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FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.
It's there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person's life when she touches the dead body.
In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise's help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most 'sane people' sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls...or inside.
As the Bride Collector picks up the pace--and volume--of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist, becomes the Bride Collector's next target.
The FBI believes that the killer plans to murder seven women. Can Paradise help before it's too late?
©2010 Ted Dekker (P)2010 Hachette
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By shelley on 12-19-17

Don't bother with this one...

I've listened to books written by Ted Dekker before and am really surprised that he actually wrote this book. His books tend to be a little off center and require a good imagination. This one requires a little more then imagination.
Two problems with this book are the private psych facility for the extraordinarily gifted is just so unrealistic. The second is the protagonist has the emotions of someone in junior high and so does the psychologically damaged woman he falls in love with. Do you see where this is going? The repetitive she's looking at me, I wonder if she likes me because I'm falling in love with her... is just too much for me.
I forced myself to finish because underneath all the nonsense there was a good story BUT it really isn't worth the time it took to get there.
Not recommended.
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By andrea on 08-08-10

This Ain't About Weddings!

Ted Dekker does an awesome job of hooking you right from the get-go. It is at first horrifying, while eventually it almost starts to seem logical. This story is very suspenseful and, at the same time, enlightening. I've recently learned that the true meaning of kindness is not just being nice to someone; but being nice to them while they are at fault, or at their worst. In a most grisly situation, Ted Dekker shows you kindness at every turn.

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