• Alexis Newlin

Book Review: The Girl Behind the Red Rope

Hi friends!


Here is book two in my fiction review- The Girl Behind the Red Rope, by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker.


I absolutely loved reading this book, and even read it again right after I finished it. Ted and Rachelle, you guys have created a fantastic piece of fiction. I wasn't expecting to love it this much. This book I will share with my friends and family as a must-read. There is so much you can learn for yourself reading this book and apply to your own life, yet this book is a work of fiction. I can't sing its praises enough.


Without further ado, here is my review of The Girl Behind the Red Rope.


About the Authors: Ted Dekker is the award-winning and New York Times, bestselling author of more than forty novels, with over ten million copies sold worldwide. He was born in the jungles of Indonesia to missionary parents, and his upbringing as a stranger in a fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his imagination. Dekker's passion is simple--to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards, including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, an RT Reviewers' Choice Award, and an ECPA Gold Medallion. In 2013, NPR readers nationwide put him in the Top 50 Thriller Authors of All Time. Dekker lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lee Ann.


Rachelle Dekker is the Christy Award-winning author of The Choosing, The Calling, and The Returning in the Seer series. The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full-time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their son, Jack.


About the Book: Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history.

When a terrible scourge is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red rope. Her older brother's questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she's seen in a decade set in motion events that will cause Grace to question everything she has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides--but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.


My Review: This book is a wonderful piece of fiction and its theme can apply to the daily walk of Christians: love always casts out fear. The central theme of this story is a town trapped in fear and rules, which sadly proves true for some Christians living in legalism. This book really takes it's shots at rules-based Christianity and I absolutely loved it. This may offend some, but you can't deny the truth- only Jesus will set you free.

As for the characters themselves, both authors do a lovely job building the characters, especially the main character. She changes so much in the book and it's beautiful to watch her evolve. The "villians" in the story are equally as fun and they grow more villainous as the book goes on.

This book is fast-paced, has many twists and turns and will keep you on the edge of your seat, especially towards the end. The epilogue is fantastic and beautifully displays the theme of love and forgiveness that is interwoven throughout the story. Jesus isn't directly mentioned but easy to see in this story.

Overall a wonderful read and I am very glad to have picked this book to review for this month.


Interested in finding out more about the authors and reading some of their other books? You can find Ted Dekker at https://www.teddekker.com/ and Rachelle Dekker at http://rachelledekker.com/.


Thanks again for reading. Drop me a line if you pick up this book; this is surely one you won't want to miss.


Next time, I'll have two new nonfiction pieces to review and two more new fiction pieces arrived in the mail today. I can't wait!


Until next time,


~Alexis


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