Saturday, January 25, 2014

Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker

Eyes Wide Open  (Eyes Wide Open #1-4)
Book Description:
Who am I?

My name is Christy Snow. I’m seventeen and I’m about to die. I’m buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I’m lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won’t stop shaking.

Some will say that I’m not really here. Some will say I’m delusional. Some will say that I don’t even exist. But who are they? I’m the one buried in a grave.

My name is Christy Snow. I’m seventeen. I’m about to die.

So who are you?

In a return to the kind of storytelling that made Showdown and Three unforgettable, Ted Dekker drags that question into the light with this modern day parable about how we see ourselves.

Humming with intensity and blindsided twists, Eyes Wide Open is raw adrenaline from the first page to the last pure escapism packed with inescapable truth. Not all is as it seems. Or is it? Strap yourself in for the ride of your life. Literally.

My Thoughts:
Ted Dekker does know how to write suspense.  Christy manages to get herself into a psych ward.  She can't convince the people that she doesn't belong there but has to rely on a phone call she made before her phone died.  She'd left a message for her best friend but when he shows up, neither of them can convince anyone that they don't both belong in the psych ward.  They are admitted under different names which begs the question.  Who are they?
I completely enjoyed the first three parts of this book.  The psychological spin the author puts on his work leaves you questioning everything.  You are just waiting for the next 'ah-ha' moment.  The two main characters, caught in  the same problem with completely different personalities definitely handle themselves and react in distinct ways.  I know I would have been freaked out, especially not being sure what was reality and what was a figment of your imagination!  Thought provoking and surprising, this fiction book will leave you with plenty of real questions.  I wasn't thrilled at all with how it wrapped up, but I'm guessing that reading other works with the 'conclusion' character in it will clear up everything.
I rate this a 4/5.  I really liked it all up until the ending and it was just kinda done.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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