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(Will Trent #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  59,961 ratings  ·  3,163 reviews
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
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by Delacorte Press
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.5 Stars

The beginning of this book was absolutely brilliant. It's hard to explain without ruining it for someone who hasn't read it yet, but the way Slaughter set the tone and your beliefs regarding certain characters and then turned them on their heads was seriously awesome. I have never read a book where the author managed that in quite that way.

This was my first Karin Slaughter book. It was excellently written and the story very layered. It stalled a little bit for me toward the middle mark
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A three panel painting or photograph. Generally a large center panel with a hinged smaller panel on either side.
The three panels combined may display one larger view, three different views of the same subject or three related subjects.
The casual observation will enjoy the three panel experience.
Intellectual observers will contemplate weather the three views together offer a larger spectrum of it's subject.
It's the curious observer that sees the hinges.....
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
“Three canvases hinged together to make one image when it was open, another image when it was closed.”

Three perspectives. Three different versions of the same event. When brought together they paint a picture of one sick, sadistic, and dangerous individual.

When a homicide detective is called to the scene of a brutal murder, he reflects on his own life. A newly released convicted sex offender and murderer struggles to assimilate. A vice cop is haunted by her past. All three perspectives are put
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Thanks Goodreads friends for recommending this fine mystery. Will Trent is my new favorite. Sorry Jackson Brodie. A shout-out to PiirateSteve who wrote a very nice poem about the 3rd book in the series, which sent me on a quest for the first.

I enjoyed this even more than the first time, as I was in on all Slaughter's slight of hand. She left so many clues, so many bread crumbs, along the way, but I was too obtuse to pick them up. Tricky, tricky writer!
I will start by saying that Karin Slaughter is a pretty darn good thriller writer

I will follow that by saying she goes to some pretty dark and disturbing places. I almost feel bad enjoying her stories as much as I do! But that is the thing with a good escape, it often takes you places you may not normally be comfortable going. You know . . . pushing the limits can be quite a ride!

With Triptych, Slaughter starts a new series with protagonist Will Trent. He is a very interesting character that I a
Virginie *No more time to write reviews for the moment :( *
Really glad I finally started the Will Trent series!

Having finished the Grant County series this year, I was looking forward to read this book. I am not disappointed, it was really good! I just love how Slaughter always manage to get me enthralled by her stories, attached to her broken characters and surprised by her nice twists. She did it again!

Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
4 Stars

OMG that beginning was AMAZING!

It literally knocked me off my feet. I had to go back and read it all over again. I thought I'd missed something.

Sadly, for such a kickass beginning, the rest of the book was predictable. I'm aware that keeping the reader in the dark wasn't the author's intention but still... I just think the story would have been much more engaging if we the author hadn't revealed the killer's identitiy so early on.

I really liked the story overall and I will definitely con
Miriam Smith
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!!! I only wish I could give this book "Triptych" 6 stars as in my opinion this is one hell of a story and definitely my type of book!
This is a no holes barred book that is gritty, gruesome, highly addictive and an absolute page turner that I totally devoured in a couple of days. If you are particularly offended by vicious violence or the world of seedy prostitution then this book may not be for you but I thought Karin captured it all perfectly, especially John's time in prison which I was
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Paige  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
Krystin Rachel
If anything ever called for a Space Jam gif it's this review.

Ummmm, so yeah I liked this. Like, a lot.

I'm not drooling all over myself like I did for Pretty Girls (the first Karin Slaughter novel I'd ever read, excuse me, I'm so sorry) but I'm definitely feeling like a Serbian who just won a gold medal for water polo at the summer Olympics. And I know how this might feel because that's exactly what I'm watching while I type this. And let me tell you, they are definitely excited men in a pool. S
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mo by: Lisazj1
Shelves: favourite
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Holy poop I’m really far behind on reviewing. And you know what’s awesome? All the library books I read while on Christmas vacay are now disappearing from my Kindle making my notes go “poof” . . . . .

(Hey Goodreads, why don’t you figure out how to make your super not awesome feature of Kindle note sharing work for library books instead of just shit I had to buy on Amazon. Kthanks!)

Anyway, like I said I’m really far behind, I read
Things moved a bit slowly in the first few chapters that I almost lost my interest in them several times. Fortunately, after the 20% mark, the pace picked up and around halfway through the story, I found myself drawn into this murder investigation in such a way that I had a hard time putting it down. But sadly, there was something I didn't like in the latter part of the book which sort of ruined my enjoyment from the previous chapters.

I must admit I had high hopes for this series as I've heard m
3 "gruesome, page turning, don't know when to stop" stars !!!

This is my first Slaughter novel and I have to say that I feel pretty mixed about it.

Aspects of this book were really excellent. Ms. Slaughter has a way of building up a story to a harsh crescendo with many interesting and somewhat believable characters that collide in a very dysfunctional and bloody mess. I could not help but continue this book despite the very intense violence and hopelessness that permeates much of this narrative
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
This is the first in Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series and the first book I've read of hers. We are introduced to Will Trent, a Special Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, called in to help local police with difficult crimes. Will is a loner and a damaged man, having been abused as a child, his 6'4" body covered in scars. He met his best friend and sometime lover Angie in a State orphanage and she is the only person he lets get close to him. Angie is tough as nails, currently an undercover ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Book 2 : Fractured ★★★1/2
Book 3 : Genesis/Undone

I've said it before, but the whodunits and what not aren't what compel me to read thrillers, but rather the unflinching look they take at the most gruesome and disgusting parts of our human world. I've guessed who the killer was in Darkness, Take My Hand halfway through it, and it remains one of my favorite thriller, because sometimes, the characterization, the Hows and Whens and Whys are just so much more important and interesting than the big r
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
3.5 rounded up

I got a copy of The Silent Wife from the lovely peeps over at Harper Collins Australia. Soon I realised that it was number 10 in the Will Trent series. I am a bit reluctant to read it because I hate going into series after the characters have been established. So I read some reviews and it seems people RAVE about this series! And other works by Karin Slaughter. So I thought, why not give number 1 in the series a go and see if i can get through a few of them before I tackle number 1
Mary Beth
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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,

Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When Karin Slaughter came to my town to sign books last month I realised I had never read any of her books and with all those people standing in line I knew I'd better find out what she was all about. I've read the book, but not with great pleasure. I can appreciate the way she has built up the story and I can also see why others might like her, but I won't pick up another of her books soon.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first in the Will Trent series. I thought I couldn't love any other series but Grant County (Jeffrey, Sarah, and Lena) but here goes Karin forking with my head.

Just when you think what is the point of this or that character you are hooked and shocked simultaneously.

There's nothing worse than a convicted pedophile and murderer that "didn't do it." And what is up with this cop that likes prostitutes?

So many thoughts here. I need more...
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: highly-recommend
4.25 stars!! A very intense book, I had a constant feeling of angst the entire time. KS did a great job with this book. I will definitely be reading the next in this series. Will Trent pulled at my heartstrings.
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
James Thane
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Detective fiction is far from my favorite genre but this is Karin f’ing Slaughter and she can make an ingredients list complex and suspenseful. These characters are flawed, complicated, and have more layers than the triple decker cake I cut at my wedding. They elicit all the feels and I need more of Will Trent (and Angie!) in my life!

My favorite quote:
“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 yo
Love reading this authors books,get hooked on the characters and it's a gritty storyline.loved the grant county series.and getting to know new characters will be reading more of this series.fantastic author.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
3.5 Stars

Don't click on spoilers unless you've read the story before because it will ruin the mystery. The spoilers are a few things that didn't make sense to me.

I really liked the story, but I wish Will was in it more, especially in the beginning. I'm already rooting for this underdog-type detective. (view spoiler)
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novels PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and PIECES OF HER. Her most recent book, THE LAS ...more

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