Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
Adam: Ted Dekker, 17–20 August, 2010.
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊
The 9th Ted Dekker book to be read by me, Adam is the story of a serial killer called Eve and his pursuit by FBI Agent Daniel Clark. Unlike numerous other Dekker books, such as Obsessed and Saint, this one launches straight into the action and keeps you gripped from the outset. Eve has already killed some 15 victims by the story’s beginning, and the tight circle of characters are quickly introduced.
Dekker tells the story of Eve, alias Alex Price/Trane, from the outset in nine ‘reprinted articles’ from Crime Today magazine, resulting in the killer’s early life and killing spree being told in parallel terms. The device adds an interesting layer as the reader learns the backstory and current (or, at least, 2008) events simultaneously. Each event in one timezone deepens the understanding of Alex and his sister in the other.
Dekker’s writing is grittier than normal. While suited to the considerably darker nature of the book (which grows darkest towards the climax), it was unexpected and therefore jarred slightly. Light profanities such as “pissing”, “bloody”, an obsession with the term “whore” and a reference to wet dreams all seem out of place in a traditional Dekker book. The conclusion is haunting and absolutely the darkest of Dekker’s books to date, but hard hitting for a reason. Dekker is attempting to expose reality.
The dark tone and uneasy feeling at the end are a departure from Dekker’s usual ‘happily ever after formula’, but leave the reader thinking. Annoyingly, one of the thoughts, is what becomes of the hero’s love life after the final pages; the only question left unanswered…