The Bride Collector

The Bride Collector

Book - 2010
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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?

Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2010.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781599951966
Characteristics: 432 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 01, 2019

This is my second attempt at this book. The first time I stopped not because I was bored or disinterested, but because I didn’t understand. I was simply too young. But now I can appreciate the characters and the plot.

Agent Brad Raines is after the Bride Collector, a serial killer who chooses beautiful women to be the ‘Bride of God.’ In a series of twists and turns, Decker guides us into the minds of the mentally ill. Exploring some interesting individuals, the story kept my attention riveted from start to finish.

This book isn’t for everybody. With grisly details and a direct look at mental illness, the story isn’t for the faint-of-heart. Add into that a look into Christianity and God, and I’m sure many people will scoff. But I believe this book is entertaining and I truly enjoyed it.

Scythers Nov 28, 2017

As someone who has read a lot of Ted Dekker, it was a good read. This is one of his more detailed and purposed books. It is a thriller, and a couple of irregularities from what I have read before made it more interesting. It's thought provoking and helps one to sympathize with those who have mental and developmental challenges. Ted Dekker makes a point to call them gifted throughout the book and demonstrates such rather well. Of course, for the purpose of the book, they work with highly intelligent people who have challenges, especially schizophrenia. Of course, as is common with Ted Dekker, the protagonist falls in love too easily and overcomes trauma too easily for it to be realistic, but it still makes for a great story.
As usual when it comes to full length novels, I had a hard time engaging the book for the first 1/4 of the book as I am used to the faster pace of graphic novels. By the half-way point though, it was hard to put down, but since I am a slow reader, I had to put it down after 5 hour stretches or so to sleep before work.

Feb 09, 2013

I know that Dekker is a thriller/religious writer, but sometimes he lets lose with the religious side and that can ruin a perfectly good book. I don't think he knows the meaning of "less is more." This book had a very good plot and an interesting group of characters but I felt his insistence in inserting a religious twist to everything did the book a disservice

May 13, 2012

I found this book really interesting and hard to put down. Ted Dekker brings interesting characters to life, and makes me think differently about the world.

Apr 10, 2012

This was my first Ted Dekker book and my last. All of his characters are mentally ill (including the main character). Dekker used the word "beautiful" at least once in every paragragh, every woman is a "skank" and people are all "monkeys". Perhaps it's a genre that I've never read before and it's supposed to be a cartoon. A good editor would have helped because some parts are very good but I got distracted way too much by nonsense.

Jenna109 Mar 15, 2012

This book was the first Ted Dekker book I ever read and I thought it was amazing! This book had well developed characters, a good climax and the suspense never stops. This book even had a little love in it and I usually think those kind of books are stupid but I really liked this one. It might even be better than The Da Vinci Code.

Katjira Dec 19, 2011

I really enjoy Ted Dekker's books. Though their premise is similar to most thrillers he manages to give his main characters a depth beyond what most authors in that genre provide. They stay with me past the end of the book. This one has particularly likeable (or despisable!) main characters and I still wasn't sure what would happen up until the very end!

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