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.
This book was surprisingly a page turner for me. I thought it would be just another quick he did it, blood book but it twists adn turns and it became a "cant put me own" book. I highly recommend this.
Ted Dekker is a very different kind of thrill writer. I enjoyed this book, but feel like there were a number of loose ends that were never tied up. He had a very interesting romantic angle, which I don't believe I've ever encountered before. I liked seeing the killer's view, but felt there was so much mental health discussion that sometimes the storyline got lost in it. Certainly a good book though.
fabulous book read in one setting ,couldn't put it down