Monday, July 26, 2010
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
He is searching for seven perfect brides to deliver to God. Because he is God's messenger and he is God's favorite. And the brides are God's favorites. Which is why he must deliver them. But he chooses only the most perfect. He makes sure they are perfect even once they are dead by drilling holes in their heels and draining their blood, then filling the holes. This way there are no marks to ruin their beauty. But the seventh bride, she is the most perfect, and the other six are all leading up to her.
FBI agent Brad Raines is in charge of the case, and they cannot find any evidence at the crime scenes of the first six victims except occasionally notes. When a note points toward the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, Brad desperately turns for help. There he finds a gifted, but crazy group of four. But more specifically, Paradise. Paradise has the gift to see into the unknown world and can see the last moments of a person's life if she touches the dead body.
As Brad works with the CWI, something happens. Paradise starts to fall in love. But no, that can't happen because she is unlovable, and she is the dirt of the world. No one could ever love her back.
Ted Dekker has been one of my favorite authors for quite some time. And while many of his books pull me right in such as Blink and the Circle Series, I must admit Ted has let me down with a few of his latest books. Specifically, Adam and Boneman's Daughters. After reading those two, I was a little nervous as to how The Bride Collector would turn out, but it was absolutely amazing! It pulled me right in, and hardly allowed me to put it down the whole time. The suspense kept me at the edge of my seat, and adrenaline was flowing through my veins! This book was definitely was up to standards with Ted's old books, and I strongly recommend it to any Dekker, suspense, or thriller fan! It is also the perfect display of unconditional love. Excellent work Ted Dekker!