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The Bride Collector | [Ted Dekker]

The Bride Collector

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.
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Publisher's 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 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

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    Sherry East Texas, United States 06-23-10
    Sherry East Texas, United States 06-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Dekker's Best"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 03-23-14
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It wasn't bad but i wish I hadn't bought it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is very wrapped up in murder mysteries and don't really think about the book content.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ted Dekker? Why or why not?

    Probably not - not a good impression. If I did, it'd be through the library and I couldn't find anything else


    Which character – as performed by John Glover – was your favorite?

    They were all blasé


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bride Collector?

    Hard to say - wasn't that attention getting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    walter sauk rapids, MN, United States 01-28-14
    walter sauk rapids, MN, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Dekker"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bride Collector to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Mount Juliet, TN, United States 06-04-13
    Virginia Mount Juliet, TN, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2010

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "Ted Dekker at his best"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bride Collector the most enjoyable?

    John Glover is a wonderful narrator.


    What does John Glover bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotion, he brings a voice to your imagination


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea PIKEVILLE, KY, United States 04-09-13
    Andrea PIKEVILLE, KY, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Andrea~Isa61

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    "Superior suspense thriller!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-02-13
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "IMPROBABLE. BUT THIS IS FICTION. GOOD BOOK"
    Would you listen to The Bride Collector again? Why?

    I PROBABLY WILL. IT WAS VERY TENSE AT TIMES. THE FIRST HALF WAS NOT THAT GOOD BUT THE SECOND PART WAS GREAT.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    IN THE SECOND HALF. TENSION GALORE.


    Which character – as performed by John Glover – was your favorite?

    ROWDY. BUT THEY WERE ALL DONE WELL.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    THE WHOLE SECOND HALF WAS ENTERTAINING.


    Any additional comments?

    OFTEN WHEN READING WE LOOK FOR THE PROBABLE EVEN IN FICTION.

    THIS BOOK IS NOT PROBABLE. BUT I LIKED THE BOOK VERY MUCH.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi Morgan City, LA, United States 02-11-13
    Brandi Morgan City, LA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loving It!"
    If you could sum up The Bride Collector in three words, what would they be?

    unpredictable, intriguing, edge-of-your-seat-exciting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bride Collector?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    It is awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosana Nassar Orue Coronado, San José Costa Rica 01-08-13
    Rosana Nassar Orue Coronado, San José Costa Rica 01-08-13 Member Since 2009

    I love magic and fantasy

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    "Really dissapointed!!!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I would return to other kind of books, a little more thrilling and less boring.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Glover?

    I don't think that it is the narrator the problem, the problem is the book, it is confusing and boring.


    What character would you cut from The Bride Collector?

    I would cut all the crazy people that are at the institute. They are soooooo annoying!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    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!!!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ulrike Nunn USA 12-31-12
    Ulrike Nunn USA 12-31-12 Member Since 2008

    German living in LA.

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    "Nicely narrated, sappy ,half researched thriller."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What could Ted Dekker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better research and much, much, much less repetitions and explanations about things he'd just clearly explained.


    What does John Glover bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a nice voice.


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts out promising and completely deteriorates in the second half. Totally murky message too. Oh well... nice narration it was.

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    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 12-13-12
    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Very Strange"

    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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