Now in paperback, the twisted debut thriller about a reclusive author who sets the perfect trap for her sister's murdererbut is he really the killer?
The renowned author Linda Conrads is famous for more than just her bestselling novels. For over eleven years, she has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Far-fetched, sometimes sinister rumors surround the shut-in writer, but they pale in comparison to the chilling truth: Linda is haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister, whom she discovered in a pool of blood twelve years ago, and by the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene.
Now plagued by panic attacks, Linda copes with debilitating anxiety by secluding herself in her house, her last safe haven. But the sanctity of this refuge is shattered when her sister's murderer appears againthis time on her television screen. Empowered with sudden knowledge but hobbled by years of isolation, Linda resolves to use her only means of communication with the outside worldthe plot of her next novelto lay an irresistible trap for the man.
But as the plan is set in motion and the past comes rushing back, Linda's memories of that traumatic nightand her very sanityare called into question. Is this man really a heartless killer or merely a helpless victim?
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Melanie Raabe was born in 1981 and grew up in a small village in former East Germany. After studying media and literature, she went on to become a magazine editor, freelance journalist, writer, and stage actor. While juggling several jobs by day, she wrote at night, crafting two plays and THE TRAP, which is her debut novel. Melanie Raabe currently lives in Cologne and loves the stage, traveling, cooking, bungee jumping, tattoos, indie rock, and cats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This will keep you guessing for a while! I enjoyed it.
Our protagonist behaved in all ways sane. It was an insane life situation she was trying to live and heal in. THIS NOVEL IS BELIEVEABLE. I was spellbound. Thank you and please keep writing.
The Trap is the first novel by German author, Melanie Raabe. When reclusive author Linda Conrads sees the man who, twelve years ago, murdered her sister, Anna, on a TV news program, she is shocked and stunned. Even though Superintendent Julian Schumer promised her he would find the killer, the case was never solved. Now Linda can put a name to the face that has haunted her since that August day in 2002: Victor Lenzen. Lenzen is a well-known journalist, respected for his reports from Afghanistan, the Middle East, London and Asia. Linda’s eye-witness account was received with some scepticism at the time: will anyone believe her now? She hatches a plan to get him where she can interrogate him. She writes a novel, Blood Sisters, about the murder and agrees to give an exclusive interview, at her home, to one journalist: Lenzen. Raabe has crafted a brilliant psychological thriller. It is fast-paced with an abundance of twists and red herrings, and more than one heart-stopping climax. From the beginning Raabe sows the seeds of doubt about the reliability of the narrative, and she allows these to germinate as the story progresses. She uses the interesting device of a narrative within a narrative: the text of Linda’s novel parallels, to some extent, real life events, and elaborates on the details of the murder investigation. Raabe treats the reader to some lovely descriptive prose: “I keep trying to drive away the thought of Anna, but it’s sticky, like old-fashioned flypaper. Other dark thoughts get stuck to it; there’s no stopping them” and “…I had trouble driving away the thoughts that came at night and settled on my bed like crows” are examples. This outstanding debut novel is flawlessly translated by Imogen Taylor.
3.5 The Trap is Melanie Raabe's debut novel. The tagline on the cover is a great invitation to open up the book and read more..."I know who killed my sister. I wrote this book for him." Author Linda Conrads has not left her house in eleven years. The death of her sister was incredibley traumatic - she was brutally murdered in her own home - and Linda saw the man as he fled the house. The killer was never apprehended. Linda has retreated..."It's not a wide world, my world, but it is safe. At least that's what I thought." While watching the news on television one evening, Linda is stunned - she has immediately recognized the murderer on the screen. Unable to leave her house, she is determined to catch the killer with the only power she has - the written word. Linda Conrads' newest book will mirror the circumstances and details of the actual case - and draw out the murderer. Or will it? As her plan comes to fruition, Linda is now not as sure as she was and she begins to doubt her memories - and her sanity. Oh, my goodness, does Raabe play with the reader. I was on board with Linda and her idea to expose the crime through her book. (Linda's parallel book is within the pages of The Trap. As the book progresses, we learn more of the past) But then, Raabe turns things upside down. Our narrator may not be as reliable as we initially believed. I love unreliable main characters, trying to decide what's real, right and the truth as I read. Raabe turns things around more than once as the book progresses. There's a lovely little cat and mouse game between Linda and the alleged murderer. Hmm, makes the title The Trap even more apropos. I did however, find some of the plot devices a bit of a stretch. Linda never confides in her friends, never talks to police about her suspicions, but instead devises a plan that will take quite a while to execute - she needs to first write a book. But it is a novel idea. (yes, pun intended ) I was drawn in by Linda's history, story and quest, but only as a removed, impartial witness - I never really connected personally with her and her grief and guilt. The word thriller has been attached to the promotion of The Trap. I myself found it to be more of a slow building plot, drawing on alternate scenarios and answers, before making its way to the final reveal. Sony Pictures has already picked up the film rights for The Trap