New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker is on a pre-pub blog tour to promote his new thriller “The Bride Collector.” Thoughts in Progress is hosting the tour today.
Dekker’s latest book is scheduled for release April 13.
“The Bride Collector” is a fast pace suspense/thriller from beginning to end. Once you begin reading, it will be hard to put down before you reach the end. FBI Special Agent Brad Raines is on the trial of a serial killer who is targeting beautiful women.
The book begins with the discovery of the fourth victim. Like the ones before her, the latest victim is discovered in an abandoned building. The manner in which the women are killed and left is the puzzler. The killer appears to be collecting brides. Each victim is semi-nude, glued to the wall in a crucifixion-style, drained of blood, and left wearing a wedding veil.
Brad attempts to figure out who the killer is and his next move while trying to understand his own demons. Brad, attracted to his beautiful colleague Nikki Holden, won’t allow himself to show her any emotions.
The killer leaves a note in the heel of the victim. This leads Brad and Nikki, a forensic psychologist, to The Center for Wellness and Intelligence. They believe the killer has a connection to the center.
Brad enlists the help of four residents at the center to help with the case. Cass, Andrea, and Roudy each have their own unique gift, as well as mental problems. However, it’s Paradise that draws Brad back again and again. Paradise has been diagnosed with schizophrenia but can also see ghosts when she touches a dead body.
The hunt for the ritualistic serial killer intensifies when he targets Nikki as the next bride for God.
The story is a mix of mystery, suspense, action, hope, forgiveness, and a touch of romance. Even though there is a fair amount of internal dialogue going on with both Brad and the killer, the story flows smoothly from one twist and turn to the next.
“The Bride Collector” is a book that I would recommend as a good read if you‘re looking for a mystery/thriller. However, I won’t recommend you read it at night if you’re home alone. The killer’s method of taking a bride will have you re-examining just how secure your home really is.
Ted Dekker is the author of more than 20 novels. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. For more information on Dekker check out his website at www.teddekker.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/teddekker and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/teddekker. He also offers a couple of short stories at http://www.teddekker.com/theunderground
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker * Center Street * @2010 * ISBN:9781599951966 * 448 pages * Hardcover
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FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the Hachette Book Group as part of the blog tour in hopes I would review it. Receiving this complimentary copy did not influence my review in anyway.