Jo Atkins’ sixteenth year was disastrous: she lost her dad, was assaulted by a stranger, and then had her heart broken. For the last twenty-five years, she’s believed that nothing could ever be as bad again.
She was wrong.
Now, still smarting from her recent divorce, pretty, self-effacing Jo finally gathers the courage to enter the dating scene. She meets Claudio, whom she vaguely remembers from her youth, but after a few dates decides he’s creepy and politely tells him ‘thanks but no thanks’.
But Claudio has no intention of letting her go.
Instead of never seeing him again, Jo wakes up sick and terrified, handcuffed to her own bed. She is given a week to prove her love for Claudio—or he will kill her.
Claudio, it turns out, is a man with nothing left to lose.
The Venus Trap tackles the emotional impact of divorce, the perils of modern dating and the age-old powers of lust and obsession.
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About the Author
Louise Voss was born and raised in Salisbury, England. She began her writing career in the mid-1990s when, while living in New York, she enrolled in a creative writing course.
Her first novel, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 by Transworld, and was the first book to come with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels until she switched to writing thrillers with Mark Edwards in 2011.
She and Mark were the first UK self-published authors to reach #1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death. Their fifth co-written novel, From the Cradle, was published last year by Thomas & Mercer.
Louise currently lives and writes near Hampton Court. She is an avid tennis player, knitter, singer, upcycler and jewellery-maker, and adds that she can stand on her head and write backwards. Although not at the same time.
She can be reached at @LouiseVoss1 on Twitter. Her website is www.vossandedwards.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I believe all of us are needy at one time or other. And, there are people who are more needy than others. Most of our lives are intertwined in one way or another by what happens to us in our youthful years. The main character in this book had more than her share of turmoil and heartache when she was a teenager, but things don’t seem to get much better in later years.No one ever wants to suffer a terrifying experience such as wake up finding to someone in your home when you know there isn’t anyone else who should be there. One can only imagine the worst from that point on. It is sad that things like this really happen in real life. And, sometimes people do get desperate enough to ignore all the little sings that this person isn’t right for us. This is a different kind of read and creepy things do happen in it. If readers get anything from this novel, I hope that it helps to make good choices for the rest of our lives. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "I Saw the Light" - A True Story of a Near-Death Experience
"The Venus Trap" is a tense psychological thriller by Louise Voss, and the blurb for this title says it all very accurately. I utterly enjoyed this book and the tension and retrospective analysis the main character, Jo, goes through during her captivity. The story is narrated through the point of view of Jo, in the present, and further explored through one of her old diaries and her recollections - all of the complex events that have led to her current situation, with Claudio. It was very easy to identify with Jo; a flawed human being who is forced to evaluate her life, the mistakes she made and what she lost - hindsight is definitely 20/20!