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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....

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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The Bride Collector Reviews

  • Arah-Lynda
    2018-11-01 12:11

    Not for the faint of heart this is a dark, deeply disturbing tour-de-force of good versus evil, told in bone chillng, graphic detail. Make no mistake he will take you there and hold you hard and long into the night. My hat is off, Mr. DeKker. Bring it on!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-11 07:05

    Did you ever want to read a book that was part psychological thriller, part Twilight-esque love story, and part Christian literature? Then this is the book for you.I liked the first 2/3rd of the story. A psychotic killer is hunting beautiful women, leaving their bodies drained of blood, with bridal veils draped over their faces. And the FBI is called in. There's some sexy tension between the FBI agents working the case. There are also some colorful characters from a nearby mental institution who, despite their illness, have astounding gifts of perception; some of their gifts even border on the supernatural. The killer's crime was murder. The author's crime was laziness.The killer is psychotic, so of course his killing ritual has some wacky rationale like he is the messenger of God. Because he's crazy, he can predict every action that anyone ever will take, so he is always about 67 steps ahead of the FBI agents. He also can find out where random people live and work and who they love.The FBI agent, Brad, loves his girlfriend who killed herself and will never love another. No, wait, he has a second chance for love with his sexy partner. Oh no, she died, how will he ever love again? Well, how about this mental patient? This is the woman he can love for all eternity. And also, he has lots of money and is insanely handsome.The mental patient, whose name is Paradise (the name is kind of like being clubbed in the head with The Hammer of Metaphor) and is basically the most perfect human on the planet. She is deeply insightful and witty, but damaged. She has one flaw: a mental illness that's completely understandable since she saw her father kill other members of her family while she hid in a closet. And she thinks she's ugly because she wears dorky clothes and foregoes makeup. (Don't worry, she gets a makeover. No one in this book gets to be ugly!)She and Brad fall in love after knowing each other for about 5 seconds. The mental patients all save the day because Society needs to treat them better.There was also some religious pontificating about how God loves us all. As the point of view switches between characters, we hear them cover the exact. same. theology. Over and over and over. It's a lovely concept, but it really did start to grate after a while.The worst part is that this book really did show promise. It wouldn't have won any awards for writing, but it built sufficient tension and the fact that Dekker doesn't mind ratcheting up the body count is only more terrifying. Then there is near-instantaneous True Love and We Are All God's Favorite and the Perfect Girl who is so perfect SHE CURES HER OWN MENTAL ILLNESS. IN A DAY.That said, a lot of people liked this book. If you were intrigued by the first sentence, then by all means, scoop this book up for your next vacation. At worst, you'll get about 250 pages of entertainment out of it.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2018-11-08 12:20

    Bullet Review:Pretty awful, but I was only gonna rate 2 stars until I skimmed to the last two chapters and read them. What I learned there dropped this to a 1-star DNF.Full Review:Brad Raines is a blond George Clooney. He's a womanizer, a slut (because "male slut" is sexist) and has been placed on the case of the Bride Collector, a serial killer who drains women's blood before killing them. Oh, and he lusts after Nikki, his partner, because she's hot. Nikki also lusts after him too.DNF at 82 pages.NOTE: I received this as part of the Amazon Vine program, which didn't influence my opinion AT ALL.I really truly tried. I selected this book as part of the Vine program because my dad likes Ted Dekker. But I should realize that just because we both happen to like science fiction and fantasy does NOT mean all our interests overlap - for instance, he likes a crapton of weird 60's and 70's action/scifi movies that no one has ever heard of.The 82 pages I read and 130-odd pages I skimmed were not that great - really close to "bad" but not quite there. The characters were pretty vapid and boring from blond George Clooney to his moony-eyed partner to the baddie. (Good lord, what a bad call to have a third person POV from the baddie - talk about getting rid of all suspense!) The plot was interesting, but honestly, the idiot FBI agents just didn't convince me they knew how to actually solve crimes instead of going all 90210 soap opera on us. (Oh how original, blonde George Clooney and his partner are moony-eyed for each other, but because of their TWAMATIC history, they just can't screw each other and be done with it! Oh boohoo, blonde George Clooney was in lurve with a woman who committed suicide!)NOTE: This is NOT me undermining suicide! It is me being upset at how badly written it was.Instead, these jokers floop around for 80 pages, admiring the victim's perfect breasts (yes, this happens!) before deciding that the killer MUST be an intelligent mentally ill person because...he hasn't been caught yet??? Because of a "poem" he wrote that maybe kinda vaguely relates to the name of a mental institution??? NOT CONVINCING EVIDENCE PEEPS. And then when they go to the Center of Wellness Insitute, we spend way too much time with "quirky" patients than with competent agents directing an investigation. With the additional questionable mentality that "mental illness" and "patients" are wrong to say, but "retardation" and "monkeys" are.Question: Mental institutes for the intelligent? What does this mean???That's when I started skipping every other chapter and then skimming. And still nothing was convincing me to get invested, so I jumped to the last two chapters.(view spoiler)[Brad miraculously falls in love with patient "Paradise" (gag me) who is the rape victim of Quinton, the man committing the murders! Brad "is sorry that he let her love him" and that she was stupid enough to come back. Paradise proceeds to FORGIVE Quinton for violating her (!!!), says that he is God's child too (!!!!!), that Quinton is one of God's favorites too (!!!!!!!) and then Quinton is shot. At the very end, Paradise is miraculously cured of agoraphobia and all her mental illnesses and leaves with Brad. (hide spoiler)]That ending...the treatment of people with mental illnesses...the treatment of sexual assault/rape/violating...that is what bumped this down to 1-star.I am not impressed with Ted Dekker after this book and wouldn't read anything else he wrote. I was seriously hoping that it would end up that Brad "blonde George Clooney" Raines was Quinton the murderer, but that was way too clever for this book. Maybe this was something he wrote on an off day, but considering he was a well-published author at the time of this publication (2010!) does not make me hopeful about the rest of his books.Sorry, Dad, we'll just have to agree to disagree.

  • Angela Risner
    2018-10-26 13:09

    I had high hopes for this book. I love mysteries. I love me a good serial killer story.The protagonist is attracted to his model-lookalike partner. Are you tired of that storyline yet? I am. He also has a broken heart that has yet to heal fro about 10 years ago, and of course, this means that he is hard to ensnare into a relationship. All men like this are attractive to women, because we love a challenge.The killer is a bit more interesting. He is killing young beautiful women (of course! No uglies!), and leaving a bridal veil at each scene. Now, if you can read between the lines, you can guess part of what happens without ever reading this book.However, a curveball (and one that is pretty good, I might add) is thrown in by the form of characters from a local mental institution, who help out with the crime. Now, I will say that this is a positive representation of the mentally ill. It does show that just because someone is schizophrenic or bipolar that they are still smart. AND it also shows how often people who are bipolar are misdiagnosed as schizophrenic and vice versa.But overall, this book was a huge disappointment. I just didn't buy into the relationships. I didn't buy into the protagonist's tale of woe

  • Keiki Hendrix
    2018-11-19 12:58

    “An eerie, engaging novel bringing to the light a unique view of those we judge as mental ill.”Being a fan of Ted Dekker, I knew the type of novel I would be reading when I selected The Bride Collector. Dekker is one of my favorite fiction authors. For instance, I knew I would find dark suspense (often not for the squeamish), tight well-written plot and dialogue, and a focus on some component of Christianity.What I did not expect was to begin to question my perception or at least to reconsider my perspective on what is truly considered ‘mentally ill.’The story centers around Brad Raines, an FBI agent in pursuit of a deranged serial killer, who engages a select group of residents at the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a facility for the highly intelligent mentally ill.The killers identity is revealed early in the novel giving the reader an ‘insiders view’ of the mind of such a psychopath. He is on a mission from God, or so he believes. He kills beautiful women believing that he is delivering them to God and arranges the crime scene to display the victim as a perfect bride.The backdrop of the story is the interaction of Brad Raines with those we call mentally ill. These are exceptional bright people with mental disorders. This comparison of ideologies, the intelligent and the insane, intrigued me.The element of frankness, innocence, and an untainted outlook on life is revealed in one of the most engaging characters, Paradise Foundry. She is intelligent but also damaged by events in her life. She doesn’t consider herself mentally ill but has no desire to leave the facility. Fear is her mental illness.Loved this novel and appreciated that it contained no profanity or vulgarity. The best writers have no need for such things in their novels. I recommend it for those that love suspense and/or thrillers but I do warn those that are squeamish. I am looking forward to the next Dekker novel.

  • Ana Mardoll
    2018-11-05 09:55

    The Bride Collector / 978-1-599-95196-6I picked this up at the library, and it's my first Ted Dekker novel. I understand he's quite famous, and I don't want to be overly negative, but I just really didn't enjoy this novel, and it didn't hold my interest. I really like crime dramas on television, and this novel definitely doesn't seem to fit that demographic.There seems to be very little emphasis on either the physical hunt or the psychological chase. CODIS and AFIS are mentioned about once each, very perfunctorily, and after that it seems like every crime scene is described (and dismissed) with a quick "Brad knew the killer was too smart to leave any X behind" where X is biologicals, fingerprints, useful fibers, etc. This gets sort of frustrating after a time, as if Brad has a direct line to the author; even on CSI when the clues don't pan out, we still get to read about the search. The psychological profiling is almost as flimsy - the detectives operate by a stream-of-consciousness rapid-fire profiling, where they just say the first thing that comes to their mind, because rapid guesses are "more real" or something. It's all very mystical.For the first 100+ pages, the only detective work we really see is that the FBI detectives consult a psychic! This is kind of hand-waved by her being some kind of mentally gifted savant who "sees" ghosts as a way of processing all the extra information she picks up that other people miss, but at the end of the day that "extra information" isn't being processed by anyone except the psychic, so that's what she fundamentally is, within the boundaries of the story. Since this thread seemed so tenuous, it didn't hold my interest at all, I'm afraid.A lot of this is written like a romance novel to me. The lead investigator is a "blond George Clooney" (and please can authors stop writing like this? I can count on one hand the number of Hollywood dead-ringers I've met in my life. I'd really rather go back to "tall, dark, and handsome" than these Tom Cruise, George Clooney, and Matt Damon lookalikes in all my books), and pages and pages and pages are spent describing the women in the novel studying him, thinking about him, desiring him, and feeling like they aren't worth his time, etc. Also, one of the female main characters is named "Paradise", which makes me feel like I'm being beat about the head with Meaningful Names.Little details are missing that bug me. When the serial killer breaks into a woman's house, he carefully cuts through the window glass to avoid triggering the alarm contacts that she has on all her doors and windows. At the end of the chapter, though, he strolls out the back door. What happened to the alarm system? He can't have turned it off from the inside, because modern alarm systems require a code - there's not just an "off" button. Maybe he cut the wires or something, but it's a strange thing to omit.Anyway, I'm sorry to be so negative, but I just couldn't get into this novel the way I wanted to. The lack of "investigative meat" bugged me. I'm sure this would be a great novel for anyone looking for a romance / thriller-lite novel, as long as you don't expect forensics and don't mind the psychic consultations.~ Ana Mardoll

  • Chibineko
    2018-11-22 13:22

    I've never read a Ted Dekker book, yet I'd been told great things about him & his work. When I got the chance to review this, I figured that this would be a great chance to experience the author. I just wish that this had lived up to all of the hype.The book follows the character of FBI agent Brad Raines, a man who is no stranger to loss. With his own dark past looming over him, he attempts to uncover the identity of a killer known only as the Bride Collector. The Bride Collector has tracked down several extraordinarily beautiful women, then murdered them & left them in a macabre pose. Searching for answers, Raines travels to a local mental institution where he meets the enigmatic Paradise- a woman who has the unique talent of drawing out the last memories of the dead. (Might be considered spoilers by some)Where do I begin? First off, there's far too many coincidences in this book. The killer just so happens to be able to not only ID the FBI agents working the case, but he also manages to find out where they live- & manages to do all of this without gaining any attention to himself. That I'd be willing to overlook. BUT there's something else that bugged me more. It irked me that just about everyone not only accepted that Paradise- a patient in a mental institution- was able to read dead bodies, but that they brought one of the bodies to the institute for her to read. Really? Seriously now... even if Raines was the type to believe in the supernatural, it would be near impossible for them to move the body to a mental institution for an inmate to touch- just on the say so that she was able to read the dead. Now if there'd been some sort of buildup where Raines & his FBI partners had researched Paradise, discovered that the stories all checked out & then mentioned how they had to sneak the body away, then I'd be less skeptical. I was also skeptical about the romance that I was supposed to believe was developing between Paradise & Raines. There just wasn't any chemistry between the two of them & as such, it all felt a little forced to me. I can't help but think that if Dekker had fleshed out the romance & tried to eliminate some of the plot holes, the story would have been far better. Too much of the story is spent on the main characters re-hashing their own personal angsts over & over again. Now I will say that Dekker does know how to write in order to entertain. As far as entertainment value went, as long as I was willing to ignore the HUGE gaping plot holes & farfetched ideas, I was able to finish the book. This wasn't the worst thing I've read in the thriller genre, but I've read far better by other authors. This might make for an ok beach read, but if you really want a tightly written & semi-plausible storyline, you aren't going to find it in this book. But if you just want something to while away a few hours, this might satisfy you. Offhand, I can't muster enough enthusiasm over this book to give it anything more than 2 stars. I found it entertaining enough to read & finish, but in the end this is just a mediocre book.(ARC provided by amazon vine)

  • Ace
    2018-11-08 11:02

    What makes a good Thriller/Mystery books? It has to have:1. A killer/s2. The victim/s3. FBI protagonist4. cliff hanger endings in every chapter.5. surprising twist/s in the storyI'm a fan of this genre, so it means I read a lot of books in this niche, and I confess that I'm already used to the plots of this kind of stories, and that made the story a cliche for me.The story is all about Brad Raine, a FBI agent who will investigate the killings of the so called "Brides". The killer left a note that lead Raine in an asylum. He will eventually meet the patients of CWI and will ask the help of those “insane” people. As the story goes, he'll meet Paradise, a patient who can see ghosts and who happens to be the last "bride".When I'm reading the The Bride Collector, I almost know what will going to happen and who ends with whom and who the killer is, coz it is already told in chapter 2 who the killer is, so the guessing game for the killer's name will stop in that chapter. What made me finish the book is that I want to know how The Rain Man stopped the killings, though there's no major twist in the story that shocked me.It is not that exciting story but this book made me to contemplate on to something... The questions of "How can we say that a person is normal?" Can we say that he/she is not normal because she can see a ghost? Are the patients in asylum not really a normal people? Do the psychotics think the "outside people" are also insane because we can't understand "their world"? Is being normal means being ordinary? It is really hard to answer those questions, I might need to ask Dra. Ranee for the answers.I bought 2 copies of the book because of my high expectations for The Bride Collector, though it failed me, I still had fun reading it... And I'm still looking forward to reading the other works of Dekker.

  • Zylle
    2018-11-05 07:52

    I won't go into the plot of the book, which was interesting enough. It was the relationships between the characters that made the book so blah to me. At the beginning of the book, there are hints that the main character has feelings for a co-worker. Later, another character is introduced who he develops feelings for. Instead of making the main character have to confront his conflicted feelings, the first love interest is unceremoniously killed off to make way for the second, and while the main character professes being "close" to her, he mourns her death for all of five minutes, and then fall in love with the new girl in the same amount of time.The fact that the main character is also built up to be so irresistible to women was also kind of annoying. There wasn't a single female character with more than two lines who didn't sing the praises of his "godlike beauty." Seriously. The pseudo-theological overtones of the book also didn't do anything for me. Still, I was interested enough to finish the book, so I wouldn't say I disliked it as a whole. Still, the writing was mediocre at best.

  • Quike
    2018-11-08 07:52

    Kitabın başında hemen katille irtibatta bulunması pek hoşuma gitmedi. Bu kadar başlarda böyle yapması gizemi biraz azaltmış. Sanki birde çok gereksiz yere konuyu bu kadar uzatmış gibi geldi bana.

  • Sümeyye Kip
    2018-11-05 07:18

    Tüm kitap severlere merhaba! Bir polisiyenin daha sonuna geldim ve şimdi yorum sırası! Ted Dekker’ın daha önce Çember serisine başlamıştım. Tıpkı Çember serisinin ilk kitabında olduğu gibi bu kitapta da bir miktar hayal kırıklığına uğrattı beni yazar. Bu yazarın sıkıntısı şu galiba: Bir yere kadar kafasında çok iyi kurgu yapıyor. Konu güzel, karakterler on numara ama yolun geri kalanını planlamadan, akışına bırakarak hareket ediyor. Ve belli yerden sonra o güzelim kurgu bir anda karmakarışık ve saçma bir hale dönüşüveriyor. Okuduğum eserlerinde ilk başta onaylayarak ve severek başlarken sonunda sürekli eksikler ve saçmalıklar arasında buluyorum kendimi. Bu kitapta da tam olarak olan buydu zannedersem. Kitapta arka kapaktan da anlayabileceğiniz gibi bir seri katilin öldürmek üzere kurban seçtiği gelinler ve onların peşindeki dedektiflerden bahsediliyor. Buraya kadar klasik bir polisiye olduğunu düşünebilirsiniz ama işin aslında öyle olmadığını hatta polisiyenin diğer unsurlar yanında bariz şekilde sönük kaldığını okudukça fark ediyorsunuz. Kitapta psikolojik-gerilim ve aşk yönlerinin daha ağır olduğunu söyleyebilirim. Bu yüzden onu sıradan bir polisiye olarak düşünerek okumaya başlamamanızı tavsiye ederim.Spoiler vermeden anlatamayacaktım. İnsanların sırf güzel olduğu için tehlikede olması mümkün mü bu kitaptaki gibi 20-25 yaş arası genç ve güzel bayanları gözüne kestiren psikopat bir seri katil söz konusuysa evet gerçi kitapta felsefi yönden baktığımızda güzellik algısının kişiden kişiye değişebileceğini düşünürsek güzellik tanımının ucunu açık bırakarak herkes için ortak bir güzellik algısı sunduğunda ötürü kitaba bir miktar kızgınım. Her neyse. Öncelikle sizi baş karakterlerden biriyle yani seri katille tanıştırmadan önce seri katillerin en temel özelliklerinden kısaca bahsetmek isterim ki bu özelliğe çoğu polisiye kitabında rastlamanız mümkün. Seri katiller yapmış oldukları şeyleri, bir görev bilinci ile yaparlar. Bu görev genellikle onlara tanrı dedikleri üstün bir güç tarafından verilmiştir. Kendilerinin toplumdaki herkesten farklı, üstün ve seçilmiş olduklarına inanırlar. Tanrı ile konuştuklarını zannederek ayinler yaparak tanrıya kurban verirler öldürdükleri kişileri ve bununla huzur bulduklarına inanırlar. Bu kitapta işte tam böyle bir ruh hastasının psikolojisi insanlara bakış açısı, ruhi durumu öyle güzel anlatılmış ki başarılı bir polisiye okuduğunuzu hissediyorsunuz. Ben şahsen psikolojik hastalıklara, şizofreni, bipolarlık gibi psikotik hastalıkların insanın zihnine neler yapabileceğini merak eden bir insan olarak kitapta bunun çok güzel şekilde aktarıldığını düşünüyorum. Yazarın muhtemelen bu kitabı yazarken bununla ilgili detaylı araştırmalar yaptığı belli oluyor. Bir şizofreni hastasının aklından neler geçtiği gözler önüne başarı ile serilmiş. Onların iç dünyasını kitap güzel şekilde yansıtmış, konuşurken kurdukları biz okurların bile anlamadığı cümleler, yazdıkları şiirlerde daldan dala atlayan milyonlarca düşünce kargaşası kafalarının içinde neler olup bittiğini güzel şekilde görmemize olanak sağlıyor.Polisiye yönü çok ağır basmasa bile güzel bir gerilim kitabı idi. Kitapta ön planda olan birden çok karakterin gözünden anlatılan akıcı kitaptaki ruhsal tahlilleri çok başarılı buldum üstelik kitabın öğretici yönü de oldukça yüksekti. Yüksek puanı sırf bunun için veriyorum yoksa kurguda boşluklar ve saçmalıklar olduğunu ifade etmiştim. Okunmaya değer olduğunu düşünüyorum. İyi okumalar diliyorum! :)

  • Suzanne
    2018-10-30 09:21

    I see that I'm in the minority, but I have to say I didn't find this thriller very thrilling. It was extremely slow going until about the halfway point and then only picked up slightly. I'm not sure why I finished the book other than it has to be really, really bad before I quit. I put the book down for over a week before trying to chug through to the end.Nothing rang true in this book. I mildly liked Brad Raines and even more mildly liked Paradise, but overall, I didn't feel any emotion, caring, or sympathy for these characters. The way the FBI worked the case was just unbelievable. Not that I have any personal experience with schizophrenia, but the description of Charles Gault as the serial killer didn't seem even remotely credible.I'm not inspired to read any more books by this author. I have heard that many people enjoy Ted Dekker's writing, but I won't be joining the fan club anytime soon.

  • Leona
    2018-11-10 08:03

    I have to say the idea for it was a great plot, the characters were okay and interesting. I do like the dialogue between the people in the wellness center but beyond that I really didn't like it. I skipped a lot of pages to be honest because it bore me so I just skimmed it to get the general idea.I think it would have been better if the main characters hadn't been so closely related in personality. At first I thought the main character WAS the killer, I figured it was a split personality, that would have been an interesting twist.

  • Esrafurkanyigit
    2018-10-22 10:55

    Allah'ın manyağı Quinton!

  • Lori
    2018-11-07 11:22

    This was my first Ted Dekker book and after immersing myself in Mr. Dekker's prose for the last week, I feel like Augustus Gloop might have felt after drinking Willy Wonka's chocolate river - - satiated and happy to have done it, despite the messiness. The Bride Collector is the type of genre book I have always been drawn to, a mystery/thriller. I don't mind if I solve the mysteries/thrillers before the end (provided that if the clues are obvious the hero or heroine figures it out as well). What I do mind is if the hero or heroine does something completely out of character or something that is so obviously to make him or her have a run-in with the killer or bad guy but is the type of move that defies common sense (such as taking a midnight stroll while a serial killer is on the loose, right smack in the middle of the killer's hunting ground). Fortunately Mr. Dekker avoids illogical character actions and reveals the identity of the Bride Collector fairly early on. The mystery isn't so much the killer's identity but why he's doing what he's doing and whether or not hero Brad Raines can stop him. I found Brad to be a hero you can root for. I liked his character and I particularly enjoyed that Mr. Dekker didn't say so much with words that Brad was a faithful and loyal man who was adept at his job, he let Brad's actions shape and mold his character. If you've read my past reviews you know that I like characters with flaws and Brad is no exception. The Center for Wellness and Intelligence was an interesting and fascinating locale for a portion of the book. Supporting characters Allison, Andrea, Roudy and Cass added extra dimension and flavor to the story and I found the psychiatric and psychological themes to be appealing without being heavy handed or overly academic. These characters on their own formed unusual stories that could have demanded more.As much as I liked Paradise, I also felt she was a bit weak and I wished her family storyline and connections could have been further developed and identified. I enjoyed her "ability" and I would have appreciated reading more about that.The Bride Collector himself, however, was a powerful and satisfying character. As much as you root for Brad and hope for the Collector's failure, you also hope that these two strong men will come face to face, a good versus evil, if you will. Mr. Dekker did an outstanding job with fleshing out the Collector and making him more than just "the serial killer". In short, I found The Bride Collector to be an intense, action-packed, and ultimately very satisfying, read. Mr. Dekker threw one or two unexpected curveballs in the book that kept this reader on her toes and anxiously flipping each page. I thought the story was absorbing, as well as Mr. Dekker's writing, which made me care about the characters and what happened to them. I plan on adding Mr. Dekker to my "must read" list and am pleased that I had this opportunity.

  • Vann
    2018-11-12 12:15

    Let me start out by saying that I did not expect to love this book. My first Ted Dekker book was "Thr3e" and all the others of his that I read paled when compared to the brilliance that was Thr3e. I thought that Ted Dekker might be a kind of "one hit wonder," but this book changed my mind. The character development, the plot development, the clear and profound message; it all was fantastic and I was blown away! The characters in this book are flawed and therefore relatable (except for the serial killer). Ted Dekker's writing style when describing the thought processes of each character is brilliant and inspiring. Each character is struggling with feelings of loneliness, love, insignificance, and insanity and all these emotions are wonderfully woven together to flesh out his characters. It is difficult for writers to switch between points of view, but Ted Dekker did this with such skill and timing that you actually looked forward to the other perspectives.The plot was driven forward at a rapid pace with just enough pause to give you time to muse and just enough suspense to keep you from meditating. The book was replete with twists and turns that kept me wishing I had enough time for just one more chapter. SPOILER ALERT: One of the main characters dies, something that usually infuriates me, but Dekker managed to do it in such a way that I was able to better relate to the main character of the novel. I just wanted to give him props for that. END OF SPOILER: The ending did seem to drag on just a little bit, but when you can see that you only have 20 pages left, it makes it all worth it. I can't tell you how many times I would close the book to head to another activity or event and say to myself, "This is such a GOOD book!"Finally, the message this book contains is absolutely amazing. And the funny part is that the point of the whole book is explicitly explained by none other than the killer himself. Genius! This is a book about what it truly means to love, and not just the infatuated love that newly weds experience, but the love that one can only know through a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of God's infinite love, we are all his favorites, and heaven waits with bated breath to see what God's favorite will do. This beautiful message is communicated throughout the entire book without being in your face.Expertly written, beautifully crafted, this book definitely renewed my love for Ted Dekker and has equaled, if not surpassed, the craftsmanship I saw in Thr3e that originally drew me to this author. This book deserves all five stars!

  • Renee
    2018-10-30 09:57

    Normally I love Ted Dekker's books. The writing, characters, plot; all of it. This book however, left me kind of disappointed. The first half was really strong. I've given 3 stars, should be 3.5 because the writing, as always, is awesome. I have nothing to critique until about half way through, when things fell apart. It seemed as though he were making conclusions FOR the reader, rather than leading me to them as is usually his way of writing. Things that didn't need to be explained were explained to the point it was annoying. For example, when Brad is shot, the severity, or non-severity of his wounds was repeated a few times after the fact. Once would have been sufficient for me. Brad's character was hard to relate to as well. He was one person in the beginning, and suddenly he's this broken mess of a man. I'd have liked to see more of a transition, more foreshadowing of this inner self. It was like he met Paradise and all of a sudden we're dealing with a different character. Doing that shattered the connection I felt as a reader and distanced me from the rest of the story.The biggest reason it fell apart for me is the 'preachy' feel. I felt near the last third that I was being preached to and that really irritates me. Very unlike Ted Dekker, so it suprised me. Yes, all of his books have an underlying theme of good vs evil, sometimes that theme is more noticeable than others, but never have I read one where I felt a set of beliefs or ideals was being thrust at me. Maybe it's just me, but I felt that Paradise's goodness and God's infinite love was being shoved down my throat. It made her character unbelievable and...unlikable for me, and it made the whole theme go sour. If it had been left to the reader to chew on so that the conclusions or ideas were my own, I think it would have made more of an impact. Anyway, one book out of a dozen that I didn't enjoy by Ted Dekker. That's a pretty good track record. He's still one of my favorites. I'm eager to get my hands on The Priest's Graveyard . So I'll read him again. We can't like them all, right.

  • Katy
    2018-11-19 05:16

    I wrote this review in June, 2012, but didn't post it here. It was a review of a book I'd read over a year previously and needed to post a review for Amazon Vine. Just copying it over.Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a review.Synopsis: 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?My Thoughts: Before reading Dekker's books, I never thought I could enjoy Christian fiction, but his suspense/thriller novels are really good reads. The characters just happen to be Christian and don't spend the novel preaching at each other, which I appreciate. The plot is full of twists and turns and the Bride Collector is a truly chilling villain. If you like mystery/psychological suspense/serial killer novels, you will definitely enjoy this one.

  • Amy
    2018-11-05 08:10

    It has been a while since I read a thriller, or anything Dekker, and I assumed picking one up would help get me back into reading something besides teen fiction and manga. The Bride Collector proved to be a poor choice. The plot follows a fairly standard serial-killer/thriller model with some unfortunate additions. Any time the novel shifted to the serial killer's POV I wanted to throw it against a wall. It also included random POVs from the main FBI agent, his partner, and a girl who struggles with psychosis. The characters lack depth and sustain grueling back-stories to push them along. The suicide of a fiance. A failed marriage. A murdering father. Everyone struggles with debilitating issues that quickly find resolution (all it takes is a little love and a good cry-fest). All the characters lacked depth. Because the reader has access to the serial killer's thoughts, I didn't find it particularly suspenseful. I forced myself to zip through the novel or I never would have finished it. An entirely mediocre novel. It reads like a cheap thriller but lacks suspense. I would even argue it borderline insults with its 'totally normal' psychosis patients. I was to distracted by the plot to care for the moral undertones and message of God's love. At any rate, it barely changes with the characters.A book I will forget as quickly as I read.

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2018-11-22 06:10

    I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time and Summer 2012 is the time. I will be reading this book as part of the Summer 2012 Reading Challenge in the Dare to Dream group. The Bride Collector will meet the following requirements:July 2012 is Cord Blood Awareness monthRead a book this summer that has the letters B-L-O-O-D in the title (these letters do not have to be in order)August is National Immunization Awareness MonthRead a book this summer in which a CHARACTER GETS SHOTI started out really liking the killer and the way he thinks then I started feeling hmmm there's something really wrong with this guy and the way he thinks. As the book progressed the subject of mental illness was delved into more and more and I liked the way Dekker makes us contemplate this issue. We are all "mentally ill" in some way - there's funny little quirks and ways we do things differently - isn't it time that we embrace the uniqueness in all of us and see them as gifts rather than challenges? This is a nice story, with subject matter worth thinking about and a setting in Colorful Colorado.Now, It's time to meet the killer inside of me :-) Maybe I can be a "good" killer like Dexter and use my gifts to benefit society.

  • Matt Garcia
    2018-10-26 10:17

    This was my first Ted Dekker novel and I must say that I enjoyed it. His secondary characters are very well fleshed out and personable. The plot was a bit cliché and I guessed the ending about 2/3 of the way through but this does not detract from the novel too much. I also did not like being told the identity of the killer very early in the story. Quinton Gauld was an excellent antagonist and his distorted view on reality and religion was a bit fascinating. The scariest part may have been that he was so believable. Brad Raines was a classic special agent with a tragic past who uses his inner demons as motivation. Nothing too original here but still done well enough to make it a satisfying read. The characters are what makes this book shine.

  • James Glass
    2018-11-08 10:59

    FBI special agent Brad Raines is on the hunt to capture a serial killer known as The Bride Collector. The women are placed in a wedding dress before being murdered. As Brad continues his search, he finds an unorthodox method to finding the killer. He enlists the help of several people from a mental ward. Although they are kept away from the public, Brad discovers they have a knack for solving crimes, albeit, this will be their first test at solving a real murder. Will they come through and help Brad and the FBI solve the case or will the killer get away. Only time will tell.

  • Jared Della Rocca
    2018-11-15 11:52

    An absolutely terrible book. It uses the "mentally ill as geniuses" formula, setting up the protagonist with four mental patients, each of whom are gifted in their own particular way. It was supposed to be a thriller, but there was nothing to keep you turning the pages, except the hope they'd ALL be killed in the end. There was no suspense to it, and though some authors can use a formula and still be good, this one just relied on formula and brought nothing new to it. Just bad writing.

  • Kylee Brock
    2018-10-26 07:59

    Three words: piece of crap! Literally so unbelievable in relationships, in coincidences, in everything. Like the plot itself sounds fantastic, then you start reading and the author is such a bore and such a cliche writer. It doesn't even deserve one star it was so bad.

  • Eren
    2018-11-06 11:09

    Güzel sayılabilecek bir kurgusu vardı ama gereğinden fazla uzun bir kitaptı, sırf uzatmak için olaylar kaplumbağa hızında anlatılmış.

  • Janie Johnson
    2018-11-01 04:53

    For anyone that loves the works of Ted Dekker, you will recognize the all too familiar feeling of intensity and excitement as soon as you read the first page. You know that it is gonna be a great read before you even have the chance to get going or get too far into it. This book has all the well-known twists that makes Dekker’s books so phenomenal.What I liked most about this book was the great character development of our resident psychopath, our bad guy, who thinks he is doing God’s bidding. Dekker almost lets you crawl inside his mind and see the gears moving. He is so greatly created and he is one of those characters you try to understand, but simply can’t because his reasoning is most certainly beyond your comprehension.This book also touches our emotional side a bit too. Kind of makes you dig a little deeper inside yourself as you watch the characters unfold in the story. You begin to feel what they feel. I love how our main character, Brad, finds a little bit more of himself gradually. He discovers he can be weak, yet it is important that he remains strong as well. He lives a shattered life and begins to find reason, and maybe a bit of love in the mix. All of this, while he tracks a killer who is wreaking havoc in his world.I also like how he brought in the use of what society so similarly refer to as “crazy” people. Dekker uses them brilliantly. The readers can easily become enthralled with how they evolve throughout the story. It is easy to fall in love with them as you watch them unfold, and play their parts in the evil plot. I think this book could even change the way Society views them. Well in a perfect world anyway.Although I don’t feel like it is as good as some of Dekker’s works, and maybe just a tad predictable. It still has that same incredible flow that Dekker fans love. It is definitely one of those books you hate to end, and surely worth a read. And it gets 4.5 stars from me.

  • Patricia
    2018-11-03 13:09

    Women of the Denver area are being targeted by a killer the FBI are calling The Bride Collector. The killer leaves his victims naked except for panties and a veil. The body is glued to the wall and the blood is drained from the victims.FBI Special Agent Brad Raines is at a dead-end in his investigation. Nikki Holden, a forensic psychologist, working with Brad is of the opinion that the killer thinks of himself as the groom and that his preparations of the body are done out of love. When the killer leaves a note in the heel of his victim Brad and Nikki are at a loss to figure out the message that the killer is trying to convey.Determining that the killer is both mentally ill and a genius the FBI turns to the Center for Wellness and Intelligence. The center is a private home for gifted, mentally ill residents. When Brad and Nikki visit the center, they meet residents Roudy, Andrea, Enrique and Paradise. People have their own set of personal problems but each is highly intelligent. Although the mannerisms of the group could be considered at times comical their mental problems are very real. The group works hard to decipher the meaning behind the message left by The Bride Collector and manage to reach a solution that is a big help to the FBI. Brad suffers from a mental problem of his own in that he cannot forget his first love who killed herself because she didn’t think she was beautiful enough. The killer leaves a note that indicates he has taken a personal interest in Brad that makes Brad fear for anyone close to him.Paradise seems to have the ability to see the final moments before a person’s death by touching the body. Brad works to gain Paradise’s trust and soon he is fascinated by Paradise who refers to herself as a skank because she feels she is ugly.This is a fast-paced book and not your usual serial killer story. The Bride Collector ended too soon for me.

  • Meghan Espey
    2018-11-19 08:15

    Just about every Ted Dekker book I've read, I enjoyed and recommended. This one was my first disappointment. It pains me to be so critical of the author I've always had high praise for, but this book was so cringe-worthy I didn't even make it through the first half. The characters were all typecast- particularly the characters in the looney bin. There was nothing original about the Mental Institute and the residents except that it was for intelligent people, which only made it more bizarre. Two of the four main residents that we see only stick around for character filling, but they have no real purpose in the investigation or plot and are therefore annoyingly in the way. And the fact that the detectives felt that the patients were "needed" in the investigation? The patients spent much too long discussing their FEELINGS about whether they should help or not, and when they finally agree, they are barely any help at all.The romance was gag-worthy. Paradise comes along, the girl with a rough past and a fear of men, who, despite herself, is attracted, or dare I say, falls in love with Brad Raines. Raines somehow sees past the fearful, unhygienic, wreck of a girl that is Paradise and then can't get her out of his head. Not predictable at all. And last of all I had a huge problem with the names of the mental patients. In what planet do people name themselves Paradise, Roudy (Sherlock), or Casanova?? Just added another level of corny ridiculousness.

  • Sara Diane
    2018-11-12 05:12

    It had been a few years since I picked up some DekKer, so I snagged this one when I saw it at the library.It's classic DekKer--thriller, spiritual elements, smart characters, and rambling plots that you let him get away with because he usually goes somewhere interesting with them.It was good--but there were a few things that bothered me. First (and yes, this is silly, but it's so unlike him that it stands out), DekKer invents a rest stop along I-25 that isn't there. This stood out to me because he's SO SO SO good about getting all the other details of the area correct. He used to live in the area, so he knows it. He gets locations around Denver, Castle Rock, Parker and even the Springs right. So why does he throw this one in? The worst is that I think he just forgot where the rest stop is (it's south of CR, and it's been closed for at least 5 years). It really bothered me, as a reader who knows the area :PSecond, the main character, Brad, shifts his affections too quickly. (Spoiler) DekKer sets it up that Brad has feelings for one of his co-workers. He's starting to act on those. When something happens to this co-worker, we hardly see him grieve (just a quick, initial burst) and then WHAM, he's got a newer, stronger, deeper connection to another character. It felt awkward and silly.Those were the biggest things--there were some minor things about the interpersonal workings, especially between the male and female characters. Maybe DekKer is portraying men accurately, but maybe not. He could use some schooling in how women think :P

  • Rick Fisher
    2018-11-14 06:00

    As a Ted Dekker fan, I have thoroughly enjoyed the last few thrillers he has written. "The Priest's Graveyard" and "The Boneman's Daughter" were great additions to his repetoire of work. This one, "The Bride Collector", is a huge disappointment. I understand fiction gives license to authors to go way out on a limb. Sometimes, the weight is so heavy with ridiculousness, the limb breaks. That is exactly what happens here. The beginning of this novel showed wonderful promise. I looked forward to continuing to see into the mind of the collector of brides. This desire changed quickly with the addition of characters in the wellness center. To have the average reader believe the FBI would actually include these characters in an open investigation is asking us to suspend reality all together.I am sorry to not recommend this novel. It had zero redeeming qualities as it progressed toward the boring end. Except the final word, which granted me the much needed "okay" to close the book and put it away. I abstain from giving it only one star because I do enjoy Mr Dekker's works, and the majority of the one star books in my library are much bigger duds/bombs/stinkers.