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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  10,154 ratings  ·  1,059 reviews
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 Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mental ...more
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Published April 13th 2010 by Center Street (first published April 13th 2009)
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Arah-Lynda
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said

Not for the faint of heart this is a dark, deeply disturbing tour-de-force of good versus evil, told in bone chillng, graphic detail. Make no mistake he will take you there and hold you hard and long into the night. My hat is off, Mr. DeKker. Bring it on!

Sarah
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Pretty awful, but I was only gonna rate 2 stars until I skimmed to the last two chapters and read them. What I learned there dropped this to a 1-star DNF.

Full Review:

Brad Raines is a blond George Clooney. He's a womanizer, a slut (because "male slut" is sexist) and has been placed on the case of the Bride Collector, a serial killer who drains women's blood before killing them. Oh, and he lusts after Nikki, his partner, because she's hot. Nikki al
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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
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Ana Mardoll
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
The Bride Collector / 978-1-599-95196-6

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 me
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Keiki Hendrix
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 recons
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Chibineko
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
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Ace
May 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ki
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Zylle
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Suzanne
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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 emo
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Amy
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 with psyc
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Leona
Jul 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say the idea for it was a great plot, the characters were okay and interesting. I do like the dialogue between the people in the wellness center but beyond that I really didn't like it. I skipped a lot of pages to be honest because it bore me so I just skimmed it to get the general idea.

I think it would have been better if the main characters hadn't been so closely related in personality. At first I thought the main character WAS the killer, I figured it was a split persona
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Kylee Brock
Oct 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Three words: piece of crap! Literally so unbelievable in relationships, in coincidences, in everything. Like the plot itself sounds fantastic, then you start reading and the author is such a bore and such a cliche writer. It doesn't even deserve one star it was so bad.
Lori
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Vann
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start out by saying that I did not expect to love this book. My first Ted Dekker book was "Thr3e" and all the others of his that I read paled when compared to the brilliance that was Thr3e. I thought that Ted Dekker might be a kind of "one hit wonder," but this book changed my mind. The character development, the plot development, the clear and profound message; it all was fantastic and I was blown away!

The characters in this book are flawed and therefore relatable (except for the serial
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Renee
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katy
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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/>:/>:
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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
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John
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, dnf
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
Matt
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
Jun 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is a seriel killer out there, he targets beautiful young women, women who don't have any flaws. He kills in the name of God, well he thinks that he is God. He drains the bodies of these women and hangs them up in sheds and old farm houses, he applies makeup to them. I could only make it half way through this book. I know what's going to happen and I can't stand that...he's going to abduct and try to kill one of the main characters, Nikki. Plus there is some sort of backstory with this girl ...more
K.j.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry. This book was terrible. The characters were annoying and I just could NOT buy the sudden. And I mean SUDDEN loveeeeee brad forms for paradise. What the what?? You don't even know her!? Now you're in love??

And man did the FBI suck in This book. Get your shit together feebies.

Lame. The killer was ok. I liked his MO. But the psych ward convos between those characters was nauseating. I couldn't take it. "I'm ugly" "I'm Sherlock Holmes". " I'm in love with Brad" blah blah


Sorry Ted. This was
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James Glass
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FBI special agent Brad Raines is on the hunt to capture a serial killer known as The Bride Collector. The women are placed in a wedding dress before being murdered. As Brad continues his search, he finds an unorthodox method to finding the killer. He enlists the help of several people from a mental ward. Although they are kept away from the public, Brad discovers they have a knack for solving crimes, albeit, this will be their first test at solving a real murder. Will they come through and help ...more
Jared Della Rocca
An absolutely terrible book. It uses the "mentally ill as geniuses" formula, setting up the protagonist with four mental patients, each of whom are gifted in their own particular way. It was supposed to be a thriller, but there was nothing to keep you turning the pages, except the hope they'd ALL be killed in the end. There was no suspense to it, and though some authors can use a formula and still be good, this one just relied on formula and brought nothing new to it. Just bad writing.
Mary
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
UGH. I hated the main characters so much that I started rooting for The Bride Collector.
Beth
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written story with unique characters and an interesting perspective. I listened to this on audible and the narrator did an excellent job.
Sherri
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
This was an o.k. thriller drama. It has all the making of a movie but some parts fell flat. I think I was expecting more of behind the criminal mind in how they catch the antagonist. It dwelt more on the heroine and her psychosis. And a love story that to me all of a sudden developed.

There were neat secondary characters that were introduced. It would be interesting revisiting them.

I listened to the audio book and the narrator was fantastic. His voices were great. And somehow he coul
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Janie Johnson
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ted-dekker

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 doin
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Patricia
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women of the Denver area are being targeted by a killer the FBI are calling The Bride Collector. The killer leaves his victims naked except for panties and a veil. The body is glued to the wall and the blood is drained from the victims.

FBI Special Agent Brad Raines is at a dead-end in his investigation. Nikki Holden, a forensic psychologist, working with Brad is of the opinion that the killer thinks of himself as the groom and that his preparations of the body are done out of love. W
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Meghan Espey
Nov 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just about every Ted Dekker book I've read, I enjoyed and recommended. This one was my first disappointment. It pains me to be so critical of the author I've always had high praise for, but this book was so cringe-worthy I didn't even make it through the first half.
The characters were all typecast- particularly the characters in the looney bin. There was nothing original about the Mental Institute and the residents except that it was for intelligent people, which only made it more bizarre. Two
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
“Unfortunately, the world has taken some of the greatest minds God has given us and locked them up in cages. Most very brilliant or creative people seem strange to ordinary people. Geniuses are almost always outcasts. The intelligent are bullied on the playground. They see the world differently and are shunned for it. They nearly all turn out to be lonely at the least, locked up at the worst. It's human nature to encourage the status quo and shun those who see life differently.” 34 likes
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