The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker 448 pages Published April 13, 2010 Fiction, mystery/suspense/thriller
I was excited to read Ted Dekker’s new book, The Bride Collector, because, as you probably know, I’m a huge fan of mystery/suspense/thriller books. I know Ted Dekker has quite a few fans, and I was interested to see for myself how great (or not) he is.
In The Bride Collector, Brad Raines is an FBI special agent who is tasked with finding the serial killer that’s been dubbed The Bride Collector for his use of putting a bridal veil on the head of his victims. While working on the case, Brad and his partner, Nikki, uncover a connection between the serial killer and a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill people who are extraordinarily gifted. Brad and Nikki enlist the help of some of the more gifted residents: Roudy, a man who is able to see patterns others can’t, and Paradise, a young women who can sometimes see the last few moments of a person’s life if she touches their dead body.
Brad is racing against the clock to find this serial killer, as not only is he regularly killing women, but he target’s Brad’s partner, Nikki.
The narration alternates between Brad and the serial killer, Quinton. Quinton has a God complex and is trying to send these women to be brides of God. He thinks he’s doing them a favor. He’s a genius intellectually, so it always seems that he’s one step ahead of Brad.
My favorite part of the book was when Dekker showed the mentally ill patients interacting. I don’t think Dekker exploited this thread enough in the craziness of the mentally ill patients.
There’s a point in the book where I was like OH MY GOD Dekker went THERE. I was thrilled at the unpredictability I was finding, though it was at that point, about half way through the book, that the story went far more predictable than I like. I thought the ending was a little too tidy, and so it was the second half of the book and the ending that made it less than stellar. All in all, I liked the book, but found Brad Raines to ultimately be forgettable, particularly in comparison to Joe Pike or Elvis Cole.
Rating: 82 out of 100
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Book source: I received this book from the publisher.