What is beauty? What is love? What is sanity? Who is really mentally ill? What does normal really mean? What if the answers that youve always held true to all of these questions were suddenly flipped on their heads? What if your perception was turned upside down and inside out? Thats what just might happen if you read the story of The Bride Collectorwho just might kill all the beautiful ones.Ted Dekkers newest novel is the story of FBI agent Brad Raines, serial killer Quinon Gauld, and the exceptional young woman named Paradise. More than that, it is the story of Gods favorite, and therefore the story of all of humanity. Gould is the killer known as The Bride Collector. And he is making good on his promise to kill the beautiful ones. Raines is the agent trying desperately to end the collecting. His search for clues and answers leads him to meet Paradise, and meeting Paradise turns his world upside down. The story Dekker tells of love and of beauty and of what it means to be the favorite and of what it really means to be normal stopped me in my tracks, broke my heart, and opened my eyes. After reading it, you will not see everyone else walking through the world with you in the same way as before. Highly recommended. One of Dekkers very best.
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker is another terrifying novel from the king of Christian horror. Brad Raines is tracking a serial killer who has come to be known as the Bride Collector for his posing of the victims. When the FBI runs out of leads, a letter the killer leaves behind takes Brad to a mental institution where he finds that some of the residents may have insight into the mind of the psychopathic murderer. One of the residents, Paradise, is rumored to see ghosts and be able to see the last moments of the dead, but when Brad pulls her into the case, they both find that the case has suddenly become frightening personal. Dekker, who is the Stephen King of Christian fiction, creates a surprisingly intelligent twist on the typical serial killer pursued by the FBI novel. Paradise, and the rest of the patients, are treated with enormous compassion, and the reader will find their eyes and hearts opened to their need to be loved right alongside Brad. Often when an author reveals the murderer to the reader early on, the story loses some suspense, but Dekker keeps the tension ratcheted skintight as the killer continues to evade and outwit the police. His ability to so convincingly climb inside the head of the criminally insane gives the story an unsettling believability. The climax is completely unexpected and shattering. I do hope that Dekker isn't finished with Paradise, Roudy, Andrea, and Cass, they make a fascinating set of crimefighters.