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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 attempti 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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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 attempti 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?

30 review for Nine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Rachelle Dekker has crafted a compelling thriller that (thankfully) lacks many of the weird supernatural elements usually associated with the Dekker name/brand. I would say that the more fantastical elements found in Nine are more along the lines of the simulations in Divergent, instead of something from the demonic realm. So I appreciated that. The character of Seeley was well-done. I can't say a lot more without giving away spoilers, but if you like dark, conflicted, 'yearning for the light, ye Rachelle Dekker has crafted a compelling thriller that (thankfully) lacks many of the weird supernatural elements usually associated with the Dekker name/brand. I would say that the more fantastical elements found in Nine are more along the lines of the simulations in Divergent, instead of something from the demonic realm. So I appreciated that. The character of Seeley was well-done. I can't say a lot more without giving away spoilers, but if you like dark, conflicted, 'yearning for the light, yet entrenched in the darkness' character, you'll probably love Seeley. Lucy was also an interesting character, with the pull between her human side and her 'trained weapon' side. I didn't like Zoe so much, mainly for two reasons. 1) I found her absolute devotion to Lucy a tad unbelievable. 2) She's twenty-four, but seems much older. Couldn't relate. :P I didn't know that Nine was connected to one of Rachelle Dekker's previous books, The Girl Behind the Red Rope (with Ted Dekker). Again, I won't say much more for the sake of spoilers, but that connection was interesting. However, just so you're aware, I wouldn't say Nine is a straight-up sequel to Girl (so you could probably read the one without reading the other). The plot itself was tense and twisty. Nine is definitely a win for fans of thrillers! (I do have a moral issue with the ending though. (view spoiler)[Seeley is allowed to roam free, in love with Zoe, everything really happy and even a bit sappy, when he was literally torturing people. No comeuppance, not even a salvation experience [that I know of]. I like Seeley as a character, but that just didn't sit well with me. Smh. :P (hide spoiler)] ) I received a copy of this book courtesy of Revell, through Interviews & Reviews, for my honest opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    “I am not looking to escape my darkness. I am learning to love myself there.” Dekker took thriller, mystery, suspense and sci-fi and wrapped it up in this neat little book of action that I had a hard time putting down. When the universe places a lost girl with no memory in Zoe’s life a fight for survival ensues. This is another novel that I highly recommend readers go into blind. The less you know the more exciting the ride will be and the revelations will be more climatic. The characters are eas “I am not looking to escape my darkness. I am learning to love myself there.” Dekker took thriller, mystery, suspense and sci-fi and wrapped it up in this neat little book of action that I had a hard time putting down. When the universe places a lost girl with no memory in Zoe’s life a fight for survival ensues. This is another novel that I highly recommend readers go into blind. The less you know the more exciting the ride will be and the revelations will be more climatic. The characters are easy to enjoy and I loved Zoe’s protective nature that shines despite her past. What I found intriguing was the ability of Dekker to take this suspenseful read and weave in the message that you are not bound by your past. The past does not define who you are and your limits are only what you allow to limit you. My one drawback was the desire to know more about Zoe’s past experiences. Even though I know this was focused on the amnesic child the hints of Zoe’s cult-like childhood intrigued me. There isn’t a lot on it though in comparison to the main plot. This was a fast paced and highly addictive read for me. The violence is graphic and there are incidents of torture. My favorite aspect was the science fiction element that blended throughout. I could see this as a series on Netflix or a movie. No spoilers though so I won’t tell you which movie this reminds me of most. Thank you Revell Books for the opportunity to read this novel for an honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts are solely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Bush

    By reading the blurb, I was expecting something completely different from the story that was delivered in Dekker's Nine. Told in multiple narratives (third person and first person alternating, which is one of the first books I've ever read like that), it alternates between the perspective of Zoe, a waitress just trying to live a normal life, and Lucy, the person who throws a wrench in Zoe's plans. The storyline is fresh and unique, and the themes of growing despite your past, and despite what ot By reading the blurb, I was expecting something completely different from the story that was delivered in Dekker's Nine. Told in multiple narratives (third person and first person alternating, which is one of the first books I've ever read like that), it alternates between the perspective of Zoe, a waitress just trying to live a normal life, and Lucy, the person who throws a wrench in Zoe's plans. The storyline is fresh and unique, and the themes of growing despite your past, and despite what other people had planned for you, were great and well-rounded. While readers are scrambling to learn about the mystery girl that shows up at Zoe's diner one night, they're also busy trying to decode Zoe's past too, which is slowly revealed throughout the story. Zoe and Lucy share many, many similarities given their past and involvement in scientific trials, but at the same time, they're radically different -- and that's what makes this story so compelling. I must admit that the main male character in this novel was not my most favorite character in the universe, but he made some pretty interesting decisions by the end of the novel as well. McCoy, on the other hand, deserved so much more and I still want to cry about him...if you read Nine, you'll see why. Overall, while this book had its flaws, I still enjoyed it. It's the kind of book that you have to sit and think about for awhile after the fact, and I'm starting to like it more the longer I think about it. So if you're in the mood for a heavy fall read, this is it. I must admit that I struggled back and forth between what star rating I wanted to give this one -- from an action-scene standpoint, I'd give it maybe 3 stars, but the story itself was so gripping that I thought about 5 stars...so we'll average it out as a 4.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diane Estrella

    I felt like this book had an identity crisis. Not sure entirely what it was, or was trying to be. It was a good read overall, but I feel like parts of it I've seen or heard before. Other than it being published by a Christian publishing house, the reader would never know this fact. Is this book a stand-alone, or was there a book before, and/or coming after. Still not sure on that one... The characters were good. I liked the overall story. From a worldview, I liked this quote: "Lucy may have been b I felt like this book had an identity crisis. Not sure entirely what it was, or was trying to be. It was a good read overall, but I feel like parts of it I've seen or heard before. Other than it being published by a Christian publishing house, the reader would never know this fact. Is this book a stand-alone, or was there a book before, and/or coming after. Still not sure on that one... The characters were good. I liked the overall story. From a worldview, I liked this quote: "Lucy may have been built and programmed by the government, but wasn't Zoe programmed by the world around her? The stories she'd grown up with, the rules she's been taught. By that same logic, wasn't everyone just a product of their own personal programming?" From a worldview only, YES, we get to choose and decide how we move forward. But, God.... There were a few minor plot holes that stood out to me, but otherwise a solid story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books/Baker Publishing Group and was under no obligation to post a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Libby May

    Nine was such a unique story. We start with a flashback. A loving relationship between two characters. A sense of absolute reliance... and a bit of wonder. Such an awesome way to start a book. Then we get introduced to Zoe Johnson ( I still don't know how to pronounce that. I don't read it Zoey.) The redemption arc of Zoe, and the discovery of the who and what Lucy were intriguing. And the reason behind the name of the book I ALWAYS LOVE DISCOVERING THE REASON BEHIND NAMES! Lucy's conflict towards Nine was such a unique story. We start with a flashback. A loving relationship between two characters. A sense of absolute reliance... and a bit of wonder. Such an awesome way to start a book. Then we get introduced to Zoe Johnson ( I still don't know how to pronounce that. I don't read it Zoey.) The redemption arc of Zoe, and the discovery of the who and what Lucy were intriguing. And the reason behind the name of the book I ALWAYS LOVE DISCOVERING THE REASON BEHIND NAMES! Lucy's conflict towards the latter half of the book was SO COOL. I loved seeing her fight between her "programming" and her sense of Lucy. And the difference of her coming out of the shadows and becoming.... herself. Neither Lucy nor *spoilers*. And additionally the character Seeley. Guys I did a full instagram play by play as I read through this book (you can follow my bookstagram @ofsunflowersandbooks) My emotions for this character were so torn and for the sake of avoiding spoilers, I'll just say read the book. Now for a content warning. This is a Revell book, so it's mostly clean, morally acceptable. However, there are several semi-detailed "torture" scenes that may be disturbing to certain readers. Lucy is... a killer, to keep things simple. Seeley is nothing less than that either. I didn't find anything overly gruesome, so if you're not especially squeamish and don't mind a bit of intensity, I'd say this book is perfectly okay. In regards to sexual content, I don't exactly recall any in the moment. I think there may have been one or two comments aimed about a woman by certain unsavory fellows, and there was a scene at the beginning of the book where a freeway fellow was going to "give Lucy a ride to town" that implied that wasn't all he was going to give her. Personally, I enjoyed the story very much. If you've been around for some time you'll know that I adore the Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker, who is actually Rachelle's dad. So was I slightly excited to read this one? Yes. I was stoked to get the chance. Was I biased, no. The Girl Behind the Red Rope, which was written by Ted and Rachelle both, was something I personally didn't feel comfortable reading, so this was a hit or miss chance for me. And it was a hit. Thank you Revell for the complimentary copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions were my own!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jes Drew

    I read the companion book to this one, and was interested to see how it tied together. The short answer is trauma, but I won't give any more away since so much of this story is how characters overcame their past and present for a chance at perhaps a future. This book focuses mostly on a third of the title number in characters. There is a mysterious young girl we first see fleeing for her life, though she has no memory as to exactly why. Then we meet Zoe, a kindly waitress who decides to help the I read the companion book to this one, and was interested to see how it tied together. The short answer is trauma, but I won't give any more away since so much of this story is how characters overcame their past and present for a chance at perhaps a future. This book focuses mostly on a third of the title number in characters. There is a mysterious young girl we first see fleeing for her life, though she has no memory as to exactly why. Then we meet Zoe, a kindly waitress who decides to help the girl. And finally, there is the FBI agent whose mission is that girl. It was fascinating to go on the run with this unlikely trio as they try to figure out what exactly is going on and how to fix it, both in the bigger picture and in their own lives. And the question is, which would they rather sacrifice- what they hold close to or that bigger picture. If you like action, intrigue, psychological suspense, and/or books with Christian elements, then this one is for you. It was so interesting to read a book that seemed to belong in a completely genre than its companion, but that is how this world is- so many different things all connected together. Like the trio. P.S. My favorite character was the FBI agent. I'm just throwing that out there. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but the views and opinions are my own. Review first published on my blog:https://agencyofbooksandspies.blogspo...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    4.5 stars for this science-fiction-y thriller. This was my first book of Rachelle Dekker's and probably won't be my last. I'm not a huge fan of her dad's work (Ted Dekker) as his stories get a bit too "out there" for me. This story followed a similar bent, but didn't get out of the realm of believability. I think this book would make a great movie! I can't really give a synopsis without giving spoilers, so I'll just suffice it to say that I enjoyed the mystery, the intrigue and the action that c 4.5 stars for this science-fiction-y thriller. This was my first book of Rachelle Dekker's and probably won't be my last. I'm not a huge fan of her dad's work (Ted Dekker) as his stories get a bit too "out there" for me. This story followed a similar bent, but didn't get out of the realm of believability. I think this book would make a great movie! I can't really give a synopsis without giving spoilers, so I'll just suffice it to say that I enjoyed the mystery, the intrigue and the action that carried this book from start to finish. I didn't see many Christian elements, though the theme of choosing good/light over bad/darkness was strong and resounding. It was, nonetheless, a clean read. The characters curse, but you don't actually see the words they say and there's no sex. There is some violence in the form of shock and solitary torture, but I didn't find it to be overly graphic and it was essential to the plot in my opinion. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it to mystery and sci-fi fans.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)

    I was impressed! To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by The Girl Behind the Red Rope, which was written by Rachelle and her father, Ted Dekker. First things first, I really liked the characters. They were all so complex and I could just feel their emotions radiating off the page. I also had to wonder about the long-term psychological effects of the events happening. The suspense aspect of the book was nicely-paced throughout. The book did leave off on a cliffhanger, which seemed to wrap up fair I was impressed! To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by The Girl Behind the Red Rope, which was written by Rachelle and her father, Ted Dekker. First things first, I really liked the characters. They were all so complex and I could just feel their emotions radiating off the page. I also had to wonder about the long-term psychological effects of the events happening. The suspense aspect of the book was nicely-paced throughout. The book did leave off on a cliffhanger, which seemed to wrap up fairly quickly. The only complaint I have about this book is the amount of violence. Reading about violence has never been something that I've been sensitive to but I felt that there was an extreme amount in this book, some with too much detail. All in all, despite the amount of unnecessary violence, I did enjoy this read and am wondering what happens next. Rating: 4/5 Language: n/a Romance: n/a Spiritual: n/a, Zoe escaped from the cult where she was raised Violence: extreme number of deaths (easily 30+) with violent details *I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josh Olds

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rachelle Dekker’s writing journey has bounced through literary genres. Most authors find a genre and stick to it. Some may play around the edges, but most find that readers want to know what they’re getting into just by reading the author’s name. Dekker hasn’t exactly stuck to that, and yet, when I pick up a Rachelle Dekker novel—at least, to date—I’m pretty sure I’m going to find the story of a character searching for identity and purpose. Her debut series fit squarely in the realm of YA dystop Rachelle Dekker’s writing journey has bounced through literary genres. Most authors find a genre and stick to it. Some may play around the edges, but most find that readers want to know what they’re getting into just by reading the author’s name. Dekker hasn’t exactly stuck to that, and yet, when I pick up a Rachelle Dekker novel—at least, to date—I’m pretty sure I’m going to find the story of a character searching for identity and purpose. Her debut series fit squarely in the realm of YA dystopian fiction. It’s about a young woman name Carrington who must figure out her life after she is not Chosen. Her follow up novel was an intensely personal psychological thriller that deals with Alicen dealing with issues of family and identity. The one after that was an inevitable father-daughter team-up that recalled some of Ted’s older speculative fiction and is tinged with the same themes. Rather than being genre-focused, Dekker has positioned herself as issues-focused. Namely: Who are we? Where do we come from? Who controls us? Who or what determines who we become? This exploration of identity and purpose continues in thrilling fashion with Nine. We begin with Lucy. She’s on the run, isn’t entirely sure why, and is way too trusting. The only thing she knows is that Olivia wiped her memories and she has to get to Summer in Corpus Christi. Against her better judgment, a waitress named Zoe commits to helping Lucy find her friend. If I had to explain it in terms of other media, think of Nine as Jason Bourne meets El from Stranger Things. Meanwhile, Tom Seeley has been given orders to track down Lucy. Number nine. Part of the Grantham Project. Seeley had volunteered for the project because of its covert nature. Now they had him tracking down their human experiments. All he knew was that her mind had been wiped except for damaging information that would expose what was really going on at Grantham—information that would destroy some very powerful men. Throughout the book, Lucy struggles with her true identity. Is she the product of her environment? Is she the product of her training? Is she the product of memory manipulation? Can she be her own person? These questions are mirrored in both Zoe and Seeley and we see how they also grapple with these questions as they alternately help and hunt Lucy. Nine is a fast-paced thriller that never lets up, providing abundant opportunity for thrills but never really resting to fully consider the philosophical setup around which Dekker constructs the novel. We get snippets here and flashes there, none of them long enough to really get us to know the characters. And that may be part of the problem. It’s hard to be emotionally invested in characters you don’t know. And it’s hard to know the characters when they don’t really know themselves. What I really wanted was more time. I would have read another hundred pages if it meant having time to really develop the characters. The plotting was strong. The story exhilarating. A page-turner that forced me to read it in one sitting. But I wanted more to the characters. In a story about identity, I think you have to. And if the only criticism is “I wanted more…” well…hopefully that’s a reasonable thing to want.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    “Nine” is an entertaining book about possibilities. What could happen if we decide to let go of the chains in our past and rewrite our story? What could happen if we take a chance on people and choose to trust them? What happens if we embrace love? Rachelle Dekker introduces these questions and more in “Nine,” a book that entertained me and prompted me to think about my life and my reality. Zoe Johnson spent most of her life living in the shadows and trusting no one. But when a wide-eyed, bedrag “Nine” is an entertaining book about possibilities. What could happen if we decide to let go of the chains in our past and rewrite our story? What could happen if we take a chance on people and choose to trust them? What happens if we embrace love? Rachelle Dekker introduces these questions and more in “Nine,” a book that entertained me and prompted me to think about my life and my reality. Zoe Johnson spent most of her life living in the shadows and trusting no one. 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?” I appreciated the theme of rewriting our story. At one point, Zoe realizes that she is two people at once - a 24-year-old woman who knew the coldness of the world and a 10-year-old girl who believed the world could be good. She asks herself, “Who says the world gets to claim the right to shape my identity? What if I want a different story? Who says I can’t have that?” Lucy also realizes that she has a small light of recovery. She must nurture that light and keep her new identity and story in the forefront of her mind as she changes her identity. Our recovery is similar. We may need to take extra time in the beginning - and as memories of our past pop up - to remain committed to change. And the key to change is love. Together, Zoe and Lucy realize that “it takes love to break chains of past. Our past is like programming that makes us who we are, but we can tell ourselves a new story as we learn and embrace a new normal.”As Lucy realizes, “I was more than a weapon because I had love. Deep love, the kind that was powerful enough to change the world.” This theme resonates with me as I strive to be a more loving person and watch God’s love change me and the people in my circle. I enjoyed reading this book. It prompted me to think about my own story and the story I am helping my children and friends write. The book is filled with action but also quite a bit of violence and murder, which I did not like. Also, the women in this book are thin, trim and fit, and the author describes women three times as having a pretty voice. I wonder if it’s possible to not be thin and still be a heroine. “Nine” is a sequel of sorts to “The Girl Behind The Red Rope,” but it can be read alone. I didn't make the connection until over halfway through the book when Zoe mentions her childhood in Haven Valley. Overall, this book is one I would recommend to readers who enjoy action and entertainment. “Nine” is also a beneficial book for readers who want an opportunity to think deeper about how our past affects our present and how we can make meaningful changes that allow us to love ourselves and rewrite our story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kimmie

    "Nine" by Rachelle Dekker is an impressive, fast-paced novel. The action starts with the opening scene, and it doesn't ever seem to let up. Even when characters are taking a break and just talking to each other, that never-ending sense of tension is still there. Some thrillers seem to be "all action, no real substance", but that definitely is NOT the case here. Rachelle Dekker is very skilled at keeping the plot moving along while never easing off on the important personal details that make this "Nine" by Rachelle Dekker is an impressive, fast-paced novel. The action starts with the opening scene, and it doesn't ever seem to let up. Even when characters are taking a break and just talking to each other, that never-ending sense of tension is still there. Some thrillers seem to be "all action, no real substance", but that definitely is NOT the case here. Rachelle Dekker is very skilled at keeping the plot moving along while never easing off on the important personal details that make this story so much more than a typical action/adventure. The three main characters (Zoe, a small-town waitress with a mysterious past; Lucy, a teenager with no memory of her own past; and Seeley, an agent with a complicated past) are all incredibly well drawn and detailed. I enjoyed learning more about each of them as the story progressed, and felt like I truly "knew" all three by the book's end. Once you finish enjoying all the action and see what happens to the characters at the end, you can take a deep breath and realize.....all that excitement wasn't REALLY what the book was about at all. The riveting storyline was the backdrop for an exploration of the theme of how much your past does or does not influence your present. As each character moves through this adventure, he or she contemplates the past and thinks about its effects on who they are in the present. Each also considers, in his/her own way, whether or not there's anything they can do about the past, and whether it's possible to write a new narrative for the future. This is a work of Christian fiction. God is definitely present throughout the story, but more in His "still, small voice" form than in more overt ways. Personally, I liked seeing how the characters responded to God speaking to them, even if they didn't really know Him. As a Christian, I walked away with some important things to think after reading this book. One note: While this is definitely a Christian book, some hard-core things take place. People get shot, people die, people are tortured. Nothing overly graphic in the descriptions, but if violence is a trigger for you, please be aware that you'll find some in this novel. I thought everything was appropriate and important to the plot, not just thrown in gratuitously, and did not detract from the message. All in all, I loved the story. Five out of five slices of perfectly-aged Provolone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Dekker knows how to write a page-turner that keeps the reader on their seats. It's one of the reasons I enjoy her stories. In this story, we have 3 combatants who are all in various stages of dealing with their pasts. Zoe Johnson, comes from a traumatic family situation and has spent many a day in front of psychologists and other people who apparently seek to help her and her brother. She meets Lucy, a lost runaway, who happens to wander into Zoe's cafe where she works as a waitress. Zoe soon di Dekker knows how to write a page-turner that keeps the reader on their seats. It's one of the reasons I enjoy her stories. In this story, we have 3 combatants who are all in various stages of dealing with their pasts. Zoe Johnson, comes from a traumatic family situation and has spent many a day in front of psychologists and other people who apparently seek to help her and her brother. She meets Lucy, a lost runaway, who happens to wander into Zoe's cafe where she works as a waitress. Zoe soon discovers Lucy is on the run and trying to get somewhere 700-odd miles away in Corpus Christi. And there are some serious people who want to find her and won't stop until they do. Enter Agent Seeley, the lead pursuer. He too has a past that has led him to surrender to the darkness in himself which makes him a perfect agent: uncaring, unflinching in his duty. It's exciting and Dekker keeps up the pace so those pages keep on turning. We discover Lucy is part of a human experiment (she's Number Nine), commissioned and approved by the President. She reminded me a bit of an American equivalent of Angelina Jolie's Russian 'Salt' - Lucy is a trained mercenary with very special skills. It's hard saying much more without giving spoilers. It's thoroughly entertaining but I will warn you there is a lot of close hand killing which some readers may not appreciate. But it's the struggle the 3 of them have with their own identities that takes the story to another level. Are we resigned to be who someone else wants us to be or defined by what happened in our past? Can we chose to be someone else? Fascinating themes. But this is where I struggled a little with the story. If it was a secular novel then all is good - some of the conclusions and discussions wouldn't have fazed me. However, who we are and who we were made to be are pivotal aspects of our stories and a relationship with God helps us to unravel it. I feel the novel missed an opportunity to present a powerful picture of how a relationship with God does this. I'm hoping there's more to come in these three characters stories as Dekker has really only touched the surface and be fun to explore both their backstories and their futures. I received an early ebook copy of the novel being a member of the Revell Reads program via NetGalley but with no expectation of a favourable review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    Whew, this was nothing like I expected! I figured it would be suspenseful, but I was so much more. Have you seen the Amazon series Hannah or seen the big screen movie Lucy? Nine is a combination of both of those in my estimation. Kind of funny since one of the main characters name is Lucy. Since this was my first foray into Rachelle's writing I was a bit nervous. HA! I can see she received the gift of writing from her dad as it comes through in this book! By chapter 9 I had chewed 2 fingernails d Whew, this was nothing like I expected! I figured it would be suspenseful, but I was so much more. Have you seen the Amazon series Hannah or seen the big screen movie Lucy? Nine is a combination of both of those in my estimation. Kind of funny since one of the main characters name is Lucy. Since this was my first foray into Rachelle's writing I was a bit nervous. HA! I can see she received the gift of writing from her dad as it comes through in this book! By chapter 9 I had chewed 2 fingernails down to nubbins. From the first sentence the reader is off with Lucy in a race against time and the government! Let's just say people drop left and right through this story. It's action packed from the get-go. When Lucy shows up at the restaurant Zoe's waitresses at, their lives become entwined and neither of them knows what they're up against. I really loved the writing because I was gripped to each word from the start. I was up until almost 1am finishing the last couple of chapters. Along the way I kept trying to predict who would live and who would die. Don't say you don't do the very same thing. "Is Zoe or Lucy going to get it in the end?" "Maybe both of them will make it and they'll end up on a sandy beach building sand castles." Rachelle Dekker did a fantastic job of creating people readers will absolutely despise. Director Hamman is a piece of work. He was easy to dislike. Dr. Loveless... let's just say the name is absolutely fitting. Talk about hoping someone gets it in the end. hahahaha I was a little confused about the role of someone in Zoe's past. It was someone who caused a lot of pain for her and her family, but I never quite understood what the person actually did. They said a lot of things that they thought were for the best, but I was still confused about her extended family. There isn't a faith element in the story, but there's definitely a humanity element. What are we willing to do to protect our country, our world? Are we willing to forgo our own humanity to be on top? And are we willing to love sacrificially? How far will we go to protect another person? *I received this book for review from Revell. This is my opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood

    “The only thing that will ever limit you is the belief that you can be limited.” Nine by Rachelle Dekker drops readers into the middle of the action. A woman and a teenager are being chased through the woods by men with guns. The girl barely escapes but has no memories of who she is and only a vague idea of who she can trust. Zoe Johnson finds the lost girl, Lucy, and takes her in. But Zoe doesn’t realize that Lucy is no ordinary girl and the entire government will stop at nothing to bring Lucy “The only thing that will ever limit you is the belief that you can be limited.” Nine by Rachelle Dekker drops readers into the middle of the action. A woman and a teenager are being chased through the woods by men with guns. The girl barely escapes but has no memories of who she is and only a vague idea of who she can trust. Zoe Johnson finds the lost girl, Lucy, and takes her in. But Zoe doesn’t realize that Lucy is no ordinary girl and the entire government will stop at nothing to bring Lucy back into their custody. I’d classify this story as sci-fi/dystopian. The suspense is intense from start to finish as readers try to put the pieces together. Who is Lucy? What happened in Zoe’s complicated pass? Tom Seeley heads up the hunt for Lucy, and he’s an interesting character. I loved trying to figure out if he was a good guy, a bad guy, or both. The action is pretty intense and a few torture scenes might be over the top for some readers. I found the overarching theme of the book surprising and engaging. Several characters had allowed past circumstances to dictate their present selves. They never seemed to escape their past. The story addresses the age old question: can a person really ever change? Can someone overwrite his or her past to become someone new? Several characters transformed throughout the story, dealing with past burdens and a realization that they were made for more. I was surprised that the author could take an action-driven story and bring out such poignant themes of hope and change. All in all, this is an intriguing read, chock full of suspense. I’d put this on your TBR list if you like futuristic stories with intricate themes that really make you think. Overall: 5 stars (I loved it, couldn’t put it down) Suspense: 5 stars (Non-stop edge-of-your-seat suspense from start to finish) I received an ebook review copy of this book through Revell and NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Nine by Rachelle Dekker is a contemporary thriller about a girl with special abilities who is on the run from the government and who fights internal battles about what it means to be human and whether she can choose to be different than she was “programmed.” There are three major characters in this story — the teen, Lucy, who was trained by the government but who is on the run, initially with no memories. Zoe is the one who found the memory-less Lucy and, against her better judgment, decided to h Nine by Rachelle Dekker is a contemporary thriller about a girl with special abilities who is on the run from the government and who fights internal battles about what it means to be human and whether she can choose to be different than she was “programmed.” There are three major characters in this story — the teen, Lucy, who was trained by the government but who is on the run, initially with no memories. Zoe is the one who found the memory-less Lucy and, against her better judgment, decided to help. And Seeley, the government agent chasing them down. Much of the story is told as a thriller generally is, with characters getting chased, fighting, getting caught, escaping, lying and double crossing, meeting shady characters, and much more. It was a very well-done thriller. But the real story is the one each character experienced internally. Each one of them had battles to face, and it all came back to these questions — what does it mean to be human? Can we change the way we were programmed to think? Seeley thinks he lost his humanity when he chose his job and lost his family. He picked the dark side and doesn’t think he can return. And as for the second question, all three of the character recognize that they were trained by their experiences. Zoe was “trained” not to trust or love anyone because so many people broke her trust. But what if re-training is possible? Or is it? It was a very insightful story, and I appreciated the thought the author put into writing it. The only thing I think would make it better would be to talk about God. (It’s written by a Christian and published by a Christian author, and yet there’s barely a mention of God at all.) He is the one who is truly, fully capable of changing our programming, better than we ever could, if we would but ask. His power, love, and life are what we should truly be seeking in order to change. I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I have not read a book by Rachelle Dekker before. And I rarely read anything that has science fiction in it. This was a challenge for me. I thought there was a pacing problem. I like the beginning a lot, I was very interested in Zoe. Zoe was the one that I connected with. Zoe was working at run down diner in northern Texas, a place with a violent past. I looked up Sherman, Texas, the town history could be a book itself. Zoe lived in a shabby motel across the road from the diner. She was hiding ou I have not read a book by Rachelle Dekker before. And I rarely read anything that has science fiction in it. This was a challenge for me. I thought there was a pacing problem. I like the beginning a lot, I was very interested in Zoe. Zoe was the one that I connected with. Zoe was working at run down diner in northern Texas, a place with a violent past. I looked up Sherman, Texas, the town history could be a book itself. Zoe lived in a shabby motel across the road from the diner. She was hiding out from the public, she had had enough of the notoriety of her mother's many crimes committed after her parents joined a cult. Zoe feels very guilty about obeying the people who rescued her and told her to her to abandon her younger brother . Note, there could have been another book here on that story alone. But Zoe meets Lucy, aka #9, at the dinner and when a surly man tries to pick up Lucy, Zoe steps in to save the girl from a possible assault or a rape. Lucy stays overnight with Zoe and Zoe makes an important second decision to go with Lucy to escape the "bad men". I was really hooked on this book then but I actually wanted the author to either write about Sherman or Zoe's life. I proceeded turning the pages and finding myself in a science fiction world with plenty of violence. At the end the pace got furious and too fast for me. I could understand the references to the little voice that Lucy heard but for me it only coming through faintly. The book was engrossing but I felt there was too much action for me at the end and I ended up liking the book but also being disappointed in it. I received a finished copy of this book as a win from FirstReads from the publishers. My thoughts and feelings in this review are entirely my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    V. Palmer

    Nine by Rachelle Dekker should be on the to-be-read pile of every devoted suspense reader! I am increasingly picky about suspense novels, and Nine contains everything I look for in a thrilling novel! Bravo! Seriously, that suspense! Okay, I promise there will be no plot spoilers -- I wouldn't want to take the thrill of this journey away from any reader. I loved the balance of pace and character development. Additionally, Nine contains an intensity that I've found in only a handful of authors. It' Nine by Rachelle Dekker should be on the to-be-read pile of every devoted suspense reader! I am increasingly picky about suspense novels, and Nine contains everything I look for in a thrilling novel! Bravo! Seriously, that suspense! Okay, I promise there will be no plot spoilers -- I wouldn't want to take the thrill of this journey away from any reader. I loved the balance of pace and character development. Additionally, Nine contains an intensity that I've found in only a handful of authors. It's an intensity that pulls you into the story world, glues you to whatever seat you can find, and burns your eyeballs because you don't dare blink! When the suspense and mystery ends on that final page, the truths exposed in the story will stay with its readers for a lifetime! The spiritual message revolves around identity, a message the author has a gift for unveiling, restoring, and edifying within her novels. Nine explores choosing a new identity, no matter how dark, broken, or manipulated your past may be. Rewriting your program. Choosing freedom. Choosing love. Through the intense moments of testing that each character faced, readers will be strengthened for the identity battles we face every day! Five Stars ~ Nine by Rachelle Dekker is an edge-of-your-seat suspense! Nine is standalone with ties into The Girl behind the Red Rope, but it is not necessary to read The Girl behind the Red Rope before reading Nine. Possible triggers ~ violence, death, abuse, abduction, torture. Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    (This review can be found on my blog All the Ups and Downs.) -- I've been a fan of Rachelle Dekker ever since I read The Girl Behind the Red Rope. When I saw that Rachelle Dekker had released a new book entitled Nine, I knew it was a book that I needed to read. I was so glad I picked this book up! I felt that the plot to Nine was solid. Zoe Johnson is busy working at her mundane job as a waitress when a young 17 year old girl shows up. From the get go, Zoe is protective of this young girl named Luc (This review can be found on my blog All the Ups and Downs.) -- I've been a fan of Rachelle Dekker ever since I read The Girl Behind the Red Rope. When I saw that Rachelle Dekker had released a new book entitled Nine, I knew it was a book that I needed to read. I was so glad I picked this book up! I felt that the plot to Nine was solid. Zoe Johnson is busy working at her mundane job as a waitress when a young 17 year old girl shows up. From the get go, Zoe is protective of this young girl named Lucy who appears naive, scared, confused, and willing to trust anyone. However, trying to protect Lucy will have a high cost as Lucy is much more than she appears to be. I read Nine in about a day. The pacing was so spot on that I didn't want to put this book down. The action starts out right in the first chapter and just carries on throughout the book. From the very first page, I was sucked into this suspenseful world Rachelle Dekker had masterfully created. Though it does have some similarities with the video game/movie Resident Evil (sans zombies), Dekker did a fantastic job at making the plot line feel original although it's been done many times before. There are a few plot twists including one that links back to The Girl Behind the Red Rope which I was very excited to read about! Yes, some of the plot twists are a bit predictable, but Nine is a very interesting story nonetheless. I have to gush about the characters in Nine now. Dekker did an amazing job making her characters feel fleshed out. I felt as if the characters in Nine were people I actually knew in real life; that's how realistic these characters were written. I loved Zoe's character. Even though she had a sad story and baggage of her own, it was refreshing to see her actually put her trust and care about someone else. I will say I would have liked to know more about her brother Stephen and read more in detail about what happened to him. Perhaps Dekker will write a story about Stephen another time. Anyway, Zoe was an amazing character, and I could always feel what she felt from elation to deep sadness and more. Although Olivia isn't in the book very much, I also loved Olivia and how much she sacrificed for a certain experiment. Lucy was my favorite character, and it was interesting to be able to see her thought process starting in part two of Nine. Reading about her internal struggle with how she was raised versus who she wanted to be felt very emotional to me. We have all had that struggle with ourselves to become a better version of ourself. Seeley was a bit of a wild card. Sometimes I loved him, and other times I hated him although I could understand why he was doing what he did (not that it was justified for most of it). I would have hated to have the same ultimatum given to me as Hammon gave Seeley. Even all the minor characters (especially McCoy) I really enjoyed. Every character added to the story and fleshed it out even more. Trigger warnings for Nine include violence (including gun violence), torture, and murder. Overall, Nine is an emotional story with a positive message that really makes you think about how you can change no matter your given circumstances. Nine would make a fantastic movie or tv series, and I know I would watch it should anyone ever do that. I would definitely recommend Nine by Rachelle Dekker to those aged 16+ that love highly suspenseful stories that include a positive message. -- (A special thank you to Revell for providing me with a paperback of Nine by Rachelle Dekker in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lifeofliterature

    This book is a thrilling ride! It is a truly enjoyable read from start to finish. The plot is carefully laid out so that you discover tidbits of the backstories for each character at certain times, contributing to a suspenseful plot. I liked Zoe a lot and enjoyed her character as she grows and changes in the book. I thought I had the ending figured out but then there were surprising twists and turns that kept me guessing. There are some scenes of torture and violence that may be better suited fo This book is a thrilling ride! It is a truly enjoyable read from start to finish. The plot is carefully laid out so that you discover tidbits of the backstories for each character at certain times, contributing to a suspenseful plot. I liked Zoe a lot and enjoyed her character as she grows and changes in the book. I thought I had the ending figured out but then there were surprising twists and turns that kept me guessing. There are some scenes of torture and violence that may be better suited for more adult audiences. Nonetheless, I would consider this a clean novel. There isn’t a strong faith element in the story but there is definitely triumph of good over evil. Overall, I enjoyed this story and recommend it to those who like contemporary suspense. I look forward to more from this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    Having enjoyed both daughter and father Dekker stories, I am always excited to see a new one. Nine from Rachelle Dekker did not disappoint. It held my attention from beginning to end. The author has melded together lots of edge-of-the-seat action, government agents and innocent public, characters you either really like or despise, and a concept of understanding who we really are and can we change, to bring readers a gripping and suspenseful thriller. I'm hoping there is more to come in a future Having enjoyed both daughter and father Dekker stories, I am always excited to see a new one. Nine from Rachelle Dekker did not disappoint. It held my attention from beginning to end. The author has melded together lots of edge-of-the-seat action, government agents and innocent public, characters you either really like or despise, and a concept of understanding who we really are and can we change, to bring readers a gripping and suspenseful thriller. I'm hoping there is more to come in a future book for some of the characters. I was given a complimentary copy of the book through LibraryThing and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    Ohh the conflict. Ever have a read that you are so gripped by that you can't put it down but at the same point some of the content is above your comfort level? That was this read for me. From cover to cover I couldn't put this one down and I simply had to know what was coming next. The characters were complex and well developed. The plot moved quickly and there was the perfect blend of action and suspense. My only complaint is that the violence was a little too much for me. There was a lot of ki Ohh the conflict. Ever have a read that you are so gripped by that you can't put it down but at the same point some of the content is above your comfort level? That was this read for me. From cover to cover I couldn't put this one down and I simply had to know what was coming next. The characters were complex and well developed. The plot moved quickly and there was the perfect blend of action and suspense. My only complaint is that the violence was a little too much for me. There was a lot of killing and several instances of people being tortured. Some of it I expected, but I wasn't expecting the amount of description. If you are okay with the violence then I would highly, highly recommend this one because the story was very well written and the suspense was palpable.  *I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Josie Siler

    It took me a while to get into this story, but then I had to find out what happened! I loved the connections to another book by Dekker and Lucy will forever have a place in my heart. I don’t think her story is over!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hunter

    An insane adventure right from the beginning! Wasn't expecting this to be good, but BOY WAS I WRONG! Clearly writing runs in the family!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Nine by Rachelle Dekker is one of the most suspenseful books that I have read in recent weeks. Zoe Johnson is working as a waitress when a wide-eyed innocent-looking teenage girl wanders in to the restaurant. Against her better judgement, Zoe helps Lucy, the lost-looking girl, and her whole life changes in many ways. Lucy seems to have no memories and together they run from people trying to get to Lucy. Nine was a fast-paced read full of intrigue and government secrets. The reader wonders just w Nine by Rachelle Dekker is one of the most suspenseful books that I have read in recent weeks. Zoe Johnson is working as a waitress when a wide-eyed innocent-looking teenage girl wanders in to the restaurant. Against her better judgement, Zoe helps Lucy, the lost-looking girl, and her whole life changes in many ways. Lucy seems to have no memories and together they run from people trying to get to Lucy. Nine was a fast-paced read full of intrigue and government secrets. The reader wonders just who Lucy is. I found the plot to be interesting and it definitely held my attention. At the same time, I was a little surprised by the violence in this book and some of it was disturbing for me to read. At the same time, it did seem to fit in with the plot and made sense as part of that plot. I just wondered where we were going with the book throughout the first half. But in the second half, I could clearly see the redeeming qualities of the book. I liked the messages of love and redemption that came through. I also found that I could like one character by the end that I most definitely didn't like in the beginning. All of the characters were a bit vague to me to start with and then I grew to like them as the story continued. I found it to be thought-provoking as I believe Dekker intended it to be. This would be an especially interesting read for a book club who enjoys suspense type books to read and discuss. I also think the cover works well for Nine. It looks mysterious and like the girl is searching even though we can't see her face. I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews and Reviews. All opinions in this review are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC to review! Rating (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being excellent) Quality of writing: 4 Pace: 3 Plot development: 4 Characters: 4 Enjoyability: 4 Ease of Reading: 4 Overall rating: 4 out of 5

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robin Dix

    Rachelle Dekker is an amazing writer in her own right. This book was so well written and held me spellbound from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn

    Nine is an entertaining and well written suspense. The plot will keep you on the edge of your seat rapidly turning the pages. Suspense fans will not be disappointed. I received an advance ebook from the publisher and this is my unbiased review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is the third book that I’ve read by Rachelle Dekker and I have now realized that she is not the author for me. This story was definitely the one that I found most interesting, but the plot did not feel original. There were many parallels and similarities in this book to the Stranger Things series…even down to the character being named with a number. There were also a lot of very graphic and descriptive violent scenes that I wasn’t a fan of. I was also disappointed by the lack of faith conten This is the third book that I’ve read by Rachelle Dekker and I have now realized that she is not the author for me. This story was definitely the one that I found most interesting, but the plot did not feel original. There were many parallels and similarities in this book to the Stranger Things series…even down to the character being named with a number. There were also a lot of very graphic and descriptive violent scenes that I wasn’t a fan of. I was also disappointed by the lack of faith content. The story is clean overall, other than the violent scenes. There was just nothing that stood out as original in this story. I received this book from the publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Rachelle Dekker is so talented to write thought provoking novels. Her newest release, Nine, is no different. This one is by far my favorite I have read by her to date. What a fabulous read. I loved every single page. I often left setting on the edge of my seat as I wondered what was going to happen next. Such a great piece of suspense filled mystery. I loved it. I am giving Nine a very well deserved five plus stars. It should not be one to be missed. I received Nine from the publisher. This revi Rachelle Dekker is so talented to write thought provoking novels. Her newest release, Nine, is no different. This one is by far my favorite I have read by her to date. What a fabulous read. I loved every single page. I often left setting on the edge of my seat as I wondered what was going to happen next. Such a great piece of suspense filled mystery. I loved it. I am giving Nine a very well deserved five plus stars. It should not be one to be missed. I received Nine from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Jackson

    This is a good book. It's full of action and hard to put down. Couldn't wait to see what the next page would say and how the ending would be. I recommend this this book to those who love mysteries.

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