The Girl Behind the Red Rope
Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.Her older brother's questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she's seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides--but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.

The Girl Behind the Red Rope Details

TitleThe Girl Behind the Red Rope
Author
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800736538
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Christian

The Girl Behind the Red Rope Review

  • Josie Siler
    January 1, 1970
    It pains me to say that I was disappointed by this book. I gave it four stars because if you haven’t read Ted’s recent books, you’ll love it. It’s a good story, but it’s already been told. What I love about Ted Dekker books are the twists, turns, and surprises. But I wasn’t surprised when I read this book. I knew right where it was heading and what the message would be and that was so disappointing, even though it was a good story with a great message. Perhaps my love of Dekker books has finally It pains me to say that I was disappointed by this book. I gave it four stars because if you haven’t read Ted’s recent books, you’ll love it. It’s a good story, but it’s already been told. What I love about Ted Dekker books are the twists, turns, and surprises. But I wasn’t surprised when I read this book. I knew right where it was heading and what the message would be and that was so disappointing, even though it was a good story with a great message. Perhaps my love of Dekker books has finally gotten the best of me. Perhaps I know the author’s mind too well - now that’s scary! I’ve really enjoyed Rachelle’s books and thought I would see more of her voice in this book. Overall a good book for Dekker newbies, but disappointing for this longtime fan.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Evil is cunning and lurks in the places you’d least expect it. This is a great book that pits us against our own human frailties. When fear becomes your constant companion what lengths will you go to in order to feel safe? This book was thought-provoking and I found myself contemplating the concept of religious rules verses the message of love. Do I conduct myself according to my perceived fears or do I seek truth? Haven Valley has separated itself from the rest of the world in anticipation of Evil is cunning and lurks in the places you’d least expect it. This is a great book that pits us against our own human frailties. When fear becomes your constant companion what lengths will you go to in order to feel safe? This book was thought-provoking and I found myself contemplating the concept of religious rules verses the message of love. Do I conduct myself according to my perceived fears or do I seek truth? Haven Valley has separated itself from the rest of the world in anticipation of a cleansing that is to come in the form of the Fury. The community adheres to strict religious rules, hoping that by doing so they will avoid the retribution that is to come. They live in fear that they will not be holy enough, and the fear increases when they find out one of their own has been going beyond the red rope perimeter. When a young boy from outside shows up in their town, innocent and fearless at the same time, they can’t see the love that radiates from him. All they see is their own fear. Is the boy an angel? A demon? Or is he something else? Grace must face these questions and more when she is caught in the middle of the battle between good and evil. Where will deception end and truth begin? As tension behind the red rope increases, the citizens must each examine themselves and decide what to believe. Choices must soon be made that will determine the future. Will the people of Haven Valley find freedom in their perceived faithfulness? Or will their choices hold them in bondage? How far will the people go to protect their way of life? A gripping story that had me examining myself, holding my breath and guessing to the end. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group group through Interviews and Reviews. This is my honest review.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Trying not to get excited for this, considering the latest mess that was Ted's Mystic books.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "The biggest lie is that fear will keep you safe in the darkness, but fear is the darkness."Tucked deep within the forested hills of Tennessee lies a small religious community, seemingly protected from the darkness without, marked by a simple perimeter. Its residents live by an undemanding creed; embrace the safety bestowed upon them behind the red rope or face the furies of hell itself which roam boundlessly beyond. And how do they know this? From a single prophecy, delivered from the lips of a "The biggest lie is that fear will keep you safe in the darkness, but fear is the darkness."Tucked deep within the forested hills of Tennessee lies a small religious community, seemingly protected from the darkness without, marked by a simple perimeter. Its residents live by an undemanding creed; embrace the safety bestowed upon them behind the red rope or face the furies of hell itself which roam boundlessly beyond. And how do they know this? From a single prophecy, delivered from the lips of an angel of light, thirteen years ago. Two incidents tilt the tightly wound balance of existence in Haven Valley; Grace and her brother Jamie dare to breach the boundary while two outsiders, Ben and Eli, dare to venture in. As accusations abound, Grace struggles to discern the truth between what has always been and what life without fear could be. Does "light without darkness" actually exist? The "Girl Behind the Red Rope" is rather difficult to contain; no one will doubt its beautiful cadence, and incessant theological clues leading straight to its core. Analogous, metaphorical, slightly fantastical, . . . . dark, insidious, foreboding. Rather than trying to over analyze its meaning, relax and let the story carry you to a nearly perfect ending, assuring its readers that perfect love does indeed cast out all fear. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl Behind the Red Rope is a new mystery/suspense novel by bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker (Ted's daughter). This is the first book I've read by either author, though I have heard of Ted Dekker, and it is, as I would describe, primarily allegory with a hint of dystopian fiction that delves into the spiritual realm and the concepts of living in fear and a false sense of security rather than in love and the true freedom that Christ offers.While The Girl Behind the Red Rope The Girl Behind the Red Rope is a new mystery/suspense novel by bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker (Ted's daughter). This is the first book I've read by either author, though I have heard of Ted Dekker, and it is, as I would describe, primarily allegory with a hint of dystopian fiction that delves into the spiritual realm and the concepts of living in fear and a false sense of security rather than in love and the true freedom that Christ offers.While The Girl Behind the Red Rope was an intriguing story insofar as I wanted to keep reading and see how it turned out, at the same time it didn't strike me as particularly interesting, nor illuminating. This was in part due to rather dull characters and a very predictable plot (because mystery and suspense is apparently Dekker's forte, I was disappointed that there wasn't a single surprising plot twist in this book, which was one of the reasons I kept reading, as mentioned above!). To me, there wasn't enough to the story, or character development, for a full-length novel; it seemed redundant and drawn out—perhaps the Christian allegorical aspect of darkness versus light is just too familiar, and overall it seems too similar to other stories, like The Village, to have much life of its own. On a deeper note, while I appreciated the unique discussion through story about how our fears can control us even unknowingly and how we as believers have supernatural power to overcome them, from a theological perspective, this book often seems to confuse rather than clarify issues (including some that are "mysteries" of Scripture and doctrine), such as the Law and grace, natural versus moral evil, angels and demons, cults and "religion" versus Christianity, and even Biblical meaning and context, like what it means to be "born again." The cult society in the story is misleading itself because their religious rules are based on frequently-mentioned verses and Biblical principles (but also, I would posit, man-made rules according to false teachers and "prophets"), and there isn't clear distinction or explanation about the foundational Truth of the Bible (always true) and embracing grace and freedom while living in obedience and righteousness (not mutually exclusive), versus false, sinful, "wrong," or taking something out of context or to wrong extremes (legalism, etc.).The Girl Behind the Red Rope is, admittedly, fast-paced and comes across as mysterious, even though it doesn't actually contain much mystery or even suspense, in my opinion. Sadly, though the premise sounds fascinating and the potential deeper meaning, promising, I would hesitate to recommend this book—as a story, it feels underdeveloped, and as an allegory, it muddies the waters. (Content note: some violence and disturbing imagery, as well as brief, PG references to marital intimacy.)Disclaimer: This book was received for free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. Note as with all reviews and references, I do not necessarily agree with (or am even aware of) any or all of the beliefs, views, etc. of the author; please read my disclaimer here
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  • Ashley Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    While this book was somewhat out of my comfort zone, I wanted to read and review it because the plot sounded intriguing and the cover is really phenomenal! The beginning of this book really sucked me into the story and I was completely invested in the characters and where this plot was headed. The rigid rules of the cult and and vague and haunting descriptions of their fears about what lay outside their boundaries, really kept me eerily glued to the pages. However, I began to see that this novel While this book was somewhat out of my comfort zone, I wanted to read and review it because the plot sounded intriguing and the cover is really phenomenal! The beginning of this book really sucked me into the story and I was completely invested in the characters and where this plot was headed. The rigid rules of the cult and and vague and haunting descriptions of their fears about what lay outside their boundaries, really kept me eerily glued to the pages. However, I began to see that this novel, while being about a cult, also had a supernatural element to it that I was not expecting. I don't care for novels that involve supernatural things in regards to the plot, so this book really wasn't one that I enjoyed. I think that readers who don't mind this kind of a story line will enjoy this novel. The writing was well done and the pacing of the book was good. The descriptions and characters were written really well and you definitely feel the fear that encompasses those living within the boundary lines of this cult. If you are a Ted Dekker fan or a fan of stories with supernatural elements you will probably really enjoy this one.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThe first time I saw this intriguing book cover with the names Ted and Rachelle Dekker printed on it, it went on my TBR list. While this read hits on spiritual truths and the spiritual realm, The Girl Behind the Red Rope didn’t quite live up to my expectations.The plat was fairly predictable with the characters fitting neatly into their roles to reach the conclusion clearly laid out. I expected at least a couple of gotcha moments from Ted Dekker but they never happened.However, the book 3.5 starsThe first time I saw this intriguing book cover with the names Ted and Rachelle Dekker printed on it, it went on my TBR list. While this read hits on spiritual truths and the spiritual realm, The Girl Behind the Red Rope didn’t quite live up to my expectations.The plat was fairly predictable with the characters fitting neatly into their roles to reach the conclusion clearly laid out. I expected at least a couple of gotcha moments from Ted Dekker but they never happened.However, the book is well written and takes a hard look at where people find their security? Have we become so comfortable and secure in our current situation, we fear stepping out in faith to discover what God may have waiting for us beyond that?If you’ve not read anything from either of the Dekkers, this is a good place to start as it will give new readers a taste of this father/daughter team.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    "To say you need protected from the darkness only empowers the darkness as a threat". This book is so powerful. The quote above is one of many that I found myself jotting down to go back to as I formulated this review. But the quote above, I feel, sums up the book nicely. The darkness only has power if we say it does. Because we are light, and where there is light, darkness cannot exist. Light does not need protection from darkness. The Girl Behind the Red Rope is faith-shaking in the same way t "To say you need protected from the darkness only empowers the darkness as a threat". This book is so powerful. The quote above is one of many that I found myself jotting down to go back to as I formulated this review. But the quote above, I feel, sums up the book nicely. The darkness only has power if we say it does. Because we are light, and where there is light, darkness cannot exist. Light does not need protection from darkness. The Girl Behind the Red Rope is faith-shaking in the same way that Dekker's recent Mystic series was. I read an early review that said "Dekker writes faith vs. religion, and people aren't going to like that", and that is precisely the point of the whole book! We get so caught up in "religion" that we forget what faith is. What is "religion" anyway? It is something man made up. It is divisive, when all could be striving toward the same goal. Dekker approaches this in a tangible way that is both easy to understand and is incredibly impactful.I will say that there was a little bit of slowness and repetition in the middle of the book, but from the climactic point onward, it is phenomenal. As a long-time reader of Ted Dekker, I can see a definite blending of voices of Rachelle and Ted, and I always feel that there is a little awkwardness in co-authored books, but I feel like at some point around the 30% mark, they hit their stride and it becomes very hard to put it down.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl Behind the Red Rope is a deep read. One that shows how easily human beings can be deceived and betrayed. There is a lot of loss, uncertainty, and suspense built into this book. A small religious community is taken to believing something that's not real at all. One young woman seeks out to find the truth. At first, she was blinded by her community and believed what they did. It was almost as thought none of them had a single thought that would have questioned what they were told. A flock The Girl Behind the Red Rope is a deep read. One that shows how easily human beings can be deceived and betrayed. There is a lot of loss, uncertainty, and suspense built into this book. A small religious community is taken to believing something that's not real at all. One young woman seeks out to find the truth. At first, she was blinded by her community and believed what they did. It was almost as thought none of them had a single thought that would have questioned what they were told. A flock of sheep headed into darkness. Things kept on boiling to the point to where there was no return. Finding the truth would set them all free. But the cast had to discover exactly what was the truth. Overall, it was a great tale. I recommend it to all. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Haven Valley is a religious cult, separated from the outside world by a red rope thought to keep the evil fury out. Jamie begins to doubt that the fury exists and wonders beyond the red rope with the help of his sister Grace. Forced to be cast out or repent they must commit to their faith now more than ever, but a series of events, including two strangers entering their town causes a whirlwind of changes to Haven Valley. Without providing any spoilers, the message is paramount in today's world. Haven Valley is a religious cult, separated from the outside world by a red rope thought to keep the evil fury out. Jamie begins to doubt that the fury exists and wonders beyond the red rope with the help of his sister Grace. Forced to be cast out or repent they must commit to their faith now more than ever, but a series of events, including two strangers entering their town causes a whirlwind of changes to Haven Valley. Without providing any spoilers, the message is paramount in today's world. However, the rough storyline has already been down by Dekker in his "Beyond the Circle" series. The idea of the light and religious cult are reused from his other works. Daughter, Rachel Dekker, provides a much needed refresh as she appears to tone down her father's fantastical genre insertions, but overall it was too similar to works he's already done. *Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Starr
    January 1, 1970
    Guys, this makes me so sad to say. But this was probably the most disappointing book of the year for me. At least so far. Here's why. I love Ted Dekker. I consider him one of my favorite authors, one that I felt comfortable enough to buy without knowing much about it. I was given the chance to review, and I was so excited - I didn't know to expect another Dekker book. Because of my excitement, I think I went in expecting so much more than what I got. Granted, this is co-written with his daughter Guys, this makes me so sad to say. But this was probably the most disappointing book of the year for me. At least so far. Here's why. I love Ted Dekker. I consider him one of my favorite authors, one that I felt comfortable enough to buy without knowing much about it. I was given the chance to review, and I was so excited - I didn't know to expect another Dekker book. Because of my excitement, I think I went in expecting so much more than what I got. Granted, this is co-written with his daughter, would it be wrong to blame it on her?Other than that, this was a decent story. A young who grows up in cult like environment, only to discover that she is on the wrong side of Truth. Helping her brother go outside the perimeter starts events that leads her to being open to really seeing and ultimately changing her community. Spiritual warfare manifested in the physical world. This may be one that I come back to, once I can read it with realistic expectations and see if I rate it the same.
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  • Nay Denise
    January 1, 1970
    5⭐ read!!! I am officially a fan of Ted Dekker and plan to read more of his work as of next month.This book ripped my heart in a beautiful way. The use of scripture. The faith elements. The understanding of fear...Such a phenomenal read. Definitely rereading this book soon!!Full review to come soon...-----------------Received a copy for review from the publisher.I am so excited that I have finally read a Ted Dekker book. I'm even more excited that I started with his new release. This was absolut 5⭐ read!!! I am officially a fan of Ted Dekker and plan to read more of his work as of next month.⁣⁣This book ripped my heart in a beautiful way. The use of scripture. The faith elements. The understanding of fear...⁣⁣Such a phenomenal read. Definitely rereading this book soon!!⁣⁣Full review to come soon...-----------------Received a copy for review from the publisher.I am so excited that I have finally read a Ted Dekker book. I'm even more excited that I started with his new release. This was absolute amazing read for me. I had to speed through it so I didn't get the chance to fully enjoy the reading experience, but it was still awesome. The writing was amazing. I loved the way each character was written. I enjoyed the world building. I could picture myself in Haven Valley and in the forest. I could see the world destroyed. I was excited to be pulled into the story. Each interaction between characters and even their personal thoughts pulled me deeper each turn of the page.The faith elements were so phenomenal! I loved the breakdown of fear and darkness verses love and light. I got some awesome nuggets to take away and apply to my own life.Grace is a "good" girl who tries to live by the rules and ways of her community. She doesn't like to disobey or lie. She gets caught up in her brother's scheme and things take a turn for her. Grace is a quiet girl on the surface, but on the inside she battles with understanding the truth. I enjoyed seeing the two sides to her. She was a nervous, "well behaved" girl who obeyes to a T at the beginning. By the end she was bold and stepped out in faith on truth. She began to believe in herself and think for herself rather than what the leaders of her community thought.Jamie was an awesome character at first. He believed in truth and thought for himself. Not until a chance encounter happens that he begins to doubt and become corrupted. He was the complete opposite of Grace in many ways. He started off awesome and ended terribly. Seeing him change was an eye opening experience. Rose, the leader of Haven Valley, was absolutely the most A N N O Y I N G character. I felt bad for how foolish and susceptible she was to the darkness. She's an example of a wounded person looking for to be protected by the wrong things. I did like her end though.The people of Haven Valley community were so lost and confused. I did not like how they succumbed to the sayings of Rose so easily.Sylous was a scoundrel!!! His role was played perfectly well. Devil in disguise that could use the scriptures for his own gain. Sylous was an evil being. He was awesome at his job.Eli was such an adorable kid!! I loved who he represented and how excellently he was written. Eli was a brave and humble kid. He was all about sharing truth and love. He was an amazing asset to the story and growth to Grace.Overall, I loved this book. It gave me faith elements and supernatural vibes. I loved this and it's my first ever Christian suspense. Definitely a recommendation from me.
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  • Sara Wise
    January 1, 1970
    ** “You think it will save you, but fear can’t save you. Only love can, and God is love. You can choose the light, which shows itself as love, or you can choose darkness, which shows itself as fear. Not both.” **Father-daughter dynamic duo Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker have come together to write an incredible novel, “The Girl Behind the Red Rope,” a tale of love and fear, light and darkness.Thirteen years after the Holy Family Church were given a prophecy of a great cleansing scourge upon the ** “You think it will save you, but fear can’t save you. Only love can, and God is love. You can choose the light, which shows itself as love, or you can choose darkness, which shows itself as fear. Not both.” **Father-daughter dynamic duo Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker have come together to write an incredible novel, “The Girl Behind the Red Rope,” a tale of love and fear, light and darkness.Thirteen years after the Holy Family Church were given a prophecy of a great cleansing scourge upon the earth, the members now live in the secluded Haven Valley, with a red rope surrounding the community to protect if from the Furies, death and hell itself. They must never, ever cross that red boundary.They are a people who believe fear protects them — their fear of the law will keep them pure and delivered from all evil.But when Grace helps her brother sneak outside the community’s perimeter — and a visitor from their past with a special little boy arrives — everything changes. Grace must sort through the truths and the lies, and overcome her fear and guilt to save herself and those she loves.The Dekkers once again deliver an incredibly mind-blowing, thought-provoking, soul-searching novel with “The Girl Behind the Red Rope.” It will grip you at your very core, changing the way you see yourself and the world. (“There’s light and love seen in true sight, which we call the kingdom. And there’s darkness and fear experienced in blindness, which we can call the world.”)Readers will definitely pick up on influences of both Ted and Rachelle’s storytelling, like a mysterious boy full of love and light; a strong woman overcoming adversity to find her true self; and a mysteriously powerful waterfall. “The Girl Behind the Red Rope” deals with so many huge themes: the power that following others blindly and brainwashing can have; overcoming shame, regret and loneliness; searching for buried treasure in the darkest of places; and we can only serve one master.The major themes of the Dekkers’ novel is darkness versus light — we are the light of the world and darkness cannot exist in the light — and there is no fear in love. (“The biggest lie is that fear will keep you safe in the darkness, but fear is the darkness.”)There is some mature subject matter in the book, so I would not recommend for younger readers until parents have had a chance to read it for themselves. Fans of authors like Frank Peretti, Travis Thrasher and Shawn Smucker, series like “Left Behind,” or films like “The Village” will love this story.This was an incredible book and I hope this father and daughter team will collaborate again!Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Wow.  This book.So, I'm a huge fan of Rachelle Dekker's book, The Choosing (the other two books in the series not so much though).  It was a truly chilling/thrilling faith-based dystopian literally like nothing I've ever read before.  And while I've never read a Ted Dekker book (except for House which I cordially loathed) he's known for putting a creepy vibe into his stories that I dig (in small doses).I say all that to explain why I was excited for The Girl Behind the Red Rope.  And it was pret Wow.  This book.So, I'm a huge fan of Rachelle Dekker's book, The Choosing (the other two books in the series not so much though).  It was a truly chilling/thrilling faith-based dystopian literally like nothing I've ever read before.  And while I've never read a Ted Dekker book (except for House which I cordially loathed) he's known for putting a creepy vibe into his stories that I dig (in small doses).I say all that to explain why I was excited for The Girl Behind the Red Rope.  And it was pretty great!  I think it's super, super cool that Ted and Rachelle wrote a book together (I'd really like to know their process/who did what/all of that).The world of TGBTRR is your typical creepy cult thing - like The Village or The Wicker Man or Children of the Corn (I'm guessing with all those references 'cause I've never seen any of those movies).  You've got a matriarchal society where the leader receives all sorts of visions and stuff from a sort of demonic guy?  That only she can see most of the time?  (It's really hard to explain the plot without giving spoilers.)The plot is super twisty and keeps you guessing a LOT.  There are multiple point of view characters and they were all pretty well written (the POVs and the characters both).  Loved the tenseness of the story, the supernatural elements, the focus on fighting your fears and trusting God...really good.  Of course there's the requisite Dekker weirdness in places but it actually was more on the level of Peretti than full-blown Dekker (IMO).Overall, fans of Ted and/or Rachelle Dekker will really enjoy this book.  As will anyone who likes suspenseful thrillers with a supernatural twist and strong, gutsy characters.
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  • Dana Carrier
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl Behind the Red Rope begins on a day when Grace (our protagonist) is six years old. The prophet, Rose, introduces Holy Family Church to the “angel” Sylous. He shows them The Fury, which he says will attack and kill all the sinners on earth. The congregation will only be safe if they remove themselves to a safe haven deep in the hills of Tennessee. Three years later, they do. Living behind the red rope marking the perimeter of safety, they follow all the laws Rose passes down from Sylous. The Girl Behind the Red Rope begins on a day when Grace (our protagonist) is six years old. The prophet, Rose, introduces Holy Family Church to the “angel” Sylous. He shows them The Fury, which he says will attack and kill all the sinners on earth. The congregation will only be safe if they remove themselves to a safe haven deep in the hills of Tennessee. Three years later, they do. Living behind the red rope marking the perimeter of safety, they follow all the laws Rose passes down from Sylous. Believing that, if they step outside the red rope, The Fury will attack and destroy them. And, in a way, that is what happens… After ten years in Haven Valley, Grace’s older brother Jamie can no longer contain his curiosity about what is beyond the red rope. His curiosity, and subsequent breaking of the law, plus the arrival of people from outside the rope set off a tremendous chain of events leading to a very satisfying conclusion.This is an amazing book, written by two amazing authors. I was immediately pulled into the action. I could feel the restrictions and fear. It was very unsettling. I could see that the “Laws” behind the red rope came not from God, but from Satan. While I know it’s a fact that evil can come to us disguised as good, it is still deeply disturbing to have it presented so powerfully. I also think this is an important book. On the surface, the book appears to be a treatise on the bondage of cults versus the freedom of truth. But it goes deeper than that. Cults imprison their members through fear, and the promise of salvation through works. Salvation is a gift straight from the heart of God. You cannot earn it. You can only accept it. I received a review copy from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Allison Tebo
    January 1, 1970
    FTC Disclosure: Revell Reads gave me complimentary copies of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.Deep down, I guessed that this book would not be for me. Dystopian and I do not have a very good relationship. Still, I decided to give it a try.I should have known better.The moment I opened the book, before I had even finished the first sentence, I was overwhelmed with this novel’s predominant feeling of darkness. I couldn’t get beyond chapter two before I ha FTC Disclosure: Revell Reads gave me complimentary copies of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.Deep down, I guessed that this book would not be for me. Dystopian and I do not have a very good relationship. Still, I decided to give it a try.I should have known better.The moment I opened the book, before I had even finished the first sentence, I was overwhelmed with this novel’s predominant feeling of darkness. I couldn’t get beyond chapter two before I had to quit. While this book does shine the light on “Christian” cults and points out a lot of dangers that many professing Christians fall into (the purity culture, trying to predict the Second Coming, salvation by works, etc) it, like most gritty Christian novels, spends way too much time dwelling on the dark than on the light—a common trap for many authors. It might be helpful to some readers, I suppose, although I even have my doubts about that. The “allegorical” elements of the book seem far too vague and open to random interpretation—a dangerous thing when placed in the hands of some readers who stand on a shaky foundation and struggle in separating extra-biblical fiction from Scriptural truth. This looked like dark and disturbing read and, more alarmingly, a potentially confusing one and I honestly didn’t want to waste any more time on it.
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  • Tabitha Bouldin
    January 1, 1970
    Whether we admit it or not, we are all listening to one voice or the other. We sometimes struggle to understand who we’re listening to. That’s where we find Grace in The Girl Behind the Red Rope. Following the rules, doing only what she is allowed, Grace only wants to be safe and protected. She wants to survive the evil of the world. The only problem: evil has already found them.I’ve only read a few of Dekker’s books, but I do enjoy the supernatural elements he typically includes. It’s no differ Whether we admit it or not, we are all listening to one voice or the other. We sometimes struggle to understand who we’re listening to. That’s where we find Grace in The Girl Behind the Red Rope. Following the rules, doing only what she is allowed, Grace only wants to be safe and protected. She wants to survive the evil of the world. The only problem: evil has already found them.I’ve only read a few of Dekker’s books, but I do enjoy the supernatural elements he typically includes. It’s no different here, and those elements will alternately bind the story and blow it apart. Only Grace can put everything back together again.There was a definite The Village vibe, at least on my side of the reading. Perhaps no one else feels the same way.I did enjoy the deep spirituality of The Girl Behind the Red Rope, and the concept of no fear is one I’ll be thinking about for a long time yet.As a collaboration between father and daughter, it was impossible to tell who might have come up with which part of the story. A true collaboration by all rights.I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogging program. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Hallie Szott
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl Behind the Red Rope, written by not one, but two Dekkers, is the thrilling, chilling I hoped to find when I picked it up—and so much more.Grace lives in a cultish community, protected by the boundary of the red rope. Yet, when what she has long believed as reality comes into question, it is time for her to search out the truth. With plenty of twists, plus the supernatural elements I would expect of a Dekker, the story proceeds with poignancy about fear, security, and the freedom of God. The Girl Behind the Red Rope, written by not one, but two Dekkers, is the thrilling, chilling I hoped to find when I picked it up—and so much more.Grace lives in a cultish community, protected by the boundary of the red rope. Yet, when what she has long believed as reality comes into question, it is time for her to search out the truth. With plenty of twists, plus the supernatural elements I would expect of a Dekker, the story proceeds with poignancy about fear, security, and the freedom of God.I enjoyed the disturbing and entertaining The Girl Behind the Red Rope. I easily recommend it to interested readers and look forward to more of what this father-daughter duo has to offer.This review is also posted on Hallie Reads.I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Yes Yes I admit I'm a Dekker newbie. I love the cover of this book! So mysterious looking and the most coolest thing of all is the rope itself on the cover for it feels like a real rope!! I was very surprised!I think what I enjoyed the most was the many twists, turns and surprises that were in the story.I know I had to blink a couple of times throughout the story because there were places in it that I found somewhat fantasy? Some was just too questionable.I did like that Ted and Rachelle made th Yes Yes I admit I'm a Dekker newbie. I love the cover of this book! So mysterious looking and the most coolest thing of all is the rope itself on the cover for it feels like a real rope!! I was very surprised!I think what I enjoyed the most was the many twists, turns and surprises that were in the story.I know I had to blink a couple of times throughout the story because there were places in it that I found somewhat fantasy? Some was just too questionable.I did like that Ted and Rachelle made the characters life like amd I could feel their feeling coming through the book. That's why I stayed with the story because I wanted to see what happened to them.Fear is a very real emotion. You can control it but you can't run from it. Does that make sense? Satan uses that against each and everyone of us. It can lie low or it can come full force. Depending on how you control it is up to you. I'm not sure that beinf in a cult will stop it. You'll just have to read the book to find outMy thanks to Revell Reads for this book. NO compensations were received. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jodie Wolfe
    January 1, 1970
    At some point or another in one's walk with the Lord, we may find ourselves struggling with our fears, doubts, and sin nature creeping back into our lives, especially if we've been a Christian for a long time. We let our guard down and scales can cover our eyes again, blinding us temporarily from God's truth. Ted and Rachelle Dekker say in The Girl Behind the Red Rope, "My Fury (fears) didn't have faces, but if they did, they would all be versions of me, and for the first time I truly understood At some point or another in one's walk with the Lord, we may find ourselves struggling with our fears, doubts, and sin nature creeping back into our lives, especially if we've been a Christian for a long time. We let our guard down and scales can cover our eyes again, blinding us temporarily from God's truth. Ted and Rachelle Dekker say in The Girl Behind the Red Rope, "My Fury (fears) didn't have faces, but if they did, they would all be versions of me, and for the first time I truly understood them for what they were. My self-pity, my anxiousness, my anger, my hopelessness, my judgment, my self-criticism, my worthlessness, my victimhood, my self-righteousness, my disapproval of others, my fear of being deceived, my need to control any situation, my guilt…"The father/daughter duo provides a soul-searching, thought-provoking read in their new book. Its message is one that will stay with me for a long time as I search my heart and am reminded of the importance of releasing my fears and resting in God's love and light. Well done, Ted and Rachelle.
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  • Fay Jacobsohn
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually enjoy books by Ted Dekker, but this book by him and his daughter is a great allegory of how fear can overtake Christians. Grace is a girl who grows up in a commune away from everyone. They are a strict, Christian group who are completely ruled by fears of breaking the law of God and especially of the Furies. They are afraid to leave the commune because of them. Grace's brother ventures out and life changes forever for them. This is a good book, and although I held my breath readi I don't usually enjoy books by Ted Dekker, but this book by him and his daughter is a great allegory of how fear can overtake Christians. Grace is a girl who grows up in a commune away from everyone. They are a strict, Christian group who are completely ruled by fears of breaking the law of God and especially of the Furies. They are afraid to leave the commune because of them. Grace's brother ventures out and life changes forever for them. This is a good book, and although I held my breath reading it, I actually enjoyed it. All of us are wracked by fears in many ways. Perfect love, however, casts out fear. Although there are many Scriptures about God's Holiness and fearing God, there are also many about His love and the command, “Do not be afraid.” I would recommend this book as a good read and even discussion book for Christians. (Please Note: Although an e-copy of this book was sent to me by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group to review, the opinions expressed are my own.)
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Light V Dark! Good V Evil! Cults v Faith!"Darkness masquerading as light."Plenty of wolves in sheep's clothing out there in this world. The problem is how does one determine just who is honest and trustworthy and what about loyalty?The forest in case you're wondering is full of danger. Now one thing is for sure, " Can you imagine what'd it be like if you didn't have to protect self for even one day?"We know there are many types of Fury. They can present themselves as anything.Yet we also know "t Light V Dark! Good V Evil! Cults v Faith!"Darkness masquerading as light."Plenty of wolves in sheep's clothing out there in this world. The problem is how does one determine just who is honest and trustworthy and what about loyalty?The forest in case you're wondering is full of danger. Now one thing is for sure, " Can you imagine what'd it be like if you didn't have to protect self for even one day?"We know there are many types of Fury. They can present themselves as anything.Yet we also know "there can be no darkness where the light is."So now what?Boundaries of fear that hope to keep one safe are called 'red ropes.'Would you ever go beyond the red ropes?When you've nearly lost it all what do you have left?The Girl Behind the Red Rope was a weird one for me as it left me wondering way too much without much closure...I hope you enjoy!
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I have always found Dekker's books a challenge to understand and this one is no exception. We readers see into the spirit world along with the novel's characters. I like our attention drawn to the reality of the spirit realm. I am often unclear, however, as to the meaning and message of the content of the plot. There are plenty of twists in this novel, making the actual representation of the spirit beings more confusing and hard to understand. We do know from 2 Corinthians 11 that the Enemy can I have always found Dekker's books a challenge to understand and this one is no exception. We readers see into the spirit world along with the novel's characters. I like our attention drawn to the reality of the spirit realm. I am often unclear, however, as to the meaning and message of the content of the plot. There are plenty of twists in this novel, making the actual representation of the spirit beings more confusing and hard to understand. We do know from 2 Corinthians 11 that the Enemy can disguise as an angel of light so it shouldn't be surprising some spiritual beings are not who they initially seem to be.There is a heavy emphasis on the role of fear in the Christian's life. Countering fear is the power of God's love. Love is portrayed as a powerful force of light in a world of darkness. I like that.I enjoyed the story plot. It portrayed well the draw of a powerful revelation and the force of a supernatural command to be separate. The point of view jumped around a bit and I did not like that. Also, some of the negative spiritual forces were identified as our fears. I thought that put too much emphasis on our own being rather than true spiritual warfare. As with allegorical novels, I am not certain all of the images reflect actual Christian belief. I like that the novel does draw our attention to our fears as well as the power of love and light. I recommend that readers do not form any particular beliefs from a novel like this, however.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Yolanda Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I will always love Ted Dekker because his books showed up at a time in my life when I needed the stories most. Having said that, this book was not my favorite by any stretch. Because I’ve read so many of Ted’s works this story was highly predictable. The theme, characters, and plot have already made an appearance in previous works. Ted and Rachelle are both fantastic writers, and this story is a fine piece of work in its own right, especially for anyone beginning their journey into the Dekker re I will always love Ted Dekker because his books showed up at a time in my life when I needed the stories most. Having said that, this book was not my favorite by any stretch. Because I’ve read so many of Ted’s works this story was highly predictable. The theme, characters, and plot have already made an appearance in previous works. Ted and Rachelle are both fantastic writers, and this story is a fine piece of work in its own right, especially for anyone beginning their journey into the Dekker realm, but I was hoping for something fresher. Recommend to established Dekker fans? MaybeRecommend to Dekker newbies? Definitely
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  • Susan Lindemulder
    January 1, 1970
    Thought provoking; very clear message of warning about angels of darkness/evil disguised as angels of light, and our tendency to react out of fear rather than faith. I'd like to read some of Mr. Dekker's other books to get a better "flavor" for his writing.
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  • Tyler Owings
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing read!! Highly recommended for everyone!! The collaboration between Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker is phenomenal! Can't wait for more books from the two of them!
  • Rani Divine
    January 1, 1970
    When I saw a new Dekker book was coming out, and that it was by not one but both Dekkers, I knew I needed it for my collection. What’s more, I knew it would be great. The Girl Behind the Red Rope is a metaphor, from start to finish. A metaphor that keeps unraveling with every page, to show you the truth behind the words. It’s beautiful, it’s frightening, it’s thought-provoking and honest—and it’s a book I’m going to have to read again, to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Is it my favorite Dekke When I saw a new Dekker book was coming out, and that it was by not one but both Dekkers, I knew I needed it for my collection. What’s more, I knew it would be great. The Girl Behind the Red Rope is a metaphor, from start to finish. A metaphor that keeps unraveling with every page, to show you the truth behind the words. It’s beautiful, it’s frightening, it’s thought-provoking and honest—and it’s a book I’m going to have to read again, to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Is it my favorite Dekker book of all time? No. But The Girl Behind the Red Rope isn’t the genre I normally read, so I think that’s to be expected. It’s still an amazing read, and a book I believe every Christian needs on their bookshelf.
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  • Maryann
    January 1, 1970
    The story of Haven Valley started 13 years ago, when the angel showed Holy Family Church what was coming, the afflictions God had in store for those not pure of heart. Now, they're waiting for the day when they can inherit the earth. But Grace, the protagonist of our story, is presented with a choice that could mean her own destruction.Ted Dekker wrote this with his daughter, Rachelle Dekker. It's overtly Christian while definitely setting itself in opposition to religion. The message of light v The story of Haven Valley started 13 years ago, when the angel showed Holy Family Church what was coming, the afflictions God had in store for those not pure of heart. Now, they're waiting for the day when they can inherit the earth. But Grace, the protagonist of our story, is presented with a choice that could mean her own destruction.Ted Dekker wrote this with his daughter, Rachelle Dekker. It's overtly Christian while definitely setting itself in opposition to religion. The message of light vs. dark is good, but faith vs. religion? I don't know how well that will set with many. This book presents no challenge in the reading, going very quickly, and for the observant reader, there aren't any real twists or turns.
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read numerous books by Ted Dekker, and I’ve read some from Rachelle, as well, so I was excited to read this one they co-wrote. As expected, it was a thought-provoking read.What lengths will a person go to in order to feel safe when they’ve been raised to be afraid of everything? That’s what Grace must decide. She’s lived her entire life in Haven Valley, a community that’s separated itself from the rest of the world and lives under strict rules to keep them safe from the Fury. They are taugh I’ve read numerous books by Ted Dekker, and I’ve read some from Rachelle, as well, so I was excited to read this one they co-wrote. As expected, it was a thought-provoking read.What lengths will a person go to in order to feel safe when they’ve been raised to be afraid of everything? That’s what Grace must decide. She’s lived her entire life in Haven Valley, a community that’s separated itself from the rest of the world and lives under strict rules to keep them safe from the Fury. They are taught never to go beyond the red rope surrounding their community. But, things change when Grace’s brother goes beyond that perimeter and a child from the other side shows up in Haven Valley, causing her to have doubts about all she’s known to be true. You can read the full review on my blog: https://lmckeeediting.blogspot.com/20...Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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  • Karis Bronowski
    January 1, 1970
    Overall Rating: 3 out of 5Goodreads Rating: 3 out of 5Rating BreakdownPlot: 2 out of 5Characters: 3 out of 5Writing Style: 5 out of 5Personal Enjoyment: 2 out of 5Fear can protect us from danger, but does that make it good? This was one of the questions at the heart of The Girl Behind the Red Rope, and while it creates an interesting premise, I was hoping for something just a little more unique and unpredictable than what this book ultimately delivered.What I LovedBoth Ted Dekker and Rachelle De Overall Rating: 3 out of 5Goodreads Rating: 3 out of 5Rating BreakdownPlot: 2 out of 5Characters: 3 out of 5Writing Style: 5 out of 5Personal Enjoyment: 2 out of 5Fear can protect us from danger, but does that make it good? This was one of the questions at the heart of The Girl Behind the Red Rope, and while it creates an interesting premise, I was hoping for something just a little more unique and unpredictable than what this book ultimately delivered.What I LovedBoth Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker have a way of creating the kind of story premises that immediately intrigue me, and The Girl Behind the Rope was no exception. I was easily drawn into the mysteries of the isolated Haven Valley community as well as a curiosity as to the truth behind the feared Furies and what exists beyond Haven Valley’s borders. Getting those answers (or at least confirmation of my suspicions) kept me engaged through the end of the book.I also really enjoyed the flow of the writing—while there were parts that I may have found unnecessary, the pace of the story moved very quickly. There were no parts that I felt dragged at all from beginning to end, making the story of Grace and Haven Valley a fairly fast read.The concept of the Furies was definitely one of the most interesting factors for me in The Girl Behind the Red Rope. There was so much mystery behind them and the danger that they supposedly presented outside the safety of Haven Valley. The authors did a great job of maintaining the mystery until near the end while providing small clues as to their existence and nature. However, I felt that the reveal fell short of expectations where the Furies were concerned.What I Didn’t LoveFirst I feel the need to say that I think I would have gotten more of what I wanted out of this book if I weren’t so familiar with Ted Dekker’s previous work. The concept was there and the plot and writing were definitely enjoyable—but with my experience of Ted Dekker novels, it was fairly easy to pick out the allegorical elements and see where the story was heading with its message. Unfortunately, this made The Girl Behind the Red Rope predictable to me, when I was looking forward to someone more unexpected and unique.One of the other main downfalls for me was the main character’s lack of initiative or action until well into the story. I understand that this was part of the point of story—that the fears of Grace and Haven Valley’s other residents were keeping them trapped—but it became frustrating that the only reason her story existed was because other people dragged her into things. I think the story might have been more interesting if the focus had been on someone who was willing to question the Haven Valley leaders, for example, Grace’s brother.Another element that didn’t make sense to me in this book is that the members of this community did not have an issue with the things that were being told to them. In particular, the leaders of what was supposedly a group of believers listened to certain voices who told them things that were in contradiction to God’s Word—and more poor decisions based on this. Again, religion vs. faith was a key part of The Girl Behind the Red Rope, but this neglect on the part of Haven City was frustrating at times.Finally, the focus on the women’s role in Haven Valley being to marry (the person that the community’s leaders selected for them) and have children seemed like an odd and unnecessary element that took up a lot of time early in the book. I know it was meant to show the downsides of Haven Valley from Grace’s perspective, but it didn’t really further the plot and at times was rather grating.Read if You Love:Christian allegorySupernatural mysteryDystopian communitiesBooks with a messageDisclaimer: I received this book as part of the Revell Reads program in order to write a review. The statements of the review are entirely my own, honest opinion of the book.
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