Book Review – The Girl Behind the Red Rope

tgbtrr51EnooViTNL._SY346_The Girl Behind the Red Rope

by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker

“In this mind-bending thriller, father-daughter writing team Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker triumph in their faultlessly structured and deconstructed world of religious extremism. . . . the book’s suspenseful plot drives the story forward at a racing pace, making this a riveting novel that will long haunt readers.”–

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.


Once upon a time, in years past, I read quite a few books by Ted Dekker. (one of my favorites was Blink…and also Three…oh wait–that’s two… 😉 )

In recent years, I haven’t. I have, however, in the last year, read one book by his daughter Rachelle. When I first became aware of this book, I knew it was a must read.

I was trying to explain to one of my daughters just why I’ve always liked his books…and I found it hard to put into words. The best explanation I could think of was that…his books deliver the unexpected.

He doesn’t really write what I consider to be my favorite genre. Or even what I’d normally want to read. But what he writes is compelling, and out of the box. Exciting in completely unexpected ways.

This book is entirely different (to my best knowledge) of anything else I’ve read by him.
But…I found it to be an incredible, very much “Ted-Dekkerish” story.
Grace is part of a “cult” and is kind of trapped there, without knowing how to get out. Or not even sure she wants to.

But then, things change…

This story portrays
Fear. Darkness and light. Unpredictability. A search for truth. For life, discovery, freedom…much more.
It brings many more questions than answers.
As Grace searches, for answers, what is real? What is truth?
This book portrays life and death, light and darkness, in a new way, one that will leave you thinking long after you’ve finished reading.
I appreciated how the author kept bringing in verses about God and His Love.
After all, that’s what it really is all about!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255



And if you are a Ted Dekker fan, I’d love to hear from you! What was your favorite book of his? Why?! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Book Review – The Girl Behind the Red Rope”

    1. Oh yes–I forgot about The Bride Collector. That one was very suspenseful! And…I realized that I think I was actually was thinking of Three instead of Blink…he just has so many good books!! 🙂

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