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A contemporary fantasy set in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rebecca never expected to meet a witch, least of all in a second-hand bookshop in Mowbray. Surely she had nothing to fear from an old lady holding a box of children’s books. But on the train home Rebecca collapses and is rushed to hospital, deep in a coma.

Rebecca’s sisters, Pippa and Anmarie, are confronted by a fright
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Paperback, 172 pages
Published June 13th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 1st 2012)
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J. Aleksandr Wootton
We have seen tales that send real people into books (Myst, Inkheart, The Eyre Affair); we haven't seen it done quite like this before.

We haven't seen a family of three sisters, still struggling with the recent death of their mother, suddenly plunged all over again into a world of stark hospitals and puzzled doctors.

We haven't seen a villain in whom the aims of the sorcerer and the scientist are revealed to be identical; we haven't seen a witch all-too-willing to sacrifice a few (not including he
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Allisyn
Jun 29, 2012 Allisyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this story in a single sitting and it was a great way to spend a few hours. The story starts right in on the action without any unnecessary exposition. I loved the parallel plot lines of Rebecca's adventures and the efforts of her sisters to reconnect her mind and body. The progression of Rebecca's fantasy world was captivating and interesting and the reveal to her sisters was well executed. The character of the Witch was well developed and I really appreciated having an antagonist wi ...more
Andrea
Apr 07, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it
I have to admit, I have a soft spot for stories in which the heroine (who is almost always female, from my experience) gets trapped in another world. Particularly when she has friends/family back home trying to help. The Story Trap certainly hit those soft spots for me, but there were a few things I didn't love about it.

The Bad: The ending left me wanting more. Not in the good way that you feel when you've just finished a really good book; it just felt like there should have been more to it. The
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Dilys
Apr 08, 2014 Dilys rated it it was amazing
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Read this in one sitting I couldn,t put it down. A modern day fairy story. Characters are great especially the witches, loved the little drawings they were a lovely touch. Bit disappointed to realise this was the first in a series & would have to wait for the final journey to this story.WON THIS ON GOODREADS GIVE-AWAY.
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Masha du Toit is an artist and writer living in Cape Town, South Africa. She illustrates stories that don’t exist yet, and writes about unexpected magic in everyday situations. She’s inspired by folk- and fairy tales, puppetry, and spur-of-the-moment bedtime stories.
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