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This review is from: Triptych (Hardcover)
Sometimes it's not a good idea to read these reviews before reading the book they are based on! In this case I read every single review (although I bought the book in any case, being a KS fan) and I was lead to believe by some that there was to be a major twist in the story that would have me rifling back through the pages to see how I could have missed the various tricks and red herrings. Well, although I enjoyed Triptych, my expectations were almost sky-high as I waited for the big twist with an ever-widening grin on my face.
And I waited. And I waited. Until I reached the very last page and I discovered to my disappointment that there simply wasn't one. But I can't blame the author or the synopsis inside the dust jacket, because I was fooled by one or two other reviewers here on Amazon. The strange thing is that in spite of this heightened level of expectation I probably enjoyed the book more than I would have done. It's a slight departure from the Grant County series, all of which I own, whether or not it's better than any of them is hard to say but there was enough of a difference in style to justify this tale being a stand-alone as opposed to number six. It's told from mainly four perspectives - three people on the right side of the law, and one on the wrong side. The surprises emerge when you find that although it's still three against one towards the end of the story, two of those characters have effectively swapped sides.
A triptych is a set of three tablets or painted panels hinged together to form one work or art, making one image when open and another when closed. One thing inside, another out: just like one of the leading characters.
I can't help but feel that there could have been a brilliant `coup de théâtre' at the very end, just as I had allowed myself very willingly to expect there to be, something that would have made this a truly brilliant read. Sadly it was not to be, and the conclusion was merely conventional and far from unique. It's still a worthy addition to the Slaughter portfolio however, and it's clear that anyone who has enjoyed her previous works will be more than satisfied with this latest offering.