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Trapped: A Novel of Terror (Afraid #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,245 ratings  ·  358 reviews
An original, full-length horror novel, not yet available in print, on sale for a limited time.


It was supposed to be a harmless camping trip. Six wayward teenagers who'd run into trouble with the law, and their court-appointed guardians, Sara and Martin Randhurst. Three nights on a small, deserted island off of Michigan's upper peninsula. A time to bond, to lea
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 8th 2010 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 26th 2010)
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Far be it for me to tell an author what to write but I feel an obligation to point out three facts of nature...

1) When confronted with attacking cannibals and screaming people, babies tend to cry not sleep or "gurgle happily".

2) No matter how stupid he is, a social worker would never take a gun on a camping trip, especially when his teenage wards include one ADHD kid, a sociopath and two rival gang members.

3) People taste like pork, not chicken.

That last bit of info is not personal experience. B
Wonderfully Disturbing

After reading Endurance: A Novel of Terror (which I loved and you should read as well), I just had to pick up other reads from this author. Seriously, this guy can write horror like you wouldn't believe.

Shocking, disgusting, horrific. All in a good way. An unforgettable read that will stay with me for a long time. It had me going one way and then pulled a 180. I'll admit something. I squirmed in my seat on more than one occasion. My stomach even did some acrobatics. That n
Jordan Anderson
Proof is in the evidence as they say in a court of law and the proof that Kilborn may be one of the most underrated, yet most talented author today, is in the fact that this was my 3rd book from him in 9 days. Seriously, one book every 3 days from the same author is truly a testament to how great a great a writer Mr. Kilborn is.

Trapped may not have been as great as “Origin” (published under J.A. Konrath) but it is easily a far darker, gorier, and gruesome novel. And I loved every single moment I
Though commencing as a fairly straight forward riff on the cliched theme of "pack of people in a remote location being picked off one by one by some form of unseen assailant", Kilborn quickly ratchets up the crazy (and inventiveness) in introducing threat after threat that the beleaguered band of protagonists must contend with to survive.

Think Wrong Turn mixed with The Island of Dr Moreau and you'll be somewhere near the mark of what Kilborn has dreamed up from the depths of his (interestingly d
OK. Two things are bugging me about this book.


1) Sara and Martin have a newborn. They have been running, fighting, and screaming away from these nutball cannibals. The baby has not been fed or changed in all this time, and as far as I can remember has not cried out once. Does Mr. Kilborn have children? If so, he'd know newborns have to be fed every two hours and changed often. I don't understand why the baby is even in t
3 - 3 1/2 stars

I have been a huge fan of both Killborn/Konrath's work for several years, and a dedicated fan of horror since childhood (yes, I was a twisted little kid). It truly takes a lot for me to say a story goes a little too far in the gross-out/gory department. But...there were times when this book definitely did.

The story is gripping and I was hooked from the first scene. However, there were several times where I had to put the book down because it was all just...too much. I blame Killbo
Desert Rose
Trapped by Jack Kilborn (J.A. Konrath)

Year Published: 2010

My Rating: 5 stars

322 pages

I bought this book from Amazon when it was on offer for $.99 for the kindle edition a while back.

First of all I would like to say that their are 2 versions of this book and they are both included in this ebook version.
One is the edited/published edition and the other is the original/uncut version.

The differences between them are very important in my opinion, because what was left out in the original is what I wa
Just finished reading Trapped and I cannot get over how excellent it was. Dark horrifying terror. Non-stop adrenaline ride. Intricately weaved plot that provided several surprising twists. I don't know about you but I love plots that realistically curve and twist so that you anticipate something happening then read a bit further and change your mind and then when you least expect it it pops back up in different way. I was squealing in surprise until the very end and I won't share how many "holy ...more
I'm probably going to get ripped to shreds for saying this but it is my opinion that KONRATH (aka KILBORN) is in the same league as KING. His writing is truly superb and he weaves a horror tale that will scare the bejesus out of you. His stories are scary, gory, and have that element that lets you know when you are reading that you are reading something amazing.
Another Konrath slasher. I guess the formula is getting a little old. I am tired of having to say this: A Glock does not have a hammer nor a safety. If you do not know about guns, don't try to discuss them or include them in your books. It just makes you sound like someone who doesn't do research. If you don't know about something either don't include it or look it up.

Babies cry for no reason, much less when you are running through the woods fighting off cannibals. (This has been brought up).

Beckimoody Moody
Warning: This was extremely violent and graphic. I am usually not bothered by this (I love serial killer and psychological thriller novels) but this seemed over-the-top, gratuitous, endless gore. You don't usually read these types of novels for the plot, and this one was as flimsy as usual. Think Friday the 13th on steroids and with an unlimited special effects budget.
This is one fucked up book. There were many scenes that actually turned my stomach but I just could not stop listening (audiobook). If you are into really gory horror books then I would definitely recommend this one.
Jeanette (jema)
Splatter and gore. Cannibals and mad scientists. Teenagers and campfires.
Was this good?
Hell no.
Was it entertaining?
Hell yeah!
Finished it in a day and will read the last of the 3 I bought too :-D
Jacqueline King
Kilborn is a genius. Can't understand how his works haven't already been made into movies. I look forward to Endurance.
Shadow Girl
I'm not a big camper. Whenever I had to go camping with my ex, I always pondered the term 'Happy Camper'. Have you ever seen one? I've never smelled one, either.
Throw a troubled & unlawful childhood into my file - and I could have been in this story. Pissed off, city dwelling, and detained kids - forced on a camping trip by their sponsors, soon find out that forced camping* isn't the worst thing that could happen to them.
*I use the term FORCED CAMPING in the literal sense, as opposed to ho
Kathy Jenkins
Feb 02, 2011 Kathy Jenkins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes horror stories
Recommended to Kathy by: amazon
Trapped is sick. Disturbing! And delightful if you're a horror fan. I usually read at night before I go to sleep and find myself only getting through a few pages before drifting off to sleep, but Trapped kept the TV off and me with my nose stuck in my kindle. It never dragged. It's portrayal of the inner-city kids felt realistic to me, although, I don't know many. My exposure is mainly what I've seen on TV. There were times when I wanted to slap Sarah for being so naive, but overall, it was a re ...more
One day....that is what it took me to read this book. I just finished it about 10 minutes ago and my mind is still reeling from what I read. First book I've ever read by Jack Kilborn and if his other books are just as good as Trapped he will have a new fan. Gory, scary, frightening, spine-tingling, suspense-filled, excellent flow from one character to another (and there are a lot of them), plenty of background descriptions, no grammatical errors...just a few ways to describe Trapped! This book s ...more
Caroline Alicia

I usually enjoy Mr Kilborn's work, but this one, way to contrived. Like some terrible B-lister low budget film.

First off Mr Kilborn, as a Black person who grew up in a middle class multicultural neighborhood and attended a white liberal college, I know nothing about ghettos or gangs (no, i'm not about 'that life' nor do i know anyone who is), but i DO know you sound like some white guy who watched a single (cheap budget) 1990s BET movie (eg: Leprechaun: In the Hood

In a last-ditch effort to create good memories before the closing of their behavioral center, Sara and Martin Randhurst packed up their latest charges and take them to a secluded, alledgedly uninhabited island for an overnight camping trip. Since the teens all come from the city's streets, a night in the country will be a huge change for them. It also happens to be a last chance for Sara and Martin to work through their own marital problems that have been compounded by the center's loss
There's no doubt about it...I LOVE this author! The ebook that I have actually has the uncut version at the end of the book. I had every intention of reading the final draft and then diving right into the first draft....however, by the end of the book I was so in awe that I decided to just be content with the version that I had just read. I want to fully digest this story and give it the credit deserved before reading a different version., on to the good stuff....this man is an absolute g ...more
Before I rate this book, I have to mention that I read two versions of it. The first was the final edited version and the second was the uncut version. I will rate them together because they are essentially the same story. There are big differences from one to the other, but those will be discussed in the spoiler section below my blog post HERE!

As usual, Kilborn tantalized my ocular sense with gruesome acts and a spine-tingling horror story.

The edited version (EV) felt like the whole story was
This was my first Jack Kilborn book and I have to say I am NOT a fan. The premise sounded cool- being stranded on an island with cannibals. But the reality left me rolling my eyes the entire time. The group goes camping with a 3 month old baby who cries maybe once? Fighting cannibals with a baby in your arms? The characters were entirely unlikeable as well.

I will try ONE more Jack Kilborn book since he does have a knack for tension and suspense. But if it is just as bad, that will be my last at
Laura Carlin
There are two variations of this book in the kindle version on Amazon. I read the re-write at the front and quickly skimmed the original draft at the back.

This is a story about some people who go camping on an island only to find out there are some cannibals already in residence. There's obviously more to it than that but I don't want to spoil anything.

Overall, despite my dislike of cannibals, I enjoyed the book. It kept me turning the pages and I finished it in only a couple of days.

It drops a
Reading this book is the equivalent of riding a Slip n' Slide head first into Dante's Inferno but in lieu of water to propel you forward, it's alcohol and there are razor blades stuck in the plastic all the way down until the end. It's the first book in my entire life that grossed me out so much I wanted to delete it off my Kindle, but I couldn't put it down.

This book is not for the soft hearted. It's bleak, dark, bloody, painful, disgusting, sickening, macabre, and evil. I believe that the onl
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

4.5 stars

Alright, Trapped. Where do I start with this book? First it definitely is not for everyone. I for one loved it. It was so intense and disgusting and horrifying and amazing. I watched a lot of horror movies growing up. They were my favorite. My favorite villain from a horror movie? Pinhead. He has always been my favorite. Why? He is all about the pain and suffering. You do not want to get in his way as it will be terrible for you. Sure
Wow! My heart was actually pounding as I read this book! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! It is gruesome and graphic, so I am definitely reading something light and fluffy next!

This is my second Kilborn book, and I give him credit for GREAT horror. You definitely have to be ready to say goodbye to a few likable characters, but so far, he has always given escape to the three or four main heroes. I really like that.

In this book, Sara is an incredible hero and I really liked how her mothering inst
Dave Pope
Difficult one for me to rate - I enjoyed it but there were things that tore me out of the story on more than a few occasions.

Why have a baby in the story - more than that why have a baby in the story who doesn't yowl and alert all of the cannibals as to exactly where their victims are, especially given the circumstances where there is no way a baby wouldn't spend most of the story howling its head off.

Why have cannibals running around the island with knives and forks in hand - worse still, why


If this is a movie, I’d have enjoyed it more. All the gore and blood on screen! Besides those, there really only very few things that I liked…or at least, okay with, in this story.

First and foremost, Tyrone. Damn! I have a crush on him. If he’s real, I’d want to hang out with him.
“Too many people would rather fight to the death to defend their bullhead positions. Tyrone was impressed whenever someone changed their mind. It meant acting on reason, and with reason came self-improvement.”

I don't know what to say everyone. Almost a 4.0 on Goodreads? In all honesty, I find this completely unbelievable. Trapped is terrible. The more pages I turned, the more I chuckled to myself. It's got every horror film cliche there is, and it's apparent that I don't dig Kilborn's writing style at all. I guess this book is for you if you want to know what happens when a group of folks go camping on an island with some history.
Edmund Wight
Fast, violent, gore filled and fun. This is the tale of a group of juvenile delinquents who go to an island with their two adult guardians. They're on the last trip for the center where they are all learning to be better citizens and not return to their criminal ways. During a stereotypical campfire story about Civil War cannibals who once were on this very island (the sort of story they all know is going to end with the counselor trying some cheesy scare tactic) the counselor suddenly screams a ...more
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