride of emotions as you try to figure out what in the world is going on. Believe me, you won’t see it coming.
The greatness of Dekker lies in the fact that he knows how to weave twists into his stories, without them being easy to decipher. And he’s also a phenomenal writer who draws characters out to the fullest. On top of it all, he’s a Christian, so his books aren’t filled with unnecessary graphic sex and language.
I absolutely beg of my blog followers and all of you out there who may read this, go to the library (or a book app) and immerse yourself in some Dekker books! You’ll be thanking me later. I have yet to meet a Dekker book I don’t love. And I’m sure you’ll say the same.