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BoneMan's Daughters

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  10,273 Ratings  ·  977 Reviews
Military intelligence officer Ryan Evans is married to his work; so much so that his wife and daughter have written him out of their lives. Sent to Fallujah and captured by insurgents, he is asked to kill children not unlike his own. The method: a meticulous, excruciating death by broken bones that his captor has forced him to learn.

Returning home after the ordeal, a new c
Audio CD, 416 pages
Published March 3rd 2010 by Center Street (first published April 1st 2009)
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Janie Johnson
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
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May 30, 2010 Jcwarre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 Alisha B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2013 Stevedutch 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
Because ... apparently I'm in the mood to scare myself sleepless for a week.
Why not?
Mar 03, 2010 Kathrynn 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
Carmaletta Hilton
Jun 18, 2009 Carmaletta Hilton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2009 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2009 Smoore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 yo
Jun 14, 2009 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
April Thrush
Jan 15, 2013 April Thrush rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2011 Matimate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, 2011
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Sep 22, 2009 Cici rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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Another thriller from Ted Dekker, BoneMan's Daughters is his most frightening novel yet. In fact, it's the most compelling emotional ride I've ever taken while reading a "thriller," and believe you me, BoneMan's Daughters is nothing short of hair-raising in the thriller department. I don't even like to be scared, yet I couldn't put this book down. I started late Thursday night and finished on Saturday. Unfortunately I had to sleep and work and eat or I would have read it straight through. I hone ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweeter-reads
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 Clark Hallman 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
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 world is turned upside down.
All he wants is fo
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
Apr 19, 2017 Frieda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Book .. worth the read
May 01, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2012 John rated it it was ok
Far-fetched and creepy, the suspense thriller "BoneMan's Daughters" is set in Iraq during the recent war and in various Texas locales. It's well-presented in this audio CD version by actor Robert Petkoff.
There is depth to this novel beyond the typical thriller. The author clearly wants to provoke thought, and he does. There are strong spiritual overtones. Characters wonder about God, and how He allows certain situations to happen.
Ted Dekker's novel is gruesome in places -- too gruesome for my b
Scott Rhee
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
Brett Starr
Apr 16, 2010 Brett Starr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BoneMan, Satan & the Father of Lies.....

My 1st Ted Dekker experience!

This book caught my eye right away when I saw it for the first time and the blurbs from Nelson DeMille & Brad Meltzer on the back are what sold me on it! DeMille says it the best book yet by Dekker and Brad Meltzer (author of Book of Lies) says it gets under your skin! I know previously Dekker has written mostly for a Christian audience and this book is his first shot at mainstream.

"BoneMan's Daughters" is a good thri
Jan 01, 2015 VeRMiNaaRD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 08, 2009 Staci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
I have read Ted Dekker in the past and enjoyed his books. This one is a fast and compelling read, but there were moments for me that just didn't work. The relationship between Ryan, his wife, and daughter was not developed at all. The reader is just suppose to accept the hatred coming from the wife and daughter towards Ryan. It did not ring true to me. When he comes home from his ordeal of being captured and tortured, neither his wife nor his daughter welcome him home. In fact, they treat his so ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ted Dekker is purported to write gripping stories that keep you up until three o'clock in the morning.

I must have missed the "gripping" element somewhere.

While the storyline had great potential, Dekker wrote with less zeal than I expected and hardly showed his Christian colors. BoneMan's Daughters is the story of your average Joe searching for his kidnapped daughter: he does whatever it takes.

And, surprisingly, gets away with it.

*spoiler alert!*

He kidnaps the District Attorney and physically
Aug 13, 2010 Cori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really? This was written by the same guy who wrote the amazing Circle Trilogy? Sadly, I was disappointed with this one. It’s not often that a book gets such a low rating from me, but there was something about this one that really irked me. The plot was mildly Silence-of-the-Lambs-ish, but I didn’t find the serial killer to be nearly as terrifying as Hannibal Lecter. It wasn’t really suspenseful. I guess the whole thing felt cliched. There were some writing conventions that Dekker used that made ...more
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