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 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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I usually enjoy Ted Dekker's books, but this was the exception. My husband and I listened to it while traveling. It was actually hard to finish. The characters would have conversations and say the same things over and over and over and........I suggest you skip this one.
No real plot twists. It's an okay story, I love some of the supporting characters. The diversity of voices was insufficient for the number of characters so many of the characters sound the same. Perhaps a female or a narrator with greater vocal range would have been better.
Not really. Although the story as a whole was good, the writing itself was weak. It was kind of painful to listen to at times. The characters were unrealistically flat, and none of them had any depth. The story was fun, which is why I give it 3 stars, but I was mostly disappointed.
No. See my notes above.
The narrator did a good job for the most part. There were a few times where he got his own voices for the different characters mixed up, but overall he kept it as interesting as he could make it.
The story? Yes. The writing? No.
Say something about yourself!
I really enjoyed the story and I loved that Ted Dekker used some brilliant mentally ill adults in the story. However, I wish Ted had studied more closely the laws on hospitalizing mentally ill patients against their will, giving medication against their will, lying about what one is giving the patient and restraining mentally ill patients. I also found it highly offensive that the director of the facility where these patients were found called the patients her "children." Even if a professional is extremely fond of a patient, adults want to be respected as adults even if they have a serious mental illness. All that said, I still enjoyed the book very much and I appreciated how Ted brought out the uniqueness, brilliance and beauty in each of the mentally ill characters. It was mostly a delightful read.
I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.
Yes, I'm tired of writers going into the minds of the seriously disturbed. They often resort to some crazed version of religion, as in this book. I just don't believe it. There's also a very junior-high level love story here. I could finish the book. Came close, but couldn't do.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
Aspects of this story were good, but overall it was very standard. I found that it was a bit insulting to mental illness - they just need a pat on the hand and to be told that they are pretty and they will be fine!
I have heard from others that Dekker can write better than this so I would try something else by him.
It is so much better than the print version. John Glover of Smallville fame (Yup I'm a nerd) has the perfect voice for this dark, intense, but hopeful performance.
I personally loved the development of the relationship between Brad and Paradise. It went from pittying a damaged girl, to being in awe of the differences between them.
I enjoyed the scene in the institute where Brad came in and had Paradise's rag tag band of misfits help with his investigation. It did a great job of being humorous, and humanizing at the same time. That is really hard to do when one is discussing mental illness. Nice work Ted!!!
Every time I had to get back to life stuff, I was hesitant. The way Dekker puts pen to paper makes you want to keep going. There are rarely, what I would call, good stopping points. An excellent problem to have as a listener!
"Listening with my other ear"
John Glover is a wonderful narrator.
emotion, he brings a voice to your imagination
Ted Dekker has an awesome way of blurring the line of sanity and insanity. He evokes emotion in his writing. And is wonderfully tasteful, intensely scary, and excitingly unpredictable.
Superior! Knife-blade suspense that will keep you up late & keep you turning pages. A classic Dekker mind-bending thrill ride that plunges the reader into a rush of adrenaline again & again. Chilling mystery, soul-searching drama, endearing romance, & a host of memorable characters will drag your mind into a deep, dark depth that could only come from the mind of Ted Dekker.
Enjoy the ride.
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