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(Konrath/Kilborn Collective #4)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  5,140 ratings  ·  515 reviews

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 learn, to heal. Then Martin told a campfire story about the island's history. Of the old civil war
Paperback, Limited Edition, 332 pages
Published June 26th 2010
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I'm insane. Honestly. This is the second book I've read by the author (consecutively) - and it was just as good as the first book (Afraid #1), but it loses a star, due to the typos and the way it was formatted. There were times, when one characters' narrative, ended, and then it switched to another, without starting a new paragraph, at the very least - so that was a little annoying. I liked the back-story to each of the characters, though. That was intriguing.

Six troubled teenagers: Meadowlark
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“You one of the bad guys, ain’t you?”

“Bad as they come, brutha.”

(A request before I begin, if you will humor me for a moment. If you’re gonna troll me for reading this wrong at least come up with a quotable quote my friends can berate me with for eternity. I’m looking at you, “You Suck Turtles” lady – you done good.)

Now on with the show. In case you aren’t already aware, I are quite horrible . . . .

I truly don’t intend to be
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Far be it for me to tell an author what to write but I feel an obligation to point out three facts of nature...

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
Freda Mans-Labianca
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It pulled me in right from the first word.
It was everything I had hoped for and more. It had me thinking of Lord of the Flies, but adults... mixed with a little Texas Chainsaw massacre minus the chainsaw.
It was scary. It was graphic and it was cool!
I have not read anything like it, and doubt I will again. This author always hooks me with his talent. Definitely on my favorite authors list.
This is the kind of book I'd rather not read at night, so it doesn't keep me up.
It's that good!!
Horror fans
Veronica Morfi
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5/5

This story was such a thrill. So many bad guys in such a tiny island no wonder things got pretty gory and terrifying. Full review to come...
*moving profiles*
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully Disturbing

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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
2.5 Stars
The character work in this novel was honestly really poor. The characters' actions and underlying motivations rarely made sense. Furthermore, everyone (especially the black characters) were stereotypes. I almost put the book down, but I'll admit that I found the mystery surrounding the island to be rather compelling. The novel starts with a pretty scary prologue and I was interested to see how the story got to that point. Given that this story involves cannibalism, readers should expect
James Barrie
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly twisted.

I'll never think of "gridiron" as a football term again.
Though commencing as a fairly straight forward riff on the cliched theme of "pack of people in a remote location being picked off one by one by some form of unseen assailant", Kilborn quickly ratchets up the crazy (and inventiveness) in introducing threat after threat that the beleaguered band of protagonists must contend with to survive.

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
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, cannibals
OK. Two things are bugging me about this book.


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
Jordan Anderson
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Proof is in the evidence as they say in a court of law and the proof that Kilborn may be one of the most underrated, yet most talented author today, is in the fact that this was my 3rd book from him in 9 days. Seriously, one book every 3 days from the same author is truly a testament to how great a great a writer Mr. Kilborn is.

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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Perfect Halloween reading. This book is going to give me nightmares for years! ..and what do I do?? Give the sucker 4 stars..I'm sick like that!~
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok

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
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Splatter and gore. Cannibals and mad scientists. Teenagers and campfires.
Was this good?
Hell no.
Was it entertaining?
Hell yeah!
Finished it in a day and will read the last of the 3 I bought too :-D
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Trapped combines classic campsite horror with civil war history and it's a very original and well-written novel.
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, thriller
Just finished reading Trapped and I cannot get over how excellent it was. Dark horrifying terror. Non-stop adrenaline ride. Intricately weaved plot that provided several surprising twists. I don't know about you but I love plots that realistically curve and twist so that you anticipate something happening then read a bit further and change your mind and then when you least expect it it pops back up in different way. I was squealing in surprise until the very end and I won't share how many "holy ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
"Trapped" is a hands down 5/5 ***** as far as I am concerned. This book speaks for itself, and no wonder most people rave about this one.

Extremely graphic, and any diehard horror fan is sure to remember, and talk about this one for a while. Certainly gives new meaning to the term "psychological" thriller.

Recommend not listening with the lights out, and/or on a camping trip. That being said. . . this one is excellent for those who love super scary horror-thrillers. Bonus, is this one is also incr
May 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction
I don't know what to say everyone. Almost a 4.0 on Goodreads? In all honesty, I find this completely unbelievable. Trapped is terrible. The more pages I turned, the more I chuckled to myself. It's got every horror film cliche there is, and it's apparent that I don't dig Kilborn's writing style at all. I guess this book is for you if you want to know what happens when a group of folks go camping on an island with some history.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Konrath does it again! I fell in love with Afraid and this one was almost as good. It was so creepy and disturbing and totally violent and gory. I absolutely loved this one and the characters and the plot. The plot was so crazy with the cannibals and the doctor. There were also a couple of twists towards the end that I did not see coming. I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
Desert Rose
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trapped by Jack Kilborn (J.A. Konrath)

Year Published: 2010

My Rating: 5 stars

322 pages

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
Dez Nemec
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2018
I've read some of J.A. Konrath's mysteries, but was my first of his Horror Collective. As I had dreams last night of cannibals, it's safe to say that this one got into my head.

Sara and Martin run Second Chance Center, a place for juvenile offenders instead of sending them to kiddy jail. Unfortunately, as funding has been cut, the place is about to close. As one last hurrah, Martin thinks its a FANTASTIC idea to take 6 juvenile offenders from the inner city out to a deserted island 2 hours from c
Ally McCudden
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really really loved this! If you love gory horror movies that are not realistic and are NOT to be taken too seriously then you will love this. This does not shy away from GOING THERE.
This by no means will be a book for everyone, but if you like movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn and The Devils Rejects, I think you will enjoy this one.
3 - 3 1/2 stars

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
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
Wonderfully scary but not necessarily gory. Kilborn mentions a lot of gross and scary things but doesn't describe any in detail, he gives just enough info for your own mind to fill the rest.
I'll never tell scary stories around a campfire again. Ever.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one fucked up book. There were many scenes that actually turned my stomach but I just could not stop listening (audiobook). If you are into really gory horror books then I would definitely recommend this one.
Best cannibal book ever! Think Wrong Turn with The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, horror
5 stars audio
5 suspenseful, cringy, gorgy stars story
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
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May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One day....that is what it took me to read this book. I just finished it about 10 minutes ago and my mind is still reeling from what I read. First book I've ever read by Jack Kilborn and if his other books are just as good as Trapped he will have a new fan. Gory, scary, frightening, spine-tingling, suspense-filled, excellent flow from one character to another (and there are a lot of them), plenty of background descriptions, no grammatical errors...just a few ways to describe Trapped! This book s ...more
Reading is my Escape
Creepy... and really gross  
I listened to this book on audio, and while I didn't find it scary, it was definitely bloody and gory in a slasher film kind of way. 
Sara and Martin are guardians to six difficult, troubled, teenagers. They take them camping on an island that is supposedly deserted. But, surprise, the island is home to a doctor and his vicious creations. And they have no way to get off the island. These are city kids, and they are easily spooked, but we find out they have a good reas
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