As I dove into The Priest’s Graveyard, I was plunged into a whirlpool of love, lies, and an unquenchable passion for justice. Unable to escape, I rushed toward the last pages and found myself enthralled by Ted Dekker’s latest masterpiece. The characters are blinded by their convictions, and they dragged me right along with them. They are such simple characters, straight forward and single-minded, but at the same time, so incomprehensibly complicated (wow, there’s a tongue twister for you). Renee is willing to do whatever it takes, no matter the cost, no matter the pain, no matter the choices she must make to find justice and revenge. She believes in what she’s doing, in the decisions she’s making, in the judgment she’s casting, and that made her an entrancing and engrossing read. Although her logic is twisted by abuse and pain, I found myself empathizing with her, even in the crossroads of life-altering––or life-ending––decisions. She trapped me in her mind and showed me the world from her perspective. Danny is a misguided soul with motives you can’t get around. He made me wish I didn’t like him or what he was doing, but it was so impossible not to love him! Conflicting emotions followed me like a tail while discovering the rawest parts of this deeply wounded character. By the end, I loved him. Just loved, loved, loved him.
I couldn’t stop myself from being on his side, even when he was doing atrocious things in the name of justice. Because in his mind, (and I found myself lured by his logic) the things he does are an act of love to the innocent souls in the world, who don’t deserve to be hurt, as he was. But in the end, its all gets turned on it’s head, as only Dekker can do. Brace yourself for a brilliant and haunting experience in the blood covered pages of this gripping novel.
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