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Triptych: (Will Trent / Atlanta series 1) Paperback – 26 Apr 2007

4.5 out of 5 stars 270 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (26 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099481839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099481836
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Without doubt an accomplished, compelling and complex tale, with page-turning power aplenty" (Daily Express)

"An explosive thriller with plenty of twists - this is criminally spectacular" (OK!)

"Triptych is structured and paced brilliantly; the tension is unceasing throughout" (The Times)

"Gripping, gruesome and definitely not for the faint-hearted" (Woman & Home)

"Queen-elect of forensic mysteries" (Guardian)

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The first Will Trent novel, from the No. 1 Bestseller.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a stand-alone story not in any way connected to the Grant County series - and thank goodness for that! After 'Faithless' I was feeling that Karin Slaughter had run out of steam or that perhaps her characters had! Fortunately, she has tried her hand at another batch of people and it really works.

This is a story not so much filled with twists and turns more so filled with carefully rounded bends and curves. The reader is lulled into believing one thing when gradually it dawns that the belief is way off line. There are three main male characters and a host of lesser female ones but it is the male leads who create the confusion in the reader's mind. The story is very well crafted, very well written. I'm not sure whether the survivors are coming back for another follow-up so it would spoil the anticpation to reveal who they are but, even if they don't, Karin Slaughter has shown that a stand-alone story is more than a match for the has-beens of Grant County. Excellent.
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Format: Hardcover
In this stand-alone novel, Karin Slaughter throws a wider net plotwise by setting her story in the big city of Atlanta, but still maintains close, almost claustrophobic focus on her well-drawn characters. While some readers may see certain similarities between some of the new characters and those from the always excellent Grant County novels, there are some fine original creations here.

Slaughter also manages to throw in at least two huge surprises into the story, but importantly those twists WORK! There's no cheating, or Harlan Coben-esque "A-ha, gotcha!" writing - just plot points that come totally out of left field. One in particular has you reading back to an earlier scene that seemed so innocuous at the time, where you really appreciate the narrative sleight-of-hand that Slaughter pulls off perfectly.

A slight flaw that I almost feel guilty taking a star away for - the denoument is very familiar, almost a cliche in thriller writing. However, the fact that you care about the characters in peril mostly makes up for this, and Slaughter does manage to ring a lot of suspense out of these climactic scenes.

All in all, a fantastic thriller that shows that Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime writers around at the moment, whether writing about the eventful Grant County or not. A must-buy!
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Format: Hardcover
I feel there is not much more I can write about Triptych as the previous reviewer was spot on when he said this book is excellent. It is rare for me to be so utterly moved by a story that parts of it reduced me to tears and other parts caused my heart to race in anticipation. To me, Triptych is an exquisite gift of a read. Perfection. Be warned though. Take the phone off the hook and find somewhere comfy to curl up in. For once you start reading this you will be gripped until the very end.
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Format: Hardcover
An excellent twist and turn page turner, not until you are almost half way through the book do you start to even glimpse the full picture.

The first few chapters read like a standard crime who dunnit police novel and then suddenly you turn a page and seem to start a whole new novel. Gradually it starts to come together and at first you think no..I must have this wrong. A little gory in places, disturbing virtually all the way through, not only through the imagery but also through the fact that your sympathy seems to lie with the wrong person and you can't help yourself.

The only criticism I would have is that with a few of the characters, we are offered very small glimpses into their past lives that made me think that I had skipped a Slaughter book somewhere, but no this is a stand alone novel. Hopefully Slaughter is setting us up for a new series, delving into the characters a little more!
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Format: Hardcover
Prior to this i had only read Faithless, which i thought was an ok book. However, i saw Triptych and i thought i'll give Slaughter another go and was hooked from the 1st moment. I read it in 3days, which is quite a feat...considering my day job is quite hectic. Make yourself cosy while reading as its a bumpy ride.

I've just ordered all her books as well.

A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the first book I have read by Karin Slaughter so did not know her style and that may be why I found this book not to have 'twists' in the plot so much as 'side swipes' that made me say something out loud which I wouldn't have wanted to say on a flight or in a railway carriage! It is impossible to review this properly without giving away things that would be a clue to the outcome. Others have already explained what it is about so suffice to say that it does teach a person (if we didn't already know) that one should not be too ready to make judgements on others without the full facts. It is a very touching book in many ways but also shows the other side of trust so leaves you right back with the responsibility of working out the odds about who to trust for yourself. I like the unspectacular hero very much and his long time love. He is an unusual type of hero but his overall strength of character is admirable. He is what is called 'his own man' but not in the cocksure way that makes you want to trip him up. I am only sorry that I can't afford the price rises that inevitably follow the start of a new series with a great character after the initial taster.
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