Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Review: Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

About the Book: Sometimes dying with the truth is better than living with a lie.

After a car accident puts Shauna McAllister in a coma and wipes out six months of her memory, she returns to her childhood home to recover, but her arrival is fraught with confusion.

Her estranged father, a senator bidding on the White House, and her abusive stepmother blame Shauna for the tragedy, which has left her beloved brother severely brain damaged. Leaning on Wayne Spade, a forgotten but hopeful lover who stays by her side, Shauna tries to sort out what happened that night by jarring her memory to life. Instead, she acquires a mysterious mental ability that will either lead her to truth or get her killed by the people trying to hide it.

In this blind game of cat and mouse that stares even the darkest memories in the face, Shauna is sure of only one thing: if she remembers, she dies.

My Review: First of all, I have to admit that I don't really understand what goes into co-writing something. What part did each author contribute? Does one person do the writing and the other does the brainstorming?

Well, even if I can't figure that out, this book is a wonderful page turner. It's been awhile since I read a thriller of this nature and I completely enjoyed it. I felt for Shauna as she tried to put together the missing pieces of her past to fill the big black hole she currently had. She has many run-ins with the various people out to get her and a huge load of guilt to deal with as well. To complicate things, she suddenly finds that she can steal memories to fill in the pieces...but when she does that, the other person is left with a blank.

There's excitement, intrigue, and a bit of romance. As a thriller, this book works. I have to admit, though, that I wouldn't have minded a different take on a person who can steal memories. The possibilities behind that idea are huge and there seems a lot that can be explored there.

Overall, though, this is a nice well written fast paced read. Recommended.

Rating: 4/5
Elements: CF
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Toni said...

Wow... this one sounds really good. I am glad I am not the only one that doesn't totally grasp the co-author/collaborator idea. :) Great review. I wanna read this!

Kailana said...

With authors like James Patterson, he just comes up with the storyline and the author in the little print actually writes it! Not sure how it works for other authors, though.

This book actually sounds good. I am not much for thrillers, but I might give this book a try somewhere down the road.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

The multi-author thing throws me, too. I have a giveaway going for *Sundays at Tiffanys* and wondered how that was done (haven't rec'd my review copy yet)

Thanks to Kailana (above) for shedding a little light on it for me.

Shauna said...

I pick up maybe 5 to 6 books a year to read, but I got a copy of Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy. It is I have to say a great read. Dekker’s work is always good but with first time author Healy, this book is outstanding. I had to make myself put it down because I was not doing any work at my office (I was getting stares from my coworkers). The website for the book is http://www.thelostkiss.com/buzz and you can download the first two chapters there.

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