Saturday, May 24, 2014

Three by Ted Dekker

Thr3eEnter a world where nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy.

Kevin Parson is alone in his car when his cell phone rings. A man calling himself Slater offers a deadly ultimatum: "You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse, and the car you're driving will blow sky high." Then the phone goes dead.

Kevin panics. Who would make such a demand? What sin? Yet not sure what else to do, Kevin swerves into a parking lot and runs from his car. Just in case.

Precisely three minutes later, a massive explosion sets
his world on a collision course with madness. And that's only the first move in this deadly game.

 I bought this book to read while on my London and Inverness trip, thinking it would keep me entertained on the long flight and train rides. It wasn’t the best choice.
To begin with, someone really needs to explain to the author what a riddle really is. He uses riddles as the serial killer’s calling card throughout the novel and they don’t make any kind of sense. They are very forced, making the reader roll her eyes at pretty much every other page.
The characters are also flat as a sheet of paper and not nearly as interesting. The plot line is also laughable, something that feels like it’s held together with safety pins. I won’t reveal the “twist “ ending (which really isn’t, because it is insinuated throughout the book) but it doesn’t mesh with the story. Definitely not a believable plot line and it shows that the author doesn’t really know too much about what he’s writing about.
This is not one I’d recommend. Genre fiction can be tricky to write and this is not one of the best thriller examples out there. 

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