When I picked up this book to read during the holidays, I expected something different. For me it was a bit disappointing. The characters were unbelievable, and here is why: **SPOILER ALERT** Brad Raines: he is a 32 year old FBI agent, who is in charge of a high profile case involving a serial killer dubbed the Bride Collector. I expected this character to be more rational, but to me he appeared more like a corny teenage girl, who falls in love with a mental patient in 5 days, while struggling with his feelings for his dead fiancé and an attractive co-worker, who conveniently (for purposes of him getting finally falling for the mental patient) becomes the serial killer's sixth victim. Along the plot, we see a lot of: "Oh no! I might be falling in love with this girl and I am so scared" kind of thing that I would expect from an insecure teenage character. Aside form that, instead of focusing in solving the case, he spends unnecessary time at a mental institution recruiting the help of some patients, who in the end, crack it. Brad came across as incompetent and immature.
Paradise: She is the novel's "heroine", who has suffered at least, 2 huge traumas (she witnessed the murder of her family in the hands of her father and nearly became a rape victim) and as a result has been institutionalized for 7 years. She doesn't care much for her appearance or personal hygiene, wears jeans that are too short and doesn't trust men. Additionally, she is agoraphobic and mnemophobic. However, in only 5 days, she manages to overcome her phobias, trust and fall in love with a George Clooney type of guy, who in return, falls for her (in
spite of his own commitment issues with women) and, pretty much save his life.
Allison: She is the head of the mental institution, who loves Paradise as her own child, but notwithstanding encourages the FBI
agent to make her fall for him and kind of exposes her to him. I'm not sure her behaviour regarding her patients can be deemed either common or ethical for someone in her position. In any case, I found it unbelievable.
Nikki: She is this incredibly attractive woman and insightful psychologist that works for the FBI, who finds herself attracted to the
main character and is conveniently murdered just after her first date with him.
Ruby: She used to be Brad's fiancé. He describes her as beautiful, smart and witty. Brad claims that they were
very happy and that she was as much in love with him as much as he was with her and they were
engaged to be married. However, inexplicably she commits suicide because "she didn't feel beautiful enough".
Really???? Come on! And to make matters worse ther is this bizarre love triangle (which could have easily become a square if the Nikki character had survived) among the three main characters. Coincidentally, (1) the man who tried to rape Paradise a few years ago is our one and only Bride Collector, (who murders people as a result of Paradise's rejection), (2) is being hunted by FBI agent Brad Raines who, against all odds, falls in love with Paradise and (3) in turn becomes her love interest. It felt that the writer just tried to hard to surprise the reader. The " twists" didn't seem natural, and frankly seemed ridiculous.
The characters were frivolous and acted in absurd ways. Along the book, there were many unrealistic situations, especially since the characters are supposed to be extremely smart, insightful and capable.
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Center st; 1 edition (13 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599951967
- ISBN-13: 978-1599951966
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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