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
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
It will be interesting to see which pattern this follows, the good with Green or the bad with Burn.
“Quinton set the thoughts aside and let his mind walk around the bed inside the house. He mentally placed himself mere inches from his choice, so close now that his presence would be deemed by the world as an illegal intrusion, a trespass. A violation brash enough to earn a scream from her, should she awaken early. Yet he belonged there, waiting in the dark, savoring the bittersweet pause before her taking.”
Burn by Ted Dekker & Erin Healy; 388 pages; 2010; Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN; 978-1-59554-471-1; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 3/23-25
I believe that it was in Stephen Kings’ book Danse Macabre that I first encountered the idea of getting someone to suspend their disbelief. Somehow making the fantastic so believable that the audience continues on with you. Most of the time I am able to do if the writer or filmmaker doesn’t go to far over the top. That said the central premise of this book was so far over the top and without reason or rationale that it ruined the story for me.
A drug lord and a community leader at each others throats combine to cause the massacre by fire and gunshot of the entire community, except for one. But wait there is another survivor also, but wait there is still another survivor. So initially we are told that there is only one survivor, then in a reveal that makes sense we are told of another, who has taken another identity and made a successful life for themselves. Then it is revealed that there is a third survivor, who though horribly scarred by the fire has devoted themselves to doing good for others. So far everything makes sense, even as the psychological aspects start to mount, and you are reminded of Thr3e by Dekker. The story then jumps the shark, how I am not going to tell you because you can suspend that much disbelief. Most of Dekkers’ books have elements of fantasy in them and are usually believable in themselves. However Burn is so firmly entrenched in reality, and there is no explanation offered, that makes sense to me, how the twist is even possible. If you ask me and really want to know I will tell you what the element that ruined the book for me. Grade-C-
Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy
“So he was doubly annoyed when Callista barged into the curtain-drawn suite with her phone open and extended, saying, “You’ll want to take this call.””
Ted Dekker is one of the most exciting authors that I have ever read, but I got wary of books by best selling authors with anyone else.
Lunatic by Ted Dekker and Kaci Hill;2009; 304 pages; Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN; 978-1-59554-373-8; 2/28-3/2
Elyon by Ted Dekker and Kaci Hill; 2009; 287 pages; Thomas Nelson, Nashivlle, TN; 978-1-59554-374-5; 3/2-3/3
Green, The Circle, Book Zero, The Beginning and the End by Ted Dekker; 2009; 392 pages; Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN; 3/3-3/5
Lunatic and Elyon are the final two books of The Lost Books series, they return Darsal, Johnsis and Silive from our world to the world of the Horde and the Forest Guard. Things have changed while they were seeking the lost books in our world, the Horde are in charge, there is a group of half breeds and Thomas Hunter and the members of the circle seem to have disppeared. Their mission seems to have changed and each of them is asked to do somethng that goes against their nature. The story leads right into Green, which is billed as a sequel and a prequel to the Circle Trilogy, Black, Red, White. Thomas Hunter goes back and forth between worlds, trying to make things right and serving Elyon. Thomas works with the Horde and the Eramites while trying to save two worlds. Amazingly enough Green does work as an exciting story and a sequel and prequel to the trilogy. Lunatic and Elyon-Grade B, Grade-A