Saturday, February 20, 2010

ARC Review: The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker (blog tour)

Book Summary:

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 Wellbeing 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 increases 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:
WOW! This book was as insane as it was awesome. The plot of the book grabs you from the start and keeps you wanting more. Dekker's writing is just brilliant and sucked me in. I read the book within a day because I just couldn't put it down.
"The Bride Collector" is definitely a haunting thriller that will keep you glancing over your shoulder. The major lesson from this book? People are not always who they seem!
I give it a five star rating and recommend that you run (don't walk!) and snatch it up when it hits the shelves!
**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette. I was not required to write a positive review only an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. This one is on my wishlist, I love Ted Dekker!

  2. I wrote my review today. This was one frightful story. I'm curious where you are.
    I'm near Baton Rouge. Shoot me an email if you get a free moment.