The Bride Collector

The Bride Collector

Book - 2010
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When a serial killer claims his fourth victim, FBI Special Agent Brad Raines contacts the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a psychiatric hospital for gifted but troubled individuals. As he profiles the killer, who taunts authorities by leaving bridal veils at his crime scenes, Raines is assisted by Paradise, a young schizophrenic with the ability to experience the victims' final moments. Events start getting extremely personal to Raines when a friend becomes the killer's next target.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781599951966
1599951967
Characteristics: 432 p. ; 24 cm.

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wilqser
Nov 04, 2014

Thriller about an FBI agent, who with the help of a schizophrenic in an institutiion for the "gifted" tries to track down a serial killer of women. The killer is a religious zealot who thinks he is the messenger of God and has the responsibility of delivering 7 brides to heaven by killing them on posts in a display fashion.

The murders are quite gruesome actually and there is an undercurrent of religion and the need to understand that mental illness does not mean deranged but having certain other gifts. I like the way the author probes into the mind of the participants and reveals their thought and enhances the story with a love interest.

Good thriller and pace but in the end nothing new here.

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rahmmie
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

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jsand67
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.

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Liselara
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.

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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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