Tuesday, March 16, 2010

THE BRIDE COLLECTOR by Ted Dekker [Blog Tour]

Description: 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 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?

My Two Cents: I thought that THE BRIDE COLLECTOR was Dekker's best work yet. It was riveting, the plot didn't dally, and the characters made sense. I've said in the past that I have felt like Dekker was trying to reach a page/word count with his novels, but this one does not fit that accusation at all. It's fresh, thrilling, and the style is consistent and actually flows superbly. I'll admit to being scared a few times when I was reading it and was home alone at night. If you're a fan of CBS's Criminal Minds, you'll definitely be a fan of this book.

THE BRIDE COLLECTOR will be in stores April 13th.

If you  preorder The Bride Collector from Amazon, as a special preorder incentive, you will receive a .pdf of Dekker's very first, unpublished novel, To Kill With Reason, available for download on April 13th.

Check out Ted's Facebook page too while you're surfing, and consider becoming a fan.  I am and I only get relevant posts about Dekker's work in my stream, it's fun!

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