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Identity, by Ted Dekker

I made a goal to read 60 books this year, in addition to the books I read aloud for home school and Bible study books. I am not even sure I should count this one.

Identity (Eyes Wide Open, #1)Identity by Ted Dekker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It says in the description that this book can be read three ways, this is the way that drew me in “1. As an episodic story. Read Eyes Wide Open as four shorter sequential “episodes” much like your favorite TV show. The ride starts with IDENTITY which is FREE in ebooks. Think of it as the pilot, offered free. If you like the story, continue with MIRRORS, UNSEEN and the grand finale, SEER. Begin the story for FREE now. Or…” Here is the rub, a TV episode has a beginning, middle, and resolution, this book barely counts. It is little more than an introduction to two characters and what to expect from the next three installments that you must buy. I have read series books before, I do tend to really enjoy them, this one just does not cut it.

It is well-written which is typical of Dekker books, even a typo about the locket being from either Walmart or Target, mentioned in other reviews at Amazon is potentially a way to make those who read his books think that the reality of the beginning of the book isn’t necessarily the reality of the entirety of the story (or it could just be a typo, if I ever buy the rest of the series I will know). Also typical of Dekker books is that moment in the book when you must decide if you will continue to read this, because you know it is going to scare you in a psychological way. You know, if you have read any of his other books, that every story gets to a point that addresses common psychological fears, and forces you to deal with those fears. That is what makes him an excellent writer.

One small point of contention though, beyond the Walmart/Target locket, is in the end he makes a point of telling you how Christy’s hair is done up, then just a few paragraphs later, talks about running her hands through her hair, that should have been caught in editing.

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