Friday, April 8, 2011

Review: The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker

Danny is a vigilante priest who has suffered some horrible injustice in his past. Due to this, he is deeply committed to eliminating people who cause tremendous amounts of pain to others. He feels he is most deeply motivated by love...there can be no vengeance or wrong motive in his kills. He truly believes he is doing God's work.

Renee is a prostitute and junkie who is rescued off the street by a mysterious man. She falls for him, and he offers to let her stay with him (warning bells!!!!) as long as she abides by his very strict rules of cleanliness and care. She is prescribed medicine and she dotes on him and loves him, always thinking of him as her savior. She does sleep for long periods of time and often forgets things, though.

One day, Renee's lover, Lamont does not come home when he is supposed to. She is frantic to find him, but unused to life outside of the house. She determines his business partner has killed him and sets off to find revenge. It's at this point her path intersects with Danny's and both their lives are changed forever.

As is typical for Ted Dekker books, this is a fast paced read. It didn't take me long to get into the story and I was definitely intrigued by the ideas he flirted with, though I'm not sure how all they fit together yet. There are, I feel, some obvious allegorical elements, but I'll need to think about them some more. But the ideas of what love and justice are and how they can be misconstrued was of interest to me.

The book is definitely graphic so be warned. There's lots of blood and guts. I just kind of skip those parts.

Rating: 4.25/5
Things You Might Want to Know: violence
Source of Book: Provided by publisher for review
Publisher: Center Street (Hachette)

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