Review: Kiss

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I have seen the high school kids read books by Ted Dekker, but I never read one myself until Kiss, which was co-written with Erin Healy.  I liked the book enough that I will be back for more.

The main character, Shauna McAllister, is dealing with issues of abandonment by her father,  who is currently running for president.  She makes plans to confront him, not about their past but about his future, and then she is in a car accident, in a coma for six weeks, and unable to remember the last six months of her life.

Shauna can’t defend herself against accusations that she caused the accident, an accident that left her beloved brother  brain-damaged.  She doesn’t think she was a drug user, but with no memory, how is she to combat the charges that Ecstasy was the reason for the accident, especially since  some was found both in her home and in her car?

Shauna’s father is the owner of a major pharmaceutical  company, and it appears that her recovery is due to his enrolling her in a drug trial his company ran.  It isn’t long before she discovers that the drugs that are supposed to help her regain her memory are really no help at all.  In her search to prove her innocence, Shauna discovers a lot about herself and the people who surround her.

This book is one of those that you can’t put down.  Shauna has had many obstacles to overcome .  When her mother died giving birth to her brother, her father embraced the baby, his son, not the daughter he already had.  When he remarried, his wife was abusive toward Shauna, and when she told her father, he took his wife’s side, not his daughter’s.   Surely she didn’t need to add memory loss to her list!

Shauna’s estrangement from her father has caused her to be estranged from other people and from God.  This is the story of her journey to fellowship both with God and with her father.  Shauna McAllister chooses to embrace her past, pain and all, because it is making  her a better person.  She chooses, too, to remember her God, who delivered her.

If you want to read part of the book before you buy,  you can go here.

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1 Response to “Review: Kiss”


  1. 1 melissa January 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    i just read the first 2 chapters that you can download for free. they were quite catching. now i want to read the rest and am like dang it is sunday the library is closed! it was a tease! lol


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