A chilling adventure: "Nine" by Rachelle Dekker

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about the book....

Some secrets can't stay hidden

Zoe Johnson has spent most of her life living in the shadows, never drawing attention to herself, never investing in people or places. But when a wide-eyed, bedraggled teenager with no memory walks into the diner where Zoe works, everything changes.

Against her better judgment, Zoe, who has been trying to outrun her own painful memories of the past, finds herself attempting to help a girl who doesn't seem to have any past at all. With little warning, they must follow the only sure thing they know: a woman hundreds of miles away, will either save them . . . or be the last person to see them alive.

my review....

Once again, Rachelle Dekker dives into the world of murky conspiracies where truth is not what it seems and good and evil are not so clearly defined. With carefully crafted scenes that crackle with tension and are permeated with a sense of dread of what is to come, "Nine" held me in it's grip from the opening paragraphs. It is a multi-layered novel that explores what it means to be human, and forces us to confront what we would do when we are called to step outside of ourselves and do what is right, and not what is easy.

Zoe is one of those characters who is so much more than she seems at first, as bits of her past are revealed and you realize that she's far more complex than she at first presented. As she encounters Lucy, a teenager shrouded in mystery, she makes a decision that will forever change her life. I loved that Dekker chose to allow us to discover who Lucy is right alongside of Zoe, and how in that discovery Zoe's own layers are peeled back and we glimpse the iron strength that she is made of. Together, they make a fascinating set of characters who form a bond of friendship that many readers can only dream of.  As I raced to the end of the novel, I realized that I wasn't even sure what I was hoping for in the ending - I just knew I would be surprised, and I certainly was! Dekker has written one of those stories that is going to earn a permanent place on my shelves; I am definitely going to pick this one up again one day!
 "Nine" is another excellent novel of suspense from the award winning Rachelle Dekker, and I am entirely certain that those who have already become fans of her works will greatly enjoy this story. As for those readers who are new to her works, this is a novel you really shouldn't miss. I award this novel a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Rachelle Dekker

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 and coauthor with him of The Girl behind the Red Rope, 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. Connect with Rachelle at www.rachelledekker.com.
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