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 Wellbeing 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 increases 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?
The hardest of his novels to read so far, but my name's in the book!| Posted April 23, 2013 Ted Dekker has done it again, he has written another brilliant thriller. This newest novel is called The Bride Collector. It is about a serial killer who murders women leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene. The novel starts with the death of his fourth victim and you read through his pursuit of his seventh and final, who in his perspective is God’s favorite and perfect bride. Dekker dives into the subject of mental illness, asking the question are those who are dubbed mentally ill really normal and those who are dubbed normal really the ones who are mentally ill. Not for the light of heart, the killings are gruesome and it was hard for me to read at first. Dekker used a great name as an underwear brand though; maybe that’s what hooked me. ;) Dekker is one of those minds that dare to ask the questions no one else wants to think about. Maybe that’s what makes this book so brilliant. If we all just understood each other; if we understood that we are all God’s favorites because He loves us unendingly we wouldn’t pin false stigmas upon one another. I dare you to open your mind to Dekker’s questions.
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker| Posted February 07, 2013
A string of exquisite young women have been murdered by a single individual who leaves his signature with each body: a pristine bridal veil. FBI agent Brad Raines must turn to a most unusual source for help.
This was a very sad story, but there was the evidence of the symbolism of how Jesus can turn even the ashes into beauty.
It was very hard to understand things at first, and at some points the plot was hard to understand.
It was a very good read though, there were a lot of things that could be learned through reading this book.
The Bride Collector| Posted June 28, 2012
The Bride Collector is like all of Dekker’s books: you cannot stop reading it once you’ve started it! First, let me tell you what the book is about. Main character, FBI special agent, Brad Raines is on is toughest case yet. Raines is trying to track down a serial killer who kills beautiful and than leaves a bridal veil on each of the dead bodies. Raines is unable to crack the case so he goes to the Center for Well-being and Intelligence, which is a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill people who are very intelligent. Their Raines meets Paradise who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and has an extraordinary gift to experience the final moments of a dead person’s life when she touches the body. Desperate to find the killer, Raines uses Paradise’s help to crack the case. But the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend, a beautiful forensic psychologist, is the Bride Collector’s next victim… You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.
Now let me tell you my opinion of the book. I thought this book was good but I thought it was too similar to Dekker’s Boneman’s Daughters. So I recommend this book to anyone who likes Ted Dekker’s Boneman’s Daughters and Thr3e. I also recommend this to anyone who likes mystery or thriller books. If you don’t like mystery or thriller books than I wouldn’t recommend this book to you.
Same Old, Same Old. But For A Dekker Novel, That's A Good Thing.| Posted January 25, 2011
The Bride Collector is generic Dekker. There's a serial killer killing people in intriguing unique ways, there's a guy who is tracking this killer, and in the end there is the twist of having the protagonist discover something that ties both him and the killer together. All of that is found here. Even though it seems that I am coming off a bit negative towards this book, I actually enjoyed it. The characters are fleshed out just enough to make you care about them. Dekker's way of using language artistically is still very impressive. Although the plot is generic, you'll still get a kick out of this book if you are a Dekker fan.
Good but not great| Posted May 20, 2010
The Bride Collector was a bit of a disappointment to me for Dekker, but it still had his signature elements of suspense and a well crafted plot. In part it reminds me of his 2009 release BoneMan's Daughters because it was more of that same book type. And I wasn't BMD's biggest fan, but the Bride Collector was indeed a little better. Brad Raines is on a quest to find a killer known only as the Bride Collector. During the man hunt, he stumbles on a clue in one of the killer's cryptic notes. That clue takes him to the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a place for mentally ill patients with extraordinary intelligence. There he meets Paradise, one of their patients. Ted represented the mentally ill very well. The Bride Collector as a whole didn't thrill me, but if it wasn't Dekker, it would have. I've just come to expect more from him. But it was a good read.
Okay but not great Dekker| Posted April 08, 2010
The Bride Collector, the seecond book for Dekker from a secular publisher, is another thriller. With thrillers from Dekker including Three and Boneman's Daughters. Bride Collector comes off as trying to hard. Dekker creates a murderer that is very generic and has been seen before.
FBI Agent Brad Raines almost seems like the same agent as one in his previous books Adam. With each Dekker book before this I found new and exciting characters but with this book having it's two main characters very similar to previous characters.
In conclusion Dekker has an okay book. One that some fans will enjoy but I would like to see new everything in the next thrillers from Dekker.