Rose is the girl behind the red rope in this novel, and she is six years old when her church family escapes what they view as a world-wide scourge and resettles at Haven Valley in the Tennessee hills. After a brief first chapter, the story picks up when this religious community has lived in Haven Valley for thirteen years following their religion based on fear of venturing beyond their red rope or disobeying any of the church’s rules. The drama comes as Rose slowly begins to see beyond the confines of the Valley and her community. How will her future unfold? Themes of religiosity, fear, family, and freedom are inescapable as the reader delves into this situation. "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." - Booklist, Starred Review. Ted Dekker has written over 40 books that together have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. NPR readers nationwide put him in their list of the top fifty thriller authors, and he has received several awards as a religious writer. He was born in Indonesia of missionary parents and now lives in Nashville. His oldest daughter, Rachelle, has published a series of novels and two that stand alone. Both co-authors have won Christy Awards. This is their first collaboration.
Grand Rapids, Michigan: Revell/Baker Publishing Group, 2019. 336 pages. Hardback in dust jacket.