The Trap

The Trap

Book - 2016
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Linda Conrad is the author of many successful novels, she is also a recluse. Linda's sister Anna was murdered 12 years ago, she has never gotten over this and to make it worse she was the one who found her sisters body, she also saw the killers face. 12 years on and Linda is watching TV when she sees the killers face again, who is now a successful journalist.
Publisher: Toronto : Spiderline, 2016.
ISBN: 9781487000776
Characteristics: 281 pages
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Imogen (Translator)


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Feb 05, 2017

A psychological thriller about a woman who is sure she has found her sister’s murderer many years later kept me reading way past my bedtime. Linda, the narrator, is totally unreliable. She’s become a recluse since her sister died. She won’t leave the house, at times she will watch her gardener from the window. But she hires a housekeeper to do her shopping and take the dog out for a run. Everyone she needs comes to her house, including her publishing agent. She’s cut off ties with her parents, even. She writes a novel about her sister’s murder in order to entice the well-known reporter to her home for an interview. As the interview proceeds, Raabe has deftly created a storyline which is designed to confuse and scare the reader. Linda is so unreliable in her narration of what happened to her sister, the reader begins to think Linda killed her. It’s almost the last page before you discover the truth.

Sep 19, 2016

I liked this book. There was a plot twist, sort of...and for a first book I thought it was fine.

KateHillier Aug 26, 2016

It's a very claustrophobic book, which is appropriate considering our main character hasn't set foot outside in quite some time. Adding into that is the trauma and horror of seeing the man who murdered her sister for the first time since the murder. Our heroine, an author, decides to set a trap. There is care and effort put into it and it seems perfect. Famous last words.

It's a quick read, keeps you engaged, but the ending falls a little flat for me.

Jul 20, 2016

Psychological thriller translated from German.
A different take on an unsolved murder.

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