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The Bride Collector

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,568 ratings  ·  794 reviews
A string of exquisite young women have been murdered by a single individual who leaves his signature with each body: a pristine bridal veil. FBI agent Brad Raines must turn to a most unusual source for help.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 2010 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published April 13th 2009)
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I've never read a Ted Dekker book, yet I'd been told great things about him & his work. When I got the chance to review this, I figured that this would be a great chance to experience the author. I just wish that this had lived up to all of the hype.

The book follows the character of FBI agent Brad Raines, a man who is no stranger to loss. With his own dark past looming over him, he attempts to uncover the identity of a killer known only as the Bride Collector. The Bride Collector has tracked...more
Keiki Hendrix
“An eerie, engaging novel bringing to the light a unique view of those we judge as mental ill.”
Being a fan of Ted Dekker, I knew the type of novel I would be reading when I selected The Bride Collector. Dekker is one of my favorite fiction authors. For instance, I knew I would find dark suspense (often not for the squeamish), tight well-written plot and dialogue, and a focus on some component of Christianity.What I did not expect was to begin to question my perception or at least to reconsider m...more
What makes a good Thriller/Mystery books? It has to have:

1. A killer/s
2. The victim/s
3. FBI protagonist
4. cliff hanger endings in every chapter.
5. surprising twist/s in the story

I'm a fan of this genre, so it means I read a lot of books in this niche, and I confess that I'm already used to the plots of this kind of stories, and that made the story a cliche for me.

The story is all about Brad Raine, a FBI agent who will investigate the killings of the so called "Brides". The killer left a note tha...more
Angela Risner
I had high hopes for this book. I love mysteries. I love me a good serial killer story.

The protagonist is attracted to his model-lookalike partner. Are you tired of that storyline yet? I am. He also has a broken heart that has yet to heal fro about 10 years ago, and of course, this means that he is hard to ensnare into a relationship. All men like this are attractive to women, because we love a challenge.

The killer is a bit more interesting. He is killing young beautiful women (of course! No ugl...more
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time and Summer 2012 is the time. I will be reading this book as part of the Summer 2012 Reading Challenge in the Dare to Dream group. The Bride Collector will meet the following requirements:

July 2012 is Cord Blood Awareness month

Read a book this summer that has the letters B-L-O-O-D in the title (these letters do not have to be in order)

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Read a book this summer in which a CHARACTER GETS SHOT

I sta...more
Ana Mardoll
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I picked this up at the library, and it's my first Ted Dekker novel. I understand he's quite famous, and I don't want to be overly negative, but I just really didn't enjoy this novel, and it didn't hold my interest. I really like crime dramas on television, and this novel definitely doesn't seem to fit that demographic.

There seems to be very little emphasis on either the physical hunt or the psychological chase. CODIS and AFIS are mentioned about once each,...more
Sara Diane
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The story of the Bride Collector is easily an introspective book, one that digs into the mind and more or less questions everyone's view of reality. Who the sane ones are, and who in society is the insane. It mainly follows the perspective of Brad Raines, who works for the FBI and is trying to catch a very smart killer whose victim of choice is beautiful women. Things are also read from the perspective of others including the killer, whose passages shine and stand out among the rest. As the book...more
Matt Garcia
This was my first Ted Dekker novel and I must say that I enjoyed it. His secondary characters are very well fleshed out and personable. The plot was a bit cliché and I guessed the ending about 2/3 of the way through but this does not detract from the novel too much. I also did not like being told the identity of the killer very early in the story. Quinton Gauld was an excellent antagonist and his distorted view on reality and religion was a bit fascinating. The scariest part may have been that h...more
Rick Fisher
As a Ted Dekker fan, I have thoroughly enjoyed the last few thrillers he has written. "The Priest's Graveyard" and "The Boneman's Daughter" were great additions to his repetoire of work. This one, "The Bride Collector", is a huge disappointment.
I understand fiction gives license to authors to go way out on a limb. Sometimes, the weight is so heavy with ridiculousness, the limb breaks. That is exactly what happens here.
The beginning of this novel showed wonderful promise. I looked forward to c...more
Apr 30, 2011 PSmith rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of psychological thrillers
Shelves: abandoned, ethereal
I have given up this book halfway through - not because the book was so bad. It was okay. But I am a great psychothriller fan and to me somehow this didnot measure up. I was just skimming through pages at the end and decided to stop reading it. Someday perhaps I may resume it. The story deals with a psycho serial pattern killer who choses young beautiful women to be brides of Christ and kills them by draining away their blood. There is a detective who is on the killer's trail, his friend and for...more
Apr 16, 2013 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of suspense/thriller/serial killer
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Shelves: vine-book
I wrote this review in June, 2012, but didn't post it here. It was a review of a book I'd read over a year previously and needed to post a review for Amazon Vine. Just copying it over.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a review.

Synopsis: 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 th...more
Janie Johnson

For anyone that loves the works of Ted Dekker, you will recognize the all too familiar feeling of intensity and excitement as soon as you read the first page. You know that it is gonna be a great read before you even have the chance to get going or get too far into it. This book has all the well-known twists that makes Dekker’s books so phenomenal.

What I liked most about this book was the great character development of our resident psychopath, our bad guy, who thinks he is doing God’s bidding. D...more
I see that I'm in the minority, but I have to say I didn't find this thriller very thrilling. It was extremely slow going until about the halfway point and then only picked up slightly. I'm not sure why I finished the book other than it has to be really, really bad before I quit. I put the book down for over a week before trying to chug through to the end.

Nothing rang true in this book. I mildly liked Brad Raines and even more mildly liked Paradise, but overall, I didn't feel any emotion, caring...more
It has been a while since I read a thriller, or anything Dekker, and I assumed picking one up would help get me back into reading something besides teen fiction and manga.
The Bride Collector proved to be a poor choice. The plot follows a fairly standard serial-killer/thriller model with some unfortunate additions. Any time the novel shifted to the serial killer's POV I wanted to throw it against a wall. It also included random POVs from the main FBI agent, his partner, and a girl who struggles...more
OK kiddies, let's not try this at home! (view spoiler) I really love Dekker. His writing is unique, creepy and just down right awesome.

Brad, an FBI agent, seeks the help of the mentally ill to help solve the crime of the Bride Collector. Quinton, the bride collector, believes that he is to collect the most angelic brides to send home to the Father. Quinton has made it personal and...more
Well, seeing as how I haven't read a Ted Dekker novel in quite some time, I figured I'd pick one up and see if he's improved over the last seven years. Short Answer: Not at all. As near as I can tell, THREE remains the only one of his novels that's really any good. Part of the reason why this is so is likely because he puts out so many different books each year rather than spend time on desperately needed rewrites. THE BRIDE COLLECTOR is pretty good for a second draft but makes for a poor final...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I loved my first Dekker book, The Boneman's Daughters, and *had* to read this.

FBI special agent Brad Raines is called onto a case where women have been found posed and glued to the wall of abandoned barns, wearing a bridal veil and having the blood drained from them. The serial killer has been nicknamed The Bride Collector and things get personal when Raines finds a note taped to living room window of his high rise apartment. Raines' investigation takes him to an upscale rura...more
Becca Campbell
Easily one of Dekker’s best works, this book immediately shot into my top three (if not my favorite). The story explores what true beauty is as opposed to how it is defined by the world’s image.

A psychopath seeks beautiful women to kill, believing that he is doing God’s work by sending the ‘brides’ home. After following a lead to a mental institution, Brad, the detective on the Bride Collector’s case seeks the help from several of the patients. Though afflicted by mental illness, several of the...more
Steve Curll
The newest Dekker thriller, " The Bride collector",has returned him to his roots. A Psychological thriller as in T"Three", and a gruesome picture of the mind of a murderer. This story explores the nature of mental illness andd even would dare to suggest that sometimes the departures from reality are actually a gift, an ability to see the spiritual world in a physical way. A page turner, it is perhaps his most gruesome novel yet, describing graphically a Bizarre ritualistic killing, which we witn...more
This was my first Ted Dekker book and after immersing myself in Mr. Dekker's prose for the last week, I feel like Augustus Gloop might have felt after drinking Willy Wonka's chocolate river - - satiated and happy to have done it, despite the messiness.

The Bride Collector is the type of genre book I have always been drawn to, a mystery/thriller. I don't mind if I solve the mysteries/thrillers before the end (provided that if the clues are obvious the hero or heroine figures it out as well). What...more
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. He pretties them up, glues them to a wall, drills holes in the bottom of their feet, then lets the blood drain from their bodies. He also leaves a bridal veil at each crime scene.

FBI Special Agent Brad Raines is having a hard time cracking the Bride Collector case. But when the killer targets a beautiful forensic psychologist who works with Raines, it...more
A body of a woman hanging nailed to a wall, drained of blood and wearing a wedding veil has been found. Ok, if this sentence didn’t get your attention, then you might be dead… Just kidding.

FBI special agent Brad Raines is called onto the case. This is one of the most gruesome and puzzling case he has encountered. Brad is going to need all the help. How do you think like a serial killer…well you obtain knowledge from someone who can get into the mind of the serial killer. Brad meets Paradise. Pa...more
FBI Special Agent Brad Raines is trying to find a twisted serial killer who has murdered several beautiful young women, but the usual methods are not working as quickly as needed. Agent Raines has dubbed the killer "The Bride Collector" because the victims are hung for display with perfect make-up and bridal veils. To assist him in hunting the killer who seems to be psychotic, Agent Raines enlists the help of some mental patients in a private institution who are known for having special "gifts"....more
Suspense Magazine
Ted Dekker delivers another thrilling ride in his latest book “The Bride Collector”. From the beginning of the book to the end, you get taken on an emotional roller coaster. Dekker has many characters in the book and does an incredible job of giving all of them life outside the book.

FBI Agent Brad Raines is in search of a killer that is leaving no clues, just a path of terrifying killings that will hit very close to home for Raines. Raines has to take unconventional steps to search out this kill...more
Normally I love Ted Dekker's books. The writing, characters, plot; all of it. This book however, left me kind of disappointed. The first half was really strong. I've given 3 stars, should be 3.5 because the writing, as always, is awesome. I have nothing to critique until about half way through, when things fell apart. It seemed as though he were making conclusions FOR the reader, rather than leading me to them as is usually his way of writing. Things that didn't need to be explained were explain...more
Melinda Elizabeth
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Janie Johnson
For anyone that loves the works of Ted Dekker, you will recognize the all too familiar feeling of intensity and excitement as soon as you read the first page. You know that it is gonna be a great read before you even have the chance to get going or get too far into it. This book has all the well-known twists that makes Dekker’s books so phenomenal.

What I liked most about this book was the great character development of our resident psychopath, our bad guy, who thinks he is doing God’s bidding. D...more
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