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** spoiler alert ** Book Review:
Title: The Trap - English Edition
Author: Melanie Raabe
Date Read: August 11th-September 1st, 2016
Date Reviewed: September 4th, 2016

Introduction: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. When I got the book, and read the back cover, I was more than impressed and pushed it to the front of my book review pile. While it took me a while to get to it, I wish I would have gotten to it sooner! This book is part of my top books, and I'm lending it out to my friends so they get introduced to this wonderful story by Melanie Raabe!

Quick Summary: Linda Conrads has been locked up in her house for 11 years. And not because she's forced to, she wants to. She witnessed a horrible murder of her younger sister Anna many years ago, and she can't bear to go out to the world anymore. Her small world suddenly turns upside down when she decides to write a novel about the murder and try to discover who the murderer is...

*SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT* You've been warned.

Evaluations: I LOVED this book. I was hooked at every word and it only took me so long to read it because I had exams and work. If I would have had it my way, I would have sat down one day and binge read it. I found myself doing that when I finally had the time! This book is totally worth it if you can get your hands on it. It's a murder-mystery thriller that leaves you thinking the entire time. It's not a fast moving novel, but if you look a good thriller, it'll keep you hooked at every word.

Plot: Linda Conrads saw the murderer of her little sister Anna, and now she saw him again. After putting the pen to paper and writing another novel, since she is in fact an award winning novelist, she is determined to find him. When she gets an interview with this man, she learns that her view of the murder might be fiction...and she might be the murderer. This drives her mad, and she becomes even more determined to find out who murdered her sister, to finally put her theories to rest.

Characters: Linda Conrads is a bit of a shut in, and this makes her even more interesting. She's been stuck in her house for 11 years, and might be a little bit crazy. She's determined to find out what happened to her sister, and this seems to drive her mad. Her reliability is questioned many times during the novel, and it makes the reader really think about what could have happened. Is our narrator telling the truth? Or is she just to crazy to know the truth? She was well written, and I'm incredibly impressed with her.
The background characters are also fleshed out, even though they are present to a bare minimum. The story is focused on Linda, but these characters become important along the way. Paying attention to them is important! They all play a part.

Themes/Creativity: The theme of this story seemed to be fact vs fiction. Do we honestly remember everything perfectly? As a witness, are we reliable?
For Creativity - this book was on point! I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, since I have never read a book like this before. Even with all the mysteries and thrillers I have picked up, this story was in it's own category. It has raised the stakes for other novels, and I loved every second of it!

Uniqueness: This book was in a club all on it's own. While I'm sure there are other novels out there like this, I have yet to encounter something was wickedly thrilling as this novel. I would definitely pick this book up again to see if I missed anything along the way! It's a unique view on the typical story - you don't usually see the close relative trying to solve the murder, and they might be the possible suspect.

Strengths: The uniqueness of the novel and the situations, alongside the book inside the book, made this book terribly addicting on my end. I felt having Linda as an author, and explaining her view not only through her experiences but through her novel left me thinking and trying to pick apart the mystery even more. I enjoyed the unique take - Melanie Raabe has won me over with this book.

Weaknesses: The book is a slow building novel. I usually hate slow moving novels, but this novel is quite short and it unique. I would have loved this book not to drone on and on before the action starts, but the book was still great regardless!

Score: 5/5
This book is unique, and while it was slow I don't think that should ruin the score. It gave all the information you needed to try to solve the mystery yourself. Everything seemed to have a purpose.

Recommendations: I would love Melanie Raabe to work on a faster pace. This book left me wishing it moved faster, since it was so incredibly great! I can see some people putting the book down because of how slow it moves, and I really hope that doesn't happen! This translation is incredible, and deserves it's glory!


I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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Briars_Reviews | Hi ha 26 ressenyes més | Aug 4, 2023 |
Book Review:
Title: The Trap - English Edition
Author: Melanie Raabe
Date Read: August 11th-September 1st, 2016
Date Reviewed: September 4th, 2016

Introduction: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. When I got the book, and read the back cover, I was more than impressed and pushed it to the front of my book review pile. While it took me a while to get to it, I wish I would have gotten to it sooner! This book is part of my top books, and I'm lending it out to my friends so they get introduced to this wonderful story by Melanie Raabe!

Quick Summary: Linda Conrads has been locked up in her house for 11 years. And not because she's forced to, she wants to. She witnessed a horrible murder of her younger sister Anna many years ago, and she can't bear to go out to the world anymore. Her small world suddenly turns upside down when she decides to write a novel about the murder and try to discover who the murderer is...

*SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT* You've been warned.

Evaluations: I LOVED this book. I was hooked at every word and it only took me so long to read it because I had exams and work. If I would have had it my way, I would have sat down one day and binge read it. I found myself doing that when I finally had the time! This book is totally worth it if you can get your hands on it. It's a murder-mystery thriller that leaves you thinking the entire time. It's not a fast moving novel, but if you look a good thriller, it'll keep you hooked at every word.

Plot: Linda Conrads saw the murderer of her little sister Anna, and now she saw him again. After putting the pen to paper and writing another novel, since she is in fact an award winning novelist, she is determined to find him. When she gets an interview with this man, she learns that her view of the murder might be fiction...and she might be the murderer. This drives her mad, and she becomes even more determined to find out who murdered her sister, to finally put her theories to rest.

Characters: Linda Conrads is a bit of a shut in, and this makes her even more interesting. She's been stuck in her house for 11 years, and might be a little bit crazy. She's determined to find out what happened to her sister, and this seems to drive her mad. Her reliability is questioned many times during the novel, and it makes the reader really think about what could have happened. Is our narrator telling the truth? Or is she just to crazy to know the truth? She was well written, and I'm incredibly impressed with her.
The background characters are also fleshed out, even though they are present to a bare minimum. The story is focused on Linda, but these characters become important along the way. Paying attention to them is important! They all play a part.

Themes/Creativity: The theme of this story seemed to be fact vs fiction. Do we honestly remember everything perfectly? As a witness, are we reliable?
For Creativity - this book was on point! I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, since I have never read a book like this before. Even with all the mysteries and thrillers I have picked up, this story was in it's own category. It has raised the stakes for other novels, and I loved every second of it!

Uniqueness: This book was in a club all on it's own. While I'm sure there are other novels out there like this, I have yet to encounter something was wickedly thrilling as this novel. I would definitely pick this book up again to see if I missed anything along the way! It's a unique view on the typical story - you don't usually see the close relative trying to solve the murder, and they might be the possible suspect.

Strengths: The uniqueness of the novel and the situations, alongside the book inside the book, made this book terribly addicting on my end. I felt having Linda as an author, and explaining her view not only through her experiences but through her novel left me thinking and trying to pick apart the mystery even more. I enjoyed the unique take - Melanie Raabe has won me over with this book.

Weaknesses: The book is a slow building novel. I usually hate slow moving novels, but this novel is quite short and it unique. I would have loved this book not to drone on and on before the action starts, but the book was still great regardless!

Score: 5/5
This book is unique, and while it was slow I don't think that should ruin the score. It gave all the information you needed to try to solve the mystery yourself. Everything seemed to have a purpose.

Recommendations: I would love Melanie Raabe to work on a faster pace. This book left me wishing it moved faster, since it was so incredibly great! I can see some people putting the book down because of how slow it moves, and I really hope that doesn't happen! This translation is incredible, and deserves it's glory!


I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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Briars_Reviews | Hi ha 26 ressenyes més | Aug 4, 2023 |
Comes around very full circle. Good in that aspect. Was slightly disappointed with the initial ending but I believe it will stick with me for that exact reason: how I hoped it would end did actually happen but it wasn’t seeming that way until literally the last few sentences. Good psychological thriller as it shows how traumatic events can extremely effect your life and your psyche.
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ktbspa | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | May 26, 2023 |
The more you follow this blog, the more you will learn I am a sucker for an unreliable narrator. The unreliable narrator who has the reader second guessing him/herself, questioning ones own values, and just wondering what is truth.

Linda Conrad in The Trap by Melanie Raabe is the unreliable narrator of my dreams!*

Linda is convinced she knows who murdered her sister, so she begins to set a trap for the killer- she will write a book about the murder, lead the killer to her home, get him to confess, and then she will prevail.

There is a problem though. Linda hasn't left the house in 11 years, doesn't trust people except possibly a small circle of people who help her around the house, has panic attacks, freaks out during Beatles songs, and believes the murderer is the local anchor man on her television. Her plan is flawless, otherwise, including the multiple cameras she has set up and the mics all around her house. She just has to write another bestseller and get the news anchor into her house. The question is- did the local news anchor kill her sister or is Linda slowly going mad?

This is a book that will completely mess with your brain and I loved it! The entire story is narrated by Linda and we are in her head the entire time. She will argue with herself, question herself, doubt her thoughts, and as a reader you will see that you cannot always trust Linda as she doesn't always trust herself. One running thought she has is- I am going crazy. No, you're not. Yes, I am. If you were crazy, would you question if you were crazy? She is the perfect unreliable narrator.

Within the book itself is another book- Linda's book. Each chapter ends with a chapter of Linda's book about the murder of her sister. The fun part is that many of the missing pieces of her story are contained within her novel, but because it too is fiction, one has to question how much of it is true?

Raabe's writing is a big draw. I was immediately sucked into the story and the pacing kept up, for the most part. There were just a few slower moments, but they rev back up again to have the reader questioning Linda's truth. Linda is a well developed character as we see her really wrestling with madness. Some of the side characters are not developed as well, but that is excusable since the entire narration is from Linda's brain, so maybe Linda doesn't know her trust circle all that well, which may be why she doesn't really trust them either.

This was a nice quick read and I loved it due to Linda. While not a perfect book, it is a great pick up and read for fun book.

I gave this one 4 stars.

*I received this ebook from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Nerdyrev1 | Hi ha 26 ressenyes més | Nov 23, 2022 |

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