This is the first installment of the Will Trent series, but I started with books 7 & 8. It's just not necessary to read them in order. Still, Triptych..Show More » is a masterfully spun tale of murder, rape and betrayal.
The first part of the story revolves around the investigation of a series of brutal murders of prostitutes as seen from the perspective of veteran Atlanta PD detective Michael Ormewood. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent is brought in as a profiler. Officer Angela Polaski is working undercover in vice.
But in Hitchcockian form, Slaughter slowly reveals the same investigation from an entirely different perspective. This is one of best mysteries I've read... Really all 3 books I've read have been page turners. Her story telling is as deeply personal as it is riveting. I was drawn in to each character's story, something I find rare even in good mysteries.
Michael Kramer does a good job with narration and his accents are accurate, if a bit drawn out. His baritone voice tends to grind on me a bit. Nevertheless he does a fine job with every character.
I am new to Karin Slaughter's work, but so far she's hit 3 home runs with Triptych, Criminal and Unseen!
This is a mystery. It is fiction. That means it should hold your interest and entertain. As a mystery there should be some things to guess about. ..Show More » All that said, this is an excellent mystery. The subject matter is very offensive. Pedophilia is offensive. Rape and murder are offensive. If you buy books that are mystery/thrillers about rape and murder you can't complain that the material is offensive.
The investigators in this series are in truth some rather odd ball characters, but so was Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. It is how well the mystery was developed that matters and how much the book keeps you guessing. This one does just fine.
Phil Gigante is one of the better narrators of audio books and does a fine job with this one. His accents are not over done as were the accents by the narrator of Triptych, so his narration carries the story rather than detracting from it.
Love the books, great series.....but I was disappointed to listen to Broken before Undone. Read/listen to Undone first. Broken happens after the Undon..Show More »e novel. After reading Triptych and Fractured, I was excited to start Broken. Right from the beginning, I felt like I missed a book. I went back to the series list, just to make sure I downloaded the right book. Audible, please fix. Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken. Starting Criminal now.
Love the books, great series.....but I was disappointed to listen to Broken before Undone. Read/listen to Undone first. Broken happens after the Und..Show More »one novel. After reading Triptych and Fractured, I was excited to start Broken. Right from the beginning, I felt like I missed a book. I went back to the series list, just to make sure I downloaded the right book. Audible, please fix. Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken. Starting Criminal now.
I absolutely love both of Karin Slaughter's series and this book merges the two! This is the best audiobook I've listened to yet. The story was amaz..Show More »ing, and the narration was perfect. The narrator's southern accent is just right, not over the top like some books I've listened to. The subtle differences when she does the older female characters was so dead-on! The author is so compassionate with her characters that I am able to relate to every single one. The mystery in this book is not the most plausible one yet, but defintely entertaining, tense, and unpredictable. If you haven't read (or listened to) Karen Slaughter before, I would recommend starting from the beginning. This book can stand alone, but it gives away a lot about the previous books and is even better if you already know the characters from her previous work.
I love Karin Slaughter's books and think it would be impossible for her to write badly, but this one didn't grab me. Maybe it is the focus on differe..Show More »nt characters than is the norm. Maybe it is the setting of gangs in Atlanta. Maybe it is the fact that some characters made me feel repulsed. Maybe it is the rather confusing plot. Maybe it is a mix of all of those plus the fact the narrator's delivery in a high pitched perky voice. I didn't hate this one but didn't love it either.
Although Karin Slaughter's Trent series does not need to be read in order, it helps. This novella picks up right where the previous book left off, and..Show More » the next book picks up at the ending.
The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it was so short. I can't get enough of Will Trent and Grant County.
My heart is still thumping as I pull my mind back from the dark recesses where it has been dwelling the past 15 hours...this is the stuff from which n..Show More »ightmares are borne. Karin Slaughter is one of our best. With her crackling originality and vivid details, she once again creates characters and events that you think could be out your own newspaper - and pray they aren't.
Followers of Slaughter will recognize this as part of the Will Trent series, something I did not know; there was no mention of "series" in the publisher's summary. But this story easily stands on its own and should not be passed by if you are worried about sequence. I speak from experience: I noticed that I'd read 2 of the books years ago and had no idea they were a series. With that said, I'm sure there is information that would have been good to have, and I am tinged green with envy of the devout followers of the Will Trent books; I can only imagine the great satisfaction this long awaited tell-all will bring to them. (I'm even considering picking up the between rerads, here's the order: Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken, Fallen, & Criminal).
Detective Will is baffled when his hard-nosed boss Amanda restricts him from the case of a missing girl. To Amanda, there is something eerily familiar and threatening with this case, and when the brutalized bodies start to show up, she knows she is on a collision course with Will -- a collision full of dark secrets that has been 40 years in the making --and she isn't sure she wants to reveal the answers. "Sometimes it's criminal what a woman has to do..."
One of the great mechanisms Slaughter uses is starting this book with a quiet prelude of sorts, a reverent requiem. She introduces us to Lucy,we witness her -- the young daughter full of promise, the little sister, the insecurities and drug use to control her adolescent weight -- we watch her downward slide -- the predictable addiction, string of abusive boyfriends, and eventual plunge into prostitution. Slaughter creates a human being; Lucy is a person rather than just another wretched addicted prostitute. This approach creates an emotional bond to the victims, and explains deputy director Amanda's bulldog determination, and humanity.
The story is told in a series of flashbacks, back to the 70's when Amanda was a novice detective, fighting her first case, pitted against a squad of resentful sexist males that don't want the girls around. (Remember "male chauvanist pig"?) The resistance is abussive and hard edged.The men crassly refer to she and her partner as the "slits", and at one point, when the ladies call in for back-up on Cherry Street, the male dispatcher remarks, "What's that? You want to give me your cherry." This treatment, plus the horror she witnesses in her first case bely how tough Amanda will have to become.
One noticeable change in style is Slaughter's handling of the nauseous gore.(Something that kept me from picking up another Slaughter book after I'd read 2.) Instead of her ususal in your face detail, she presents the grossities more like a quick visual spanning of crime scene photos, allowing the listener to fill in the blanks. The change doesn't affect the jolt...the story is still tight and tense with layer upon layer of pulse-pounding apprehension. The edge-of-your-seat anxiety reminded me of The Silence of the Lambs, and the creepiest deviant ever created, Buffalo Bill. The monster in Criminal is reminiscent of Bill (and they share an affinity with needles and thread...). I would have liked to see Slaughter pry into this psycho's sick mind, and think she may have missed a chance for the psychological underpinning that could have made this ghoul memorable and kept this story forever in our minds. (But do we really want that haunting us?)
I couldn't put my earbuds down--the pace was exhilarating, the execution of the narration very very good. Though harsh, I don't recall a lot of foul language, but the intense scenes may have kept my mind from noticing particular words. The flashbacks help build some backstory and character development for those just jumping into this story, but you have to pay close attention or you can lose track of which era you're in. If like me, you've been craving a smart thriller, and you don't mind a few nightmares, this may be your book. Highly recommend to fans of hard- hitting criminal thrillers.
The story continues and while it does not pick up where the last book left off, it is still satisfying. Will is deep undercover and we get an up clos..Show More »e look at the sacrifices officers make. Sad, brutal, but compelling story with characters who will stick with you.