Trapped: A Novel of Terror (Afraid #2)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
THESE COMMENTS WERE MADE AS I FINISHED PARTS OF THE BOOK, NOT COMPLETED IT.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Year Published: 2010
My Rating: 5 stars
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 ...more
Babies cry for no reason, much less when you are running through the woods fighting off cannibals. (This has been brought up).
Was this good?
Was it entertaining?
Finished it in a day and will read the last of the 3 I bought too :-D
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book is not for the soft hearted. It's bleak, dark, bloody, painful, disgusting, sickening, macabre, and evil. I believe that the onl ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.”