The Girl Behind the Red Rope: a religious thriller?

Dooms day, cults, religious thriller? Not the typical book you’d see me reading or sharing here, but The Girl Behind the Red Rope had me at the book description (which you can read below) and then the first few pages totally captivated my attention. I both read the hard copy and listened through Audible and neither format disappointed. This father-daughter duo, Ted and Rachelle Dekker, really knocked it out of the park. Both are acclaimed and award winning authors. The narrative flows smoothly yet is intricately woven, the characters are well developed. They are interesting and relatable, relatable in a way you almost don’t what to acknowledge given their circumstances.

As I was reading I was reminded of books like The Giver and Hunger Games, it was oddly intriguing to consider a “compound of people” who are so, dare I say, brainwashed into living such a secluded and limited life. The internal questioning begins immediately and has you waiting with baited breath to see how leaders and the main characters will respond to their questions, the answers they discover and what they are being lead to believe. It challenges religion (versus faith), left me thinking all kinds of things (don’t you love a book that leaves you pondering it for weeks after. It was truly a page turner and I highly recommend it.


As I eluded to, this is not the typical book I select to read, and I have taken a bit of a break from “reviewing” as I was really wanting to pick up some of my “to be read” list. But, I just couldn’t resist this book and I’m so glad I didn’t. It took me out of my reading comfort zone and into a whole new world, and genre. A bit spooky and totally the perfect fall read to cozy up under a blanket and get immersed in. I hope you will consider it!

You can snag your copy of, The Girl Behind the Red Rope  here using my affiliate link. I thoroughly enjoyed the story both in writing and also on Audible!

Book Description
“In this mind-bending thriller, father-daughter writing team Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker triumph in their faultlessly structured and deconstructed world of religious extremism. . . . the book’s suspenseful plot drives the story forward at a racing pace, making this a riveting novel that will long haunt readers.”–

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.

Thanks to Revell Books and Baker House Publishing for providing me a copy of the book. All opinions shared here are my own.

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