Saturday, November 10, 2012

October Book Club: Blink of an Eye by Ted Dekker

This post is a little late in two ways :) It was supposed to go up last week, but with our good ol' pal Sandy cutting power and internet it made things challenging. Fortunately we were quite blessed in the lack of serious damage and our hearts go out to those that are still dealing with losses.

It's also late in the day today because I had a chance to go down to Bank Street Books in NYC today for the Get Real book tour where I finally got to meet the fabulous sister writers Lisa & Laura Roecker. They are super cool and amazing and hilarious and there may possibly have been squealing and hugging. I admit to nothing.

But more on that for my monthly post on the 21st (teaser! mwa haha!)

So here's the synopsis for our book club choice of the month (courtesy of GoodReads as my brain is currently moosh)

The future changes in the BLINK of an eye...or does it?
Seth Borders isn't your average graduate student. For starters, he has one of the world's highest IQs. Now he's suddenly struck by an incredible power--the ability to see multiple potential futures.
Still reeling from this inexplicable gift, Seth stumbles upon a beautiful woman named Miriam. Unknown to Seth, Miriam is a Saudi Arabian princess who has fled her veiled existence to escape a forced marriage of unimaginable consequences. Cultures collide as they're thrown together and forced to run from an unstoppable force determined to kidnap or kill Miriam.
Seth's mysterious ability helps them avoid capture once, then twice. But with no sleep, a fugitive princess by his side, hit men a heartbeat away, and a massive manhunt steadily closing in, evasion becomes impossible."
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What we thought:
Jenn N.: Blink of an Eye was an excellent read. It was different from what I would normally pick up, however, it was really interesting. Dekker does a fantastic job of sucking you right into the action. you'll empathize with Miriam's plight and wonder how many women suffered like she did. The book also presented an intriguing look into the Muslim religion and culture.
Eileen: I must echo Jenn and say that Dekker does an excellent job of sucking you right into the action. You almost instantly sympathize with both main characters. Arranged marriages, secret love, psychic abilities, and world politics somehow draw together these two people who may not have met otherwise. That combined with a believable story gave this thriller a permanent home on my bookshelf.
Rebecca T: I had read this before, but when I picked it up to read for book club I found myself completely engrossed in the story and read it in one afternoon. As Jenn and Eileen said, the characters are immediately sympathetic and believable. They are both strong characters in different ways and in the middle of what seems to be an impossible situation on so many levels, they find friendship and even love. An adventure story with elements of paranormal, spiritual, suspense, mystery, and romance this book should appeal to a wide audience.
Next month we're reading The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair. I love finding out about new books and authors by sharing books with each other at book club! See you then :)

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