The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

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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?


About Ted Dekker

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Ted Dekker is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 25 novels. He is known for stories that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. He lives in Texas with his wife and children. Twitter @TedDekker,!/teddekker
Published April 3, 2010 by Center Street. 477 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The note also suggests the killer intends to murder seven beautiful women before he “will live again.” I searched and find the seventh and beautiful She will rest in my Serpent’s hole And I will live again The Bride Collector moves along at a frenetic pace;

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Ted Dekker’s The Bride Collector is nominated in the suspense category for the 2011 Christy Award.

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Although Raines is seriously skeptical, he’s getting nowhere with the case and feels compelled to make Paradises’ acquaintance, little knowing that their meeting would lead to the “Brides of Christ.” Like all Dekker books, this one is laced with suspense, believable characters and an interconnec...

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Book Reporter

Actually, that’s not entirely accurate, as Gauld is pursuing the pair for different reasons, even as they frantically attempt to identify Gauld and stop him before he acquires another victim.

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Suite 101

Rhoda and Samuel each have problems but together they could be successful..

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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Gather Books

This book was not nearly as odd as the majority of his other books.

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Nights and Weekends

Denver serial killer Quinton Gauld thinks he’s on a mission for God: to find the most beautiful women and send them to heaven as the Bride of God.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Denver FBI Special Agent Brad Raines, desperate to catch a serial killer dubbed "The Bride Collector" from the way he dresses and poses his victims, resorts to using unconventional methods to identify the man, in The Bride Collector, a non-series thriller by Ted Dekker.

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The Christian Manifesto

Eight have been directly related to the Paradise and Circle series, one loosely related to Circle and Paradise books, but featuring a brutal killer, and three have been true serial killer novels.

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