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I know you killed my sister.
I wrote this novel for you.

Twelve years ago, Linda's sister Anna was murdered. Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw him. Now, all these years on, she's just seen him again. On TV.
He has since become a well-known reporter, and Linda - a famous novelist and infamous recluse - knows no one will believe her if she accuses him, so she does the
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Published June 11th 2015 by GRIJALBO (first published March 9th 2015)
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Chelsea Humphrey
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Date Read: 07/01/16
Pub Date: 07/05/16


In this twisted debut thriller, a reclusive author sets the perfect trap for her sister’s murderer — but is he really the killer?

For 11 years, the bestselling author Linda Conrads has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister–who she discovered in a pool of blood–and the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene, Linda’s
THE TRAP is the debut psychological thriller novel by German author, Melanie Raabe, translated from German and set in Munich.

Linda Conrads (pseudonym for Linda Michaelis) is a thirty eight year old successful author, who writes a novel every year. She is ill, afflicted by nightmares and hasn’t left the house in eleven years. She lives as a recluse near Munich with her dog, and is only visited by her staff, her assistant Charlotte, the gardener and her publisher, Norbert.

Twelve years ago, she d
The Trap by Melanie Raabe is a 2017 Grand Central publication.

The psychological thriller has really seen a boon the past couple of years, with many debut authors finding immediate success writing books that were inevitably marketed “for fans of ‘Gone Girl’ or ‘Girl on the Train’”. But, by the end of 2016. I was ready to move on to other things, not wanting to burn myself out on one of my favorite genres.

But, when this book popped up on my radar, I couldn’t resist it.

This book was originally pu
I received a copy of The Trap by Melanie Raabe through Goodreads Giveaways. My thanks to Grand Central Publishing and to Melanie Raabe for the opportunity.

Is truth stranger than fiction?

Maybe, but not always.

Linda Conrads is a bestselling novelist. Her bounty of stories is far different than what typically meets the eye. Linda has become a recluse for the past eleven years after the death of her younger sister, Anna. Anna was murdered. Linda knows who did it.

Just like the scaffolding that takes
Linda Conrads is a best-selling author that’s become quite a recluse for the last eleven years since the unsolved murder of her younger sister. Linda was the one to discover her sister’s dead body catching a look at the killer’s face as he flees the scene. No one was ever convicted. Since that day, she hasn’t left her home once making her only constant source of company her dog. Though occasionally visited by the gardener, her assistant Charlotte, and her publisher Norbert.

Linda feels safe as a
This is a tense psychological thriller translated from the German and set in Munich. Linda Conrads is a reclusive and fragile writer of bestsellers plagued by nightmares. Twelve years ago, she discovered the body of her murdered younger sister, Anna, and caught a glimpse of the killer with his grey eyes. No one was convicted of the crime and the killer still walks free.

Upon watching the news one night, she believes that she sees the killer. It is the well known journalist, Victor Lenzen, and Li
3.5 Stars. I rounded up because I had a hard time putting it down once it got going! (EDIT 7/24/16: I changed my mind about rounding after some distance, but 3-stars is still a 'like' for me!) A solid thriller with a REALLY unreliable narrator. The central character's internal conflict and descent into madness is the main point of interest.

“A book must be an axe for the frozen sea within us.” - Franz Kafka

Bestselling author Linda Conrads hasn't left her home for over a decade, since around the t
A sister is both your mirror - and your opposite.

----Elizabeth Fishel

Melanie Raabe, a German author, has penned a heart-stopping and extremely mind-boggling psychological thriller in her debut book, The Trap in which the author weaves the story of an elder sister who lives her life in isolation after her younger sister's death, who was murdered and she knows about her sister's killer, but back at time, no one believed her story, and so, eleven years later, when she sees the killer's face on TV
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book is an original one. Linda Conrads is a thirty eight year old famous author, who lives as a recluse under a pseudonym. Twelve years ago, her older sister, Anna, was murdered and Linda caught a glimpse of the killer when she discovered her sisters body. Now, Linda lives a safe and controlled life. She lives with her dog, visited only by staff – her assistant Charlotte, the gardener and her publisher, Norbert. Then, suddenly, she sees a news reporter on television and belie ...more
Linda Conrads was a famous author – well known and with many best sellers to her name. She was also a recluse. Linda hadn’t left her home, hadn’t stepped outside the door in eleven years. The memory of her sister Anna’s murder twelve years prior was fresh in her mind – as fresh as if it had happened the day before. Linda was the one who had found Anna; she had also seen Anna’s killer lurking in the darkness of the apartment before he’d run away…

Linda knew the killer hadn’t been caught; when it h
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linda Conrad is the author of many successful novels, she is also a recluse. Linda's sister Anna was murdered 12 years ago, she has never gotten over this and to make it worse she was the one who found her sisters body, she also saw the killers face. 12 years on and Linda is watching TV when she sees the killers face again, who is now a successful journalist. As you can imagine Linda is now totally immersed in finding justice for her sister. Many people have asked Linda for interviews over the y ...more
Heena Rathore P.
I really tried hard to like this book, but it's not for me.

My main problem with the book was that there was so much description. The exposition literally killed the plot. And the story itself felt very unbelievable and the characters were flat to say the least.

I liked the starting of the book and the build up, but around 20% I started to feel distracted and bored, and by that time I finished the quarter mark, I was already not interested in knowing what happened next. And that was why I read the
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Note (2/4-17): I've updated this review from 2016-07-05 with a Swedish review of the book!


Melanie Raabe har verkligen lyckats skriva en bok där jag var inte säker på om huvudkaraktären, Linda Conrad, var helt galen, eller om hon hade rätt om att ha sett hennes systrar mördare på TV: n. Jag drogs in i historien redan från början och boken hålls mitt intresse upp ända fram till slutet. Vi får följa Linda historia, men också kapitel från hennes bok om mordet ingår i berättelsen. O
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
(2.5) For some reason I just couldn’t decide what to rate this! The bare bones of the story was kind of repetitive & pretty predictable. I almost gave up at about 20%.. But i did enjoy the writing itself. The main character was intriguing.. So i decided to finish. But unfortunately what i thought was happening was absolutely what was happening. I've seen people recommend books to people who don't devour thrillers the way some of us do.. & now i completely understand that way of thinking! If i wo ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The trap is about a recluse author who's sister was killed years ago and sets a trap to catch the person who killed her.
Really great read kept you right on the edge of you seat thinking will she actually pull it off and will the killer fall for it (I won't tell you ).
This book has everything from suspence, sadness and heartbreak this is a first for me by this author but won't be the last.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Trap is the first novel by German author, Melanie Raabe. When reclusive author Linda Conrads sees the man who, twelve years ago, murdered her sister, Anna, on a TV news program, she is shocked and stunned. Even though Superintendent Julian Schumer promised her he would find the killer, the case was never solved. Now Linda can put a name to the face that has haunted her since that August day in 2002: Victor Lenzen.

Lenzen is a well-known journalist, respected for his reports from Afghanistan,
Britta Böhler
Raabe's novel (which I read in the German original) started off with a very interesting premise: After witnessing her sister's murder, female writer spends the next 12 years in seclusion, never leaving her house. By chance she sees the killer on tv and decides to get him to confess (setting a trap by publishing a crime novel, recounting the murder).

But the book was a disappointment: the plot was predictable, the characters stayed bland and, worst of all, the writing-style was quite bad, full of
Merril Anil
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
A very twisted tale of Sisters

The book has a very melancholic tone to it so don't expect an adrenaline high thriller ride from the book because i did and i had to cope up with the fact that the book is a bit gloomy and takes time to sit well with its readers. Those who love dark and silent thrillers, this is your pick but even if it is not the case, the book promises a good experience but you need to show a bit patience for that

The trap deals with not events or mystery aspect of the story rath
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Grand Central and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Originally published in German, the English-language translation was one of the hottest titles at London Book Fair, where it generated keen film interest from Hollywood producers!

Interview with the Author.

Melanie Raabe delivers an intriguing psychological twisty mystery suspense debut, (a book within a book) THE TRAP, an author obsessed with bringing her sister’s murder to justice, and the mystery
Crime by the Book
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freakin' addictive read. I absolutely devoured this book. Not the most complex of thrillers, but totally immersive. Highly recommend this one if you're looking for a good summertime binge read!! Full review to come on CBTB!!
Eleven years ago, best-selling author Linda Conrads entered the front door of her home and hasn't gone through it since. She's shut herself off from life on the outside, and her home has become her entire world. From it she has written a series of acclaimed novels. But there's one story she hasn't written yet-- that of the murder of her sister, Anna. It's been a nightmare that has had no ending, a nameless killer escaping into the darkness. Until now. Because Linda Conrads has just seen the murd ...more
Frank Phillips
Meh. This was just okay for me. It had promise of greatness, but then it took a turn and went downhill for me. Maybe it has to do with the fact this was a translated work. Maybe it's just not up my alley. Who knows. I may check out this author's next book, just to determine if it was just the book, or the author.
Jill Hutchinson
Thrillers seem to be the cause celebre recently so when a friend loaned me this book I took the bait. Well, I couldn't quite see what all the brouhaha was about and found it rather tame and built on a fragile foundation.

The first person narrator is an agoraphobic best selling author who hasn't left her house in years after she found her only sister murdered by an unknown assailant. She thinks she saw someone in her sister's apartment but did not recognize him. She fell under suspicion but the cr
Ivi Oltovska
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book 5 stars :))))
Rachel Hall
A captivating opening and a startlingly original concept are about as good as this meandering and highly protracted thriller gets, sadly after that then it is a rocky and uneven yawn of a read until the final page. I presume the term thriller has been used in the euphemistic sense of the word as The Trap runs the risk of leaving readers twiddling their thumbs awaiting a development. Whilst this is a debut novel, two fundamental issues hamper the direction of the novel from the off: namely that t ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The Trap is about a famed author shut-in who is still traumatized by an event 11 years prior, where she walked in on the murder of her sister. Now she thinks she has identified the murderer, and seeks justice for her sister at last. I didn't care for this book, unfortunately. The story line was cliche and muddled a bit, and I was more distracted by the chapter segments of Linda's novel than helped by them. The thing about this book that made it tough to get through is that the author set up f
Renita D'Silva
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! An amazing thriller with so many shockers! I was riveted and scared and did not know what was coming or what to think - the best kind of psychological thriller. One of my favourites.
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Going into a new book I always read the description so I have a good idea of how things are going to pan out. With The Trap I was expecting a standard 'whodunnit' but Raabe, a new German author, switched things up and gave me a very character-driven and impressive psychological thriller. I ended up with a very different kind of experience than I initially expected and I quite enjoyed it.

The premise is that author Linda Conrads found her sister's murdered body 12 years ago and even caught a glimp
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‘The tables turn and turn again, while the reader’s trust in the narrator’s credibility is tested to the max.’
Sydney Morning Herald

‘You won’t be able to resist.’
Elle UK

‘A mind-bending psychological thriller…An intriguing debut novel.’
Otago Daily Times

‘Suspenseful…taut storytelling.’
Publishers Weekly

‘Raabe has crafted a brilliant psychological thriller. It is fast-paced with an abundance of twists and red herrings, and more than one heart-stopping climax.’

A fast, twisty read for fans of
Maya Panika
A woman sees her sister murdered; she knows who the murderer is (but the police are dolts and would not believe her). Years later, when she has become an acclaimed yet reclusive novelist (agoraphobia brought on by the trauma of what she witnessed), she sees the murderer on TV - he is now a respected journalist, so she writes a novel, telling the story of the murder and insists that the murderer be the one to get the exclusive interview with her.

It’s a great idea - a little far fetched (so many q
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