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Girl Trap

(Madeline Dawkins #3)

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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Appearances can be deceiving. And in Southern California, where the sun shines almost every day and make-believe has its own industry, it’s hard to tell what is real and what is merely illusion. Two inquiries come to MDPI on the same day that seem like fairly straight-forward missing person cases. But it doesn’t take long to discover there’s nothing ordinary about the disa ...more
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Published May 1st 2018 by Woodstock Press
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Janel Fields
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such An Engaging Ride

Madeline Dawkins is so believable and the storyline kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait for the continuation of her saga and the next mysteries she and her will tackle.
Glen
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads, mystery
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A pair of partnered PI's work separately. Mike, the male half finds himself taking down a sex trafficking ring, while Madeline tries to find an heiress, which leads her to a murder. Both cases are pretty interesting, although Mike's case require more fisticuffs, and Madeline's is more psychological. There are a couple of plot threads left dangling, but they aren't too detrimental to the stories.

A book that appeals to fans of either genre.
Melanie Rose
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Girl Trap, by Cynthia Hamilton, shines as the author's third book in the Madaline Dawkins series!
It is a joy to read such a well written, well crafted, novel. I am always excited when I find a series I love, as it allows me to to really get involved with the characters and take the journey with them, following them and relating to them as they develop. Madeline is one of my all time favorites! She has had to come into her own, (and boy, does she!) or be victim to the worst kind of villains. She
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John M.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Girl Trap, the newest entry in her Madeline Dawkins series, author Cynthia Hamilton once again displays her mastery of the mystery genre, with captivating writing, winding plots, and sculpted characterizations. Tension lurks everywhere. Danger hovers. What is known and implied doubles back on itself.

Hamilton paints with her prose, pictures that are not always pretty, but are gripping, raw, and believable. Her characters interact in ways that tease and foreshadow, with action that sparks like
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Coco.V
Nov 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb:
Appearances can be deceiving. And in Southern California, where the sun shines almost every day and make-believe has its own industry, it’s hard to tell what is real and what is merely illusion. Two inquiries come to MDPI on the same day that seem like fairly straight-forward missing person cases. But it doesn’t take long to discover there’s nothing ordinary about the disappearance of two beautiful sisters from Minnesota and an estranged heiress who ha
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Carolyn Crane
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm fond of Madeline Dawkins, the protagonist in Hamilton's mystery series. I've rooted for her through two novels so far, Spouse Trap and A High Price to Pay. Dawkins is gritty, gutsy, and very, very human. Hamilton took a break from the series to write her memoir Finding Ruth, so I've had to be patient. I wasn't disappointed. In the third installment of the series, we spend most of our time mingling with a mere day and a half in the private eye's life, and we're there with her every second. Da ...more
Vicky
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traffic

What a unique way to write a book. Two different enterprises with two different managers. Yet, both tend to work as PIs.
A. well developed plot with great characters.
This is a book you will continue to read into the night until you have finished it.
Vicki Tapia
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Girl Trap is the perfect reading escape for a rainy weekend. Curl up with your favorite quilt, a hot cup of tea and Girl Trap, Cynthia Hamilton’s latest installment in her Madeline Dawkins mystery series.

Two intertwining mysteries built back and forth throughout the book to their individual climaxes, keeping me reading, as I had to know what would happen next! The surprise twist at the end has left me wondering how Madeline might use her newly acquired “skill” to solve her next case.

Thanks, Cyn
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John Dolan
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Girl Trap' is the third novel in Cynthia Hamilton's PI mystery series. IMHO, it is not necessary to have read the first two books in the series to enjoy this one - as the author feeds you sufficient back story to get you up to speed - but I would nevertheless suggest you do read them (either before or after this one), as they are both cracking yarns.
Ms. Hamilton's latest offering has a gripping opening which will hook you straightaway (perhaps 'Reader Trap' might have been a more appropriate ti
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Teresa Collins
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library and this is my honest opinion. I have read all of the Madeline Dawkins books and I think this is my favorite. Madeline and Mike are handling two different cases and it was really good to see Mike working on his own, out from under Madeline's shadow. Mike's case wasn't really a mystery; more of a search and rescue, but I definitely enjoyed it. Madeline's case was more of a mystery and it had a rather original twist, which, unfortunately ...more
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A fantastic read; I highly recommend to all!
Bobbi Wagner
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and her ability to pull me right into the story right from the beginning. Her story is creative, well written and engaging. The twists and turns that she took me on had me sitting on the edge of my seat for parts of the book. Madeline and her partner, Mike are my favorite, they bring the story to life for me. In this book, she finds herself in the middle of two cases, sex trafficing and a missing person. I highly recommend reading this book to find out what happens next.
E.A.
Girl Trap (Madeline Dawkins #3) by Cynthia Hamilton was a gripping suspenseful read that kept me reading.

The third book in this series, I was excited to get my hands on it. Now this is a continuation series, so I highly suggest reading the other two books or you will not be able to get the full impact of this story.

Going into this book I think I might have set the bar a little too high, as I very much enjoyed the other two books, but I found this one was a little off. Right away I got that fee
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Laura Furuta
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3)
By: Cynthia Hamilton
5 out of 5 stars

The story Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3) by Cynthia Hamilton is the next exciting and amazing book in a series that I have loved since reading the first one. The author really knocks it out of the park with both the storyline and the characters. It is a book that once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I love reading about Madeline and her partner Mike Delaney. Madeline is an intelligent, independent,
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Jenni Bishop
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3) by Cynthia Hamilton is another exciting book in this series. This book should not be read as a standalone as you will miss out on the back stories and how are characters came to where they are. Cynthia has done a great job of suspense and thrills and chills and weaving a story that has become addicting. We once again see Madeline and Mike trying to put the past behind them and move forward with their new Event and PI businesses but inevitably the pas ...more
Liz
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have absolutely become obsessed with Cynthia Hamilton’s Madeline Dawkins mysteries. Girl Trap is the third installment, and I would highly suggest that you read the previous two books in the series prior to this one for the best enjoyment and understanding. They are the best poolside reads though so perfect to slip in the beach bag and devour while soaking up some sun. Madeline is the type of character that I find myself wanting to be like and following her growth as a person and in her profes ...more
Tausha Treadway
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3) by Cynthia Hamilton. This is the 3rd installment of the Madeline Dawkins series and it doesn't disappoint. Madeline a party planner and private investigator thinks things are rocking along same as ever when she gets 2 inquiries on the same day for a fairly normal missing persons case. But there is nothing normal about either of these cases. Two beautiful sisters are missing from Minnesota, one is an estranged heiress who has never touched her 8 figur ...more
Michelle Mulvey
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Girl Trap by Cynthia Hamilton was a book that was written well. I liked the plot, the suspense was insane and the book kept me mostly interested. There was to much going on at once. I felt the book was a lot for one book. Mike and Madeline were in 2 different places and it kept going back and forth every other chapter was about the other person. They were working two totally different cases so I feel like, going back and forth was pointless. I was more interested in Mike’s case but just when I t ...more
Katie
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl Trap (Madeline Dawkins #3)
By Cynthia Hamilton
4 stars

Girl Trap was another enjoyable read from Cynthia Hamilton. I really like this authors writing style, I find that I am easily pulled into her stories, they have a great flow and pace and the characters are really interesting to read about. I really like Madeline, I feel like I am right there with her in the story at times working alongside her trying to solve the cases that she has. I think that her and Mike make a great team, they both w
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Shannon
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Madeline Dawkins adventures....are never dull! And Girl Trap...wow! Probably my favorite so far. Some serious subjects covered in this story. Book three is a must read! But only after reading books 1 and 2!

Hamilton dives into a touchy subject, one that the real world is unbelievably discovering as well. Several girls have gone missing. Not all of the cases are the same, however there is more to it than meets the eye. Madeline and Mike have to use their MDPI skills during this story. They will h
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Jana
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girl Trap is the third book in Cynthia Hamilton’s Madeline Dawkins’ series and I absolutely loved the opening! You need to read the books in order to fully understand who Madeline is and how she has become the woman she is now!
In this story Madeline and her partner Mike are working on two cases at the same time. They solve both of them but it takes its toll and the writer leaves us at the edge of our seat at the end of the story, impatiently waiting for what is coming next! The story takes place
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Emma Morreale
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cynthia Hamilton really knows how to grab me from just a synopsis. How could I possibly say no to two separate, seemingly straight forward cases of missing persons? I tore through this book to get to the part where Madeline reaches the Catholic school because how could that not be filled with mystery and delicious intrigue. With the topic of sex trafficking, Ms. Hamilton was not afraid to sugar coat some details and I really respect her for it. It will make some people uncomfortable to read but ...more
Julie
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3) by Cynthia Hamilton is a four star novel. This is the third novel in the series and I have loved getting to know the character of Madeline Dawkins. Madeline is an event planner and a private eye. Such a weird combination, but it works for her. This novel touches on some very real and traumatizing material such as sex trafficking. I love that the author was not afraid to publish this novel with this raw material in it because people need to be more aw ...more
Kerry Baker
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Girl Trap by Cynthia Hamilton is a novel belonging to the Madeline Dawkins Mystery series. This third in the series this book is every bit as interesting and fast paced as the previous two.
The author has created yet another story full of twists and turns. It is the type of book that keeps the pages turning. You just have to find out what is going to happen. And I know a lot of people aren’t a fan “unfinished” endings but I really enjoyed knowing there will be more to come from this series and th
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Dawn Daughenbaugh
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star
Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3) by Cynthia Hamilton

Girl Trap is the third book in the Madeline Dawkins Mystery Series. I found myself lost in the pages while sitting on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what happens next. I do suggest reading the first two books in this series if you haven’t already as it will give you a better enjoyment of this series. Mike and Madeline are at it again. These two are amazing characters that I love reading about. These two believe th
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Heather
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3) by Cynthia Hamilton is part of a series that is a must read in your summer "To Read" collection. Each book in this series adds additional depth and dynamic to Madeline and the mysterious events that embark within her life. This story may be longer than some, but at the same time it makes for a solid read that will keep your mind engaged giving more than some of the shorter mysteries that are out there. Prior to this series, I hadn't previously read a ...more
Candida Hopper
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery)
by Cynthia Hamilton

Another wonderful, suspenseful read by this talented author. As soon as I started reading this story I couldn't put it down, I found myself turning pages quickly to find out what was going to happen next. I really liked the fact that both Mike and Madeline had their own case to work on this time but I also feel torn because I think they are better together. I have really become invested in these two characters and love reading about myste
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Madison Degraffenreid
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019read
Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3) by Cynthia Hamilton

5-Stars

Girl Trap is an exciting and fun read. The author immediately pulled me in from page one with Madeline’s flash back. It was gripping. I could not put this book down after that. This is the second book I have read by this author and it is the third book of its series. It can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed how easy the storyline was to follow as well as all the action and suspense. The author had excellent characte
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Erica Fish
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girl Trap by Cynthia Hamilton is the third book by Madeline Dawkins. I recommend reading this series in order to get the full back story with Madeline and Mike. I have been in pulled into this world and feel like Madeline and Mike are my friends and I will do anything for them. Madeline really finds herself in a bind. She found herself into two different cases, one is sex trafficking and the other a missing person. There are some wild twists and turns that keep you on your toes. Cynthia Hamilton ...more
Maura
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
GIRL TRAP is the third installment in the "Madeline Dawkins Mystery" series. I think this is a series that should be read in order. There are vital details from the previous stories that are mentioned within the first few paragraphs.

GIRL TRAP is two stories woven into one book. The author writes very detailed scenes and I often found myself reading only the first sentence in each paragraph. There are twists and turns and some obvious directions and results.

I would have rated this a 3.5 star but
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