The Bride Collector Author:Ted Dekker 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 ps... more »ychiatric 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?« less
I am a new fan of Ted Dekker's while reading only 2 or 3 before The Bride Collector. It was VERY good but was disappointed that they let us know who was doing the killings about 1/2 way through the book. In my mysteries, I like it when i'm left guessing towards the very end, sometimes even second guessing myself. BUT with that said, I loved all the characters in this book--especially the 4 from CWI. All in all a good book from Ted Dekker and certainly won't be my last. Oh, for those of you that are a bit squeamish around blood mentions and violent killings, this won't be the book for you.
It jumps right in with both feet and in chapter 3 you meet the killer. The killers perspective is interesting since he is psychotic as hell but all the religious references are annoying. The killers doesn't provide any insight into why he's doing what he's doing other than it's God's will. You do find out in the end why.
I liked the mystery of who and why but I could have done with a whole lot less of the psychobabble from the inmates of the mental hospital. This went on again and again for way too long. I really thought Brad Raines was very wimpy to be an FBI agent. He definitely didn't have his ducks in a row. He was overly emotional which is so not a trait of a good FBI man. All in all, not my favorite Ted Dekker novel but not the worst either.
I have always loved Ted Dekker's books, but honestly, I thought this one fell short. I was very disappointed. It did not keep me on the edge of my seat like his writing normally does. I didn't find myself really caring whether any of the characters lived or died. I felt that the romance between Brad and Paradise was really stupid and over the top, and as a different reviewer stated, Brad seemed pretty stupid for an FBI agent too. I mean, compare this Dekker's book Adam, for instance. There really is no comparison between the two. Sure, there was a good message in this one, but it wasn't worth the crappy story. Ted Dekker, I really hope you're not losing your game.