This book was sent to me from BestSellersWorld for review.
Kevin Parsons is an extremely intelligent seminary student in California. He considers his dean, John Francis, one of his best friends and most valued advisor.
Kevin is leaving the seminary to go home when his cell phone rings and as he answers, is greeted by a raspy-voiced individual who has a riddle for Kevin that he must solve. He must also confess his sin within 3 minutes or the car will blow up.
Kevin has no idea what he caller could be seeking with the confession and can not solve the riddle. He pulls his car into an almost deserted Wal-Mart and the car then blows up.
This makes Kevin and his story the headlines of the day. The FBI is drawn in with Jennifer being the main figure. Jennifer has just lost her brother, Roy, to a man called the "Riddle Killer" and she is convinced that these are the same individual.
We then start to learn about Kevin's childhood and living with his aunt Balinda, her husband Eugene and his cousin, Bob, who is retarded. Things were not normal for Kevin, but he has stepped away and started living his life on his own.
As this story progresses and you are drawn into the minds of these characters, it becomes so compelling. There are major secrets about Kevin's childhood including his friendship with a girl named Sam and incidents with a boy that tried to interfere with their friendship.
Ted Dekker definitely put twists and turns into the story and will have you guessing right until the very end of the book. I would definitely consider him a new must-read author for me.