Nine by Rachelle Dekker


I received a copy of Nine in exchange for my honest review.
All opinions are, of course, my own. I’d like to thank Revell Reads for providing me with a review copy.




The oldest daughter of “New York Times” bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.

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Book Details

Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
ISBN: 9780800735968

Famous First Words

“Olivia’s lungs burned as short bursts of air escaped her mouth. Her pulse pounded violently insider her head and for a moment blocked out. everything but the vibrations of her feet slamming against the forest floor.”

Book Description

Zoe Johnson spent most of her life living in the shadows, never drawing attention to herself, never investing in people or places. But when a wide-eyed, bedraggled teenager with no memory walks into the diner where Zoe works, everything changes. Now, against her better judgment, Zoe, who has been trying to outrun her own painful memories of the past, finds herself attempting to help a girl who doesn’t seem to have any past at all. The girl knows only one thing: she must reach a woman in Corpus Christi, Texas, hundreds of miles away, before the government agents who are searching for her catch up to them.

Award-winning author Rachelle Dekker throws you into the middle of the action and keeps the pressure on in this page-turning story that, asks Are we who the world says we are–or can we change our story and be something more?

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My Thoughts & Takeaways

First things first, Rachelle is a completely new author to me and I apologize to Rachelle and her father, Ted (my dad’s name too!), but I hadn’t heard of him either. Also pretty cool that Rachelle also lives in Nashville. Anyway. The cover of the book first caught my attention and the synopsis had me signing up to read it.

Zoe Johnson works at her “normal” job waitressing when a young (17) girl, Lucy, walks into the diners she works at. Lucy is scared and confused with no memory. Zoe has a painful and mysterious past, but is immediately drawn towards Lucy and wants to protect her. However, Zoe doesn’t quite realize what she signed up for and Lucy is no ordinary girl. I don’t want to give too much away but Lucy is part of a government project and they, headed by Agent Seeley, will stop at nothing to catch Lucy. 

The pacing of the novel is fast from the beginning, the plot is riveting and entertaining, and the characters are brilliantly developed and detailed. I would definitely label this as a dystopian/futuristic thriller with an overarching them of transition/change. That is not a succinct label at all, is it? I’m sorry, but I definitely love the books I can’t clearly define and make you think!

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