Triptych (Will Trent #1)

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 Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread—and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael’s lover before she became his enemy.

But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer’s trail in the most coincidental of ways—someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open…

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I am a huge fan of Karin Slaughter but have mostly stuck to her standalone books. With a seemingly lengthy drought in those, I decided to dive into the archives and start listening to the Will Trent series. So, presumably there will be nine more reviews to come in this series :)

I was engrossed in this audiobook, finishing the 13 hour recording in just two days, airpods rarely leaving my ears and staring blankly at anyone who dared try speak to me.

So I guess you could say I liked the book.

The first part of the book switches between John in 1984 and Mike and Will in the 2000s, leading me to wonder about two hours in if the two storylines would ever intersect. I assure you they do, quite wonderfully, and I hope that some of the characters will continue to show up as the series continues.

There is potentially triggering material in this novel, including rape, murder, drug use, pedophilia, and body mutilation. Most of that is commonplace in the thrillers Ms. Slaughter writes but if you have never read her books before, please be warned.

Triptych is told from multiple POVs and flashes back and forth between two time frames. I found it easy to keep track of but others may prefer to read the book rather than listen to it. It is narrated by Michael Kramer, who has quite a gravelly voice. According to the brief details about him online, he lives in the DC area. Not sure where he is originally from and although he recorded the story with a southern accent, it didn’t sound Georgian to me, which is where this series is based. Nevertheless, I did become accustomed to his narration and had no other problems with it.

Edit: Okay, I didn’t realize this series and the Grant County series merged, with Grant County coming first. So I’m off to read those books instead and definitely won’t read anymore Will Trent books until 2021. Whoops!

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Published by Hannah

Former library clerk, current full-time teacher and employee. I love books and make no promises as to a posting schedule.

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