Review: Triptych by Karin Slaughter

Posted 25 April, 2011 by Amanda / 2 Comments

Triptych by Karin Slaughter (Will Trent, #1)
Genre: Mystery
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Finished Reading: 4/23/2011
In Six Words: It is a well written mystery.

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Book Order

1) Triptych
2) Fractured
3) Undone
4) Broken
5) Fallen
6) Criminal


In the city of Atlanta, women are dying–at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives, crossing the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread–and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael’s lover before she became his enemy.

But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer’s trail in the most coincidental of ways–someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open…
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

As you may have noticed, I’m on a Karin Slaughter kick.  Although this is not part of the Grant County series (see my reviews on this series here), there is an eventual crossover between the Will Trent series and Grant County.  So I felt it necessary to be prepared.  This was first non-Grant County book I’ve read by Karin Slaughter.  I started off not knowing whether I would like it, but then she went around and mixed things up and I’ve got to say – this is probably one of the best mysteries I’ve read in a while.

A More In-Depth Look

The book is written in third person, but we have different narrators throughout.  It starts with Michael Ormewood whom I did not like.  This is partly why I wasn’t sure whether I’d end up liking the book.  I wanted to see things from Will Trent’s perspective, and I wasn’t really fond of Michael.  Once Michael’s stint as narrator is over, it shifts between John Shelley, a “loser” ex-con, Will Trent, and Angie Polaski.

There were threads woven throughout this plot that intertwined in the most interesting ways.  I like Karin Slaughter’s books already, but I think her true story telling abilities really shine through with this book.  She connects points in her plot without explicitly saying so, leaving it to the reader to make the inferences and final judgment.  But I also never felt like I was missing out on anything, and many times after I had made a connection, pieces of the puzzle would click together as previous parts of the plot took on an entirely new meaning.

I’m more curious about Will Trent than anything.  There wasn’t enough information available to really learn a lot about him, but the things I did learn just made me want to find out more.  Karin Slaughter has a knack for creating broken characters who struggle to rise above their pasts.

You Might Enjoy  This Book If…

If you like a well-written mystery, and you’re not averse to a little graphic violence, you might enjoy this book.


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