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The story of four very different women whose paths intersect--briefly, but significantly--in ways that will transform each of their lives forever: a propulsive reading experience that delivers the most abundant emotional satisfaction, in prose that is intelligent, nuanced, and riveting from first to last.

Dana is a beautiful young security guard trained in special ops who c
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2013)
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Nov 29, 2012 Zarina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Traps has an utterly unengaging start and certainly didn't live up to the exciting choice I wanted my 125th book (my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal) of 2012 to be. If it weren't for the fact that I received this novel as a review copy I probably wouldn't even have bothered continuing on after a few chapters.

While the story of the four women central in the novel never truly becomes an interesting one for the reader it does get slightly better as story progresses. That is until the women predic
Beth Anne
May 19, 2013 Beth Anne rated it really liked it
another really wonderful book with strong female characters. this time four, each with their own personal "traps" -- things that have held them back from truly living for a long time...each with hopes that things will get better.

over four days, we learn, briefly, their lives...and see them all heading down a path where they will all intertwine.

the story is a good one. i especially liked Vivian and Lynn...the story was a quieter, deeper one...but of course all four women had their pieces that f
Mar 29, 2013 Rand rated it did not like it
Sample sentences (note use of present tense, which is consistent throughout):

"A toilet flushing." (pg 8)
"Why don't you tell me the whole story, and I'll see if I can help you figure out how to set it right." (page 125)
"She has no critics, and still she feels ashamed." (pg 142)
"She checks her BlackBerry again in her pocket." (pg 157)

Chip Kidd's cover looks nice.
Patrice Hoffman
*Won through a Goodreads Giveaway*

It only took a few hours for me to finish this short novel by Mackenzie Bezos. The story of four women, and their paths intersecting only to leave profound changes after seemed like a recipe for a great chick-lit. Dana is a security guard who is trained to handle any situation. Jessica is an a-list celebrity who has issues with her father and chooses to live her life in the safety of her home without the paparrazi watchful eye. Lynn is a recovering alcoholic tha
May 07, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Bezos follows the trajectory of four women's lives over the course of four days. The novel opens with Dana, a security expert and volunteer EMT who is emotionally removed, even from her open and free-spirited boyfriend, Ian. Jessica is a famous actress hounded by the press, the public and an estranged father who, reminiscent of Jennifer Aniston's mother and Angelina Jolie's father, courts the press with claims that his daughter has abandoned family for fame. Vivian is a 17-year-old girl who is f ...more
This is a beautifully written story about four women who think they are strangers, but they have connections to one another that become clearer as this slim novel moves through a few days of each of these ladies lives. The narrative weave is masterful, and several emotions are teased to the surface for both the characters and the reader. The theme throughout, however, is that life is full of things that feel like traps. Our weaknesses and mistakes. The violence done to us by others or ourselves, ...more
Tim Roast
May 31, 2013 Tim Roast rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Life is full of things that feel like traps. Our own weaknesses and mistakes. Unlucky accidents. The violence done to us by others. But they're not always what they seem. Sometimes later we see that they led us where we needed to go."

"Traps" follows four women. In chapter 1 we meet "our first hero", Dana, who is being confronted by a savage dog inside a locked vehicle as part of her training before she returns home to her nice, ordered home across the way from her messy boyfriend's place.

Diane S ☔
Nov 12, 2012 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
Although this has little to do with how I felt about the content of the book I would like to mention how wonderful it was to read a book that had thicker paper. So many of the books now have such thin paper that when turning the paper one often tears a small rip at the top or bottom of the page. This was a rather different book, a book about =four very diverse women, told in almost an emotionless tone, we learn about the character from what they do and who they associate with. So many books seem ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Randy rated it really liked it
The book doesn't publish until March but I imagine it will get a lot of press given the pedigree. I was prepared to dismiss it, but, much to my surprise, and pleasure, I find a talented writer with a lovely story. In fact, Bezos ought to teach a class on setting the scene - her descriptive prose it superlative. The characters are rich and real, although slightly predictable, yes, and while they each have their struggles, they seem untouched by circumstance. Nevertheless, I was taken with each ch ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
I did enjoy this book but it didn't grip me. Each of the four main characters have an interesting story and the action takes place over four days so things happen quite quickly. At the start it is very hard to see how the four lives will be connected but gradually the links become apparent. As they are brought together they each have big decisions to make which will affect the rest of their lives. It starts very promisingly but I was expecting more from the end of the story. Somehow it seemed to ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Brandy rated it it was ok
*I received an advance copy of this book via Goodreads First Reads giveaways*

I wanted this book to be so much better than it was. It needs another solid revision or two. It starts very very slowly. I stuck with it because I thought maybe it would end up being more about the dogs. It did get better about halfway through, and the way the four stories came together at the end was smart and well thought-out. However, the four women did not seem to be treated equally important. In particular, I did n
Mar 23, 2013 Reina rated it it was ok
Again, I feel like I can't rate this book because I didn't finish. It was rather boring and the writing style made me feel really detached from the characters. I may pick it up from the library again but I doubt it.

Also, the beginning was very confusing with Dana, and completely unengaging.
Jul 15, 2013 Delany rated it did not like it
Good gawd. Started out slow, albeit well written. Got more depressing as it went along. No, thanks.
Feb 22, 2017 Sue rated it really liked it
Traps by MacKenzie Bezos (2013)
Nicci Hartland
Jan 15, 2013 Nicci Hartland rated it really liked it
Goodreads Giveaway Winner!!! ARC Copy

The story of four very different women whose paths intersect--briefly, but significantly--in ways that will transform each of their lives forever: a propulsive reading experience that delivers the most abundant emotional satisfaction, in prose that is intelligent, nuanced, and riveting from first to last.

Dana is a beautiful young security guard trained in special ops who can disarm a bomb and perform emergency surgery but is terrified of commitment to the man
Mar 18, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Four women...four days...four pasts...four futures...about to collide.
But not with a bang. This was a quiet book, filled with sadness and odd bits of humor and irony.

The women in this book are all running away from something or from someone, including themselves, at times. They have trouble connecting with others or have connected with the wrong kind of person.
Dana is a security expert who is methodical with a plan for everything, even the unexpected. Or so she thinks until the unexpected comes
Jan 16, 2013 MollyK rated it really liked it
*** Goodreads give away winner ***

3.5 stars

A light, easy yet compelling read.

I went on vacation to the Laughlin / Las Vegas area last year and I often wondered about the lives those people were leading so isolated in the desert. This novel is a glimpse into the lives of four women from the Las Vegas / Los Angeles area during a four day period. How events, reactions and decisions can connect and effect us. The novel is also about isolation, pain and trauma. How our need to put up physical an em
Shonna Froebel
Apr 30, 2013 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it
This novel follows four women, whose lives intersect and shows how each life has fallen into a potential trap at some point, but that each women also has the capacity to extricate herself from that trap and move forward in a more positive way. We have Dana, a young security guard with advanced defense skills and emergency medical skills, who is so focused on safety that she is afraid to take chances with love. We have Jessica, an Oscar-winning actress who has stopped taking jobs and has become a ...more
David Klein
Jun 19, 2013 David Klein rated it really liked it
TRAPS has a narrative structure following four separate stories that intersect and come together as the novel approaches its climactic scenes. Theme is what ties the stories and characters together. Think of the films CRASH or SIDE EFFECTS. Bezos handles the technique well. She creates distinct narrators, each with her own story arc. None of the situations are overly original, but once she zooms in from a camera-like narrative distance and gets close to the characters, each shines in her own way ...more
Sep 07, 2013 Karyn rated it liked it
Bezos' writing is cinematic in detail, and the careful depiction of mundane tasks builds tension. While the book was still introducing the four protagonists, I thought that it was very strong, and possibly a good story for a Coen brother's film–with its ingredients of bleak LA/western vibe ratcheting up into some potentially creatively violent denouement. I found all the characters engaging and mostly realistically portrayed, with the exception of Dana, who I thought would be characterized as a ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Linden rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adult readers

We meet four women who lead separate lives in Traps. Each is stuck in a circumstance, though not entirely of their own making, that they are unable to understand clearly enough to find an exit: a teenage mother of twins, a famous reclusive actress, a security guard trained in special ops, and an older woman who rescues dogs from kill shelters.

Events move the four move toward each other to meet briefly and then part, with change already beginning.

My favorite idea in the book has to do with respec
Rose Ann
Apr 01, 2013 Rose Ann rated it liked it
Recommends it for: book clubs, women, readers who enjoyed "The Help"
Recommended to Rose Ann by: Publishers Weekly
Shelves: book-club-books
I really liked this book. I felt drawn to all 4 women, and became more attached to them as their stories unfolded. I was intrigued by all of them, and I was reluctant to finish the book because I wanted to spend more time with them! I think the title refers to the "traps" we all set for ourselves; or perhaps how we are "trapped" by our past experiences and then are unable to see our way forward clearly. I also liked that even at the end, I did not know the entire backstories of them all. Dana, w ...more
Priscilla Melchior
Apr 12, 2013 Priscilla Melchior rated it liked it
"Traps" is the story of four women who travel on varying paths — until, that is, the moment those paths converge. None of their stories is easy to read, and Bezos' gritty writing adds to an atmosphere of struggle on every level.

At times, I wanted to put the book down. The spare writing was not drawing me in, and the women's stories frustrated me (though they obviously were far more frustrating for the women in question). I'm so glad I stuck with it.

The wonderful conversion of paths brings about
Dec 11, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it
Another version of "6 degrees of separation" This is the story of 4 very strong woman whose lives intersect. All of the women have faced "traps" in their lives, but nevertheless, persevere. There are many images that are present in all of the women's lives. I found this to be very interesting.

2 negatives

I wish that the book had been longer with addition plot and character development.

It seems to me that the owner of the ranch for homeless dogs fed the dogs Alpo. I have rescued animals in these s
Susan Obryan
May 05, 2013 Susan Obryan rated it really liked it
Mackenzie Bezos has taken the tale of four women and woven it into a fascinating look at the complexities of circumstances. She has developed characters that have not only their own demons, but also suffer the impact of others' action. An ex- military bodyguard, a reclusive actress, a young single mom and an eccentric pet shelter - what could these women have in common? To say more would spoil the fun.

Quote from book - “Life is full of things that feel like traps. Our own weaknesses and mistakes
Ashley Woods
Jan 01, 2016 Ashley Woods rated it really liked it
The story jumps between the lives of four women, only physically connecting them in place and time for one brief moment. But their hopes, fears, struggles, joys, relationships, insecurities and strengths are tied together in ways that can only be attributed to the united efforts of each of us to walk this path we call life. It's a beautiful novel that will resonate; and, if you don't see yourself in these characters, you will see your family, friends and/or neighbors. Elegant writing, strong cha ...more
Sep 01, 2013 Allyson rated it liked it
I would have liked this more had it not felt a reading of the movie "Crash" with all the complicated lives intertwined. As a plot device, it sucked me in & I read it in 2 days as i wanted to know about each plus it was a short book. The Hallmark ending was a bit much though and left me a little dissatisfied with the whole.
I did not like the cover or the book jacket description so much but was intrigued by the author blurbs, enough to borrow it from the library. While glad for the reading o
Jan 15, 2013 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I read this book in two days - once I picked it up, I just kept on reading. I loved how Ms Bezos' descriptions of the characters left me feeling like I really understood them, each with their own strengths and weaknesses to deal with.

Each character had equal importance throughout. Starting with an introductory back-story for each, the connections between the four women brought out their own independent strength, rounding out the story as a whole, but also for each individual woman.

I received my
Jul 12, 2013 Sylvia rated it it was ok
I read this book, because I liked Bezo's first novel The Testing of Luther Albright. I was disappointed by this book. It's follows four women and their interaction over the course of 4 days. I didn't particularly care for any of the women.

"Life is full of things that feel like traps. Our own weaknesses and mistakes. Unlucky accidents. The violence done to us by others. But they're not always what they seem. Sometimes later we see that they led us where we needed to go."

A good idea, but it didn'
Cathe Olson
Apr 18, 2013 Cathe Olson rated it it was amazing
As the books opens, the reader is introduced to four women--their ages, lifestyles and situations very different-- but eventually their stories intertwine and come together.

I was a little put off by the sytle of this book . . . it's written sort of like the reader is watching a movie and the author is a camera telling you what to look at. But the woman and their stories soon pulled me in and I really could not put the book down. This was a gripping, fast read that I recommend for women who like
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