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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 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?

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"Readers who relish being trapped in a character's mind, in particular the mind of an insane serial killer, should enjoy this overlong thriller by bestseller Dekker (Boneman's Daughters). Those not so keen on such musings, even within the mind of a good guy like FBI special agent Brad Raines, who spends pages contemplating the nature of love and grief, will be less enthralled. The Denver killer, Quinton Gauld, driven by some mumbo jumbo about beautiful women being the brides of Christ and his giving them to God, likes to super-glue his victims to the wall, then drain their blood into buckets. The most interesting characters are the institutionalized crazy people whose aid Raines enlists, a diverse and funny group. Few surprises and a stock serial killer, not to mention too much internal dialogue, add up to a routine read. 5-city author tour. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels with a total of more than 10 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

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Mary Henderson, January 9, 2011 (view all comments by Mary Henderson)
This is a very suspenseful book
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Winters Read, September 28, 2010 (view all comments by Winters Read)
I have been reading Ted Dekker for a while, and I am usually impressed with his work. Thr3e, Blink of an Eye, and Skin, which are among his best. However, I started the book, and just three pages in there were two inappropriate descriptions that should not be in any Christian book. After that, I had no desire to read further.
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gaby317, February 21, 2010 (view all comments by gaby317)
Ted Dekker's The Bride Collector introduces us to Special Agent Brad Raines who is tracking a highly intelligent, mentally unstable, and seemingly untraceable serial killer. But beyond the fast-paced action, the violence, and plot twists of a good detective thriller, Ted Dekker adds an element of humor and humanizes schizophrenia and mental illness through the characters of the Center of Wellness and Intelligence and through the personal history of our lead character, Brad Raines.

Although Special Agent Brad Raines is attractive, intelligent, and strong like many of the usual lead characters in detective thrillers, Raines doesn't come across like the usual witty and invincible lead. Raines suffered a heavy loss in his personal life and hasn't been able to fully recover. His loss makes Raines better able to empathize and understand the insecurities and thought processes of the people around him from the patients at the Center to the serial killer they're calling the Bride Collector. It also makes Raines more interesting than your usual lead detective. If you're looking for a fast-paced and unconventional detective thriller, check out The Bone Collector.

ISBN-10: 1599951967 - Hardcover $24.99
Publisher: Center Street (April 13, 2010), 448 pages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599951966
Author:
Dekker, Ted
Publisher:
Center Street
Author:
Glover, John
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20110301
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7 x 4.25 x 1 in 0.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers who relish being trapped in a character's mind, in particular the mind of an insane serial killer, should enjoy this overlong thriller by bestseller Dekker (Boneman's Daughters). Those not so keen on such musings, even within the mind of a good guy like FBI special agent Brad Raines, who spends pages contemplating the nature of love and grief, will be less enthralled. The Denver killer, Quinton Gauld, driven by some mumbo jumbo about beautiful women being the brides of Christ and his giving them to God, likes to super-glue his victims to the wall, then drain their blood into buckets. The most interesting characters are the institutionalized crazy people whose aid Raines enlists, a diverse and funny group. Few surprises and a stock serial killer, not to mention too much internal dialogue, add up to a routine read. 5-city author tour. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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