Ted Dekker, an author well known for intense suspense, thrillers and allegories, releases a “modern day parable” January 21st that began as a serialized novel. Eyes Wide Open the Full Story begins with Identity followed by Mirrors, Unseen and Seer. It’s a mind-bending, psychological account that left me feeling a bit like Alice who fell down the rabbit hole in Wonderland after I read the first chapter that begins…
"Who am I?"
"My name is Christy Snow"
"I'm seventeen and I'm about to die."
These thoughts rampage through Christy's mind as, trapped under “tons of concrete,” she beats against the coffin lid with her fists. Doubts about anyone hearing her resonate in her mind with each punch of her fists. Would Austin look for her when she doesn't show up, would he even know where to look? She can't stop panting; the pain from bumping her now bruised forehead against the coffin lid makes her cry. Exhausted, she tries to still her shaking hands and knees, then feels tears slip from her eyes and thought, "How could this happen to me?"
Christy fell through the “rabbit hole” the day after Austin had taken her to the abandoned storeroom in the basement of St. Matthews’s psychiatric hospital. That’s where she must have lost her cherished locket. When Christy returned this morning she broke into the basement like she’d seen Austin do and saw the shiny locket lying in the crack of the wall with the light of her cell phone.
She had to move the stack of coffins so she could reach down into the "gap between the coffins and the wall" and maneuvered the caskets out of her way with a rocking motion. She couldn’t know the coffins covered a trap door until she tumbled through the opening and heard the door "slam shut above her, plunging her into darkness."
Thus begins a tale of psychological suspense that takes readers on an intense roller-coaster ride with twists and turns that leave readers breathless, sometimes skimming, and sometimes re-reading to be sure of what was read. It's a unique story of identity and how we view ourselves played out in the lives of Christy and Austin, two seventeen-year-old orphans.
In the beginning, their common bond of amnesia from memories before age thirteen fostered an idealistic friendship that had morphed into bonds of empathetic love. Christy saw herself as fat, ugly and unlovable, while Austin, an extraordinarily gifted teen, suffers from severe headaches and fears losing his gifted abilities.
Eyes Wide Open, similar to Dekker's best-sellers, Black, Showdown and Three is fast-paced and full of surprises with a serious Christian tone.
Eyes Wide Open: The Full Story, Books 1-4, by Ted Dekker, Worthy Publishing—January 21, 2014, 304 Pages, 978-1617952739, $14.99
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