Ted Dekker is an amazing author. His writing is both intriguing and suspenseful. However I had a hard time reading his book in good conscience. Yes, it is a book about a serial killer and it does have some gory parts which is clearly stated on the book's cover. But what bothered me is that the killer wanted to kill the ugliest, which meant not only on the outside but also on the inside. Sin makes you ugly is basically what it's saying, yet nowhere in the book does it tell you how you can become beautiful. That really bothered me. I was really confused on what this book was trying to tell me or what "lesson" I was supposed to take from it. I really didn't get what Dekker was trying to do. As a Christian, this isn't a book I'll read again. I'm rating it a 1 1/2 stars for the creative writing and for it's creative twists, but not for the REAL meaning of the book.