Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Where Triples Go to Die by Phil Hutcheon is a gripping, hilarious story that takes readers on an emotional ride of a lifetime, with great characters and a well-imagined and masterfully constructed plot. Jackson’s live-in girlfriend has left him for someone else — just a day ago — and he just wants to drown his sorrows in liquor. But then Malcolm Wade, the counselor, a man with his own relationship issues, comes in offering friendship. The sense of humor greets the reader in the very opening lines of the story as they meet the black superstar, Julius “Juke” Jackson, standing at the kitchen sink, a bottle of bourbon in one hand and a pistol in the other, angled sharply upwards into his mouth. It is in this position that Malcolm Wade finds him, and, shocked, closes his eyes and pounds on the window. The conversation that follows will assure the reader that they need to read every word of this gripping story. A strong bond quickly forms between the two men. What follows is a high ride, featuring date rape, revenge porn, unplanned pregnancy and many things in between on campus. The reader is submerged in the dynamics of campus politics and can't stop reading, compelled to discover what happens next.
Phil Hutcheon is a terrific writer and he knows how to surprise readers with intense and dramatic turns in the story. The writing is impeccable and the dialogues are exceptional, plunging the reader into the worlds and the inner workings of the hearts of the key characters. Jackson is a well-explored character and his black background comes across vividly in this story. The conflict is introduced from the very beginning of the story and it intensifies rapidly with the quickening pace of the plot. Where Triples Go to Die unveils a sporting culture that readers will find exciting to explore, great characters, an intricate plot, and a quality of humor that is rare to find in books of this genre. I couldn’t put it down.