I can’t believe I totally forgot to share with the blog world a book that kept me up until 2 am in college, even when I had work at 4 am. I knew I’d be groggy and tired and probably in a bad mood as I served breakfast to other students (I was the waffle girl in college), but sometimes you just have to take the consequences when you’re reading a really great book that you can’t put down.
The book I’m talking about is The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker, who has written some of the best books I’ve ever read. His mind is genius and his works are original. He fast became one of my all-time favorite authors after I read this book. It is full of suspense and mystery and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The story follows an FBI Agent, Brad Raines, as he tries to catch a serial killer in Denver who has already killed 4 beautiful women. The crime scenes are unusual as the killer leaves a bridal veil at each of them. He has a ritual he is following in order to kill each of his victims, and Raines is drawn into his web even more when one of his own friends, a beautiful forensic psychologist, is targeted by the killer.
Raines decides to find help in a very unlikely place: a psychiatric institute. He enlists the help of Paradise who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and who can actually touch the dead bodies and relive their last moments before death. By befriending this strange woman, Raines realizes she may just be more rational than he ever imagined, and there’s quite a mystery surrounding her. She could be the biggest puzzle piece in the story to help solve the case as the killer continues to murder more women.
This book is a MUST-READ!!! Don’t disregard it as another attempt for a blogger to just blog for no reason about a book that is rather boring. I’m not lying when I say it will leave you breathless, nervous and thrilled until the very end when all the pieces are put together that you won’t see coming. In fact, I may just have to go read it again. It’s been awhile…
And if you do end up reading it (which you will, because you know you want to), let me know what you think. Oh and one more thing, make sure to leave a light on or read it in the day time. It gets a little goose-bump scary.