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The Bride Collector
by Ted Dekker

Published: 2010-04-13
Hardcover : 448 pages
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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 ...
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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 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?

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Parallels of characters are used heavily. Compare and contrast Nikki and Paradise, Brad and Quinten, the Killer and the Cop.
Discuss how the internal dialog is used to expose characters further. How does this dialog move the story along?
Throughout the book themes such as good vs. evil, sanity vs. insanity, beauty vs. ugliness are addressed. Does the author effectively resolve these conflicts?
by navy10767 (see profile) 05/09/11

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  "The Bride Collector"by navy10767 (see profile) 05/09/11

This book grabbed me from the start. I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter. Dekker's choice for villan was both graphic and frightening. Several scenes disturbed the senses and pointedly brought beliefs... (read more)

 
  "Suspense"by mcaenki (see profile) 08/25/10

I really enjoyed the story, as creepy as the murderer was. Interesting insights into the mind of people with psychological problems. I only found out after finishing the book that Ted Dekker is considered... (read more)

 
  "The Bride Collector"by EllieCat (see profile) 08/25/10

Much of the story revolved around being inside a serial killer's head. The writing was descriptive lending itself to some gruesome moments. Mental illness was a central theme and was portrayed accurately... (read more)

 
  "I tried.."by AJREADER1981 (see profile) 08/24/10

This book really had no mystery. It was somewhat thrilling due to the graphic nature of events & chase, but the plot was exposed very quickly and then there was just the obvious search for the killer.... (read more)

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