Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker

The Synopsis:

I’m buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I’m lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won’t stop shaking.

Some will say that I’m not really here. Some will say I’m delusional. Some say that I don’t even exist. But who are they? I’m the one buried in a grave.

My name is Christy Snow. I’m seventeen. I’m about to die.

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


eyes-wide-open-ted-dekkerPsychological thriller. A book that will have you breathing heavy and challenges everything you think you know.

Christy finds herself in an unbelievable situation and no matter how hard she tries, her encounter with The Outlaw may be the only thread of hope she has to get out, though she would probably prefer something that would help her at least understand what it is that’s going on.

Eyes Wide Open is an interesting book, and I say that as a high compliment. It demands 100% of your attention and if you give anything less, you’ll miss something important. The story-line is mind-boggling, in a good way. The reader will get a small taste of what is going on and gain confidence in unraveling the story, and then everything twists again and we’re left just as clueless as the characters. It is truly master psychological suspense.

The characters are so realistic. They have their weaknesses, but yet their strengths overcome them. They lose hope, only to find it again. They are hostages, so that freedom is valued and appreciated. It is an amazing roller coaster of adrenaline and wonder as the scenes unfold and Christy and Austin find out who they really are.

There are also good virtues in Eyes Wide Open, like not being obsessed with our outer beauty; not relying on our own understanding but instead to what God tells us (whether we understand it or not); and to have faith and hope in times of trial.

Eyes Wide Open* has a pretty permanent place on my “favorites” shelf and I encourage you to pick it up. It has a full 5 out of 5 stars.

*Note: Eyes Wide Open is the collection of all four mini-books, Identity, Mirrors, Unseen, and Seer, in the series titled Eyes Wide Open. The book, Eyes Wide Open (and technically the episodic series too) are also a part of The Outlaw Chronicles which has two additional books, Water Walker and Hacker. I know, it’s confusing, so just take my word for it and read Eyes Wide Open first. Reviews of Water Walker and Hacker are scheduled to be posted later this month!

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Rayleigh is a Freshman in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.