I’m always on the lookout for free books. Since I obtained a Kindle reader, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many free ebooks are available. I’m on a few email lists and follow links on Twitter to places that offer free and discounted books.
A couple of weeks ago I saw that NoiseTrade was offering the second book in Ted Dekker’s Water Walker for free. It intrigued me so I downloaded both the first and the second.
Then I was hooked.
Dekker wrote the series in four parts to be read as an episodic story. While you can download the entire book at once, he also makes it available in several parts, much like a weekly TV series. Once I read parts 1 & 2, I had to go to Amazon to get the last two parts of the series.
Water Walker is about a young girl named Alice who is an orphan and has no memory of her past beyond six months ago. She is kidnapped by a man who claims to be her father and says he is finally taking her home. The story shifts perspectives from time to time. One chapter will be written in Alice’s voice as she shares what she is thinking and feeling as she tries to sort out what is true. Another chapter will come from the perspective of another character in the book.
While the book is not overtly Christian, there are many Biblical principles that present themselves as the story goes. The couple that kidnaps Alice lives a very religious life, but it is a religion based on fear. Alice has to learn the power of forgiveness as the four parts unfold.
Water Walker was an excellent read. Dekker’s goal was to present an addictive, high-octane story that would bring the reader back for each episode. Not only did I finish this series, I picked up the first book in the Eyes Wide Open series, which is set up the same way as Water Walker. It’s proving to be just as engaging.