"Water Walker," book two of Ted Dekker's "Outlaw Chronicles," releases March 18 from Worthy Publishing Group. The suspenseful narrative of redemption and forgiveness makes clear why "Library Journal" considers this author a master of suspense.
It's the story of thirteen-year-old Alice Ringwald, a foster child with amnesia at an age where identity is important. She only remembers the past six months. In those months she's been tested many times, told she has a high IQ and speaks like an adult with an unusual ability to absorb new information intuitively. Yet, the counselor she sees once a week tells her she's also naive and trusts without question, much like a child.
Alice only knows she's different in a way no one can explain which makes her feel weird, like she doesn't fit in anywhere. She knows she had parents but doesn't know who they were, where she once lived or even if she went to school. She has nothing but questions that no one can answer. Until one night, four months after moving into the foster home of John and Louise Clark, Alice answers the door and "stares up into the blue eyes of a man who claims to be her father."
Thus begins a "modern day parable" that takes readers on an unforgettable, mind-bending journey that keeps them guessing from beginning to end. From Kathryn, a mother everyone thought dead, to Wyatt, a submissive father who does what he's told. To FBI agent Olivia Strauss, obsessed with a case that reminds her of Michelle, her kidnapped daughter who was murdered, to April herself, who learns her real name is Eden.
Add a rich senator, a large inheritance, bizarre and strange ritualistic behaviors, a Jonestown style captivity, the "Outlaw" Stephen who believes in "secret words" and this suspense filled thriller, based on choices, consequences and spiritual warfare is one only Dekker could write.
I especially liked reading Alice's chapters from her point-of-view which allowed me to see and feel what she does, while the rest of the story is told in third person viewpoint. When I closed the cover I realized Dekker has returned to his earlier writing style first seen in "Three." That made such a huge impact on the Christian publishing world and brought him thousands of fans. Because of that I'm looking forward to reading Hacker, book three of the "Outlaw Chronicles," scheduled to release June 10, 2014.
"Water Walker: Outlaw Chronicles," book 2, by Ted Dekker, Worthy Publishing—March 18, 2014, 304 Pages, 978-1617952746, $14.99
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