The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker
Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate.
Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother’s life. Now he’s a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost.
Renee Gilmore is the frail and helpless victim of one such powerful man. Having escaped his clutches, she now lives only to satisfy justice by destroying him, regardless of whom she must become in that pursuit.
But when Danny and Renee’s paths become inexorably entangled things go very, very badly and neither of them may make it out of this hunt alive.
Judge not, or you too will be judged.
Cue the scary background music right? And really… you should as Dekker opens his new book with a 10 page written confession written by Danny about what he has done and why he did it.
And just like that I am back in the dark world that surrounds a Dekker book. If you have read Dekker before this book will not take you by surprise. Dekker tends to write Dark, and in my opinion, as of late – his books are even darker. As a Christian author I respect his unique take on putting faith messages into his writing although truth be told – many can read his books and not know they are reading a faith based book.
The Priest’s Graveyard is intense and does speak to the dark mystery lover in me as well as the long buried version of me who in high school loved all things Steven King and then eventually on to Dean Koontz. The two main characters Renee who is from California, has had her share and then some of drug use and knows what rock bottom looks like. Danny on the other hand is from Bosnia and has carried with him a long time agenda and now is a Priest in California with an unusual hobby. ;) - Think Dexter. ;)
At Dekker’s usual fast pace you will find this book at times gorey, haunting – and much like a roller coaster it will get your heart pumping a little faster as the plot thickens and you go – up – up – up…. before you come crashing and screaming down to the conclusion.
I have read many of Ted Dekker’s books and can say I enjoyed this one more than some of his recent ones.
I have updated the 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map to Include The Priests Graveyard
This book was sent to me for review for part of a blog tour