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The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

My edition: Library book
Rating: 3.5


He loves them because they are beautiful. He kills them because he loves them.

A virtuoso killer is carving a path of death across the west, intent on killing only the most beautiful women, all in the name of love. He has claimed six victims and slipped through the FBI’s fingers, each time leaving behind a handwritten note and a bridal veil.

Special agent Brad Raines has hunted the Bride Collector from crime scene to crime scene, but each time he finds himself one step behind. Desperate for help, Raines turns to the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private home for gifted, mentally ill residents.  There he finds help in an unlikely group of four who eagerly agree to help him solve the case.

Raines is quickly drawn to a young woman named Paradise who struggles with psychosis. As they grow closer, he begins to see the world through her eyes. Together they enter the killer’s deadly game and begin to close in. But like Paradise, the Bride Collector is supremely gifted and has a distinct advantage: this is his game.

Now Paradise will be pushed beyond her limits. She will learn what it means to be beautiful and what it means to love, really love. Full of surprising wit and hair-raising twists, that will keep you riveted to the end, the Bride Collector will haunt you with a new way of looking at beauty love, and the world in which you live.


This is my first Ted Dekker book. I use to date a guy my senior year of high school who recommended Dekker, same with his mother, but I never really got around to reading Dekker till now. I have checked out several of his books but had to take them back due to me putting them off.

I finally said to hell with it. I sat down and read a book. About time right. It’s only been six years.

The Bride Collector follows Brad Raines who is the working on the case. The book starts with the fourth victim of the bride collector. Through Brad we meet Paradise who is in the Center of Wellness and Intelligence (CWI). Paradise has been at CWI since she was 17. She deals with agoraphobia, memophobia, and when she touches a dead body she can see the last memory of the deceased.

Along with Paradise, a group of characters help Brad try to solve the case and catch the bad guy. One problem. The killer is just like the group at CWI. He seems to be toying with Brad.

The story line hooked me from the start. My big issue with this book was most of the characters. I didn’t really like anyone but Brad. I hated reading Quinton and Paradise. Paradise the most. Being in her head was hard work to read through. Another issue is that I predicted two of the brides before I really got into the book.

  • Plot stars: 4 stars. I predicted what was going to happen early on in the book.
  • Character stars: 3 stars. While they were written well, I didn’t like more than half.
    • Main Cast 1 star
    • Supportive cast: 2 Star
  • Writing: 4 stars




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