After reading Ted Dekker’s Rise of the Mystics, I discovered that he writes from a deep-rooted spiritual point of view and his daughter, Rachelle, has developed the same gifting. The Girl Behind the Red Rope had me questioning where the story was going. Who or what is the Fury the characters keep referring to? Why can’t they go behind the red rope?
My first instinct was to read about half-way through the book before writing a review, but I became enthralled by this gripping story and couldn’t put it down. In one sense The Girl Behind the Red Rope reminded me of a Frank Perriti or Dean Koontz thriller, but this novel was more intense.
This is a powerful, well thought out plot that delves deep into the spiritual realm. Grace strives to obey the laws of Haven Valley, but Jamie, her brother, is quite the inquisitive one. He sneaks beyond the red rope, and it’s security team and returns with questions. Why are people of their town told not to cross the line?
Grace finds herself being pushed out of Haven Valley by the authorities, along with her brother simply because she’d alerted Jamie of the times and areas of security checks so he could explore. They must face the forest and whatever lurks within before they can return, that is, if the Fury doesn’t get them first. Fear entraps their thoughts as they follow a path and move deeper into the darkness.
If you haven’t read this novel, I urge you to do so, but be determined to press through even if you don’t get it at first. You’ll find yourself glued to the story.
I rarely give a novel five stars, but this one is over the top.
Ted Dekker is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. He was born in the jungles of Indonesia to missionary parents, and his upbringing as a stranger in a fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his imagination. Dekker’s passion is simple–to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards, including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, and an ECPA Gold Medallion. In 2013, NPR readers nationwide put him in the Top 50 Thriller Authors of All Time. Dekker lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lee Ann.