Friday, February 28, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: TRIPTYCH (Will Trent, #1) by Karin Slaughter

Title: Triptych
Series: Will Trent, #1
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Random House Audio
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Genres: Crime Thriller, Suspense
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
My rating: 5/5


When Atlanta police detective Michael Ormewood is called out to a murder scene at the notorious Grady Homes, he finds himself faced with one of the most brutal killings of his career: Aleesha Monroe is found in the stairwell in a pool of her own blood, her body horribly mutilated.

As a one-off killing it's shocking, but when it becomes clear that it's just the latest in a series of similar attacks, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is called in, and Michael is forced into working with Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team - a man he instinctively dislikes.

Twenty-four hours later, the violence Michael sees around him every day explodes in his own back yard. And it seems the mystery behind Monroe's death is inextricably entangled with a past that refuses to stay buried...


This is not the first audiobook I’ve listened to, but it is the first one I finished in less than three days; a little less than fifteen hours of listening time. Now, audiobooks aren’t really my thing, because I get distracted too easily and my mind starts wandering. But, with Triptych this was not the case. I’m not sure if it was the excellent narrator (Michael Kramer), or the gripping story, but either way I listened to this book every opportunity I could.

Another bookworm friend of mine has been raving about Triptych endlessly, so the moment I got the audio version of this book I jumped right into it. I now see why she loves Karin Slaughter’s books so much. Triptych was downright awesome! If you’re a fan of Karen Rose’s books, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. This lady (Slaughter) writes characters that are flawed, raw, and brutally honest. What didn’t escape my noticed is that all the characters were both good and bad. How much more real than that do you want? We all have a good side and a darker side (whether we’d admit it or not), and Slaughter capitalizes on this by playing on the reader’s emotions as to whether you should be sympathizing with the villain, or should you be despising him? Or, is it rather a question of hating the act, not the person? Also, early on she gives you the culprit who committed the heinous murders and other atrocities, but it’s up to you whether you’re going to see it, or whether you choose to be kept in the dark until the big reveal at the end. Whichever way, you might feel like kicking yourself for not seeing early on what the author is hiding in plain sight.

Other than a great narrator, I loved the characters in this book, and the plot with all its twists and reveals. Big or small, each character comes to life to tell a story of how people are not what they seem, and how easily we can be deceived and let down by the ones we trust the most. I loved the bits of humor Slaughter added to this story, but mostly it was the nerve-wracking suspense and the intricate aspects that mold each character’s personality, that made this into a riveting read. It’s as though Slaughter knew exactly what I’m looking for in a book and while writing Triptych she was probably thinking: “Angie, I’m writing this book just for your reading pleasure”. Well, thanks Karin. You did a splendid job. You even left out the romance. Oh yeah!

Due to frequent use of profanity and scenes of explicit violence which gives this book a realistic edge, I wouldn’t recommend Triptych to readers below the age of eighteen. For everyone else – get it. Now!



Karin Slaughter (born 1971), is a US author who debuted with her novel Blindsighted in 2001. It became an international success, made the Dagger Award shortlist for "Best Thriller Debut" of 2001, and has been published in 23 countries.

Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited with first coining the term "investigoogling" in 2006.

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1 comment:

Mrs B's Books said...

I loved the Will Trent series followed by the Georgia series.

I have them all on paperback. The suspense is brilliant and always has me saying 'just one more page'