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by Ted Dekker

genre: thriller, crime

Action-packed and suspenseful. An easy 4.5 out of 5 stars!


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Enter 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.

From the #1 best-selling fiction author comes a powerful story of good, evil, and all that lies between.


I read this book many months ago but I still want to write a review on it. It was one of those novels that I picked up to read, not knowing much about it nor expecting a lot. I wasn’t able to let go of the novel and I ended up finishing it within 48 hours.

Now, because I had so nondescript expectations, I may have been at an advantage. The surprising ending made the novel. Otherwise, it may as well have been any other fast-paced crime book. With one of the plot twists I was like, “mmm, that’s not THAT surprising but still a mild shock,” but then the second one came along. I definitely wasn’t expecting that one! I was impressed at how easy it was to read.

I’m not sure why this is called a “Christian Thriller”. The plot line does deal with sin but it doesn’t have heavy religious themes. Something I was very much glad about. Maybe Ted Dekker has other books which are more religious? Regardless, this one should appeal to all.

It’s not a perfect novel. But, it had a great plot and gripped me.  If you’re looking for a great, high-quality crime novel but aren’t looking for anything ground-breaking, pick Thr3e up.

4.5 out of 5 stars

amazonbutton2 copyThis book is for you if you:

  • Love fast-paced novels.
  • Want something with a twist ending.
  • An easy read.

This book is not for you if you:

  • Dislike crime novels without other genres weaved through (there is minimal romance, etc.)
  • Want elaborate descriptions and a story that works at a steady pace rather than rushing through.

 Ermisenda Alvarez

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