The Trap

The Trap

Book - 2016
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The famous novelist Linda Conrads, 38, is a mystery to her fans and the media. She hasn't set foot over the threshold of her villa on Lake Starnberg for more than eleven years, and yet she's extremely successful. Her life, though comfortable, is highly artificial and her grip on reality is fragile. Only very few know that she is tormented by a dark memory.

When she was young, Linda found her sister Anna in a pool of her own blood and saw the murderer fleeing. His face haunts her dreams. So it is a tremendous shock for her one day when that exact face appears on her television screen -- it belongs to the high-profile journalist Victor Lenzen. She decides to set a trap to catch Victor by writing a novel based on the death of her sister and promote the book through one interview --with Victor. But what actually happened that night many years ago?

Publisher: Toronto : Spiderline, 2016
ISBN: 9781487000776
Branch Call Number: RAAB
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Imogen


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Dec 13, 2017

A fantastic thriller, on par with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Highly recommended.

Feb 05, 2017

A psychological thriller about a woman who is sure she has found her sister’s murderer many years later kept me reading way past my bedtime. Linda, the narrator, is totally unreliable. She’s become a recluse since her sister died. She won’t leave the house, at times she will watch her gardener from the window. But she hires a housekeeper to do her shopping and take the dog out for a run. Everyone she needs comes to her house, including her publishing agent. She’s cut off ties with her parents, even. She writes a novel about her sister’s murder in order to entice the well-known reporter to her home for an interview. As the interview proceeds, Raabe has deftly created a storyline which is designed to confuse and scare the reader. Linda is so unreliable in her narration of what happened to her sister, the reader begins to think Linda killed her. It’s almost the last page before you discover the truth.

Sep 19, 2016

I liked this book. There was a plot twist, sort of...and for a first book I thought it was fine.

KateHillier Aug 26, 2016

It's a very claustrophobic book, which is appropriate considering our main character hasn't set foot outside in quite some time. Adding into that is the trauma and horror of seeing the man who murdered her sister for the first time since the murder. Our heroine, an author, decides to set a trap. There is care and effort put into it and it seems perfect. Famous last words.

It's a quick read, keeps you engaged, but the ending falls a little flat for me.

Jul 20, 2016

Psychological thriller translated from German.
A different take on an unsolved murder.

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