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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  73 reviews
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
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Pam Mancell I found it very slow to get into, but once I did I couldn't put it down. The pace gathered rapidly and it was very thrilling. I hope you persist and…moreI found it very slow to get into, but once I did I couldn't put it down. The pace gathered rapidly and it was very thrilling. I hope you persist and enjoy it as I did.(less)
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Kelly ...
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
My favorite stories are character-driven and this book certainly is. Unfortunately, though, Linda - the protagonist - doesn't inspire the kind of empathy and compassion that I should feel for a woman in her place. There was a time in my past when I struggled with severe panic attacks which made it impossible for me leave my home for a few weeks. That overwhelming fear of the outside world is something I can never forget. And, yet, Linda's fear isn't enough to trigger those memories or to arouse ...more
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THE TRAP
Written by Melanie Raabe
Translated by Imogen Taylor
JULY 5, 2016; 384 Pages
Genre: psychological thriller, suspense, mystery

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

★★★

"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--
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Melissa Borsey
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I requested a copy of this book because the description reminded me of the movie Copycat. I was not disappointed! This debut psychological thriller grabbed my attention from the very beginning and the twists and turns went until the very end! The author did a wonderful job keeping the suspense level very high! I highly recommend this great book!
Emma
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is one of those If you love The Girl on the Train books. An easy to read, gripping thriller, with an unreliable narrator. I didn't like The Girl on the Train, and I liked this book even less.
This book was certainly a gripping thriller but the story was told in a weird way. It was like you jumped right in to the middle of the story. There was no beginning. Other people might like that, but just found it frustrating. I also found the whole unreliable narrator thing tedious. You never knew if
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Melissa Newhauser
3 1/2 stars. A little predictable.
Trish Patton
It was a this happened...no wait...this happened...no wait...it was that...uggg. I actually started to enjoy the mystery tug of war with this book and then suddenly at the end it was like the author just got tired of writing and just gave it a lame ending. :( I gave it three stars because I enjoyed the book til the end and then it was basically a huge letdown.
Teena
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this was a cliched story - I'm sure I've seen telemovies with similar plots - so while the tension was there and the rhythm of the book was good, I was disappointed.
Bethel
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
short sweet and twisted
Deanne Lipsey
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one I took a chance on a new author, and it was very twisty and suspenseful!!! Would highly recommend it!
Justin
The more you follow this blog, the more you will learn I am a sucker for an unreliable narrator. The unreliable narrator who has the reader second guessing him/herself, questioning ones own values, and just wondering what is truth.

Linda Conrad in The Trap by Melanie Raabe is the unreliable narrator of my dreams!*

Linda is convinced she knows who murdered her sister, so she begins to set a trap for the killer- she will write a book about the murder, lead the killer to her home, get him to confess
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Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I want this made into a film - that's how good it is. This is one of those who-dun -its that has you going back and forth for an incredibly long time - and the author does a great job of sucking you into one scenario and then saying "well, it could have gone like that, but did it?!" Frustrating but clever and definitely keeps you reading. The premise is a writer, secluded to her out-of-the-way home for 11 years decides to finally face her fears and write a book about her sister's murder after sh ...more
Luis Aguilar
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Trap is a super suspenseful story. This book can get you on the edge of your seat because I know I was. When you get first introduced to the story you think it is going to be like every other thriller book, but it is not. When I read it I thought the same old thing is gonna happen, when the victim tries to find the killer, then fails, then ends up finding who it is. Well this book is the total opposite of that. The Trap has one more thing that other books don’t. It has a major plot twist tha ...more
Barbara
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linda Conrads is a famous author who has had agoraphobia since the time she saw the face of the killer who murdered her sister. She decides to write a book about her sister's murder in order to "trap" the person who committed the crime. This is an exciting book and actually is "a book inside a book" since the reader can actually read the book she is writing between chapters of The Trap. I would have given it 5 stars except for the fact that I thought the ending was a bit contrived and gave me th ...more
Astrida
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could not get onboard with the main character. Too unbelievable in my opinion. I found the switching back and forth between the real character and book characters annoying. I enjoyed the actual writing; very visual.
I'll be discussing this with my book group this week and will probably change my rating. I always like the book better after I discuss with my friends.
I did read this in 4 hours in one sitting.
Julie
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting setting for a murder mystery. Linda Conrads kept the reader very attached as she tried to set and execute the trap for Victor Lenzen, who she was sure murdered her sister 12 years earlier.
zendegy
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe a 2.5. I guess it wasn't horrid, because I did finish it. But it was annoying - the main character was beyond annoying! And now, a couple of weeks later, all I remember of the book is that it annoyed me. I used some form of the word annoy 3 times in 5 sentences, so...
Karen D
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! I was unable to predict the ending and it is a quick read. I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.
Judy
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW!! Here is a name I will definitely add to my list of favourite authors of mystery/thriller genre.
Raabe has deftly drawn her 2 main protagonists.
Linda, a popular author, discovered the body of her younger murdered sister and was so overcome with grief, guilt and anxiety that she isolated herself and did not leave her home for more than 10 years. Then, fortuitously, on TV she saw the face of the person she had seen leaving the scene of the crime 10 years previously.
When nobody took her seriou
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Angelina
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The love child of ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The Woman In The Window’

I found this book in dollar tree, so my expectations were very low. For a dollar, this book caught my eye. I wasn’t a bit disappointed. At the beginning, I didn’t enjoy this book, nor the character Linda. I wouldn’t like Linda until the end, but towards the middle the book picked up its pace. Fun characters like Lezein or Julian helped. This book seemed like a normal crime cliché, but the twists towards the middle separated this book fro
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Melyssa Williams
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half to four stars. Written in a simplistic style (some of this may be explained by it being translated from the German and you know what they say about things getting lost in translation), this is nevertheless a compelling story about a 38 year old novelist recluse who lays a trap to uncover her sister's killer. Her phobia and inability to leave her house leaves her no choice but to bring him straight to her doorstep. The beginning is a bit slow, but by the middle it really picks up ...more
Darian
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was wonderful! It is very intriguing from page 1. If you liked "Gone Girl" or "Girl on a Train" you will love this book! The reason I loved this book, was while she is describing the plot and the characters you also fall in love with the little things in real life you forget about. The author has such a wonderful ability to describe in such detail. As others have wrote awful reviews about this book (which they are entitled to their own opinion, no hate) I can't say anything b ...more
Diane
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I almost quit this book only a few chapters in. I really don't enjoy books that spend a good chunk of the story just having random crazy thoughts in the main character's head. This is the story of Linda Conrads who is a best-selling author who has not left her home in over twelve years. Linda has a nervous breakdown after walking into her sister's home and finding her body. As she walks in she catches a glimpse of man leaving the scene of the crime. Twelve years later, she believes she sees the ...more
Stacey
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twelve years ago, Linda witnessed her sisters murderer leaving the scene of the crime. She shortly became a recluse, a lifestyle she can maintain as a popular author. One night she sees her sisters killer on TV and begins to set a trap which includes writing a fictional book about the event to draw him out. The narrative alternates between events that happen in the present day and chapters of the book that are realistic depictions of the past. While initially a bit confusing, I loved the twists ...more
Janet Knudsen
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me riveted from start to finish. The protagonist, Linda, has seen the man who murdered her sister--and has spent 12 years in seclusion as a result. When she stumbles across the murderer, or "Monster" as she calls him, she devises a plan to trap him. The author's use of the present tense for Linda's narrative completely immersed me in her head, her world. I could empathize fully with Linda as she struggles to hang onto her sanity and find out why her sister was murdered. A great rea ...more
Rebecca Hock
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It took me awhile to get into he author's style. At first the going back and forth between the present story and the novel within the novel, seemed somewhat confusing and a little bit annoying, But once I got used to it, I quite enjoyed it. On the whole I enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing. I actually stayed up late to see how the book ended and I very rarely do this. I found it to be a very easy, quick read. I would recommend this book to others.
Cindy
I read the whole book...which is not available as a choice on Goodreads,

It was very different. I was drawn by the tag line...I know who killed my sister, I wrote this book for him? And that was the perfect summary.

Sometimes it was a little convoluted...but I think it captures that main characters state of mind well.

I did not fall hard in love with it, but it was clever and different. I am very glad I read it, but probably won’t again.

Veronica Wellington
During the first half of the novel I was fearing I would give up. However, after reading some other people's reviews, and hearing how other people thought that the second half was worth while, I decided to keep reading. I agree that the second half of the book was definitely easier to get through, and more interesting than the first half of the book. I am glad I stuck through to the end, I do have a more positive opinion about the overall story having finished it than I did in the beginning.
Jane Goldberg
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING! By pg 37, I was in her head. Cowering in fear step by step with the author. I've never read ANYTHING that so succinctly details the emotional toll of self imposed guilt. The murder of her sister, the unknown murderer, who face she gets a very good look at. The isolation, the nightmares, THE TRAP.
Rw
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the book starts out so overdramatic and overwrought. the main character is obsessed over why her sister was killed. in the end, the reason was so banal and boring, which even the main character admits to. the end was a total let down.
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