The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker (Center Street, April 13, 2010), 448 pages

The serial killer the FBI has named the Bride Collector has just taken his fifth victim. Brad Raines is leading the Colorado investigation, along with profiler Nikki. When a note is found with the body, Raines has no choice but to follow the lead to the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a home for the incredibly brilliant mentally ill. He’s skeptical, but what he finds is not what he expected.

I love how Dekker’s thrillers touch on so many themes — including mental illness, self-perception and body image this time. Actually, I marvel at this. And it’s this that, for me, elevates these books above the common.

The characters — we see various parts of the story from the eyes of Raines, the killer, and also Paradise, one of the residents at the Center for Wellness and Intelligence — are well-drawn, incredibly real, flaws and all.

This is a classic Dekker thriller. If you’ve read one before, you know what to expect. I’ve read several of Dekker’s books (and have several more waiting on my shelves), and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. If you haven’t, why not? This is a good one to start with.

Hachette made a countdown widget, which gives you an excerpt of the book and a way to enter a sweepstakes. Among other things. Unfortunately, though, I can’t embed it here. So click the link to check it out.

About the author
Ted Dekker is a prolific author, having published more than 20 novels. He’s known for stories that could be described as suspense thrillers. Dekker’s Facebook page: and his Twitter account: @TedDekker.

Other reviews
Jenn’s Bookshelves
Peeking between the Pages
All About {n}
Redlady’s Reading Room
Luxury Reading

Have you reviewed this book? Leave me a link and I’ll add it here.

I received this book from the publisher. I am an Amazon Associate and receive a small commission on sales through my affiliate links.


7 responses to “The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

  1. Excellent review. I am so happy you liked this one. Can’t wait to read it.

  2. I’ve only read one of Dekker’s books and I did enjoy it, so I’ll have to look for this one.

  3. Cant wait to review this – I am on the tour but not until April.

  4. Thanks for participating in the Saturday Review at Semicolon.

    If you’re a poetry lover, I’d like to invite you (and your readers) to participate in the poetry survey that I’m doing. I’m looking for your ten favorite classic poems. Read more about it here.

  5. Dekker is one I;m always reading about, but never get around to actually reading. I need to fix that!

  6. Pingback: Book Review – The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker | Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'?

What do you think? I'd love to know.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s