This book is categorized as mystery. I read the Paperback format . This book opens in a very enthralling manner. I’d admit what made me choose to read it and not drop it back on the shelf was the review by Karen Kingsbury on the front cover. Karen was quoted to have reviewed that
“his use of suspense and intrigue caught me at the first page”
So I thought well let me see that intrigue and suspense and see it I did. The setting didn’t open in America which I would’ve been tired of. It was Saudi Arabia; a place I’m not well abreast of. I got a slight insight into the social condition of Saudi Arabia. Ted Dekker right on the first page made me giggle. The book is about a super-intelligent guy( which I never get tired of),Seth and a slightly rebellious Saudi princess, Miriam. Both become fugitive and have to weave through life experiences on a fun (to the reader) yet scary roller coaster.
I’d say Miriam was my favourite character due to something of a loyalty to her faith. She also had an intelligent perspective. Her friend Sultana also rubbed off on me in a good way. We didn’t have enough encounters with Sultana but I still Loved her person in the book. It is written in the 3rd person POV. I could relate to the characters in a contextual manner.
The characters felt real to me although uh I don’t think I’m ever going to meet a clairvoyant person, so that’s…
The story gripped me and kept me turning the pages. It was largely unpredictable. The title used to be Blink when it was published initially but was altered based on the need to make a movie out of it. Not all the ideas are well developed, he leaves you to imagine some part.
I particularly love the interview with the author at the end of the book. He brings out salient points which he might have enforced slightly earlier on. A little unabashed about his stance too. The book covers the theme of acceptance, love, hope, betrayal and more.
I’d recommend the book to inquisitive people and lovers of intrigue(which you most likely are among, right?). The book has left me panting after other books by the author which I’m a little ashamed to admit I haven’t read before. Ted Dekker Ted Dekker Ted Dekker. I’d rate the book four out of five stars.
On acceptance of other people’s culture:
“but all of these practices advanced Saudi culture in a way the west did not see. Saudis understood the value of strong families for example. of loyalty to God and his word. Of respect for an order that supported both families and God”
“the world’s religion had engaged themselves in a great struggle. A struggle between those who wanted to fix the world with the sword and those who wanted to fix it with love”
“yes, God was great, but those who swung the sword on his behalf were not, Samir thought”
On a sense of self-preservation/struggle for survival:
“he still didn’t know how they were going to survive, but he did believe that they were meant to survive, and that was enough”
“the sheik had not only been spared but commended for his reversal of loyalty in the eleventh hour. Though he’d been one of the plotters he was still more valuable to the king as a friend than an enemy. It was the way of the desert”
“prayer may just be the most powerful tool mankind has”
“bright red petals from two hundred roses flown in from Holland blanketed the water. Evidently the groom, Hatam bin Hazat had heard that his young bride liked red roses. Upon seeing the extravagant display two days earlier, Sita vowed never to look upon another red rose in her life”
“one day, if he would be so fortunate, he would find another woman to love…she would be free, and if she was not, he would set her free. Like a bird”
“love changes everything”
“love your neighbour as yourself”
On female subjugation:
“Miriam could not decide. Most women she knew had a hard enough time getting out of the house, much less out of the country. Who was she to think she could run?”
“she dipped her head, replaced her veil and left the tent without another word”