I received this book, titled BURN by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy to read for a review from the publicist, Amy Currie. The cover was so enticing, if I had seen it on the shelf knowing other works by New York Times Best-Selling Author, Ted Dekker, I would have picked it up anyway.
I started reading and even though it took me awhile to warm up to the characters and to get settled in on what was happening; once I was into just a couple chapters, I was hooked. As with other books I have read by Dekker, he keeps you going back and forth between different characters and their sagas… and you find yourself wanting to jump ahead to see what was going to happen next to the one you were just reading about. But I didn’t. I followed the path he and Healy wanted to take us down to let this story unfold.
The story is intriguing and does make you think. The main character has to make some choices early on in the story – which dictates the way her world turns following those decisions. However, unlike us (in the real world) this character gets to also see how her world woulda coulda been different had she reacted differently. This is only one piece of the story that is gripping as you get enthralled and want to see how it all will end up and which story will become “her own".
Don’t think it’s one of those where you get to choose an alternate ending; that’s not how the authors portray this. But instead you will just have to read it to know how you get to see the altering egos at play.
It’s a good book. Engrossing and hard to put down is how I would describe it as I got swept into their world and the mysterious scenarios that began to be revealed. So if you want a thought-provoking, mysterious thriller with anticipation at every turned page, you don’t have to go looking any farther. Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy – check it out.
Here is a portion of a recent press release on the book:
Burn uniquely combines the heart-pounding suspense, supernatural elements and the trademark plot twists Dekker fans have come to know and love with Healy’s strong feminine voice and affinity for nuanced emotional connections.
“This genre of fiction is often dominated by male authors and male protagonists,” says Healy, award-winning editor and owner of WordWright Editorial Services. “I think women who like supernatural thrillers but are looking for a more feminine narrative voice, and strong female characters will connect with Burn.”
In Burn, Janeal Mikkado’s world is turned upside down when powerful criminal Salazar Sanso promises her a new life if she helps him recover a vast sum of money from her father, a leader in their gypsy kumpania. When the plan goes awry and the camp is attacked and burned by Sanso’s men, Janeal finds herself faced with two choices: save her best friend who is about to be consumed by a fire or disappear with the million dollars stolen from her father. Her decision will alter the course of her life forever.
The past Janeal thought had burned away eventually rises from the ashes. The sudden reappearance of the best friend and boyfriend she left for dead, along with the malevolent Sanzo, threatens the high-powered life she has made for herself away from the gypsy camp. There’s a debt to be paid for the money she found: she must make a new life-or-death choice—but this time, escape is not an option.
Dekker is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books, which have sold a combined 3.6 million copies worldwide. He began his career writing spiritual thrillers, and has since crossed over into mainstream fiction with recent titles such as Adam, Thr3e, Skin, Obsessed and BoneMan's Daughters. His novels Thr3e and House became feature films, and more of his books are in development with Lionsgate Entertainment. Visit www.teddekker.com for more information.
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