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Tour: 42. The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker...

April 3, 2010
Calling Ted Dekker fans! His new book, The Bride Collector, is out on April 13th! And it's wicked good!

the bride collector
Title: The Bride Collector
Author: Ted Dekker
ISBN-13: 9781599951966
ARC: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

FTC Disclosure: My ARC of The Bride Collector was provided by Hachette Book Group for this blog tour. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

About the author:
Ted Dekker is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 3 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. Find Ted online at his website,

drey's thoughts:
There's a serial killer on the loose, and he's hunting young, beautiful women, because he is returning God's favorites to Him, as brides. He is smart, meticulous, and completely nuts.

Brad Raines is the FBI agent hunting down the Bride Collector. He doesn't seem to play well with others, with the exception of his partner Nikki Holden, and displays obsessive-compulsive tendencies. In the course of their investigation, Brad and Nikki visit a home for the mentally ill and exceptionally gifted. There, they meet a quartet of patients whose help they eventually enlist.

The best part of The Bride Collector is the interaction with, and amongst, the patients. The stark differences between when they are "normal"--as we would consider it--and not, is eye-opening. I was a little surprised at how easy it was for the FBI to convince them to help with the case, as this is surely not standard operating procedure. But sometimes you take whatever help you can get. And with 4 bodies already, they need any help they can get.

While The Bride Collector excelled at its character portrayal (not just the patients, but the killer as well), I thought it was predictable. As soon as Brad and Nikki visited The Center for Wellness and Intelligence, I knew where that would bring the story arc. Then reading became a matter of seeing how they got to the end. Nonetheless, this is a satisfying read for fans of the genre.

drey's rating: 3/5 Good

Challenges: 100+, Pub

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have two (2!) copies of The Bride Collector for you. This is open to US and Canada residents only, no PO Boxes please! To enter, comment below: Have there been any high-profile serial killers in your neck of the woods? Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee, the summer before I came for school. I remember my mom asking me if I was sure I wanted to come to Wisconsin. Now they're thinking he was the one who really abducted and killed Adam Walsh.

Please remember to include your email address! Do it all before 6:00 pm CST April 16th. And good luck!!


Anonymous said...

Love to win one.


Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I live in Woodstock, Ontario and yes there was a killer actually 2 killers of a little girl here.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

KR said...

I'd love this and thankfully no, we haven't had a high profile serial killer around here!


Carol M said...

I would love to read this!

We haven't had any high profile serial killers where I live.

mittens0831 at aol dot com

Virginia C said...

I live in a very small town with a low crime rate. When something bad happens here, it has a very big impact. Several years ago, a woman was abducted in broad daylight less than a block from our courthouse. She was driven outside the town limits, and then the unfortunate lady was held at gunpoint and raped. Her rapist was captured, but several "copycat" abduction attempts occurred in the following months. Very sad for my "Mayberry" community.

I live less than an hour from a famous resort which employs many people. Almost two years ago, one of the employees went on a shooting spree, injuring many and killing two fellow employees. The shooter escaped and has yet to be captured. Such a cruel, destructive, heartbreaking act.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Benita said...

Please count me in.

When I lived in Yonkers the story broke about Son of Sam. It turns out that his address was not even a half mile from where I lived. Scary!


Christa said...

I don't think there have been any... at least not newsworthy enough during my lifetime. : ) And I like it that way, haha.

I've read Ted Dekker's books on & off since Blink, but I've gotten behind lately. I would love to win this book & put it in its rightful place beside his other books. : D

Thanks for the contest.
ambience.of.rain {at}

I ♥ Book Gossip said...

Please count me in.

I live in nyc and theres always all kinds of crazies going on. The most recent on I heard was a mother killing her child because he was sick and she did it out of love?

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

clenna said...

When I was in high school and looking for a college, my choice was to go to a Boston school (I lived in rural Indiana). My mother wouldn't let me because of the Boston Strangler!
She said I'd open the door to any stranger (and she was right). I didn't get to go to Boston.
But now, 47 year later, i live an hour outside of Boston and love it.

clenna at aol dot com

Darlene said...

I think most of Dekker's books are predictable but for me still good. No need to enter me Drey. Have a Happy Easter!

bermudaonion said...

I've only read one of Dekker's books, but I thought it was predictable. I don't know of any serial killers around here, but we haven't lived here that long.

doreen lamoureux said...

Nothing like that in my neck of the woods but never know...creeping things go on out in our world.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Francine Anchondo said...

No we never had a high profile serial killer here at least not that I know of. Thanks for the giveaway.


ossmcalc said...

I am thankful that there have not been any serial killers in our area. I do live near the Murrah Building Bombing where lives will never be the same because of it. I lost two friends in the bombing.

I would very much love to read this book. It sounds extremely fascinating.

Thank you,


Karen H said...

Years ago (early 60's I believe), there were 6 coeds from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI that were killed. Shortly after the body of the 6th woman was found, a man living in my hometown of Flint was arrested for the murders. When he was arrested, the killing stopped. Don't remember if I ever heard if he went to trial or the outcome of said trial.

I'd love to win a copy of this book. Add my name to the list please.

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

Anita Yancey said...

We haven't had any high-profile serial killers in my area since I have lived here, but I didn't grow up here. Years ago in the Atlanta area there was Wayne Williams who killed children. Please enter me. Thanks!


rubynreba said...

I have been very fortunate not to have anything happend in my small town. It is scary to think about what could happen! I'd love to be entered for this book.

Tabathia B said...

We actually had one that was featured on CNN briefly in rocky mount whereas black prostitutes were being murdered & bodies dumped into a field and the authorities finally figured out several weeks ago that it was all linked.

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm in MD and the first victim of the snipers was killed just a stone throw away from where I live.

marc74 at inbox dot com

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