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- Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (13 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607883562
- ISBN-13: 978-1607883562
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 5.1 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
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Ted Dekker is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including THR3E, Blink, Heaven's Wager, When Heaven Weeps, and Thunder of Heaven.
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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.
When Adam was released, I remember reading a thread on Dekker's website questioning the number of serial killer novels he had written. At that time, Adam was the only true serial killer novel. While his other books had killers, often brutal and inventive, they weren't true serial killers. However, two more serial killer novels later (plus 8 Circle/Paradise books), I'm beginning to ask the same question. I love these types of novels. In fact they are some of my favorites, but I'm ready for a change. I'd really like to see the imagination and ingenuity that Dekker showed earlier in his career. I miss the original plots and subtle themes of his older books. The recent works are still good, but Dekker seems to be in a bit of a rut with most of his creativity stemming from how to make the same themes seem fresh.
The Bride Collector is a lot like BoneMan's Daughters. They both feature quirky, intelligent killers who stalk beautiful women. While BoneMan believed he was Satan, The Bride Collector believed he was a messenger from God. Both killers have a tormented past and twisted theology to guide them. In each book, the victims have men desperately trying to rescue them. In one book it's the victim's father, in the other, a man who loves her. Throughout the books, there's a repetitive reminder of God's love for everyone and His willingness to stop at nothing to woo and rescue them. Additionally, each book reveals the name of the killer and their personality early in the story. There is little mystery about who did it, just a question as to whether or not the reader knows the killer by another name. There are no amazing plot twists. Pretty much what the reader suspects from the beginning, is what they get. Even with several similarities, though, these books are different enough maintain the reader's interest.
Dekker does not usually excel in character development. His strengths are plot and storytelling, which are normally fast paced and unpredictable. However, he seemed to take a bit more time with this book and more fully developed several of the characters. While none of them are especially deep, there was a decent amount of time spent letting the reader begin to understand the characters, especially the ones in the mental health facility. I would have liked more though. These were four very interesting individuals and while Dekker did a good job of giving the reader a wonderful non-stereotypical view of mentally ill people, I wanted to know these character's lives. The reader is given vague background for some, but I wanted completely developed stories for these extraordinary people. These characters and their interaction was the strength of this book and they separate it from other serial killer novels on the market.
The theme of God's love dominates this story. Dekker is right on and he offers honest truth when it comes to God's equal love for everyone. From the hardened criminal to the wounded child, everyone is God's favorite. I wish Dekker would back off some though. His thoughts are dead on and incredibly important, but I've noticed a trend where his point is repeated more and more often and the subtlety that I so enjoyed in his earlier works is pretty much gone. As The Bride Collector approaches its climax, the reader has been told so many times how special they are, much of the impact is diminished. The closing scenes between Brad and the latest chosen victim feels forced and what is most likely suppose to be raw emotion comes across as dramatic tears. With less reinforcement of the themes of love and beauty, these scenes would invoke the strong emotion they should.
One factor that strongly affects my opinion of The Bride Collector, is Steven James' Patrick Bower's series. The latest book, The Knight, is an FBI serial killer novel and is absolutely outstanding. That book has set a very high standard for serial killer novels and The Bride Collector simply doesn't measure up. So while it is a good story, it lacks the depth of characters, plot development, and research that James adds to his books and has consequently spoiled me a bit. Regardless, for readers who loved BoneMan's Daughter, it's pretty much guaranteed they'll enjoy The Bride Collector.