It took me a while to finish this book. It's not because I hated the book or the author. I adore Ted Dekker's books. And I enjoyed the story. I was just completely creeped out by the story. Not in a scared to death that I can't go to sleep way but in a "Blargh, I want to throw up because I feel creepy crawlies running up my arm" way. I have discovered that I really don't like stories that involve psychotic killers who have mental problems. My guess is that I don't like how there is no reason for their madness, no true explanation can be given for what they do. I felt this way about the Joker in The Dark Knight. I want a reason, an explanation, an understanding as to why they are acting this way. When the reason is due to an illness, even though this sounds harsh and unforgiving, I just can't justify it as an explanation.
The story revolves around a serial killer who uses a graphic and unique way to kill women. His justification is that he is killing them because they have become the favorites of God and he is essentially delivering the Bride of Christ. Reading the story from Quinton's point of view was just chilling. Yet to me that was the really interesting part of the story. It was like a car wreck, you can't stop looking even if you feel bad or uncomfortable. He did things I did not expect to happen. There were several scenes I was really surprised to see because I was just not expecting them to happen.
Equally enthralling were Brad's interactions with the mentally ill patients. The characters were all unique and really added to the story. Paradise is the one that stands out the most because she is the one that can really help out Brad. Her story is just as heartbreaking as Quinton's but in a different way. I can't begin to describe the emotions that went through me while reading this book but let's say it I felt like my eyes were being open.
If you can't handle gore or even hard core suspense, I would advise you to stay away from this book. It will probably give you nightmares and make you not want to ever leave you house. Overall, even with my quirks about the book and the fact it took me a while to finish, I really did enjoy this book. Dekker has shown again what a master storyteller he is. He completely kept me enthralled and sucked into the story. Faith is woven into the story but it's not as if it's being preached at you. It makes the story. Also for the record, this book is not classified as a Christian fiction book. If you are in the mood for a good suspense story that will tingle your spine (not trying to be cliched), this book is excellent for you. After reading this book, I can never look at my wedding veil in the same way again.
I have read many thrillers over the years by Jeffery Deaver, Patricia Cornwell, John Sandford and others and, while I love the genre, thrillers can tend to be rather formulaic and often push too far beyond the realm of believability. This was my first book by Ted Dekker and, while certainly there are plenty of "out there" elements to the story, it never got to the point where I was irritated by it as I have been with some books of this genre. The thing I liked … more
I've been reading Dekker for years - he is one of the few decent Christian authors. He is a very good writer and he can really get into the mind of the characters. With other books, Dekker has woven an intense story around a Christian theme that has made me look at things in a different way. The theme was cleverly disguised as a suspense novel. The Bride Collector, however, I found to be predictable and lacking subtlety. I think … more
This is the first Dekker book I've read, and I'm not sure I'll pick up another. Though the plot has lots of wonderful elements, they never really gel into a thriller in this book- I get more chills from an episode of Criminal Minds. Though Raines was an interesting and well-drawn character, I never really warmed to Paradise or bought into their interactions. The other patients at the hospital are interesting, more interesting than the spiritual questions they raise for Raines, but do seem to have … more
This is my first Dekker novel - don't really know why I haven't read anything by him before - but that is definitely soon to change. The Bride Collector was an edge of your seat suspenseful thriller that I really enjoyed. It started off a bit slow for me, but midway through the book I was completely hooked. I just had to know what would happen next. Raines and Paradise were both great. I enjoyed their interactions with one another. But I have to say that I was really taken by some of the residents … more
Quinton Gauld, aka The Bride Collector, believed himself to be a messenger of God. His task was to find the seven beautiful women God had chosen as his favorite and present them to God in an elaborate ritual that included draining their blood. Special Agent Brad Raines was trying to stop him. After three victims, though, the FBI's investigation was getting them no closer to the killer. When Quinton leaves a note with his fourth victim, Brad is given an unusual lead--a mental health facility for … more
As part of the Amazon Vine review program, I recently selected the book The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker as one of my review items. I've not had the opportunity to read any of Dekker's works before, and the psychological thriller sounded like a decent way to spend a few evenings. Overall, the book was enjoyable. I'd have liked it to be a bit tighter in places where the action seemed to drag, but there were definitely enough characters to keep my interest. Brad Raines is an … more
Taut and well written, this is a suspenseful psychological novel. A serial killer in Denver captures beautiful women and impales them by gluing them to a wall, one woman in each of seven different sordid locations, each woman dressed in a bridal veil. Of course they are all beautiful and they are all young. The killer leaves no DNA, no fingerprints, no tire tracks, nothing that investigators can use to discover his identity. But we the readers find out who he is early in the novel, a brilliant, … more
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker is another terrifying novel from the king of Christian horror. Brad Raines is tracking a serial killer who has come to be known as the Bride Collector for his posing of the victims. When the FBI runs out of leads, a letter the killer leaves behind takes Brad to a mental institution where he finds that some of the residents may have insight into the mind of the psychopathic murderer. One of the residents, Paradise, is rumored to see ghosts and be able to see the … more
'Ted Dekker is a true master of thrillers, and this is his best.' -- Nelson DeMille 'It doesn't just get under your skin. It crawls there, nests, and raises its head with a bitter tug, as if it's living within you.' -- Brad Meltzer '...a tour-de-force of suspense that demands to be read in one sitting.' -- James Rollins--This text refers to thePaperbackedition.