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 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 are 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 was the first Karin Slaughter novel I've ever read, the first in her Will Trent series, and all I can say at the beginning of this review is that a damn good author shows off from the very first few pages you read.
As I started reading the very first pages, I felt like I was visiting people I have known for a lifetime. Karin Slaughter gives them so much flesh that you feel immediately dragged into the story and feel part of these characters' lives. They are full of flaws just like real people we know from everyday life.
At the beginning, and throughout the first part of the book, we find snippets of newspaper reports about the murder of a young girl way back in 1985. This girl was savagely raped and mutilated in her own bedroom. A young man was eventually found guilty and imprisoned for this murder.
We then come back to the present day and meet Atlanta Police Dept. Detective, Michael Ormewood. He is called to a gruesome murder scene. A woman is found murdered in the stairwell of a building in a rundown area of Atlanta. She has been brutally raped and mutilated.
Will Trent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is sent to Atlanta Police Dept to assist and give advice on the woman's murder investigation, as the case bears similarities to a number of other recent attacks on young females. Michael Ormewood is not happy with the state's involvement in his case and from the start the two men do not go along with each other very well. Michael sees Will as a threat, a nuisance, another fish preying in his pond.
We learn that Will Trent has had a horrible past and the scars he bears all over his body are proof of the suffering he endured when he was young. He is also dyslexic and finds it very difficult to read but stubborn at not wanting to seek help on this problem. He has been for many years, on an on and off relationship with Angie Polaski, a Vice police officer. They have known each other since they were kids in a children's home. Angie has also had a very difficult life but the scars she bears are not physical, they're emotional.
John Shelley has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence and is now working in a car wash and trying to rebuild his life. A parole officer watches him closely to ensure that he's behaving like a decent citizen.
Reaching one third into the book, made me realize just what a fantastic author, Karin Slaughter is. When I thought I was clever and already placing things in order, the author pulled the rug from under my feet and the puzzle I had been putting together in my mind was completely destroyed with all the pieces scattered around.
Murders, abductions, betrayals and intrigue, together with all the characters brought to life and clashing together, set the ground for a fantastic fast-paced thriller full of twists and turns.
While highly recommending Triptych, all I can add is that this was one of the best thrillers I've ever read and I will definitely be reading other books written by this great author.