This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Did you see Adaptation Do you remember that part where fictionalized version of real life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman s totally fictional twin brother Donald is telling him about the terrible sounding screenplay he s written Here s some imdb Donald Okay, well here s the twist We find out that, that the killer really suffers from multiple personality disorder, right See, he s actually really the cop and the girl All of them are him Isn t that fucked up Charlie The only ideaoverus Did you see Adaptation Do you remember that part where fictionalized version of real life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman s totally fictional twin brother Donald is telling him about the terrible sounding screenplay he s written Here s some imdb Donald Okay, well here s the twist We find out that, that the killer really suffers from multiple personality disorder, right See, he s actually really the cop and the girl All of them are him Isn t that fucked up Charlie The only ideaoverused than serial killers is multiple personality On top of that, you explore the notion that cop and criminal are really two aspects of the same person See every cop movie ever made for other examples of this Donald Mom called it psychologically taut Donald I m putting in a chase sequence So the killer flees on horseback with the girl, the cop s after them on a motorcycle and it s like a battle between motors and horses, like technology vs horse Charlie And they re still all one person, right Donald s screenplay is called The Three This book is called Thr3e This book is about a serial killer who is also another guy who is also the woman that guy loves So you see, this book is exactly the plot of the terrible screenplay from the movie Did I spoil it for you Sorry.No not really More interesting than this ludicrous twist, anyway, is that the whole concept is so very meta I mean, they even made Thr3e into a movie The book and Adaptation came out close enough together that there s no way the book sprung from the movie How is it that someone actually wrote the story that is established as the dumbest idea possible in a movie released just several months earlier What s going on Did Charlie Kaufman write this book Is Donald Kaufman actually a real person Let me open for those of you who don t know me by saying, I m a Christian I read a lot and am always on the look out for good fiction I also like good Christian fiction Ted Dekker has written several books and is a very popular writer and I wish him the best If you re his fan and I see he has manypower to you and I m happy for you I see many liked this book.This is the fourth book I ve read tried to read by Mr Dekker I am forced to the conclusion that I m just not going to be a Te Let me open for those of you who don t know me by saying, I m a Christian I read a lot and am always on the look out for good fiction I also like good Christian fiction Ted Dekker has written several books and is a very popular writer and I wish him the best If you re his fan and I see he has manypower to you and I m happy for you I see many liked this book.This is the fourth book I ve read tried to read by Mr Dekker I am forced to the conclusion that I m just not going to be a Ted Dekker fan This is the lowest I ve rated one of his books I almost feel I should apologize.For me the book took a premise that was promising and an opening scene that was initially interesting and ground it all down into a stultifyingly slow and frustration producing novel The plot was supposed to set up a look at the struggle in humanity between good and evil In many of his books while I ve not been taken with Mr Dekker s story telling I ve at least gotten his message Here I don t really think that after we macheted our way through the book and get to the climax tie up we did I d really have to discuss some of his conclusions with him.Christian doctrine can be that way.Aside from this the book, the story as a whole left me coldit drove me almost to distraction To be fair I had an audio version so whether it was the writer, the reader, both or some combination thereof I can t be sure The over the top evil voice the cast of characters and the dum, dum, dum plot twist just failed for me I include for me as maybe that s the way it is It failed for me but not others I was so glad to put this on the return to library stack I can t express it.What s the big twist I ll put that under a spoiler warning DON T READ THE SPOILER IF YOU DON T WANT TO KNOW HOW THE BOOK ENDS AND SEE THE BIG TWIST MAJOR SPOILER view spoiler the narrator Kevin , the character through whom the story is told is the cast He s also the guy tormenting himit s in his head Is he crazy or demonically possessed Is there a difference and so on This is where you re going Will it surprise hide spoiler So, I thought of 2 stars but to be fair I really didn t like this book at all I wish, oh how I wish I had I really love it when I find a good Christian fiction If you re a Dekker fan try this one for yourself, many like it I m sorry, I m not one of them Ted Dekker, Thr3e Thomas Nelson, 2003 Going into this book and knowing it was Christian fiction , I really have to admit I didn t expect a great deal read anything from it There are really, really good Christian writers, but in general, they are writers who happen to be Christian Madeleine L Engle is an obvious example, as is Francois Mauriac as with every other type of message, the really good ones just kind of let the message come through subconsciously and don t beat the reader over Ted Dekker, Thr3e Thomas Nelson, 2003 Going into this book and knowing it was Christian fiction , I really have to admit I didn t expect a great deal read anything from it There are really, really good Christian writers, but in general, they are writers who happen to be Christian Madeleine L Engle is an obvious example, as is Francois Mauriac as with every other type of message, the really good ones just kind of let the message come through subconsciously and don t beat the reader over the head with it I haven t encountered someone who does that consistently, and well, in quite a while, and so I wasn t expecting much from Ted Dekker.More fool me, because no matter how awful its film adaptation may have been as, unfortunately, all adaptations of Dekker novels seem to be , but as a thriller, Thr3e is the real deal Kevin Parson is a seminary student who s on his way home from class one day when he gets a call on his new cell phone from someone who calls himself Slater Slater tells him he has three minutes to confess his sin to the world or his car will explode He doesn t It does Kevin, who was smart enough to get out of the car before it blew, has to both figure out who Slater is and what the sin is that he s supposed to confess Assuming the sin is from his childhood and he s somehow vlocked the memory of it, he calls his childhood friend Samantha Sheer, who comes to town to help him Also aiding him is FBI agent Jennifer Peters, whose brother may have been Slater s last victim all the signs from slater s call and Kevin s car bomb point to this being the work of the same maniac The question is, can the three of them solve the puzzle before Slater kills Kevin or all three of them Once the situation is laid out, you should have the Big Reveal in the back of your mind, and when Dekker goes exactly that way, there s probably going to be a bit of disappointment along with the self satisfaction you ll feel for figuring it out early, but don t get too complacent Dekker still has some traps to spring, and the last few pages of the book blindsided me I was very impressed at how well Dekker had set things up here, and as I intimated at the beginning of this review, the spiritual aspects of the work are there, but they re never jumping up and down on your spleen screaming RECOGNIZE ME Which, of course, always makes for apleasant reading experience Dekker s characters are well thought out and well presented, and the plotting here is pretty durned close to genius I m always reminded of the test mine two of the trainees put together in Robb White s Up Periscope that nails the sergeant when I come across plotting like this What a pleasant surprise Thr3e was, and I m looking forward to readingof Mr Dekker s work I really enjoyed this book It was the first book that I read of Ted Dekker s, and I was so impressed with his knowledge and writing techniques The story is thrilling and was a perfect page turner for my husband who isn t an avid reader and me And I LOVE the endingbig twist. Based on reading Thr3e, I d say that Ted Dekker is an excellent storyteller, but not the greatest writer I couldn t put the book down when I was reading it because the story was so intense and gripping I had to know what happened next and what happened next totally blind sided me I never saw it coming If you re looking for a great suspense mystery thriller story that s clean but not preachy, this one does it for the Christian and non Christian alike.However, the whole time I was reading Based on reading Thr3e, I d say that Ted Dekker is an excellent storyteller, but not the greatest writer I couldn t put the book down when I was reading it because the story was so intense and gripping I had to know what happened next and what happened next totally blind sided me I never saw it coming If you re looking for a great suspense mystery thriller story that s clean but not preachy, this one does it for the Christian and non Christian alike.However, the whole time I was reading it I was aware not painfully, but it did stick out to me that this is not the best writing I ve ever come across One of the smartest things I ve read.My Dekker fangirl heart needs a reread my mind is still spinning over that ending o.o By all accounts seminary student Kevin Parsins is leading a good, if not virtuous, life But like all people, Kevin has his secrets And someone wants them revealed While driving home from a day at graduate school, Kevin receives a call from a mysterious stranger who calls himself Slater Slater demands Kevin confess his sin in the next three minutes or the vehicle he is manning will be blown to pieces Thus starts a harrowing chain of events After narrowly escaping his exploding car, Kevin continues to receive phone calls from Slater, each with another riddle, another consequence, and another three minutes to confess his sinThe problem is Kevin is unsure of what that sin might be And Slater s cycle won t stop until he figures it out This was the book that put Ted Dekker on the map I ve read varying reviews many people have adored it, whereas others have despised it, especially the ending which I won t reveal here Even though I d read it before and seen the movie both when I was in college, which was years ago and therefore already knew what would transpire, I had fun reading this thriller Maybe it isn t this author s best, but, hey, we all have to start somewhere Then again, I m just a sucker for a story as long a This was the book that put Ted Dekker on the map I ve read varying reviews many people have adored it, whereas others have despised it, especially the ending which I won t reveal here Even though I d read it before and seen the movie both when I was in college, which was years ago and therefore already knew what would transpire, I had fun reading this thriller Maybe it isn t this author s best, but, hey, we all have to start somewhere Then again, I m just a sucker for a story as long as it isn t morally filthy, I always want to see how things end You may feel differently This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Don t read this review if you don t want the plot twist revealed.I can t believe I just spent 4 hours reading this book 4 hours of my life that I can t get back It s 352 pages that should have ended at about 175 If there is anything that I hate it s a let s fill this in with something Three s Company no pun miscommunication conjecture laden spun up on crank plot What I hateis a Three s Company miscommunication conjecture laden spun up on crank plot trying to inject sinister ove Don t read this review if you don t want the plot twist revealed.I can t believe I just spent 4 hours reading this book 4 hours of my life that I can t get back It s 352 pages that should have ended at about 175 If there is anything that I hate it s a let s fill this in with something Three s Company no pun miscommunication conjecture laden spun up on crank plot What I hateis a Three s Company miscommunication conjecture laden spun up on crank plot trying to inject sinister overtones and intrigue with its conjectureness It was so repetitive, turning spirals on itself That will teach me to believe reviews of things Everything I read said it was this author s strongest work thanks for the warning and that it was captivating and kept you riveted to figure out the twist For those of you who were avid VC Andrews s fans, it reads like the works done after the author s death, when they were just rehashing the same over and over No edge at all.Let me just run down the parts of it that make me want to puke the lack of understanding of MPD the lack of distinguishing MPD from DID, Schizo and PTSD very very vague descriptions the good bad dark light polarity whose only grey area can be a wounded child ie innocent powerlessness the really weak movement of the plot ie a ping pong match Granted, the average joe reading this plot doesn t know anything about MPD et al, so it will read like a definitive fictional work That frightens me.Potentially positive points, if I could stop chastising myself for finishing it the lauding of spirituality over religion the very level handling of christianity and the church in general the interesting plot concept that withered interesting though thinly sketched characters the distinction between emotional and psychological abuse some nice insights into human nature, which were conveyed to ALL humans, including those in pulpitsIt started out interesting, but even by about chapter 10 I was starting to feel that it was all occurring upstairs from The Ropers That really is my biggest annoyance with the book Some of the characterizations of MPD were spot on, but explaining it against the backdrop of the other possibilities was kinda negative I kept reading it because I really did want to know what happened, but not because it was so enthralling that I couldn t put it down I wanted to hope it was going somewhere Other and not where it was set up to go because it was so poorly done Why did I pick it up at all Because it s a book to script coming out in theatres later this year that is getting a lot of buzz harrumph in the end it was exactly what I thought it would be a watered down homogenized Christian thriller written so as not to really state anything, thus, not offend anyone Good marketing device, bad bad writing