“The Bride Collector” by Ted Dekker

 

Book cover - The Bride Collector

The villain in Ted Dekker’s “The Bride Collector,” is a schizophrenic who kidnaps beautiful women, drugs them, applies their makeup perfectly, arranges a veil over their heads, then glues them to a wall. Blood is drained from their bodies and even after four victims, no physical evidence has been found to point to the murderer. The FBI is involved and a forensic psychologist is called in.

 

The Special Agent on the case, Brad Raines, follows a clue from the scene of one of the murders to a mental facility ministering to the needs of a population of brilliant schizophrenics. (It is Dekker’s premise in the book that schizophrenics are locked away because they are misunderstood by society.) Raines speaks to several of the patients in the hope of finding out how the killer’s mind works.

 

Dekker, a NYT bestselling author of over twenty books dealing with the ‘good vs evil’ theme, explores the dark side of faith in “The Bride Collector.” Faith corrupted and expressed in the creepy musings of a mad man consumed with doing his twisted perception of the Lord’s work. Dekker takes the reader on a journey through the world of a criminally insane personality, a trip made fascinating because the killer has conflicting thoughts about sin and the rightness of his mission. We also enter the mental world of another disturbed person, who is well aware of her limitations and struggles constantly within the confines of her mind.

 

Dekker is frequently described as being ‘out there’ when compared with other Christian writers. His work is unsettling and asks the reader to explore why unspeakable things happen to good people. A recurring theme of his: “How can our faith remain in the wake of such awful events?”

 

Both the mental institution storyline and the romantic interest that develops in “The Bride Collector” are far-fetched, but the book does have the intensity of a TV crime show. Interesting enough to hold my attention while the killer was caught, and Dekker fans loved it.

 

For information about Ted Dekker and his work, visit www.teddekker.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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