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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