Author: Ted Dekker

Title: Thr3e

Genre: Christian Fiction, Psychological Suspense

Publication Date: 2003

No. of Pages: 400

Geographical Setting: United States

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: NA

Plot Summary: Driving home from seminary school, 28-year old Kevin Parson receives an anonymous call; “I will give you exactly three minutes to call the newspaper and confess your sin, or I will blow that silly Sable you call a car sky-high.” At a loss to what “sin” he must confess, Kevin ditches his car moments before it explodes. So begins a tale of cat and mouse between Kevin and his secretive nemesis Slater. Obsessed with Kevin’s destruction and the number three, Slater initiates a game in which Kevin must answer riddles to avoid Slater’s retribution. With the help of FBI agent Jennifer Peters, Kevin struggles to uncover his stalker – and stay alive.

Dekker creates a world where no one is quite who he seems, even the protagonist as he gradually reveals Kevin’s nightmarish childhood. The action builds with twists and turns ending in a shocking conclusion. Dekker eschews most conventions of evangelical fiction and incorporates his spiritual message subtly without the theology or political conservatism of his peers.

Subject Headings: Good and evil – Fiction, Christian fiction

Appeal: plot-driven, action-oriented, fast-paced, compelling, menacing atmosphere, gritty, haunting, psychological, vivid, introspective, contemporary, plot twists

3 Terms that Best Describe this Book: psychological, plot twists, action-oriented

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

The Wounded Spirit by Frank Peretti (The author’s personal journey through pain, disfigurement and abuse offering help for those struggling with emotional wounds)

For relevant true crime try:

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi (Explores the psychological motivation behind the murders and the young women who carried out Manson’s orders)

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (The author’s chilling account of knowing and befriending serial killer Ted Bundy)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Snitch by Booker T. Mattison (A man witnesses a murder and spotted by the killer finds himself torn between his assuaging his conscience by testifying and protecting his family – elements of suspense and faith)

The Assignment by Mark Andrew Olsen (A secret Catholic sect search for an immortal man whose mission is to battle demonic forces – suspense-laden battle between good and evil)

The Talisman by Peter Straub and Stephen King (A 12-year old boy must embark on a quest to find a mystical talisman that will save his mother’s life – a struggle between good and evil and fantastical elements may appeal to Dekker fans)

by Denise


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