- Title: The Girl Behind the Red Rope
- Author: Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker
- Genre: Christian Fiction, Supernatural Thriller
- Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link)
- Would I recommend: Yes
Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form 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 perimeter.
Her older brother’s questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she’s seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace 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.
Grace lives with her mother and brother in the sequestered community of Haven Valley, Tennessee. They moved there ten years ago when their leader received a message that they needed to hide and follow strict rules in order to be saved from the Furies that were coming. As the story opens, Grace is helping her brother, Jamie, explore outside the boundaries established for their safety. She is terrified, but helps him anyway. Jamie in particular is questioning whether the boundary is needed, whether the Furies still exist. He speaks up in their assembly one day, and when Grace supports him, they are both sent outside the boundary to come back with proof, one way or the other. Jamie is horribly attacked, and becomes more vigilant than ever in insisting that their boundary, their fear, keeps them safe. Grace, though, begins to question more than ever.
Grace’s father, Ben, questioned from the start. He left the community and has been living outside the boundary. He travels with a boy, Eli, and he is dying. He is desperate to make his way back, to see his children before he dies. He tells Grace that Eli is there to show them the truth. But what is truth?
Ted Dekker teams up with his daughter, Rachelle, to write this book. As with every other Dekker story I’ve read, there is the story you read with your eyes. And as always, it’s a thrill ride. There is tension, there is excitement, there is danger lurking, and it’s a heck of a read. It did seem to slow just a little in the first third, but after that, I could hardly put it down.
There’s also the story beneath the story, the one you read with your heart. The theme of fear keeping us safe is prevalent in this tale. Fear keeps us from being burned by the fire, keeps us from racing out in to traffic, keeps us from doing something stupid that will bring us harm. But when taken to extremes, fear also imprisons us, becomes a god unto itself, and blinds us to the truth. Grace had to face her fears in many forms, and she could not do that in her own strength. So it is with us. We can’t fight our fears alone, but with the power of God’s light and love, we can face them and conquer them. This book is a marvelous reminder of that truth.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell. All opinions here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t actually like.