my goodness. this book made my head spin. i read #2 will trent, fractured, before i picked up this one, and i must say, i preferred it. that's not to say i didn't enjoy triptych, i did. slaughter's one of the best crime novelists out there; the way she weaves multiple story lines is amazing. the novel opens with one character who turns out to be someone completely different by the novel's end. in fact, i may have to go back and read the first few chapters to see what i missed. overall, highly recommend. it was hard to put down.