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 best about the book was that, while it is a pretty standard serial killer thriller, there is another whole story going on at the same time, about four friends who are patients in a remote facility for those who are intellectually gifted but have psychological problems. The four are all unique, quirky but compelling characters--Paradise, a timid, agoraphobic woman who has a skill that becomes useful for the FBI; Andrea, a beautiful but emotionally fragile woman who talks to a person only she can see but has a brilliant mind for numbers and patterns; Roudy, a hopelessly cocky fellow who fancies himself a modern-day Sherlock Holmes; and Cass (aka Casanova), an endlessly one-track-minded ladies man.
The banter among these four and between them and the FBI agent assigned to the serial killer case is both amusing and interesting. There is an undercurrent of discussion about how the "mentally ill" are perceived and treated in our society--even when, in this case, they are much smarter than the average person.
I found the book well written and engaging. I can't say it's the best mystery/thriller book I've ever read, but it is the best mystery/thriller I've read so far this year. Unlike another mystery/thriller I've read this year (which, by the way, is awfully similar in basic story), this author didn't feel the need to turn the story into a disgusting gorefest to keep people turning the pages.
If I could give it 4 1/4 or 4 1/2 stars, I would, but I didn't feel like it was a full 5 stars, so my only other option was to give it 4 stars.
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
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 … 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
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'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.