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Triptych (Will Trent #1)

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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 M ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Dell (first published 2006)
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♥Sharon♥
Nov 11, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another first for me. It was my first crime thriller and my first book by Karin Slaughter. Is Triptych a book I would have picked out for myself? Probably not but that is the beauty of Goodreads.

For the last few weeks I have been following by sweet friend Mo’s status updates and review’s for this series and kept toying with the thought of picking this one up and jumping into the series. I worried that it would be too shocking and hideous, a story that wouldn’t appeal to me. There were
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Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon
EDIT: Reread as of December 1, 2015

Sometimes, if I'm in a good mood, I believe in second chances. That's why we have rehab because some people need to have another shot.

I decided to give Triptych another chance because Hridya said that Michael (the fucktard who I thought was the lead) is not the hero of this book but Will Trent. I should have known this obvious fact because Will Trent's name is the also the name for this series. Sometimes my stupidity astounds me.

Anyway, so there I was, rerea
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Mo
Aug 29, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mo by: Lisazj1
4.5 stars.

A bit gruesome at times but a solid read. Will Trent is a very intriguing character. Look forward to reading more about him.


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. Amon
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Kasia
This, Triptych, is as close to man-fiction as a book written by a woman can get. But gosh, was it good?!!

I cried, I laughed, I gasped in surprise countless times. The story was totally engrossing. Karin Slaughter definitely knows what she's doing. But don't read it if graphic violence makes you cringe. Don't read it if you want to believe all inmates are the scum of the earth. Don't read it if you have manly bits and are particularly sensitive, I can't guarantee there won't be trauma. And if you
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James Thane
Will Trent, an agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is teamed with Atlanta detective Michael Ormewood to investigate a series of brutal crimes in which someone is killing women and cutting out their tongues.

Everyone in the book is damaged in some way. Oremwood has a troubled marriage and a child who is mentally challenged. Trent, who is severely dyslexic, had a very troubled childhood. His best friend, Angie Polaski, is a vice cop with a troubled past of her own. Added to the mix is J
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Julie
Jul 07, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Triptych by Karin Slaughter is a 2006 Delacorte Press publication.

I have read other books by this author, but somehow, I never got around to the Will Trent series. With a new installment slated for release this month, I decided to try playing catch up, which shouldn’t be too hard with only seven more to read after this one.


So, first up is Triptych, originally published in 2006. This story introduces us to Will Trent, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation specialist, who arrives in Atlanta after a
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Mary Beth
Sep 16, 2015 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so Addicting!! I just could not put it down. It was amazing. I am so happy it is the first book in the series. That's why I love reading series, because it takes awhile for it to end. I don't know why it took me so long to actually open up this book. I now am going to the library and I am going to get the second and third book, and I already have the fourth book. This book was so suspenseful, I love a good thriller and its a good mystery also. I really want more of Will Trent,

Nobody
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Teresa
May 20, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa
Tríptico é um excelente policial. Está construído de uma forma original; sem o habitual segredo acerca do autor dos crimes e cujo desenvolvimento da narrativa é acompanhado sobre o ponto de vista de três personagens.
O enredo é empolgante e as personagens estão muito bem construídas, principalmente John, cuja história me emocionou, muitas vezes, até às lágrimas, o que raramente me acontece neste género literário.
Um livro que seria merecedor das cinco estrelas, não fora o final que, em minha opini
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Mark Stevens
Jul 13, 2012 Mark Stevens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are plenty of good examples of cross-gender writers but certainly Karin Slaughter would be Exhibit No. 1. (This is my first by Karin Slaughter, but hard to imagine many female writers better writing today from a man's point of view.)

Here, she has multiple perspectives, both male and female, in this story involving murdered prostitutes, stolen identities, severed (bitten off) tongues, infidelity and personal entanglements.
The overall flavor is raw, in case that’s not already apparent. With
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Gary
May 02, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me on Goodreads by Bips sometime ago and for whatever reasons I have continually put it to one side while I read another book. Well this week I am trying to catch up on my recommendations and it is proving to be very successful. This book is the 1st in the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter and is an excellent read. I started it yesterday morning and just had to finish last night when really I should have been asleep. The book starts strongly and with the fast pace ...more
Karen
Oct 30, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS

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WOW!!!! What an ending!!! LOVED IT!!! LOVED WILL!!! Looking forward to book 2!!!
Sean Peters
Apr 19, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although to me at first it was a struggle with this book it built to a fast and exciting end, with the last third of the book really good.

The struggle at first was following the 3-4 main characters through different years at the story went backward and forwards from 1985, 2005 then 2006.

But the main characters were being built as this was the first introduction to Will Trent, Angie's character was good, Johnny Shelley was good.

The villain of the book, was a very nasty person but you know quite e
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Susan
I have read most of the books in this series and reading this one clears up some questions about Will and his interaction with some of the other recurring characters.
This was a good suspenseful story of two young boys who make some horrible choices that change their life's path forever. One goes to jail for 20 years and the other one eventually becomes a police detective. When a murder that fits an old serial killers MO happens, Will is put on the case. The current murder is of a prostitute an
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SUSAN
Jan 10, 2016 SUSAN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by Karin Slaughter that I have had the pleasure of reading and it kicked a*s.
Not only did it hit all the sweet spots....well written,serial killer and a boatload of " WTF,I never saw that coming" moments. It is also chock full of flawed characters.
That's right folks,characters that most of us can relate to in some way,shape or form. No one had amethyst colored eyes,made Sherlock look like an amateur or were so handsome/beautiful that their appearance could charm honey ba
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I didn't think this book would do it for me..as I'm addicted to the Grant county books. It was really good! Karin Slaughter is on her game!
Jonetta
Sep 15, 2015 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is disturbing on so many levels. Aside from the horrific crime, issues regarding the judicial system, law enforcement, pedophilia, children being tried as a adults and incarcerated with violent criminals and parental attitudes towards these children are all addressed rather skillfully.

I found myself challenging some of my beliefs and reinforcing others. A well-written book should make you uncomfortable and this one had me unsettled from start to finish. I'm still thinking about some
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Janie Johnson
Mar 22, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-challenge
Another first time read for me with this author Karin Slaughter. I actually started getting her books when I found this one on the sales rack at our local UBS. I had heard some positive things about the book and I finally decided to try it out. I have to say I am so glad I did. Triptych is the first book in the Will Trent series. And now I gotta say if this book is any inclination of the rest of the series, I will be one happy camper!

The premise of the story sold me when I first read the synopsi
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Ruth
Nov 20, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can become addicted to things other than drugs. Karin Slaughter is one of those things. I had read a review for her new book Unseen. In reading the reviews I discovered that this new book was the latest in a series and that one person suggested that you start with the first book in the series so that you would know all the characters. In some series each book can be read as a stand alone but with a reviewer saying that I decided to start at the beginning, which lead me to this book. I was no ...more
Piper
Oct 26, 2015 Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
OMG!! That was 4 1/2 stars FABULOUS!! I really want to give it five stars but I know there is more wonderful Will to come, so I need to leave some higher rating room.

I love Will.
I don't hate-hate Angie just yet.
I'm happy for John.

That's all I have to say for now except.....


A man who has grown up in an orphanage cannot take a dog to the pound. Even if it is a Chihuahua.

Next up: Fractured
Maria
Nov 26, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Um assassinato brutal acontece em Atlanta. A vítima, uma prostituta com cerca de 40 anos, aparece morta nas escadas que vão ter ao seu apartamento num bairro social. Uma característica que poderá juntar a outros casos de brutalidade é o facto de a vítima, Aleesha Monroe não ter língua, tendo sido arrancada à dentada. Além disso, Aleesha apresenta uma possível violação.

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Marie
Jun 13, 2008 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Excellent book !! I recommended this book to both my son and my best friend, and neither of them could put it down either. All the story lines within the book were so interesting that I could not wait to see what would happen next.
As a result of this book I became A huge fan of the author and went on to read every book that she wrote, in order. The rest of her books are more of a mystery series that stick with 2 main characters. This book stands alone (at least so far). Although I was also a hug
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Amanda
Apr 24, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 interesti
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Ivana
Sometimes I wonder how is it that such poorly written book can take 1st place on bestsellers' list....
This was the first (and most likely the last) book I have read by Karin Slaughter. I needed a quick read for a weekend-long conference, to kill time in between sessions...this seemed like a good "page-turner" according to the reviews.
The plot is absolutely predictable. Ten pages in, I already knew how the book would end. The dialogue is poor, descriptions are repetitive, annoying and sometimes
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Sue Coletta
Sep 24, 2014 Sue Coletta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Triptych is a fantastic read. I gave it five stars for many reasons. The characters-- Karin Slaughter did an incredible job of writing three-dimensional, likable characters who were easy to relate to. The story line grabbed me from the beginning and never let go. The way the author dragged out the suspenseful scenes, really built up the tension and had me on the edge of my seat. The climax was truly a back and forth of not knowing what would transpire next. The title is brilliant. To really deci ...more
Debra
Jun 29, 2016 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Women are being killed in Atlanta. Their killings are similar but how are they related. How are the characters in this book related.

There appears at times to be various story lines going on in this book.

In one a teenager, John, is accused of murdering the girl he has feelings for. He is tried as an adult and is sent to prison. He is brutally attacked and tormented losing appeal after appeal. Finally, his time is up and he is on parole, trying to make a life for himself but he soon learns someon
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Filipa
Feb 27, 2014 Filipa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tríptico. . . tríptico. . .
Penso que me deixei influenciar pelas opiniões positivas que vi e estava à espera de uma leitura empolgante e que me fizesse avançar na leitura rapidamente e entusiasmada.
É um bom livro, mas. . . não é surpreendente.
É um bom policial mas, já li melhores. . .
É um 3,5*.

O início até foi aborrecido para mim, até chegar à página 180, por aí, não estava mesmo a achar nada de especial, mas foi aí que houve uma reviravolta. . . a única para mim, mas, por sinal, muito muito boa
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Ronna
Jul 12, 2012 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
"Will turned his back to her, looking at the painting over the mantel.It was a triptych , three canvases hinged together to make one image when it was open, another image when it was closed.He had always assumed she liked the duplicity of the piece.It was just like Angie, one thing inside, another out.Just like Michael Ormewood, come to think of it. What a perfect pair." (p. 306- TRIPTYCH by Karen Slaughter)

In TRIPTYCH , Karin Slaughter creates a psychological mystery where nobody is who they se
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Monique Bos
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Paulo Pires
Nov 27, 2013 Paulo Pires rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brilhante e viciante

«tríptico - substantivo masculino
1. Quadro sobre três panos, dois dos quais se dobram sobre o do meio.(...)»

"tríptico", in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa


Soberbo ... uma só palavra que diz tanto deste livro.


Nos livros que li da autora, repara-se numa tendência para os mesmos versarem sobre violência sobre mulheres, e ao que tenho percebido das entrevistas que vi é de facto uma opção dos seus livros.

O livro é contado sobre três pontos de vista, que se complementam e
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Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen thrillers, including UNSEEN, CRIMINAL, FALLEN, BROKEN, UNDONE, FRACTURED, BEYOND REACH, TRIPTYCH, FAITHLESS, COP TOWN, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.”

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“It didn't take a Harvard economist to figure out that it'd be a hell of a lot cheaper spending money on helping keep kids safe when they were younger than it was to put them in jail when they were older. That was the American way, though. Spend a million dollars rescuing some kid who's fallen down a well, but God forbid you spend a hundred bucks up front to cap the well so the kid never falls down it in the first place.” 8 likes
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Even if it is a Chihuahua.”
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