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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 theIn 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?...

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  • Kelly ...
    2019-01-15 02:15

    My favorite stories are character-driven and this book certainly is. Unfortunately, though, Linda - the protagonist - doesn't inspire the kind of empathy and compassion that I should feel for a woman in her place. There was a time in my past when I struggled with severe panic attacks which made it impossible for me leave my home for a few weeks. That overwhelming fear of the outside world is something I can never forget. And, yet, Linda's fear isn't enough to trigger those memories or to arouse sympathy. The book tells us of her many years of self-imposed house-arrest but it doesn't show us the emotions behind it. I heard the story without feeling it. I fully expected for this story to make me think and feel long after it ended. Instead I was ready to end the book a full three chapters before it ended. So the best I can give it is 2 stars.Julie Teal does a decent job with what she is given. She voices Linda and Lenson with such differences that there is never any confusion about who is speaking. I am not able to say that she voices the fear and anxiety well enough -- but I believe that is more about the words on the page than on her ability to voice the feelings.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-01-03 03:35

    THE TRAPWritten by Melanie RaabeTranslated by Imogen TaylorJULY 5, 2016; 384 PagesGenre: psychological thriller, suspense, mystery(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)★★★ "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?" (From Amazon)I found it hard to get into this novel and was ready to DNF at the twenty percent into the book. I had heard good things about this book so I stuck it out. I can see why people would like this thriller but I wasn't feeling the suspense. After the first reveal in the novel I kind of figured out what was going on and it was just okay. Towards the end there is a bit of romance but by then I was too tired to really get into the happy bit. I was torn between 2-3 stars and decided to be generous as Raabe captured Linda's character very well...though instead of being along with her for the ride I was more interested in the killer.k (My Novelesque Life)

  • Linda
    2019-01-15 06:17

    I've developed a weakness for books with the blurb “If you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train...” I'm pretty sure the genre of “thrillers for women” (aka romantic suspense) is simply not for me. And yet, I'm drawn to them. I think I'm searching for the one that is so over-the-top ludicrous that I laugh all the way through. The Trap didn't quite provide that level of mirth, but I did get a fair few chuckles out of it. I did not correctly guess the murderer until the author finally tipped her hand in the last 25% of the book. I'm not so sure that was the real story, though. In fact, I think this narrator is so unreliable that she imagined the entire 12 years following the murder she committed, and she's actually locked away in a rubber room. How else do you explain lines like “My study is North America,” and the fact that she's turned on by being in her house alone with a man she's sure is a murderer?Raabe uses repetition as a stylistic device, and it made me laugh every time. My favorite use of that was when she'd toss in some arcane fact that had nothing to do with anything, and add “I know things like that. I read a lot.” I read a lot, too, which is why I'm so puzzled that this novel has become a minor international sensation.The absolute ease with which Conrads tosses off the psychological baggage that has kept her from leaving her house for 12 years is stunning. She walks out the front door and grabs a cab. No signs of anxiety at all. She simply marvels at the fact that all the businesses are now chain stores. She stops by to say hi to mom and dad, as you do, and has a sandwich. Then she's off to solve the case, suffering a sprained ankle in the process (it's always a sprained ankle, so that the hero can carry the plucky heroine off to safety). A brief trip to the police station, to explain her illegally obtained gun, and then she grabs the old flame (whom she hasn't seen in 12 years) and is ready for the happily ever after. She doesn't need so much as a single session with a psychologist. Dead sister? Yeah, but we got the murderer, so everything's awesome! Now out of my way-- I haven't had sex in 12 years!Second star awarded for the frequency of "are you kidding me?" moments.

  • Melissa Borsey
    2019-01-06 06:36

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I requested a copy of this book because the description reminded me of the movie Copycat. I was not disappointed! This debut psychological thriller grabbed my attention from the very beginning and the twists and turns went until the very end! The author did a wonderful job keeping the suspense level very high! I highly recommend this great book!

  • Melissa Newhauser
    2018-12-23 07:11

    3 1/2 stars. A little predictable.

  • Trish Patton
    2019-01-14 02:29

    It was a this happened...no wait...this happened...no wait...it was that...uggg. I actually started to enjoy the mystery tug of war with this book and then suddenly at the end it was like the author just got tired of writing and just gave it a lame ending. :( I gave it three stars because I enjoyed the book til the end and then it was basically a huge letdown.

  • Teena
    2019-01-21 09:34

    I felt this was a cliched story - I'm sure I've seen telemovies with similar plots - so while the tension was there and the rhythm of the book was good, I was disappointed.

  • Bethel
    2019-01-01 08:20

    short sweet and twisted

  • Justin
    2018-12-31 03:33

    The more you follow this blog, the more you will learn I am a sucker for an unreliable narrator. The unreliable narrator who has the reader second guessing him/herself, questioning ones own values, and just wondering what is truth. Linda Conrad in The Trap by Melanie Raabe is the unreliable narrator of my dreams!*Linda is convinced she knows who murdered her sister, so she begins to set a trap for the killer- she will write a book about the murder, lead the killer to her home, get him to confess, and then she will prevail.There is a problem though. Linda hasn't left the house in 11 years, doesn't trust people except possibly a small circle of people who help her around the house, has panic attacks, freaks out during Beatles songs, and believes the murderer is the local anchor man on her television. Her plan is flawless, otherwise, including the multiple cameras she has set up and the mics all around her house. She just has to write another bestseller and get the news anchor into her house. The question is- did the local news anchor kill her sister or is Linda slowly going mad?This is a book that will completely mess with your brain and I loved it! The entire story is narrated by Linda and we are in her head the entire time. She will argue with herself, question herself, doubt her thoughts, and as a reader you will see that you cannot always trust Linda as she doesn't always trust herself. One running thought she has is- I am going crazy. No, you're not. Yes, I am. If you were crazy, would you question if you were crazy? She is the perfect unreliable narrator. Within the book itself is another book- Linda's book. Each chapter ends with a chapter of Linda's book about the murder of her sister. The fun part is that many of the missing pieces of her story are contained within her novel, but because it too is fiction, one has to question how much of it is true?Raabe's writing is a big draw. I was immediately sucked into the story and the pacing kept up, for the most part. There were just a few slower moments, but they rev back up again to have the reader questioning Linda's truth. Linda is a well developed character as we see her really wrestling with madness. Some of the side characters are not developed as well, but that is excusable since the entire narration is from Linda's brain, so maybe Linda doesn't know her trust circle all that well, which may be why she doesn't really trust them either.This was a nice quick read and I loved it due to Linda. While not a perfect book, it is a great pick up and read for fun book. I gave this one 4 stars.*I received this ebook from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melissa Lee-Tammeus
    2019-01-20 05:10

    I want this made into a film - that's how good it is. This is one of those who-dun -its that has you going back and forth for an incredibly long time - and the author does a great job of sucking you into one scenario and then saying "well, it could have gone like that, but did it?!" Frustrating but clever and definitely keeps you reading. The premise is a writer, secluded to her out-of-the-way home for 11 years decides to finally face her fears and write a book about her sister's murder after she believes she knows who did it. She decides to do this in order to lure the killer to her. So, you get to read her book within the book, which keeps you guessing which is fact or fiction. Does the luring work? Or is she completely off her rocker? You'll have to read it to find out!

  • Luis Aguilar
    2018-12-28 09:25

    The Trap is a super suspenseful story. This book can get you on the edge of your seat because I know I was. When you get first introduced to the story you think it is going to be like every other thriller book, but it is not. When I read it I thought the same old thing is gonna happen, when the victim tries to find the killer, then fails, then ends up finding who it is. Well this book is the total opposite of that. The Trap has one more thing that other books don’t. It has a major plot twist that nobody saw coming. This boo was so good that I wish it was made into a movie. Overall I will rate it infinite stars, if possible.

  • Emma
    2019-01-02 01:30

    This is one of those If you love The Girl on the Train books. An easy to read, gripping thriller, with an unreliable narrator. I didn't like The Girl on the Train, and I liked this book even less. This book was certainly a gripping thriller but the story was told in a weird way. It was like you jumped right in to the middle of the story. There was no beginning. Other people might like that, but just found it frustrating. I also found the whole unreliable narrator thing tedious. You never knew if what you were reading was true or not.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-17 09:13

    Linda Conrads is a famous author who has had agoraphobia since the time she saw the face of the killer who murdered her sister. She decides to write a book about her sister's murder in order to "trap" the person who committed the crime. This is an exciting book and actually is "a book inside a book" since the reader can actually read the book she is writing between chapters of The Trap. I would have given it 5 stars except for the fact that I thought the ending was a bit contrived and gave me the feeling that the author was tired of writing the book and simply decided to end it.

  • Julie
    2019-01-14 09:14

    Interesting setting for a murder mystery. Linda Conrads kept the reader very attached as she tried to set and execute the trap for Victor Lenzen, who she was sure murdered her sister 12 years earlier.

  • zendegy
    2019-01-04 02:25

    Maybe a 2.5. I guess it wasn't horrid, because I did finish it. But it was annoying - the main character was beyond annoying! And now, a couple of weeks later, all I remember of the book is that it annoyed me. I used some form of the word annoy 3 times in 5 sentences, so...

  • Karen D
    2019-01-20 01:23

    Fantastic! I was unable to predict the ending and it is a quick read. I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

  • Judy
    2019-01-02 03:17

    WOW!! Here is a name I will definitely add to my list of favourite authors of mystery/thriller genre.Raabe has deftly drawn her 2 main protagonists. Linda, a popular author, discovered the body of her younger murdered sister and was so overcome with grief, guilt and anxiety that she isolated herself and did not leave her home for more than 10 years. Then, fortuitously, on TV she saw the face of the person she had seen leaving the scene of the crime 10 years previously.When nobody took her seriously, she made her own plan to trap the perpetrator who was now a successful journalist. But he took advantage of her vulnerability. Raabe skillfully plays each against the other with so many twists and turns, I was not sure until the very end who was actually guilty of what.Very well plotted and highly recommended to those who like mystery and suspense.

  • Melyssa Williams
    2018-12-24 04:28

    Three and a half to four stars. Written in a simplistic style (some of this may be explained by it being translated from the German and you know what they say about things getting lost in translation), this is nevertheless a compelling story about a 38 year old novelist recluse who lays a trap to uncover her sister's killer. Her phobia and inability to leave her house leaves her no choice but to bring him straight to her doorstep. The beginning is a bit slow, but by the middle it really picks up and the author is good at tricking her readers. I wasn't sure how it would end, which is always good in a mystery. Things I didn't like: the short sentences and overuse of exclamation points, a lack of scene and character development. Things I did like: it kept me guessing and was a page turner.

  • Darian
    2018-12-28 01:30

    I thought this book was wonderful! It is very intriguing from page 1. If you liked "Gone Girl" or "Girl on a Train" you will love this book! The reason I loved this book, was while she is describing the plot and the characters you also fall in love with the little things in real life you forget about. The author has such a wonderful ability to describe in such detail. As others have wrote awful reviews about this book (which they are entitled to their own opinion, no hate) I can't say anything but good things. The plot was easy to follow you just have to have an interest in the story line. This book truly kept me on my toes and I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommended!

  • Diane
    2019-01-20 08:08

    I almost quit this book only a few chapters in. I really don't enjoy books that spend a good chunk of the story just having random crazy thoughts in the main character's head. This is the story of Linda Conrads who is a best-selling author who has not left her home in over twelve years. Linda has a nervous breakdown after walking into her sister's home and finding her body. As she walks in she catches a glimpse of man leaving the scene of the crime. Twelve years later, she believes she sees the same man on TV and sets up a confrontation. The basic plot might have promise, but it just gets bogged down by random descriptions that go for pages that don't really advance the storyline.

  • Stacey
    2018-12-28 09:23

    Twelve years ago, Linda witnessed her sisters murderer leaving the scene of the crime. She shortly became a recluse, a lifestyle she can maintain as a popular author. One night she sees her sisters killer on TV and begins to set a trap which includes writing a fictional book about the event to draw him out. The narrative alternates between events that happen in the present day and chapters of the book that are realistic depictions of the past. While initially a bit confusing, I loved the twists and turns. Then ending though was a bit flat. Given some of the build up and potential foreshadowing I expected something much more and was disappointed with the final results.

  • Janet Knudsen
    2018-12-30 09:18

    This book had me riveted from start to finish. The protagonist, Linda, has seen the man who murdered her sister--and has spent 12 years in seclusion as a result. When she stumbles across the murderer, or "Monster" as she calls him, she devises a plan to trap him. The author's use of the present tense for Linda's narrative completely immersed me in her head, her world. I could empathize fully with Linda as she struggles to hang onto her sanity and find out why her sister was murdered. A great read!

  • Rebecca Hock
    2018-12-31 04:12

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It took me awhile to get into he author's style. At first the going back and forth between the present story and the novel within the novel, seemed somewhat confusing and a little bit annoying, But once I got used to it, I quite enjoyed it. On the whole I enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing. I actually stayed up late to see how the book ended and I very rarely do this. I found it to be a very easy, quick read. I would recommend this book to others.

  • Astrida
    2019-01-03 05:09

    I could not get onboard with the main character. Too unbelievable in my opinion. I found the switching back and forth between the real character and book characters annoying. I enjoyed the actual writing; very visual. I'll be discussing this with my book group this week and will probably change my rating. I always like the book better after I discuss with my friends.I did read this in 4 hours in one sitting.

  • Veronica Wellington
    2018-12-24 07:26

    During the first half of the novel I was fearing I would give up. However, after reading some other people's reviews, and hearing how other people thought that the second half was worth while, I decided to keep reading. I agree that the second half of the book was definitely easier to get through, and more interesting than the first half of the book. I am glad I stuck through to the end, I do have a more positive opinion about the overall story having finished it than I did in the beginning.

  • Jane Goldberg
    2019-01-03 07:12

    ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING! By pg 37, I was in her head. Cowering in fear step by step with the author. I've never read ANYTHING that so succinctly details the emotional toll of self imposed guilt. The murder of her sister, the unknown murderer, who face she gets a very good look at. The isolation, the nightmares, THE TRAP.

  • Rw
    2018-12-22 02:12

    the book starts out so overdramatic and overwrought. the main character is obsessed over why her sister was killed. in the end, the reason was so banal and boring, which even the main character admits to. the end was a total let down.

  • Jared
    2018-12-27 07:16

    Intriguing and clever plot. I never fully connected with the characters.

  • Judy Morris
    2019-01-04 09:15

    I started to read it. I didn't care about it. Didn't make sense and jumped around that I couldn't keep up

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-09 09:25

    Slow moving at times but an interesting read. Kind of liked but kind f hated the main character