My mom gave me this book a couple of years ago and I finally read it about 6 or 7 months ago. I was expecting the usual horror genre we usually exchange, but was I in for a shock.
This is a fictional story that addresses the very real sin that dwells within each of us. What makes The Oath memorable is its metaphor for sin and how it can numb the sinner. Peretti’s dragon is a great analogy for how sin blends in around us and works almost unseen until it devours us. His opening remark “Sin is the monster we love to deny” is absolutely brilliant.
I won’t say too much, since this book is hard to explain without giving spoilers, but I will say that The Oath is a deep, thought-provoking novel with a theme that sticks with you long after you’ve read the final page. It’s creepy, as in don’t-read-before-bed creepy, and is definitely not a fun, light read. But I love how Frank Peretti isn’t afraid to include overt Christian themes in his books.