Review: The Trap

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Book Title: The Trap
Author: Melanie Raabe
Series: None
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime Fiction, German Literature (Translation)

Date Read: 07/01/16
Pub Date: 07/05/16


In this twisted debut thriller, a reclusive author sets the perfect trap for her sister’s murderer — but is he really the killer?

For 11 years, the bestselling author Linda Conrads has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister–who she discovered in a pool of blood–and the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene, Linda’s hermit existence helps her cope with debilitating anxiety. But the sanctity of her oasis is shattered when she sees her sister’s murderer on television. Hobbled by years of isolation, Linda resolves to use the plot of her next novel to lay an irresistible trap for the man. As the plan is set in motion and the past comes rushing back, Linda’s memories — and her very sanity — are called into question. Is this man a heartless killer or merely a helpless victim?

This was a most unusual and deliciously unique read. I didn’t know until after I had requested this from NetGalley that it was a translation, which made me a little anxious as I sometimes struggle with reading these more. I’ve seen multiple reviews where this has been a problem, or at least a factor in their reading experience, and I think these are justified, although it didn’t affect me as much as originally thought.

This was not a book that I flew through; this was more of a slow, building suspense than a rip roaring thriller, but if you are patient it pays off in the end. My friend Linda hit many points perfectly in her review (you can find it HERE) regarding the pros and cons of this being a translation, the pacing, and the strengths and weaknesses of the plot. I do believe my favorite aspect of this story though was Linda’s slow, steady descent into madness. Wouldn’t it drive you crazy if you knew who murdered your sister and they got away with it? Her sanity is questioned more at every turn, and that is what caused me to give this book a higher rating. I’m going to keep this review short as to not spoil the plot, but if you like a pleasant challenge, I’d recommend this book. This was a story that I felt satisfied once finished, as though I had completed some feat that otherwise would have left me wondering had I not given it the chance. I’m interested in more from the author as she clearly is talented and can weave together a deliciously creepy novel.

*I received my copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Many thanks to Grand Central Pub for providing my copy!

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