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Obsessed – Ted Dekker

Title: Obsessed

Author: Ted Dekker

Genre: Thriller, Historical Fiction

Plot: Roth Braun is the son of a Nazi commander. He’s devoted to his father and follows his commands. His father asked him to find the Stones of David, stolen by a Jewish woman at the camp he was stationed at. Roth will see it done at whatever cost. Stephen is a Jewish orphan from WW2 now living in the States. A friend of his mentor, Chaim, has told Stephan that he’s the son of a wealthy Jewish woman, Rebecca, who’s just recently passed. The only reason he know is because he has a scar in the shape of a Stone of David, which Rebecca donated to a Holocaust museum. Now Stephan is desperate to find out more about his mother. He slowly becomes more and more desperate to find the Stones of David. Roth and Stephan converge on Rebecca’s former house. But what they find is anyone’s guess. The more clues they find, the more desperate the men become. When all the clues are found, they realize there’s one more clue to be found. The race to the final location starts. Who will get there first? Will the Stones of David stay safe? Or will they be destroyed?

Rating: 4.1 – a good suspenseful historical fiction

Opinion: This was better than I thought it would be. The focus is more on the historical fiction and not as suspenseful as I thought it was going to be. Though it still had a creepy factor and had a lot of twists and turns. I had a guess about one of the characters, but it was proven wrong. I thought she was going to be more important, but the author used her as a scapegoat. The history was from a different viewpoint from what I’m used to for WW2, a Nazi officer. The book jumps from the 70’s to the 40’s throughout the book. So, the tie ins to the other parts of the book were clever and subtle. Though I was a little concerned about the ending. It didn’t feel like love, but a bit creepy. It was one of those, we were meant to find each other and fall in love. But the situation that happened in didn’t really fit in with the book’s thriller theme. Other than that one thing, it was a good book. I’d recommend this book for anyone who likes historical fiction and thrillers.

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