Book Review: The Girl Behind The Red Rope by Ted Dekker & Rachelle Dekker

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Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

Her older brother's questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she's seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides--but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.

  • Genre: Christian Suspense

  • Published: 9/3/2019

  • Publisher: Revell

  • Pages: 336

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.46 Stars

Heidi’s Rating

4 Stars

Suggested Drink Pairings

Tea: Herbal Tea

Coffee: Decaffeinated Coffee

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
— 1 John 4:18

Why I Chose This Book

First Initial Thoughts

When Grace is just 6 years old her congregation is met by a man named Sylous thought to be an Angel. He told them that the end is near and that they must band together and form a community in the mountains of Tennessee. They must abide to certain rules to keep them safe and pure. They are kept in fear by thinking that what is known as The Fury is just outside the community ready to harm them. No one has seen The Fury in real life but they believe it’s real.

13 years later Grace and the community are still thriving but her brother, Jamie is curious to know if The Fury really exists. Each day he secretly goes outside the red rope that surrounds the community to find out. Once the community finds out Grace and Jamie are shunned out. Do they face The Fury? Is there still a world with people out there? I liked Grace. I liked that she asked questions but she still had doubts about herself and if she should be really thinking differently.


Ted Dekker does an amazing job in creating a secluded village out in the hills of Tennessee. You immediately get a sense of isolation from the rest of the world. The way Ted and Rachelle describes the village and their rules you can picture what their houses and village looks like. Not only that you get curious to what the rest of the world looks like. Is the world ruined like the town leaders say?

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
— John 8:12

Finial Thoughts

This book reminded me a lot of the movie The Village but the people already knew of the modern world. The rules set upon the village were quite strict and I found quite extreme. I also thought to myself, how can it be that in the hills of Tennessee for over a decade that no one has entered their territory? I would think at least a hiker or someone would have discovered their little town. Also, they mentioned a general store. How were they getting their food if they were cut off from the rest of the world? Were they selling their own goods/food grown?

As tension grows in the community Grace’s Dad and a young boy named Eli appear in town. Grace’s dad is thought to be dead but Rose, the community leader, think Eli is a Fury. She has a strong belief that the world is dead and they are the only one’s surviving. When Grace finds out her dad is alive she starts to question everything.

Speaking of her dad, I thought of the show Supernatural as Grace’s dad was listening to Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas - which was their theme song. Where is Sam and Dean when we need them?! ^_^

I won’t spoil what The Fury was but I will say the meaning behind this story is love. The village believed that they had to earn Christ’s love through their acts. They believed they had to live a perfect sinless life to enter the kingdom of Heaven. However, Christianity is not that at all. Christ taught us that he loves us no matter who we are and what our sin is. He died on the cross so that he can forgive our sins. We do not need to do acts to earn Christ’s love or to go to Heaven. He already loves us for who we are and if we accept Jesus into our hearts we are forever going to be in his Kingdom.

Would I Recommend?

Yes! it’s definitely a unique story and I think this book is perfect to read for this time of year. Please note, there are some gruesome scenes.

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the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I am part of the launch team for this book. Therefore, I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.