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?
©2010 Ted Dekker (P)2010 Hachette
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.
Someone who is very wrapped up in murder mysteries and don't really think about the book content.
Probably not - not a good impression. If I did, it'd be through the library and I couldn't find anything else
They were all blasé
Hard to say - wasn't that attention getting
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.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
I PROBABLY WILL. IT WAS VERY TENSE AT TIMES. THE FIRST HALF WAS NOT THAT GOOD BUT THE SECOND PART WAS GREAT.
IN THE SECOND HALF. TENSION GALORE.
ROWDY. BUT THEY WERE ALL DONE WELL.
THE WHOLE SECOND HALF WAS ENTERTAINING.
OFTEN WHEN READING WE LOOK FOR THE PROBABLE EVEN IN FICTION.
THIS BOOK IS NOT PROBABLE. BUT I LIKED THE BOOK VERY MUCH.
unpredictable, intriguing, edge-of-your-seat-exciting
As the story goes on The Bride Collector kidnapps many women. When one woman in particular is kidnapped, all I could think was I did not see that coming!
It is awesome!
I love magic and fantasy
I don't know who would enjoy this book. All I know is that I didn't. It is the first book in all my years with Audible that I was forced to quit listening.
I think I would return to other kind of books, a little more thrilling and less boring.
I don't think that it is the narrator the problem, the problem is the book, it is confusing and boring.
I would cut all the crazy people that are at the institute. They are soooooo annoying!!!!
don't waste your money or your credits on this one, find another thriller worth of the word (because this book sure isn't worthy of being called a thriller!!!)
German living in LA.
It's terribly close to a "Penny Novel" ...the ones you can buy at Gelson's in the Magazine Section. So...elderly, lonely ladies I guess.
Better research and much, much, much less repetitions and explanations about things he'd just clearly explained.
He has a nice voice.
The book starts out promising and completely deteriorates in the second half. Totally murky message too. Oh well... nice narration it was.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
This is one of the strangest books I've ever read or listened to. It took me awhile to really get into it. I'm not crazy about male narrators trying to do female voices. However, the story FINALLY took over enough to make me forget the female voices. I think a lot of the stuff the main character had going on in his head could have been completely left out. I was not expecting Nicki to go like she did. I would recommend this to be read.
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