Literature: Thr3e

Enter a world where nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your worst enemy. Where black is white and white is black.

Thr3e is a novel by Ted Dekker written in September 2003. with a film adaptation, released in late 2006, (early 2007 in America).

Kevin Parson, a young seminary student, gets a phone call from a man named Slater, who tels Kevin that if he doesn't confess his sin to the world in the next three minutes, his car will be blown sky high. Kevin panics, drives his car into a ditch, and three minutes later it explodes. He receives another call with the same basis and a bigger bomb. Together with FBI agent Jennifer Peters and CBI agent and childhood friend Samantha Sheer(Sam for short,) Kevin scrambles to beat Slater at his own game.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Abusive Parents: Kevin's aunt, Pricilla, in the film.
  • Expy: The film's Riddle Killer has quite a bit in common with the Jigsaw Killer.
  • Fish out of Water: Jennifer mentions that it's surprising that Keven can even function in society after his abusive, and isolated upbringing.
  • Gray Eyes: Slater
  • Imaginary Friend/Imaginary Enemy: Samantha being the imaginary friend, while Slater is the imaginary enemy.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Sam and Kevin, initiallly.
  • Karma Houdini: Belinda is in a way responsible for everything that happens in the book by isolating Kevin in a world of shifting realities and that practically forced him to split into two personalities, 1 good and 1 bad, and she gets absolutely no punishement whatsoever.
    • Subverted as just when you think she's going to get away with everything she did to poor Kevin, she ends up getting kidnapped by Slater and locked up in her own cellar
      • Not to mention an added dose of poetic justice when we find out that Slater is really Kevin's evil multiple personality, created to help him roleplay the concept of evil that Belinda would not allow him to experience. On top of this she gets her own moment of trauma as she watches her adoptive son fighting with his multiple personality to keep from shooting either her or himself.
    • Additionally, in the book, there is no confirmation that the real Riddle Killer is ever caught, though he is in the film.
  • Kick the Dog: Well, more like blow up the dog.
  • Mad Bomber: The Riddle Killer, loves using explosives.
  • Made of Evil: Slater is this to Kevin, representing his evil.
  • Man Child: Bob Parson, the son of Eugene and Pricilla.
  • Parental Issues: Kevin.
  • PG Explosives
  • Poetic Serial Killer: The Riddle Killer is targeting Kevin the "sins" he claims he committed in the past.
  • Serial Killer: The Riddle Killer, Slater, obviously.
  • Split Personality: Double Subversion. Samantha believes that Kevin has a split personality that is the Riddle Killer, but in reality the killer is a different person. However, it's actually played straight when it's revealed that both Samantha and the Riddle Killer, Slater, are in fact two different personalities, who he created as a child.
  • Spoiled Brat: Both Bob and Eugene refer to Pricilla as "Princess".
  • The Killer in Me: Kevin is the Riddle Killer.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Kevin Parson.