Quinton Gauld is a man who has been chosen for a special task. He has been chosen to bring seven brides back to God. These women are special to God and thus special to Quinton. For months he has scouted these seven women, trying to find the perfect ones. Now that he has found them, he goes around the Denver area killing them each night. He feels no remorse at what he is doing, in fact, he feels as though he is doing the right thing.
Brad Raines is a FBI agent investigating the fourth Bride Collector crime scene along with his partner Nikki. In the midst of their investigation, the FBI’s team finds that the Bride Collector has not left behind much evidence or clues, nothing that can lead to his capture. Several common elements connect each crime scene together. The woman who has been killed is always left behind in the same position with a veil over her head. There is always a note with a riddle that is left behind.
Studying the riddles, the FBI comes up with little evidence. Attempting to come up with clues Brad and Nikki go to The Center for Wellness and Intelligence. There they meet a group of four who help them solve the clues. Two men named Roudy and Cass, along with two women named Andrea and Paradise.
Brad finds himself mesmerized by a shy young woman named Paradise, watching her as she tries to help solve the riddle. The woman has a dark past that has brought her to the center. She watched her father kill her mother, brother and then himself. Though she survived the attack it left her with several mental illnesses that keep her in the center. In fact, Paradise is crippled with fear so badly that she refuses to leave.
Brad finds out that Paradise has the ability to see a person’s last moments when she touches them. He wants to use her to see the last moments of the Bride Collector’s latest victim with the hopes of her seeing his identity.
When I first heard the description of The Bride Collector, I thought it sounded similar to Ted Dekker’s previous Hachette published novel BoneMan’s Daughters. Upon reading, however, I found that the two novels have only minor similarities.
I found The Bride Collector to be a thrilling novel. It gets down deep into the lives of the characters involved. Whether it be Brad’s personal struggles, the daily routine of Paradise or the thoughts of Quinton.
The Bride Collector could have very easily gone the route of the typical FBI novel but luckily, it did not. Using highly intelligent characters made the story interesting, quirky and out of the box. The story has a deeper meaning that sticks after the novel has ended.
(I received this book for free from the publisher)