Friday, January 4, 2013

Review : The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

The Bride Collector
Ted Dekker
Center Street
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?
My Review: This is a book I had sitting on my shelf for I do not know how long, now I am kicking myself  for not reading this sooner. This book opens up great and ends just as good. Fast pace and pulse pounding action makes this a hard book to put down. The story flows so well and the characters are so well written I feel like I have known them for years. I also like how it dealt with the mental illness, not making it something to be afraid of, but something that can be dealt with.
Ted Dekker is a great author and I am glad I finally sat down to read a book by him. I will be reading more from him.

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