The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker; 432 pages; 2010; $24.99; Center Street, New York, NY; 978-1-59995-196-6; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 5/8-5/12

Part of the fun of reading Ted Dekker is figuring out what the psychological twist is, in Thr3e it all took place within one persons mind, in House all the weirdness is the personification of the characters’ souls.

A killer has taken three women, glued them to the wall wearing only panties, bras and a wedding veil.  He has drained them of blood in an oddly ritualistic way.  Brad Raines is the FBI agent put in charge of the investigation with SA Nikki Holden.  They pursue the case with the help of some patients at a psychiatric care facility.  Women around Brad Raines seem to get in the danger zone.  The killer believes that he is doing Gods’ work.  There is not really the twist that I have come to expect from Mr. Dekker, he manages to keep the suspense ratcheted up, but part of the ending seems like a tacked on epilogue.  Grade-B