A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

35. Triptych

Triptych by Karin Slaughter

Pages: 394
Finished: Feb. 16, 2008
Reason for Reading: I'm reading all of Karin Slaughter's work.
First Published: 2006
Genre: mystery, thriller
Rating: 4.5/5

First Sentence:

Detective Michael Ormewood listened to the football game on the radio as he drove down DeKalb Avenue toward Grady Homes.

Comments: A black prostitute is brutally raped and murder and found with her tongue removed. Detectives start to process the case when a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent is brought in to assist. Thus begins this intricately woven and masterfully crafted thriller. The characters are well-developed and the plot is intense. The narrative is not a linear one but instead is told from three different angles. We start with a 1985 newspaper clipping, then jump to the present, and then back a year to 2005. These different perspectives switch back and forth for a while until the 2005 narrative takes over and progresses through to present and continues on. I can see how this may bother some readers but I found it very intriguing. A major twist is unleashed around the middle of the book and then the whole plot takes a different turn. Another page-turner by Slaughter, but one that is quite different from her Grant County series. Slaughter also gives a nod to her fans when we realize that one of the characters appeared as a minor character in the fourth Grant County book, Indelible. I highly enjoyed this and will be eager to read Slaughter's future books whether they be part of a series or not.

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