Another recommendation from the FB book group. I gotta tell you, I most times, they suggest some gems. Other times, it falls a little flat. 

Once again, women were raving and ranting about how good this book is and I just didn’t feel the same way. It was a slow burn for me. While some people like that type of storytelling, for me… it was a tad bit confusing. 

The Trap by Melanie Raabe

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Meet Linda Conrads, a best-selling author by trade. She also suffers from crippling social anxiety. In 10 years, Linda has refused to leave her home, go on a date, take a walk, see a movie, travel, or even go to the store. How does she survive? Her assistant, Charlotte, does everything that involves the outside of the home such as grocery shopping, mail runner, etc. She has a dog named Bukowski.

What lead Linda to become so reclusive? Well, about 12 years ago, she suffered a horrible tragedy. She had the displeasure of finding her sister, Anna, dead. Yes, someone killed Anna and Linda was the one who discovered her sister’s lifeless body. Given the fact that, at that moment, there was a lot going on, she even managed to catch a look at the person responsible.

The problem is; he’s never been caught. So, what does Linda do? Envision ways to catch him herself. Why? B/c she’s obsessed with the fact that Anna didn’t get any justice and he’s allowed to roam the world free and unbothered. How? Through her next book. The question remains, was she successful? That’s what you have to find out. 

Real Life:

Listen… I can say, with ABSOLUTE honesty, that the last thing I want to ever do… is to find any of my siblings’ lifeless body ANYWHERE! I am one of the coolest people when there’s chaos, but I think for most people, when it’s family… that ALL goes away INSTINCTUALLY!! 

I mean, that’s why doctors aren’t allowed to operate on their own family. That’s why judges and lawyers have to recuse themselves from their duties. That’s why therapists can’t formally treat their own family, friends. There’s an instinctual and innate ability to throw emotion into an already tense situation and we all know that’s a recipe for disaster! 

However, we also know that Linda not only found her sister’s body in this book, but she also set a trap to catch the killer, which is dangerous as well. I don’t know how many people would have done this in real life. I mean, I’m sure someone has done it before b/c art often imitates life. Although, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that number isn’t too high. 🤷🏾‍♀️

Recommendation:

I liked the book, but again, it was a bit confusing for me. That confusion was probably due to other things going on in my life at the same time that I was reading this book. You know; life, graduate school, work… I was super busy adulting. 😏😑

Honestly, if you like psychothrillers the same way that I do… then give this book an honest shot. It definitely deserves that. I may have been too distracted to truly grasp certain things, which is probably why my review is slightly tainted. 

I would rather tell you the truth and be honest rather than “fake the funk” and ruin my own credibility. I think I am going to read it again, you know, once things settle down a bit and even out.

If my review differs in any way, then I will post an update and link these reviews together. If not, then I will update this post to reflect that I have reread it and my thoughts are still the same. 🙃😉