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The Trap

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  447 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
There were three of them - breaking into the isolated Maine cottage where Livia Russell had fled with her four-year old son to figure out why her marriage had gone wrong. Three animal-like youths, burning with lust, bent on destruction, and totally without conscience. Now they held her child hostage and her in their power. And even she could not guess how far she would sub ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 4th 1986 by Signet (first published 1982)
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This book was undone by the author's literary aspirations conflicting with the straightforward thriller that the cover text promised. The first half, detailing the troubled marriage of the heroine and her husband and their relationships with their children, parents, and a few neighbors (who will figure into the plot later), was long and not terribly involving, featuring basically unsympathetic characters, a hiccuping pace, and a generally confused point of view. Once the home invasion by three t ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Kit★ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a King-family reading kick lately, and I wasn't sure what to read next. This one had been sitting on my shelf, patiently waiting to be discovered for months now. As soon as I opened this one as read the first page, I wanted to keep going. I knew from the inside flap and from reading reviews on here that there was a bad part coming, and I had an almost sick-to-my-stomach feeling reading, waiting for the ball to drop. The writing is great, I was drawn into the characters and their liv ...more
Oct 13, 2008 Kandice rated it really liked it
I admit, I only read this because she is HIS wife, but it was really, very good! I feel a bit guilty, because I did not expect it to be. It's always refreshing to read about women in a bad situation who shine. Very believable and entertaining.
May 17, 2008 Meen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, fiction
One of the most intense (and yes, erotic) rape scenes I've ever read.
Sep 09, 2011 Space rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I started reading The Trap by Tabitha King the other night, and immediately had to invoke my Rules of Fairness, Article 15; Column 2; Section 9A, which states that when reading a book I must give it a fair chance of being a potential Full Finish. Compliance with this article says the reader shall finish no less than fifty (50) pages of any book to be read unless the eyes combust or turn to acid in the sockets, whereby the reader has the option to either A) rent the book on audio cassette or CD a ...more
Sep 19, 2010 wally rated it it was ok
Shelves: king-tabitha
read this one a few years back...the trap has to do w/the prologue and then some...a trap where an animal would be trapped. set on a maine, i believe. winter scenes, frozen lake...parting is all we know of heaven, as emily wrote, and all we need of hell....people get separated, physically, because that's what people do, all the time, and one falls prey to i recall anyway...and fights back....seemed like there was a happy ending.

this one fits nicely on the shelf with gerald
Aug 22, 2008 Lennie rated it liked it
This is the first Tabitha King book that I've read and I went into it with an open mind because first and foremost, she's an author in her own right and not just the wife of Stephen King (I'm sure she hates being constantly compared to her husband--I know I would). I thought this book was well written and although there is a graphic scene involved that gets pretty intense, I think it adds to the suspense of the story.
Sep 11, 2010 Christi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone ever see the reprehensible drive-in movie from the late 70's called "I Spit on Your Grave"?? Well, "The Trap" is basically this movie with fewer rapists. No character development or unpredictable plot twists here. Very poorly written with graphic scenes of violence and rape.
Oct 09, 2012 Missie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Good story line with some surprises along the way. I didn't know that Tabitha was an author herself even though I have read her husband's stuff for years.
Adam K.
Jun 01, 2015 Adam K. rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one, but I can't fully embrace it. It's too uneven. I felt the same way about Caretakers. King is ambitious with her storytelling in that she wants to accomplish several things through several means, but it's not always clear what she's trying to accomplish or how she's trying to accomplish it. For instance, I couldn't understand the point of the present-tense plot synopses of the film Pat was making. (I'm not sure if synopses is the right word--perhaps just screenplay notes or st ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Maryann rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because of her husband's writing. I didn't really expect her writing to be up to his caliber, but I was very disappointed. It was an OK read but the major plot lines were telegraphed by the set-up in the first half of the book. And the first half of the book seemed to have too much unnecessary set-up just to make the book longer. I don't think I'll be looking for other books by this author.
Mar 17, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
I read this book years and years ago but I remember how are riveting it was. I read it because it was written by Steven King's wife. But this novel and its author stand in no one's shadow. It was very believable and I loved the character development. I was totally caught up in that cabin in the woods.
Sharon Huether
A young coupe having marriage problems. The wife and young son take a break and go to their summer cabin in the Maine Woods in the dead of Winter. A nail biting suspense as the Mother is violated and trapped in her cabin by three mean teenage boys. She realizes a new strength as she and her son escape.
Feb 11, 2016 Fishface rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, suspense
This was a good one -- horror, with no trace of the supernatural -- just human nature at work. What could be more twisted than that? This reads so much like her hubby Stephen's work that I can't help but wonder if they are writing their books together.
May 03, 2015 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
Wow-- my first book of Tabitha's. She is just as scary as her husband, without any supernatural elements. Very tense -- had me on the edge of my seat. The two stories simultaneously was kind of unnecessary, though...think it would have been fine without the movie script inserted. I didn't really see the point of that. Good book, nonetheless.
Dita di Polvere
Sep 29, 2014 Dita di Polvere rated it it was ok
In certi tratti si vede l'influenza del marito, ma la prima parte è un po' troppo lenta. Un ottimo libro, con dei momenti davvero crudi, ma nulla di eccezionale.
Aymée Meira
Aug 12, 2015 Aymée Meira rated it really liked it
My first Tabitha King. It was quite an experience. The author managed to capture me in a few pages. Dramatic and realistic.
Mary Follis
An engrossing story, but she ain't the storyteller of the family!
Sep 26, 2007 Deanna rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get into this one at all! I thought the writing style was horrible... someone recommended this book to me, said it was one of the best they'd ever read. Needless to say, I won't be taking any more recommendations from this person!
Jason Vedder
Apr 27, 2014 Jason Vedder rated it liked it
Iread this so long ago, and only because who she is married to. Didn't really get into it much, but I finished it. I remember it being okay... The other book I tried, by Mrs. King, was Small WOrld, that I never finished
Aug 10, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it
This was the first of Tabitha King's books that I've read & still remains one I think of as being most intense. This book won't be for everyone, there is a rape scene that......well, I don't want to spoil anything!
Aug 09, 2007 Prairie78 rated it liked it
This is a pretty terrifying book. Tabitha King has a way of laying out a realistic scene and then introducing events of terror and desperation that, unlike her famous husband's stories, can and do really happen.
Robbin Blow
After all the years since I read this book I still think about it......and it scares me. A real life kind of scare that makes me not want to ever be alone in a deserted place.....
Feb 05, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: kingesque, reviewed
My first and only Tabitha King so far. I know I finished it, so that means I must have liked it okay, but nothing about it really stands out in my memory.
Mar 11, 2010 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Later was changed to the title the trap.
Women with kids takes refuge at holiday home away from hubby
only to find a worse senario

One of her better books
Aug 15, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it
There's a scene in this book that is disturbing and scary because it could happen.
Jun 07, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok
definitely not her best work, nowhere near the caliber of Survivor
Jan 04, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
Very well written book .... a pleasure to read
Meredith Cockrell
Feb 06, 2010 Meredith Cockrell rated it really liked it
sooooo disturbing and upsetting but good
Karl Steffey
Jun 21, 2009 Karl Steffey marked it as to-read
Shelves: fiction, owned
The Trap by Tabitha King (1986)
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Tabitha King (née Tabitha Jane Spruce) is an American author, the wife of author Stephen King and the mother of authors Joe Hill and Owen King (her daughter is Naomi King).

Tabitha King was born Tabitha Jane-Frances Spruce in Old Town, Maine. She was born to Raymond George and Sarah Jane White Spruce and is one of eight children.

Her primary education took place at St. Mary’s Grammar in Old Town, fr
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