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Ice Trap: A Novel of Psychological Suspense

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  740 ratings  ·  144 reviews
This international bestseller is a startlingly assured first novel of deception, ambiguity, and shattering revelations.

A British surgeon risks everything to return to the remote Canadian wilderness to fight accusations from a ruthless woman whose twins he may or may not have fathered. Fatal Attraction meets Smilla's Sense of Snow in a richly suspenseful and atmospheric deb
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Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Lori Titus
This book has a misleading title. Someone at the publishing house decided calling it a "thriller" would get better sales for it. This is a shame, because it's really a drama. If you come expecting a John Sanford type novel set in a northern clime, you'll be dissapointed.

However, if you like a drama with a forbidding, beautiful setting, characters who decieve each other, and a slightly naive (though lovable) main character who feels remorse for his mistakes, you may enjoy this book.

My main gripe
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Paul Pessolano
Surgeon Dafydd Eoddruff is leading a pretty good life. That is, until he receives a letter from the sub-Artic wilderness of Canada. A young girl writes him telling him that he is her father and that she has a twin brother.

Dafydd, fifteen years ago, found himself in this desolate area of Canada because he was trying to overcome what may have been a child's death. A child's death, which he may have caused due to an oversight during a routine operation. The oversight may well have been the result o
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Martha
Ice Trap is a clever novel written from the point of view of the classic "unreliable narrator." Sewell weaves a tale of a Welsh doctor who finds himself in the Northwestern Territories of Canada after performing a botched medical procedure, after which he needs to get away and regroup. This temporary assignment has permanent consequences for the young surgeon, who undergoes spiritual and psychological upheaval due to his experiences in the bleak town on the edge of the Arctic.

I liked the portra
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Kasey
Jan 19, 2009 Kasey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Kasey by: Costco flyer
Yeck!! So I stuck with it until the end, but it's never a good sign when you are two hundred pages in and still waiting for it to get good. None of the characters in the story were worthy of the reader's respect, and often I was disgusted with just how lowly and pathetic they could get. This is not a book I would recommend and am more than a little astonished that such a lame attempt at fiction made it to publishing. My advice to the author---keep your day job.
Susan
In a word -Strange. The characters way of thinking was odd. I guess I wasn't expecting weird. The description of the story, before I bought the book, sounded intriguing. A mystery set in the deep regions of Canada. DNA evidence that is impossible but seemingly irrefutable. Sounds great. I'm sorry to say that if I hadn't actually paid for this book, say I had bought it at a yard sale or something, I wouldn't have finished it. Usually if a book doesn't grab my attention in style and story by the f ...more
Stephkay
If you picked this book up, put it down now!

If for one reason, the writing. An example, where there is nothing like seeing "mortally wounded" and have the character turn up later in the book. "Mortally" as in, "in such a manner as to cause death." This is in the preface setting up the story, so you know what you're in for by then. There are a couple of (intentionally) funny set-ups.

In addition, be ready for some of the most misogynistic writing a female author could put to paper. In this version
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Lisina
I was so sure I was going to stop reading this book. I didn't like the main character and there was so much 'bad luck' around him, I thought, what a moron. But I stuck it out, curious to see what happens to him. It's like watching a bad movie, its terrible, but you can't turn the channel. Once part 2 started in the book and the back ground of the story had been told, the story really progressed much faster in 'real time' and honestly, I couldn't put it down. I had to see what happened and I fini ...more
Babete
Um universo muito peculiar, um enredo diferente!
Carolynne
This book began with promise but completely fizzled out in the end.

Dafydd Woodruff, a married doctor in the UK, receives a letter from a girl in Alaska claiming to be his daughter and asking for child support and a relationship. But he never slept with the girl's mother. Dafydd travels back to Moose Creek to unravel the mystery of how Sheila Haley, his old nemesis, could produce blood test proving him to be the father of her 13 year-old twins.

Should have been an interesting story, but the autho
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John
Cardiff doctor Dafydd Woodruff and his interior-designer wife Isabel have been trying for ages to have a child, but without success. All the more surprise, then, when he hears from Sheila Hailey, the chief nurse of a hospital in the remote Canadian town of Moose Creek where he worked for some months years ago, that she bore him two twins and would now like to tap him for child support. The real surprise, though, is that he never had intercourse with Sheila -- he loathed her -- and most certainly ...more
Conta-me Histórias
Este é um livro de leitura simples, mas que prende o leitor ao longo das suas páginas.
Dafydd recebe notícias de um tempo remoto, que passou no Canadá, tentando fugir das suas memórias e de um erro médico que cometeu. Mas as notícias que recebe, vão desmoronar a sua vida como se de uma avalanche se tratasse. Ele e a sua mulher tentam, sem êxito, conceber um filho, e agora recebe a carta de alguém que diz ser sua filha, bem como o seu irmão gémeo?!
Dafydd duvida da veracidade de tal revelação, e pa
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Gina
Close to a really slow read.

This story jumps a lot from past to present. It doesn't bother me when an author does that, but it may bother some.

While the characters were complex, I found that there was no originality. There was nothing separating the characters from ones I've read before. The plot was pretty good, but I found it took forever to get to the climax of the book. There was a reason for visiting the past - you needed to know what happened in order to figure out what was going on.

Dafyd
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Christine
Nov 14, 2008 Christine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of familial drama
Ice Trap is a "novel of suspense." Well, you could have fooled me! The narrative focuses on Dafydd, a doctor who flees to the Arctic after he bungles simple surgery on a young boy. Years later, he learns from a mysterious that he has fathered two twins in the icy landscape, but has no recollection of coupling with the supposed mother. So Dafydd returns to the Arctic, to uncover the mystery of his past, while his marriage and life suffer back home.

It's an intriguing set-up, but Ice Trap isn't exa
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Karen
Dafydd Woodruff was a very young surgeon when he made a nearly fatal mistake on the operating table. Shaken to the core by this event, he takes a locum position in the northern Canada wilderness to recover from his guilt and reassess. He spends a year in Moose Creek - just enough time to experience the frontier style life.

Fifteen years later, Dafydd is a consultant surgeon in Wales, trying to start a family with his wife, the marriage struggling under the pressure of infertility, when he receive
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Sarah
When I started reading this book, I initially found it to be quite disjointed in the beginning, and at times found it difficult to keep reading. The description of the main character is awkward, and the parts about his career as a surgeon are unfamiliar to practises in the UK, and so whilst reading the book, even though he is described as welsh, and seen as doing things typical of people from wales, it seems very foreign, and quite stereotyped. It seems quite obvious that the author is not welsh ...more
Shonna Froebel
Published in Britain a couple of years ago, this was released in Canada this year. The book is set in the far north of Canada, mostly in a town called Moose Creek, and in Cardiff, Wales. Shortly after Dafydd Woodruff qualified as a surgeon, he made a huge mistake in an operation on a child. While he was cleared of any blame, he cannot forgive himself and runs to a job in the Canadian north, covering for a doctor on leave. While there he makes some friends, some enemies and finds some peace. Thir ...more
Rolanda
Rarely if ever do I critic a book. This is my first. Ice Trap is not a thriller. It just does not have the making from page one to be labeled as such. A mystery, yes, thriller, no. That said I found the characters to be well developed in this book, in fact one of my biggest complaints about this book is that while the author Kitty Sewell does a wonderful job with being descriptive with the characters but I think she may have gone over board. Every time a female character is introduced into the s ...more
Samantha
Jun 17, 2008 Samantha rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of drivel
Okay, the title of this book, Ice Trap: A Novel of Suspense, is very misleading. Why? Well, because it wasn't suspenseful in the least. There wasn't one moment where my heart rate accelerated or where I held my breath in anticipation of what would happen. Very disappointing.

I'd been eyeing this book in literary catalogs, ear-marking the page so I'd remember to order it. Then I was at the Goodwill bookstore about a week ago and saw it on the shelf for $2.99. So I snagged it off the shelf and boug
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Cata
Armadilha foi a minha estreia com a autora Kitty Sewell. Este livro foi-me emprestado por um dos meus colegas, João Freitas, que adora a escritora.

Dafydd é um homem casado e a sua mulher Isabel quer, acima de tudo ter filhos. Apesar de todas as suas tentativas não o consegue e por isso a carta de Miranda, afirmando que tanto ela como o irmão Mark são filhos de Dafydd, cai que nem uma bomba e coloca o casamento de Dafydd em risco. Mas como podem Miranda e Mark serem filhos de Dafydd se este nunc
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Suvi
Better than I was expecting based on some of the reviews. The narrative was easy to follow even though it jumped between past and present. The main character was very likable, even if many of the other characters weren't, I ended up wanting to know what happens to them. I also found the setting of small Canadian town interesting, with a bit a Inuit culture mixed in. Not a typical thriller with lots of twists, but I still wanted to finish the book quickly to find out how things will unfold.
Kristen
In the thriller debut from Kitty Sewell in Ice Trap, you'll be in for a cold thrill ride from both sides of the earth. For Dr. Dafydd Woodruff, it all started with a letter from a thirteen-year girl claiming she's his daughter--and that she has a twin brother named Mark. That's when the flashbacks started for him, which took us to Moose Creek, a tiny outpost in Canada, where he worked over a decade ago. From the past to the present in Cardiff Wales, we get to know him better, while his marriage ...more
Sam
This is a superb character driven mystery with plenty of twists and turns and lots of small town style gossip and intertwined stories that follows Welsh docter Dafydd Woodruff as he is forced to return to the Arctic town of Moose Creek to resolve the question of his paternity to two teenagers. In doing so he uncovers a lot more than he bargained for and ends up with his entire life turned completely upside-down. While this is a very well written book with engrossing characters and thoroughly gri ...more
Robert
An enthralling and tense psychological thriller set primarily in the arctic which draws you in until you reach the stage you can't put it down as it explores the impact of a long lost "secret" on the relationships between a number of people. It is an emotional journey as we see the main protagonist's marriage break down despite his best efforts while at the same time he is subject to emotional blackmail of the worst kind by a brilliantly drawn evil character. In fact the principal characters are ...more
Rhonda
this was an interesting story - kept me plugging along - though i was somewhat disappointed that i figured it out. while i think an author should lay the clues out there and not come up with some lame surprise ending that brings in new info at the end or some such thing, i am a little bummed when i figure it out way before it is revealed. i thought it was funny when dafydd referred to sports cars as erection substitutes. i also hated the name dafydd. anyway, i found him to be a seemingly benign, ...more
Carol
This was an intriguing enough story about a man who learns, through DNA testing, that he is the father of teenage twins he's never met. Despite the fact that he doesn't remember ever having twin-producing relations with the mother, he goes along with it for the most part.

I tried to like main character Dafydd, I really tried, but just couldn't. He came across as weak and spineless and all too easy to manipulate. At one point in the story where he whines internally about his life situations that
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Jason Cantone
Once you get over the absolute lie on the cover that this is a "novel of suspense", Kitty Sewell's "Ice Trap" is a fairly entertaining paternity drama in the permafrosted North. While the surprises weren't very surprising (at least to me), it kept me entertained in a quick read. Just don't expect suspense!
Erica
This book was good.... but not great. The plot was decent however, the author seemed to get hung up on details that weren't all that important, in my opinion. She did do a good job getting to the emotion that the main character, Daffydd, felt when he discovered he had fathered twins by a woman he never remembered being intimate with, then subsequently having his marriage fall to pieces. His search for these children, for the truth and for a lost love that brought about its own secret, was intere ...more
Lori
Completely different setting from any other book I have read. As the title implies, the story takes place in the tundra lands of Canada, in a very small town. The plot: A doctor, living in the UK, gets notice that he may have a child over in Canada and the story involves into present life with his current wife to his days of living in Canada.

The doctor was trying to deal with a short falling and takes a job in a hospital in a small town in Canada. While there, a lot happens and it is different
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Steve Betz
This book is the bizarro universe version of Northern Exposure. A physician does a sabbatical in the far reaches of Canadian sub-arctic wilderness. The problems for the doc start more than a decade later when he receives a letter from a teenage girl who claims to be his illegitimate daughter – a girl he believes he physically can not have fathered.

Ice Trap is a pretty good mystery and the unusual locale sparks up what might be blah in a more standard setting. The cover blurb makes it sound like
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Teresa
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