I loved this book! It sounds like a basic who done it, but it has an incredable twist at the end that makes it a whole lot more.
This book is truly amazing, and the movie does it no justice. It is the kind of book that leaves you shocked though you've been warned that there will be a surprising twist at the end. No matter how analytical you become you will still be utterly surprised. Then you will think back and say to yourself, "Wow, it was there all along!" Don't let anyone spoil it for you. Don't watch the movie beforehand.
WOW! I was so surprised by the ending. IT was a great non stop ride. It will keep you guessing til the end. You will love it! Kinda cerebral and involves some thinking.
Wow! I am usually not much for thrillers, but this one had me hooked. Also I often find books to be predictable, but this book kept me guessing till the end! Great for a person who loves thrillers, but without the blood and gore that often comes with it. I can't wait to read more by this author!
I can only hope that my one star rating will help nudge this book's overall rating below 4 stars because as it stands now it is severely inflated and misleading...So much so that initially I had no doubt in my mind that I would find some level of enjoyment in the book. My dear PaperBackSwap friends, this is the first time you have lead me astray.
I'm not a book snob by any means, and typically I can find at least something enjoyable with each book I crack open, but this is by far the worst book I've read in ages. As I sit hear reading through all of the 4 and 5 star reviews I shake my head and wonder if we were reading the same book?
A few things that really bothered me about this book (without giving away the story for all of you poor misguided souls who managed to read this review and STILL decide to read this book):
- Dekker must have loved M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" so much so that he decided to fill a 352 page novel with a gazillion plot twists. I'm all for a good twist here and there but Teddy you went severely overboard with this book. By about page 225 it grew tiresome and I really didn't care anymore. Hell, the only reason I finished reading the book was simply because I'm not one to leave a book semi-read, regardless of how horrific it is.
- Teddy please listen closely to this one. Grown adults do not call someone that they despise and want to murder a "puke face" in an attempt to insult them. Now I understand that you are a Christian author but if you want to be taken even somewhat seriously in a book like this the least you could do was throw in a good "asshole", "bitch", or "mother fucker" every once and a while.
- Finally (trust me I could go on and on and on but I've already devoted way too much time to this atrocity already), the story is just plain ridiculous. Once all the dust settles, and the gazillion twists are untwisted, Teddy haphazardly tries to make all of the events seem credible but to no avail.
A few good things about this book:
- I did find the story of Kevin's strange upbringing somewhat intriguing, but that was before Teddy ruined it all. Damn you Teddy.
- It's a quick read so while it will definitely be a waste of your time it won't waste too much time. That's a plus right?
Very engaging, well-written... parts of the resolution of this story were predictable, but there was one twist that shocked me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
WOW! What a book...I loved it!!! Ted Dekker is my new favorite author! During the entire book I kept wondering how he was going to tie Christianity into the story. I shouldn't have worried. I sat in total awe at the end of the book just soaking it all in! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a thrill, but appreciates a good Christian twist.
I absolutely did not see the ending coming at all - really threw me for a loop a couple of times! I finished the book quickly because I really didn't want to put it down, and I'll probably get more sleep now since I'm done reading this. I was staying up WAY too late reading this one. A real page turner!
Ted Dekker is my favorite author ever, I have and read every book he has written. This one is probally his best. Made into a movie, Thr3e will keep wondering until the end, but when it comes you believe it. Pay attention to the beggining. It plays a important role though the book and is a great message.
This book is a page turner. I could not put it down, oh dinner? Was I supposed to cook dinner?
The cover alone gives you chills!! Creepy!!
One day, after a brief discussion with the dean of acedemic affairs, at his seminology school, Kevin Parson's life changes forever. He just had a discussion with the dean about the evil in humanity when on his drive home he receives a call on his cell phone.
The caller gives him three minutes to confess his sin or his car will blow up. The caller, who calls himself Slater, also gives Kevin a riddle. This begins a harrowing journey over a span of just a few days. Slater calls with a riddle and a threat, wanting Kevin to confess his sin not only to him on the phone, but also publicly. The problem is that Kevin doesn't know What sin. The FBI get involved, and also a girl from Kevin's past, he girl he once loved, may have the key to help Kevin, but that's only if she lives.
Ted Dekker pens a psychological thriller that will give you chills and shock you. His pen is a sword that dips and parries and will leave you guessing until the very stunning conclusion. If your looing for a can't put down thriller, pick up Thr3e! You will not be disappointed!!
Yet another page turner by this author, with a deep message in the bargain! This is a great book for anyone who's ever struggled with man's ability to do evil and at the same time love tenderly. Kevin, a young man in seminary, struggles with that question. Then a boy from his past appears on the scene and threatens to blow up his car if he doesn't confess to the news media. With help from his childhood best (and only) friend, Samantha, and a sympathetic criminal psychologist, he finally tracks down the man and finds out what it is he's supposed to confess. A gripping conclusion!
Psychlogical mystery, thrilling but in a elementary way. it is marketed as a Christian book, but not preachy.
A great suspense novel. Reading the last 50 or so pages you will need to remind yourself to breath.
This was my first Ted Dekker book, and I've been hooked ever since. Spunky and spooky, with a moral. If you like an intense thriller you'll love Ted Dekker.
A spiritual thriller book that will make you think you have things figured out, just to find that at the end you didn't have a clue! Wow! Sometimes it takes me a bit to get through books, but not this one! A lot like Frank Peretti's style of writing. Highly recommended! Can't wait to read another Ted Dekker book. I hope they really do turn this into a movie like the cover says.
Like alot of the other reviewers...WOW! This is the first book I've read by this author. I could not put it down. The plot twists and turns almost had my head spinning. Highly recommended if you're into thrillers.
While this was no doubt a clever story with a fascinating concept, I did not love it as much as most reveiwers. As I don't want to give anything away, by the end I did feel the antagonist's execution of terrorism was unlikely. I felt as though the twists in the plot were "led up to" and by the climax, I was, for lack of better words, "preparred". I like to be completely blind-sided when I read a mystery/suspense. Other than that, this was a well-paced read, with an interesting look into the main character's upbringing. I do have the movie on my DVR at home, and I look forward to seeing how it is adapted. Overall, a good book...and I will likely read another by Dekker.
Dekker is one of those authors that I either love his books or hate his books. Hardly do I find one I'm indifferent about. This one I absolutely loved - maybe the best one of his I've read. The suspense is fantastic and the plot well designed and well written. The twisted ending caught me off guard and was perfect. Highly recommend!!
A great book with an unexpected twist at the end. Great characters defined. Highly recommended.
This book begins as all others, letting you into the past lives of the characters...bringing them to life for you and leading into the present. The middle is a bit of a drag...let's get on with this already...but the last 100 pages make the wait all worth it...this is a gripping page turning with an end that will both captivate and amaze.
Wow. I haven't seen the movie, and may not, having read this! Spookily written, with just the right hint of "what is he doing NOW" thrown in; It was a page-turner for me!
It kept me guessing the whole way. As soon as you think you have figured it out, things change. Very compelling story.
This is the first Ted Dekker book I've read. I loved it!! Very suspenseful and kept you guessing!! A very good read!
Ted Dekker is an amazing author, and this book is definitely interesting. The ending was shocking and a bit upsetting, but if it had ended any differently, it wouldn't be Ted Dekker. Although its not the kind of book I'm normally interested in, and I definitely enjoyed his Circle Trilogy better, it was still a great read.
Excellent thriller by Ted Dekker!
This book was creepy. I don't usually read scary stuff and ended up having to only read it durring the day. When I finally got through it I was glad I did.
Second of my Ted Dekker books. Never ceases to amaze.
A good read, but the ending disturbed me,.
This is one of Ted Dekker's best! An unbelieveable ending!
Good book, T. Dekker is an AWESOME story teller!
This book is a definite page turner! I kept flipflopping on who I thought the suspect was, and it kept me going until the very end! Dekker does his usual good versus evil.
enter a world where nothing is what it seems, where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy, where black is whit and ehite is black.
Excellent author; not one of his best, a little predictable, but you still come to care for the characters and is worth the time.
A man is driving his car when his cell phone rings. The voice on the other end tells him that if he doesn't confess his biggest sin, his car will be blown to pieces in three minutes. This begins a frightening series of demands from an unknown assailant.
WOW! This book is action-packed from the very beginning and doesn't let up. The most amazing part are the numerous plot twists that keep you hanging in until the end. When you reach the end, you'll want to read it again to try to put all together!
Thr3e by Ted Dekker is one of the best thrillers I've read this year. It's the only book by Dekker that I've read, so I'll be looking for more.
When Kevin gets the cell phone call to confess his sins within three minutes or else his car will blow up, he has no idea what the caller named Slater is talking about. Kevin is a seminary student, is quiet and causes no trouble. So who is this Slater and what is he talking about?
In most thrillers there is an element of the bizarre, and this is no exception. This book reads fast, and it's a race to the end to find out who Slater is and what he wants. Great book.
This book, while being a good read, was not what I expected. Instead of a paranormal thriller I got a so-so psychological suspense/mystery.
Wonderful and Rivoting. Kept my attention from the beginning. You don't know who is doing the terror until absolutely the end!
Wow- I certainly agree with Ronnie G.! but unlike him I didn't finish it--it sooooooooooooo slooooooooooooow and just repeats and repeats and finally I just didn't care anymore. I didn't find (what I did read) anything suspenseful or thrilling about it.
I've read some Dekker books that have been really good but this is not one of them.
Kevin Parsons is an extremely intelligent seminary student in California. He considers his dean, John Francis, one of his best friends and most valued advisor.
Kevin is leaving the seminary to go home when his cell phone rings and as he answers, is greeted by a raspy-voiced individual who has a riddle for Kevin that he must solve. He must also confess his sin within 3 minutes or the car will blow up.
Kevin has no idea what he caller could be seeking with the confession and can not solve the riddle. He pulls his car into an almost deserted Wal-Mart and the car then blows up.
This makes Kevin and his story the headlines of the day. The FBI is drawn in with Jennifer being the main figure. Jennifer has just lost her brother, Roy, to a man called the "Riddle Killer" and she is convinced that these are the same individual.
We then start to learn about Kevin's childhood and living with his aunt Balinda, her husband Eugene and his cousin, Bob, who is retarded. Things were not normal for Kevin, but he has stepped away and started living his life on his own.
As this story progresses and you are drawn into the minds of these characters, it becomes so compelling. There are major secrets about Kevin's childhood including his friendship with a girl named Sam and incidents with a boy that tried to interfere with their friendship.
Ted Dekker definitely put twists and turns into the story and will have you guessing right until the very end of the book. I would definitely consider him a new must-read author for me.
Contrived and ridiculous, with an ending that's been done so often I kept going, hoping there'd be some last-minute twist to redeem the story. I was so disappointed.
This book was freakin twissssted. very good writing and very good plot!
Christian themed who-dun-it. Good.
I made the mistake of watching the movie on cable TV the other night before reading the book. I found out the twisting-surprising ending. The movie was awful. I should have read the book instead!
This book was a disappointment to me. It was great reading all the way through and kept you turning pages, but I felt the ending was too much over the top for me. I was really let down because it just wasn't believable in the end. Left a few loose ends to things that were woven in as important elements to the story, as well. The reading was enjoyable, but the conclusion was not. I like to read the books before seeing the movies-this is a movie I will probably pass on now that I know the ending.
Ugh! I thought this book would never end! It was predictable, boring, and just a little too preachy for my taste. Who ever heard of a serial killer who didn't swear? Not realistic at all. I can't even imagine why anyone would want to make a movie about it.
Wow, from someone who reads well over 100+ books of this genre annually, seldom do I find one that measures up to a 5-star rating.
This book was unpredictable from the beginning. The characters are fleshed out throughout the story and totally genuine.
The gist of the storyline is what earns this book a "WOW" from me. I challenge any reader not to question his/her own beliefs by the end of the story.
Kudos to Mr. Dekker for writing a book I will not soon forget.
A mind bender... The main character receives threats on his life while trying to protect a female friend from the stalker... Very good...
I cannot say much about this book. It is too good to say much about for fear of saying something that might give part of the story away. So this I do say: It absolutely has got to be one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. I really enjoyed it. Really. I encourage you to go read it. I would think that anyone 10 yrs or older, if they are mature, could read and enjoy it. Please go do so. It's a page turner to the extent that you do not want to put the book down until you know what the ending is. Dekker did an amazing job.
This one of my favorite books Ted Dekker wrote.I read this in a couple of days it was so good.
I didn't really like the story, but it was very suspenseful, so I did read the whole book.
Super fast thriller. I couldn't put this one down. What a great storyline and twist.
Excellent story about the struggle between good and evil within one's self.
very well written. I think I may have found a new favorite author. a real page turner for sure.
WOW! Major page turner!! I am hooked on Ted Dekker now. This book had so many surprises, twists and turns I could not solve it in my head until the very last few pages! Loved it!
I am so glad this book is over. The writer brings you through so many emotions just to give you an ending that makes you say "what?"
I love Dekker's books! It has suspense, a great story of good and evil and none of the nasty crap! Great movie too! Highly recommend this book!
This is the best book I have read in a long time. You will not want to put the book down until you have finished it. Similar to a Frank Peretti Book in that it is scary but you will keep reading to find out what happens next. I will be looking for more Ted Dekker books to read.
expected a thrill ride, but couldn't get into to story even 15 chapters in. :(
I haven't met anyone that doesn't think Ted Dekker is an outstanding author, so if you have read any of his books you know that they keep you turning pages. If you haven't read any of Ted Dekker's books you're in for a treat!
This was a real page-turner with a wicked twist!
Great book to read.... I COULD NOT put it down... Even clear to the end... You will not believe the ending...
WoW! could not put the book down...it was absolutely reveting!
I loved this book! The twist and turns make it hard to put down!
Intriguing story with some great twists -- but it got too preachy for me at the end.
This was a good book, my first read by this author. I was hanging on - did not expect the twists and turns that I got.
Wow, what a page-turner! This story follows seminary student Kevin, who is being terrorized by a man he comes to believe is an embittered, sadistic boy from his disturbed childhood. Kevin's best friend as a boy turns up to help him discover the identity of his tormentor and his reason for doing so. But not everything is as it appears, and the secrets hidden deep within Kevin eventually are exposed, causing the mystery and Kevin's torments to be put to rest. The theme of the story is that every person is caught in the struggle between good and evil. In fact, only the Christian has been freed to see and overcome his sin nature. But he must make the effort daily to kill sin, or sin will be killing him, as Puritan John Owen put it.
A gripping psychological thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the end as to what is really occurring. A well-written thriller that made me want to read more of this author.
I love Ted Dekker! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. You won't get the ending until the end!
This is a thriller par-excellence that explores the nature of man & the dichotomy of good & evil. I couldn't put it down. If you like suspense and/or Ted Dekker, you'll really like this book & have lots to really think about in reading it.
A really, really good plot with an unexpected ending! I'm going to order more from this author.
I consider myself a lover of mysteries, and this is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors! This is a great mystery that always keeps you guessing, right up until the end!
Great ending! Just when you think you have it solved...
Wow--probably now a favorite of mine. I had been going through a "slump" in reading books (nothing seemed interesting to me) and I read this one and wow--I love reading again. The book was action packed--not one slow moment. I thought I knew who Slater was but I was totally wrong. Highly recommended and i'll probably rent the movie now. I have also added other Ted Dekker books to my reminder list!!
Seriously scary AND keeps you guessing to the end.
turns out, I already read it, a very good book