Review: THR3E – Ted Dekker

Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Center Street; Reprint edition (November 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599953145
ISBN-13: 978-1599953144
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Kevin Pearson – Seminary Student with a hidden past.
Slater – Deranged Caller. Has a personal vendetta against Kevin.
Samantha Sheer – Kevin’s Childhood friend.
Jennifer Peters – FBI Investigator.


Kevin Pearson is leading a somewhat normal life. He’s a happy student, enrolled in seminary school. That is until Slater enters his life. Kevin receives a phone calling giving him a riddle and telling him he has 3 minutes to solve the riddle, call the news stations and confess his sins, or the car will blow up. Many more such riddles will follow until Kevin confesses. Samantha Sheer, a childhood friend of Kevin’s and now employed by the Attorney General’s office is called, by him, for her help. Jennifer Peters, an FBI agent, whose brother was recently murderd by someone known as “The Riddle Killer” is also assigned to the case. Are Slater and “The Riddle Killer” the same person? Will Samantha, Kevin, and Jennifer find Slater before someone is hurt? What is Slater’s agenda and why his hatred towards Kevin? What sins has Kevin committed in his past?


This was an incredible story. The character of Slater was dark and demented as all good antagonists should be. You felt Kevin sinking farther and farther into despar with each call. You’re left wondering each time how Slater pulled off the things he does.

I’ve read a lot of Thrillers in the last year. Most of them have a clear good guy/bad guy. This one actually examines the good guy/bad guy that is within us. Something within Kevin makes Slater hate him with a passion. The rage you feel reading it is real.

This book is a very interesting psychological thriller. The more you find out about Kevin and his past, the sorrier you feel for him. And his famiily was styled perfectly. They almost seemed like something from a John Waters film. Belinda (“Princess”) and Eugene were truly some strange characters, and then there was the innocent Bob, a mentally challenged man who in some way was a catalyst for this story.

This was my first time reading Ted Dekker’s books. I can’t remember very many instances of strong language in it. There was some violence, and adult content, so I would say it’s only for those over 13, but for a clean, thriller, with a strong plot and strong characters, it really makes an impact. I think you’d probably really enjoy it.

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*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Brad at Hachette Book Groups for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

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