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Trapped: A Novel of Terror (Afraid #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,299 Ratings  ·  430 Reviews
TERRIFIED... 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 wa ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 8th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 26th 2010)
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Pamela I read Afraid(#1) then Endurance(#3). They have nothing to do with each other so I think it's safe to say that there is no particular order to read…moreI read Afraid(#1) then Endurance(#3). They have nothing to do with each other so I think it's safe to say that there is no particular order to read them.(less)
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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 contr
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
Veronica Morfi
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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!~

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
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
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
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
May 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm probably going to get ripped to shreds for saying this but it is my opinion that KONRATH (aka KILBORN) is in the same league as KING. His writing is truly superb and he weaves a horror tale that will scare the bejesus out of you. His stories are scary, gory, and have that element that lets you know when you are reading that you are reading something amazing.
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.
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
Best cannibal book ever! Think Wrong Turn with The Island of Dr. Moreau.
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
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Another Konrath slasher. I guess the formula is getting a little old. I am tired of having to say this: A Glock does not have a hammer nor a safety. If you do not know about guns, don't try to discuss them or include them in your books. It just makes you sound like someone who doesn't do research. If you don't know about something either don't include it or look it up.

Babies cry for no reason, much less when you are running through the woods fighting off cannibals. (This has been brought up).

Michael Hicks
3.5 stars.

While not as engrossing as its predecessor "Afraid," "Trapped" was a solid horror story that kept my attention throughout. It starts off as a fairly run of the mill cannibals-in-the-woods story, but about half-way through it evolves thanks to a great twist that upends things nicely and puts the plot into overdrive for the last half. Although it follows on the heels of "Afraid," the prior novel is not required reading; however, those that have read it should appreciate the returning cha
Martin Belcher
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Extreme horror, scary...actually terrifying. Intense, gory, torture, canabalism. Not a bedtime read for the nervous. Having said all of that, I did enjoy it although I felt the plot was a little odd and events towards the end were strange and left a lot of unanswered questions. A good, scary, intense read for hardened horror fans that are not shocked easily.
Beckimoody Moody
Warning: This was extremely violent and graphic. I am usually not bothered by this (I love serial killer and psychological thriller novels) but this seemed over-the-top, gratuitous, endless gore. You don't usually read these types of novels for the plot, and this one was as flimsy as usual. Think Friday the 13th on steroids and with an unlimited special effects budget.
Jacqueline King
Kilborn is a genius. Can't understand how his works haven't already been made into movies. I look forward to Endurance.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A relentless thriller that doesn't let you down. This is the third of the series that I've read and I love them all so far. At any point one of the characters could die, horribly. You never know what is going to happen but the twists are believable so you don't feel cheated. These are the only horror books I've read that are any good other than King but these are about a third the length of most of his books.
Rose Delloye
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

It was very descriptive, maybe a bit too much so. But it was a good read very thought provoking. I liked it.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
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Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In a last-ditch effort to create good memories before the closing of their behavioral center, Sara and Martin Randhurst packed up their latest charges and take them to a secluded, alledgedly uninhabited island for an overnight camping trip. Since the teens all come from the city's streets, a night in the country will be a huge change for them. It also happens to be a last chance for Sara and Martin to work through their own marital problems that have been compounded by the center's loss
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I rate this book, I have to mention that I read two versions of it. The first was the final edited version and the second was the uncut version. I will rate them together because they are essentially the same story. There are big differences from one to the other, but those will be discussed in the spoiler section below my blog post HERE!

As usual, Kilborn tantalized my ocular sense with gruesome acts and a spine-tingling horror story.

The edited version (EV) felt like the whole story was
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Trapped is the second book in author Jack Kilborn's Afraid series. Though a part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone as it's a completely different story from Afraid. After reading the first book I waited no time in downloading Trapped. I was so excited that I think I missed a very important key detail - Cannibalism - when I read the synopsis. Had I noted that word, I might not have checked this one out. Jack Kilborn wrote this novel in his usual cinematic way, which made this nov ...more
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Jack Kilborn is pen name for writer J.A. Konrath. The Kilborn name denotes his horror novels; the Konrath name his thrillers.
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