Title: The Bride collector
Author: Ted Dekker
Publisher: Center Street
Publication Date: April 13, 2010
Hardcover: 448 pages
FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he’s picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.
It’s there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person’s life when she touches the dead body.
In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise’s help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most ‘sane people’ sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls…or inside.
As the Bride Collector picks up the pace-and volume-of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist, becomes the Bride Collector’s next target.
The FBI believes that the killer plans to murder seven women. Can Paradise help before it’s too late?
Dekker has done a good job with the characters in this novel. Brad Raines is a likable guy and as the story evolves so does he. Paradise from the Center is another character I really liked. She’s had a rough childhood and with her illness, things haven’t always been easy for her. Another individual at the Center is Roudy who is actually quite amusing along with being very good at analyzing crime scenes. As well, the ex-nun Allison, who runs the Center is a great character who does everything she can to help her patients and have them treated as normal human beings.
Dekker does another outstanding job with The Bride Collector! He steps inside the killer and portrays him remarkably. The reader is able to feel what the killer feels, see what the killer sees. Although this book is filled with tales of murder, I did not find it to be so gruesome that I wanted to put it down. Dekker’s characters are also very complex and compelling. The story line leaves the reader filled with just enough suspense so as to make you want to continue turning the pages. And just when you think you have the story figured out, Dekker’s skill at creating dangerous twists in the plot will leave you shocked at who survives and who doesn’t!
An awesome read.. I highly recommend this book.
About the Author:
TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 3 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.
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I read The Bride Collector for Ted Dekker’s pre-publication Blog Tour with Hachette Book Group. Again, The Bride Collector by Tedd Dekker will be released April 13, 2010 and can be pre-ordered here in the US and here in Canada.