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?
Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Center Street;
Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7
inches Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States, earning his B.A. in philosophy and religion, and then went into business. In the early nineties, Dekker decided to pursue his desire to write fiction, selling his company, moving his family to the mountains of western Colorado, and writing full-time. Two years and three books later his first novel, a supernatural thriller called Heaven's Wager, was published. Dekker proceeded to write 6 more supernatural thrillers, rising to the top of many bestsellers lists and earning himself critical acclaim and legions of fans. "Thr3e" heralded his launch into mainstream fiction and was followed by "Obsessed," "Skin," "Adam," and "BoneMan's Daughters," all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list. Ted Dekker's fans are comprised of readers of all ages, backgrounds, and belief systems who love his compulsively readable stories, authentic characters, and universal and relatable themes that he explores from a unique point of view. He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at Teddekker.com and Facebook.com/teddekker.
With each book I read of Ted Dekker’s I can see more and more why he is always on the New York Times bestsellers list. The Bride Collector is a fantastic, adrenaline rushing book filled with so many twists and turns you won’t know what is coming next.
I’m usually fairly good at guessing what is coming up in a book, but I could never do that with a Ted Dekker book. He comes up with the strangest kind of murder methods and really weird criminals, but I love his stories.
I think everyone will relate to Paradise-the main woman character. She is in the private home for the mental ill and she doesn’t trust any man because of her past, but she gets to know Brad the FBI agent and you will see how they become friends.
Some parts of this book were really shocking to me, but I love that kind of story. Many surprises and they aren’t all good.
Ted is very good at describing scenes and people, which is another reason this book is so good. I like how Ted brings all of the people together and how it ends.
The Bride Collector is a serial killer, who gets all of the beautiful, young women and kills them in the name of love. The killer doesn't leave any prints or clues until he leaves a note giving a hint at the next location.
The four people in the mental home were such neat people and were really made to come alive for me. I could feel their sadness and heartaches, but joy at being able to help in the investigation.
If you are a fan of suspenseful books with lots of graphic details and gory descriptions this book is for you. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to you if you like this wonderful kind of book. Ted is a fantastic author who keeps writing best sellers.
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Thank you to Sarah from the Hachette Book Group for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255