Four beautiful young women have been murdered by whom the FBI had dubbed the Bride Collector. Each of the young women were discovered in the exact same position with a bridal veil covering their faces. Special Agent Brad Raines is the agent essentially in charge of this case and is left with the task of finding the Bride Collector before he claims his next victim. Eventually, Raines is led to the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a privately run psychiatric institute where all of the residents have high intelligence and extraordinary gifts. It is there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who just may have the key to crack open this case since the killer is very careful to leave nothing but the victim behind. It’s up to Agent Raines to win Paradise’s trust so that she’ll be able to overcome her own demons enough to help.

In classic Dekker tradition, he went out to write a novel that would keep you riveted to the edge of your seat and I think that he succeeded in that. We find out early on just who the killer is and what his motivation is for taking the young women, but the true adventure was in finding out what happened next, finding out exactly what was going through the killer’s mind. It was definitely a thrilling ride and Dekker did an amazing job to show just how human his characters were. Even though Agent Raines did his best to appear normal, even he had his own demons haunting his past that he had to work through, just like Paradise does, and it was interesting to see just how they manage to defeat those demons since both go about it in entirely different way.

As we find out in this novel, beauty is definitely in the eyes of the beholder and the person who thinks themselves to be homely or ugly may just end up being the most beautiful person in the world.