With ADAM, prolific author Ted Dekker spins another high-voltage web of intrigue. As is his norm, he weaves an intense emotional drama that has readers transfixed until the final page.
In this evocative story, Dekker’s protagonist, FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark, finds himself a victim of sorts of his own anti-religion philosophy when he allows an obsession with a serial killer dubbed "Eve" to destroy his marriage and overtake his life. Though Daniel writes eloquently about the evils of "religion," it is ironic that, as this drama plays out, religion and its accompanying spiritual forces and foes that he adamantly professes don't exist become his greatest nemesis.
After multiple slayings of young women, Eve actually fires the shot that kills Daniel as he and another agent/medical doctor, Lori Ames, are trying to rescue a barely alive female victim. Some 20 minutes after the shooting, Daniel is resuscitated, but in the aftermath suffers extreme episodes of panic, fear...and obsession...possession? Daniel seeks the aid of Lori, and they go in the "dark" to try to piece together and anticipate Eve's next step.
As Daniel fights his body's losing battle to ever-escalating thoughts of terror-ridden darkness, his ex-wife, Heather, is similarly battling her own set of fears. A phone call to her changes everything, and the killer makes it clear that she is Daniel's hope for survival. Unable to break free from him, and abruptly positioned in the center of the hunt, Heather enters the fray with Daniel and Lori to solve the intricacies of a murderer's mind and motives.
One emotionally draining episode after another, and the three are not simply fighting against Eve --- they are arguing, debating with their own inner thoughts and each other's. Daniel, Lori and Heather fight against time, distance and locating the key to Eve's past. When they realize they are dealing with the victim of a childhood kidnapping culminating in years of wretched abuse, the trio better grasp the evil they are up against.
They catch a break when Eve's former mentor priest is discovered and Heather confers with him. What she learns sounds unreal and otherworldly...and it is. Summoning up every ounce of courage she has and going against every bit of reason, logic and good sense, Heather begs Father Seymour to accompany her in the rescue of Daniel. What transpires in Eve's former place of childhood torture can only be described as hell itself, and the forces of heaven and hell wage against each other. Every one of the major players must reckon with what he or she truly believes about life, death and the powers that rule the universe.
Producing spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat dialogue at its finest, Ted Dekker successfully brings closure to this life-altering clash between good and evil, and leaves readers with lingering reminders that there are two worlds at play around us each and every day.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on April 1, 2008