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The Trap


The Trap

written by Melanie Raabe, translated by Imogen Taylor

Famous author Linda Conrads would have a very small world if she only believed in the things she can see and touch. After her sister, Anna, was murdered 12 years ago, she retreated inside her home and has not come out. She found Anna in a pool of blood, the killer still in the room. But her attempts to convince the police, the public and even her parents seemed to fall on deaf ears. Some even blamed her. But she knows what she saw.

And now Linda has seen the murderer again. His face was on television. His name is Victor Lenzen, and he is a respected journalist, but she is a sought-after author. She must use that to prove to the world what happened that long-ago day. In order to ever have a normal life again, Linda has to catch Anna’s killer. So she decides to set a trap, in the most ingenious way that she knows: write a book. Not just any book. No, this one will tell the story of a young woman brutally murdered, and of the witness who saw the murderer.

"...a thrilling ride to the stunning end.... Deliciously twisty and compulsively page turning, THE TRAP will have you pulling an all-nighter."

For weeks, Linda writes, researches and prepares for the big day. It works out exactly as she has envisioned it --- right up to the point that Lenzen arrives at her house for the interview. But then, fear begins to creep in, threatening to unravel her carefully laid trap. She probably didn’t realize that he, too, would prepare. And prepare so well. She certainly hadn’t thought he would be so attractive, or so charming. But those eyes…she remembers those eyes. They connected with hers as Anna lay dead on the floor at Linda’s feet. Except that Lenzen claims he had nothing to do with Anna’s murder. Well, of course he would say that. Every killer claims he’s innocent. But could Lenzen possibly be telling the truth?

Eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable. And, to be fair, 12 years have passed. But those eyes…Linda remembers those eyes. Or does she? For all these years, Linda has been locked away inside, her world reduced to occasional contact with a few people and her dog. That’s enough to drive anyone mad. How can she be sure what she remembers? Besides, Linda always was a storyteller. So now what’s real and what’s made up?

Linda is involved in a deadly cat-and-mouse game, one of her own making. She believes she has outsmarted a killer, but what she doesn’t understand might prove fatal. Linda, though, simply can’t go on living as she has been. The book --- the trap --- is her turning point. It’s do-or-die time. For readers, it’s a thrilling ride to the stunning end. Along the way, knowing what to believe becomes as hard for readers as it is for Linda. One minute, she’s certain; the next, she’s doubled over with doubt. You will be, too.

Deliciously twisty and compulsively page turning, THE TRAP will have you pulling an all-nighter.

Reviewed by Kate Ayers on July 15, 2016

The Trap
written by Melanie Raabe, translated by Imogen Taylor

  • Publication Date: July 11, 2017
  • Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1455592900
  • ISBN-13: 9781455592906