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Stephen Friedman is making a good living in good times. He's just an ordinary guy. Or so he thinks.

But one day an extraordinary piece of information tells him differently. It's a clue from the grave of a Holocaust survivor. A clue that makes him heir to an incredible fortune... a clue that only he and one other man can possibly understand.

That man is Roth Braun, a serial k
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 29th 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 1st 2004)
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Dustin
When Obsessed was published in 2005, I don't know if Ted Dekker was a household name. He certainly hadn't gained the loyal fan base that he knows today. It is a cult-like following, in that his fans can be quite devisive at times, and they let their opinions of him and his work be known. It is a fan base I'm proud to be a part of, and I'm not afraid of express myself.

I don't mention these things as filler or because they might or might not interest the reader (though I'd like to think I'm not
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Rollie
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
From the beginning, I am very much curious about this book. So I really searched first its author and found out that Ted Dekker—the author—is known for his book entitled Three. However, since the copy I only saw from Dekker is just this book, I searched first for readers’ feedbacks. Honestly, I’ve been picking books up safely these days because eventually, I don’t want to go bashing and ranting some poor books just because they hadn’t made my taste. I’m glad that the feedbacks I’ve read were all ...more
Matt Barker
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
A good read from start to finish. The only reason I gave it an 8 was that some of the things Stephen Friedman does in this book just seem a little too far fetched. Almost like watching those old scary movies where the high school girls decide to stay in the house even though there's an ax wielding psycho out to get them. You know, the ones you kept screaming at to just get out of the house? Come on, you know what I'm talking about...

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Stephen Friedman is making a good living in
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Sheila Myers
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Another thrilling novel by Ted Dekker. The plot was exciting from the first to the last page. I enjoyed how Dekker flipped back and forth between the characters in 1973 and their parents during WWII to tell the entire story.
Sensitivemuse
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
This has been an addictive page turner. It's kept me on pins and needles. There were times where I couldn't bear to turn the page because I just didn't want to know if the character was going to encounter an ugly end, or a great success. However I just had to keep going and read it because I really wanted to know what happened. The action and the plot were well written and it just keeps you on edge. It's been a very suspenseful plot and a very thrilling ride.

Stephen as a character is what makes
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Debra
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Half of this book is terrific, the story of Martha and Ruth and their lives in the concentration camp, and worth reading for that. It's gripping, suspenseful, heart wrenching, and worth a definite five stars. I suspect those who rated it high did so because of that portion.

Unfortunately, there's also Stephen's story that takes up the bulk of the novel and reverses the effect of all that beautiful storytelling with Martha/Ruth. Stephen's actions are quite illogical in many places, which made the
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Kathy
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Whenever I read a Ted Dekker book, at some point I just sit back and shake my head! He is nothing if not creative, but sometimes it's over the top. People do things you never imagined people would do. On the other hand, especially in this book, without that extreme imagination, you would never grasp the complete idea, obsession. After all, God is obsessed with us and we need to be more obsessed with Him. So in light of that, I loved the book. As always there were surprises, suspense, and periods ...more
Jason
Nov 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This seemed different to me than the other Dekker novels I have read. Interesting, a bit slower, but different. Maybe the topic of obsession just didn't connect with me or I just did not connect with characters as well as I have in the past but I had a hard time staying in sync with the choices made by almost all of the characters. It just didn't seem feasible.
That being said, this still ends up as an entertaining story...though you have to wait it out until the very end...and I do appreciate th
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Keiki Hendrix
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a take your breathe away suspense thriller. Dekker has outdone himself. Slowly you are taken from mere interest, to understandable fanaticism, then ultimately a page turning ending.

This is not a book for the squimism. Not a book for the faint hearted. At times, I was almost sickened. If I had not already known of the atrocities of the Holocaust, I may have put this book down somewhere in the middle. But, these sadistic scenes just mirrored history and added great depth to the redeeming
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Lou
Dear book, maybe it's me and not you but lately I'm looking for something really really fast. Unfortunately, your pace was quite slow and your romance was too much for me. But I always love the message of Ted's books, so I was quite delighted with yours.
Nate Perrin
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I am a Christian with Jewish heritage and I found the story itself intriguing. However, the suspense was not really as present as it could have been and the ideas themselves could have been fleshed out more. I know that the Christian publishing market is tough on fiction and nonfiction writers. To give people a glimpse of that, Philip Yancey wrote that he felt the pressures of the Christian publishing market are just as strict as the pressures the Soviet government had on the propaganda film mak ...more
Laura
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
First off, I must say I found this novel by Ted much different than House or Skin. In fact, as I was initially reading it, I though I had a different author. I think it was because it started so slowly for me.

It starts with a ruthless Holocaust Commandant and his son, Roth, discussing the death of a rescued female camp survivor, Ruth (aka Martha at the camp), who died in the US and donated a Stone of David to a museum. All of them together were worth millions and they were obsessed in getting th
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Descending Angel
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dekker
A thriller novel by a christian writer about WWII concentration camps, it sounded interesting and it was.......that part of the novel was. The story mainly follows 3 people ~ In 1973 we have our hero stephen friedman, a jewish war orphan that slowly uncovers his past. Roth braun, son of a nazi commandant of the concentration camp Torùn and then we also follow martha thats actually in the concentration camp in 1944-45. I really wanted to like this book more then i did, it was a bit of a mixed bag ...more
Carrie
Aug 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This is not the type of book that I normally read, which is why it probably got a three. Also, I didn't really get the main character. However, I did finish the book (amazing for me I know) because the plot was intriguing. There were times where I felt like I was watching a movie where you start to hear the leary music because the bad guy is coming and you know somehow the good guy is going to get himself out of the pickle he got himself into. I also liked that fact that this book was clean of l ...more
Alix
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sometimes Ted Dekker can move so quickly through his ideas that he loses me, but it never fails that I finally catch up to him in the end. Aside from his captivating and thought-provoking plot lines, such as this one, he has a style that grips me from start to finish. "Obsessed" was, in accordance with the theme of the book, very dark. The entire idea of Roth Braun literally chilled me, but I think that the point of the book, obsessing over something in order to reveal God's obsession, was made ...more
intrepideddie
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a mildly entertaining read, and a fairly quick read. It didn't require a lot of thinking -- character development, plot complexity, etc were in short supply. Very predictable and typical of the genre. I have to say, the author was stretching the whole "suspension of disbelief" thing a bit too far with his use of obsession/love. Should have spent some time to fill out the characters better and put more into the discussion of the occult practices being pursued by the villain(s). This isn' ...more
Amanda Stephan
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is my first Ted Dekker book, and I must say, wow. His writing style is excellent and there's always a turn or twist. Nothing that was really horrid or shameful or anything that I'd be embarrassed about if our teen daughter read it. Held my interest without a problem. Stephen, the protagonist, is a wee bit flaky, but he's lovable. I'm now officially a Dekker fan!
Glenn
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very good story about, strangely, obsession. Based on the parable "the Kingdom of Heaven is like a Treasure hidden in a field"... What would you pay to get it? Twists and unexpected turns make for a good read...
Elvis
Nov 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
Another brilliant mind at work. But the story line on this one is very disturbing. I have to back away from it for awhile and then go at it again. Finally made it through this one. If you are prone to depression please do not read this book.
Tobia Cochran
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stand-alones
Favorite Dekker book! I loved the mystery and thrill and the humor!
Lindsey
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Obsessed by Ted Dekker~

While this book had an interesting premise, it failed to deliver. I have been a fan of Ted Dekker’s work in the past, but was really surprised at the pacing and lazy story telling in this book.

The main drawback of the book is the pacing. The character, Stephen, is facing an interesting mystery and the flashbacks that expand on his story are captivating. Unfortunately, the book takes forever to get anywhere, and this really bogs down the story. There is a lot of fluff that
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Holly
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by Dekker. It was a serendipitous experience. He’s definitely talented in allegorical writing.

This book had me laughing, crying and frustrated. At one point I had to stop reading because my heart was pounding. If there ever was a book that I wanted to transport myself into a scene and grab the character to pull him away from a situation, it was this book. He just wouldn’t get out of the building fast enough. And even on further into the story, Stephen frustrated
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Jessica Bucci
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker and his novels, but for me, this one wasn’t my favorite of his. The book’s plot was intriguing enough to continue reading the book, but it’s not one I would revisit. The main reason why I wasn’t overly obsessed with the novel (ha) is that I believe I hyped up the plot in my head too much. When I read the back cover, I believed the novel to include a bit more action than it did. It did move fairly quickly, but not with the action I hoped. I liked how it included chap ...more
Erika Hayes
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, just proof you can't judge an author by one book. I first encountered Ted Dekker through a book he co-authored with Frank Perretti. After I read that book I decided to check out another by Dekker. I read it found it a bit creepy. I felt like that book focused more on the evil than God. That was several years ago. I decided to give this one a shot. I have learned that sometimes one book isn't enough to decide if I like an author. (Many thanks to James Patterson for that lesson!) I loved thi ...more
Steve
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a quick read but engaging. I wondered if the title Obsessed meant more than just the insane, well, obsession of the lead character. Stephen sometimes seemed over the top fixated on what to me seemed an inexplicable need to uncover the mystery his late never before met mother, orchestrated for him to begin discovering upon her death. At times I found what Rachel (the mother) did seemingly too chancy but then I let myself suspend belief because I needed the stars to align to keep reading. W ...more
Ethan
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome and very interesting. I like how the bad guys had to work hard to try to get the fortune of the main character. But what I didnt like about this book was the main character was almost killed for his fortune. I like this book because there was action and you had to really read it to find out what was going on. This book is one of my favorite books out of all of the books I've read. ...more
Aletheia Weisz
Jul 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Okay, so the Martha and Ruth part of the story was interesting.

Stephen as a character was dull, unrelatable, and kind of stupid. None of what he did made sense to me.
For the story itself, way to little happened in the first half of the book and way to much happened in the second half. I had a hard time finishing it.
Anda
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Obsessed is probably my favorite Dekker novel. It is written well and has some good historical truths. I don't read Dekker much because I can't handle scary stuff, but this was a great read. We listened to the audiobook on a long 15hr drive. I highly recommend this book for those wanting a little scary, but tasteful, with a great storyline. It will keep you on our toes.
Sarah
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Fulfills the desire for a thrilling plot to pass the time. It connects children of the holocaust with their past through an impossible, tragic, and redemptive story. It is set in Poland (1940s), LA (1970s), and Germany (1970s).
Anne
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listen, this book was riveting. If he'd paid a bit more attention to the details of Jewish customs or if I was a bit more naive to them, I'd put him on the same level as Steven King, but the inaccuracies broke through my suspension of disbelief. But seriously, read this if you like getting chills.
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