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Ice Trap

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  887 Ratings  ·  168 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
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published (first published October 11th 2013)
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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
Lisa Marie
Nov 30, 2014 Lisa Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Smith
Mar 22, 2017 Scott Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This debut novel by Ms. Sewell is ambitious and, for the most part, beautifully done. She populates a world with characters who are frequently flawed in ways that make them vulnerable but never weak, at least not in the traditional sense. Her characters are as real as any you'll ever read, and Ice Trap is definitely driven by them more than by the plot. At times, in fact, it seems unclear what that plot will be except in very general terms. It comes together fairly quickly in the back half of th ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
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
Mar 05, 2009 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shonna Froebel
Dec 22, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
C.C. Rising
Welch surgeon Dafydd Woodruff cannot forgive himself after making a heartbreaking mistake during a child’s operation. His life in disrepair, he relocates to Moose Creek, a desolate outpost in the Canadian sub-Arctic, where a typical winter day hits 40-degrees below zero. The town’s motley inhabitants seem to embrace the harshness, the nights that last for months, because they also seek solace from past deeds. After a year in this clime, Dafydd is ready to let go of the past. He returns to Wales, ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2014
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
Sep 17, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2008 Kasey rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Mar 15, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
This is one of the most satisfying novels I've read. I would recommend it to any one who enjoys a multi-layered story with well written characters. this is Kitty Sewell's first book. I look forward to reading more from her.
May 07, 2009 Pbwritr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Pretty good book, especially evoking the sense of the Arctic and living in a place at the end of the world. Unrealistic aspects, such as the immediate demise of a marriage, accepting a claim of parentage, and keeping in touch for 14 years of someone only known for a day or so.
Pretty good book that mostly takes place in frozen Canada. Worst part of it was remembering the main character's name...Dafydd! I had to "read" David to get through it. Dr that is falsely accused of having fathered a child 13 years previously, has to prove his innocence by using unusual methods.
Paula Kramer
Feb 18, 2017 Paula Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a mystery, but yet a human interest story. I liked the ending and the mystery before he found out who was who. I always like stories about the arctic, whether fiction or non fiction. You'll really hate the character, Sheila.
Nov 08, 2011 Meghann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if words can describe how much I love this novel. Dafydd's character is gorgeously flawed and Sheila Hailey is the ultimate bitch. The flashbacks to the Canadian wilderness were insightful; and I really enjoyed when the past met the present.
May 28, 2009 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read that took a little while to get started. Intricate plot in the completely foreign surroundings of sub-arctic circle Nortwest Terrirotires, Candada.
Bonnie Kulinski
Apr 10, 2008 Bonnie Kulinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story development. Some mystery and interesting people.
Jan 22, 2012 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 09, 2008 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definately many twists and turns - nice ending though.
Oct 19, 2011 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1
Lots of plot'd she pull off the DNA test? Poor Dafydd!
Feb 10, 2011 Babete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um universo muito peculiar, um enredo diferente!
Rebecca Burke
Jun 01, 2017 Rebecca Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-year-2017
A little hard to follow in the beginning. Pace picked up and wound up being intensely wonderful.
May 29, 2012 Cata rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestados, 2012
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
Sep 21, 2016 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather soap opera-y

Doctorul Dafydd Woodruff este pus in aceasta situatie in urma unui erori pe care o comite in
timpul unei operatii. Desi este declarat nevinovat si poate profesa in continuare, acesta decide ca
are nevoie de timp ca sa-si revina in urma incidentului, fiind urmarit de imaginea copilului de pe
masa de operatie, asa ca accepta un post in oraselul Moose Creek, undeva in nord-vestul
Canadei anului 1992. O asezare mica, departe de conditiile comode ale orasului sau. Desi
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Dec 18, 2013 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2008 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  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
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
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