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BoneMan's Daughters

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  12,158 ratings  ·  1,101 reviews
Would you kill an innocent man to save your daughter?

They call him BoneMan, a serial killer who's abducted six young women. He's the perfect father looking for the perfect daughter, and when his victims fail to meet his lofty expectations, he kills them by breaking their bones and leaving them to die.

Intelligence officer Ryan Evans, on the other hand, has lost all hop
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Center Street (first published April 1st 2009)
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Janie Johnson
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW! I knew when I decided to read this book, that I would be hooked, that the story would be intense and unforgettable. And reading it proved those theories to be correct.

I did not want the book to end, but at the same time I wanted justice to be served. I felt as though I could not turn the pages fast enough. A psychological thriller that definitely keeps the heart pumping with some pretty vivid scenes not to be easily forgotten.

Even though I am a Mom and not a Dad, I could f
May 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
There were two things that frustrated me about this book- nay three things which tortured me through all 400 pages. The first was a weak story line, which, although at first was intriguing with the Navy Intel officer protagonist, fell short with cliche attempts at suspense and suffocated the reader with soap-operatic drama of disfunctional family dynamics. The second was a constant sense of wanting more... more suspense, more mystery, and of course more thrills from an antagonist who Dekker neve ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No-one
Shelves: fiction
Christian Fiction??

This is my first Dekker novel and unfortunately I have two more to read as it was buy two and get a third free. I'm appalled that so many Christians have given this 4 and 5 stars and shelved it as Christian fiction. There is nothing Christian about it at all. The author is supposedly a Christian and the child of missionaries?! If this is the case, I cannot understand why he would be writing this type of book. It is evil, creepy and gruesome.

The main character, the bone man, b
Oct 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
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He is called BoneMan and he is a father in search for a perfect daughter. He takes innocent teen girls and tries to make them love him and when they fail to be the daughter he wants, he breaks their bones without breaking their skin. On the other side of the world, Ryan Evans thinks of himself as a failure of a father -- after an especially harrowing abduction in the Middle East, Ryan comes home only to find that his wife and daughter had written him out of their li
Alisha B
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
It is possible that I am disappointed in it because of the genre confusion. It is, as it turns out, more of a crime/detective novel… something like Coben, but not nearly as good. There is nothing like wetting your whistle for a tall glass of icy sweet tea, only to guzzle down lukewarm pickle juice instead. So the fact I was geared up for some Clive and got Coben-knock-off didn’t help. But… that wasn’t all.

As I read along, there were ways that Dekker wrote than just annoyed me. Choices in words a
Because ... apparently I'm in the mood to scare myself sleepless for a week.
Why not?
Jan 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is far removed from being even average 'serial killer' fayre and it is a mystery as to what the author's motives were in writing it - over and above, of course, making a few bob. It begins interestingly enough with a naval intelligence officer on a routine mission in, supposedly, Iraq, being kidnapped by terrorists. He then has to watch innocent children having every bone in their bodies broken in revenge for the deaths of the innocent Iraqi children caught up in the conflict. It's all ...more
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Intense Thrillers
Picked this up on a whim because I was in the mood for an intense thriller. I got that in spades in "BoneMan's Daughters." There is quite a bit of backstory building, but all of it became important, like piecing a puzzle together. Most of the story is set in and around Austin, Texas (2009/10); although, the beginning is in Iraq. How what happened in Iraq fell into place with what happened in the Austin, Texas area was great story weaving, imo.

The main character is Captain Ryan Evans, a Naval In
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
I had never read a Ted Dekker book before - I picked this one up off of the "hot list" stack at the library. Sorry to say it, but I most likely won't be picking up another.

The book has what should be a very captivating beginning - torpedoes being launched at Humvees, a solider being captured by a terrorist. But it just wasn't all that interesting in the way it was written. Scenes went by too quickly - you felt that the author was in a hurry to get to something else but had to explain the backgro
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book just really seemed to go all over the place, with no real direction.

** Major spoilers **

I see that he was trying to show a hardened military-type guy who had 'broken' and was no longer able to keep up that persona. But all the crying was really annoying. The 'Kahlid' Boneman thing seemed sort-of tacked on, not realistic at all.

Bethany was a spoiled brat, and all Ryan talked about was spoiling her her anything she wanted.

The serial killer was bland. I also didn't underst
I might lean towards 3.5 stars on this. This book is exactly what it claims to be by reading the back cover. Creepy serial killer, flawed hero, surprise twist at the end...

You’ve probably read books similar to this. This one is slightly better than ok. My issues with it were that all of the characters are unlikable for one. I usually like to be rooting for at least one of the characters but I didn’t like any of them. Also (and without giving away spoilers) I didn’t like the way the author handle
Carmaletta Hilton
Jun 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
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April Thrush
Jan 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I use to be a huge fan of Ted Dekker and collected many of his books, but this author started to get increasingly worse in his writings. I was buying his books as soon as they came out, and likewise I got my hands on this one once it came out. This book was the final straw for me, and after reading this book, I no longer read from Dekker and got rid of all his books I had collected.

This book in particular I remember giving me nightmares, and I trembled in fear after reading about the antagonist
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a Dekker devotee. Ever since I got the Circle Trilogy for Christmas back in '04, I have had a lasting obsession with the works of this man. I have read all but a few of his books—many more than once—and have seen his writing mature from Blessed Child back in 2000 through the massive Books of History Chronicles until now. BoneMan's Daughters is by far the most developed, intricate, gripping story I have ever read.

A good book is one that when you set it down, you cannot tell if y
Sav  Couey
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Intelligence officer Ryan Evans has never been much of a husband to Celine or a father to his daughter, Bethany. In fact to avoid having to deal with Celine, Ryan volunteers for dangerous missions in far away counties. His latest mission has him gathering data in the Middle East. Ryan had called it a day and was travelling back to camp when the Humvee that he was riding in was attacked. Ryan gets knocked out. When Ryan awakes, he is in a room with a man by the name of Kahlid, who interrogates hi ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, 2011
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Scott Rhee
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-killer
Ted Dekker has apparently made a name for himself in the suspense thriller genre, but "BoneMan's Daughters" is the first one I have ever read. Dekker started his writing career by writing Christian horror fiction (an honest-to-goodness genre, I swear) and, while his more recent novels as exemplified by this one have toned down somewhat on the proselytizing, there are still very strong Christian and faith-based themes running throughout. "BoneMan's Daughters" is about a man named Ryan Evans, a Ma ...more
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
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Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
My rating is 2-1/2. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Several times I had to force myself to pick it up. I found the beginning of the book different than what I expected but at the same time I also enjoyed the war aspect. The BoneMan's point of view was an interesting addition to the story too. Overall, I found the dialogue repetitive and the story moved slowly for me. I also felt no connection with any of the characters, except for Ryan.

The story also "jumped" ahead a few times
Clark Hallman
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
BoneMan’s Daughters by Ted Dekker is a crime thriller that is hard to put down. Commander Ryan Evans, who was captured by the enemy in Afghanistan and psychologically tortured before he escaped, returns home to reconcile with his wife and daughter. Unfortunately he finds himself caught in a desperate struggle to protect his family from “The BoneMan,” a serial killer who murders women by breaking their bones without breaking their skin until they die. However, Ryan Evans may not be the heroic man ...more
Rebecca Hill
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Perfect Father... or the Perfect Terror Ryans life is semi-perfect. Husband, father, Naval officer, and adventures, it is what every person dreams of. But under the idyllic look, the cracks appear. His wife has never been faithful, his daughter loathes him, and when he is captured in the desert of Iraq, the remnants of his family fall apart.Told he is not wanted, and a divorce pending, Ryan is adrift. But when his daughter is kidnapped by the serial killer known as the BoneMan, his entire wo ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, audio
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This was just okay for me - I think I was expecting more from this. It didn't quite hit the mark either as a mystery or as a thriller. The first part of the novel - where the hero Ryan, an intelligence officer, is taken prisoner in desert and mentally tortured by watching children brutally killed - seems to have little to do with the rest of the book (besides breaking Ryan). He escapes and returns home only to find his wife in love with the Austin DA and his teenage daughter estranged. The DA ha ...more
Kalyn Barrick
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This story was by no means bad but I didn’t connect well with the characters. There were some interesting twists and it was definitely dark and intriguing. I enjoyed it but it isn’t at the top of my Dekker list.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You ever have one of those books you just know that you figured it out, and then bam, it's totally opposite of your thinking? I really, really loved this book. The best I have read of Dekker's. ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Book .. worth the read
Lindsay Lawson
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I picked this book up from my church's library because it looked like an interesting read, but it fell a little flat for me. I finished it quickly because I was hoping that it would pick back up but there are so many gaps in the plot. At times it felt so repetitive and almost like a high schooler wrote it. It could have been such a thrilling exciting read but I feel like Dekker got bored and gave up. ...more
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Amazing book that begged me to keep turning the pages. This is the type of book that grabs you with a firm hold and is impossible to put down.

There is no doubt when reading this book that it was written by a man. While reading chapter one, this seemed like it would be a downfall (based on my personal taste); it seemed like a book I would not be able to relate to. As I reached chapter two, I found myself much more encapsulated than I thought I would be, realizing that the story's beginnings
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.

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