Thr3e by Ted Dekker is a psychological thriller that follows the main character of Kevin Parson. Kevin is introduced as a seminary student who receives a mysterious phone call from a stranger named Richard Slater. Slater's request is that he "confess his sin" in the next three minutes. If Kevin...
Thr3e by Ted Dekker is a psychological thriller that follows the main character of Kevin Parson. Kevin is introduced as a seminary student who receives a mysterious phone call from a stranger named Richard Slater. Slater's request is that he "confess his sin" in the next three minutes. If Kevin does not, Slater claims he will cause Kevin's car to explode. With no understanding of what "sin" Slater is referring to, Kevin fails to meet the ultimatum and narrowly escapes with his life. Confused and overwhelmed, Kevin informs the police, and the FBI becomes involved. Kevin also calls his childhood friend, Samantha Sheer, who promises to offer any help she can and even comes to town to support Kevin. However, amidst this show of love and concern, Slater continues to call and require Kevin to "confess."
Together with the FBI—specifically an agent named Jennifer Peters, who believes that Slater may be responsible for the death of her brother and is therefore even more eager to catch him—Kevin and Samantha work to figure out exactly what Slater wants from Kevin. Through this process, Kevin is forced to relive much of his traumatizing and abusive childhood as he struggles to remember what could possibly be the "sin" that Slater is so fixated upon. Their search includes returning to Kevin's childhood home and getting locked in several places by Slater, who always seems to know where they are and what they are doing.
Toward the end of the novel, the reader discovers, along with Kevin, that both Slater and Samantha Sheer only exist within his own mind. Thus, the number "three" is given another deeper meaning because it is the number of Kevin's personalities. This trio is representative in many ways of ultimate good (Samantha), ultimate evil (Slater), and the struggling soul in between (Kevin). The realization of these three characters existing within one body obviously changes the entire plot arc of the book, and Kevin seeks treatment for his condition.