The Trap by Melanie RaabeThe Trap by Melanie Raabe

The Trap

byMelanie Raabe

Paperback | May 28, 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?

MELANIE RAABE grew up in Thuringia, Germany, and attended the Ruhr University Bochum, where she specialized in media studies and literature. After graduating, she moved to Cologne to work as a journalist by day and secretly write books at night. The Trap is her first novel and will be published in twenty countries.IMOGEN TAYLOR is a Be...
Title:The TrapFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:May 28, 2016Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1487000774

ISBN - 13:9781487000776

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it The author telling the story within the story is a little hard to understand at first. By midway it gets a little more interesting.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Very hard to put down. Kept me guessing as to what really happened.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read For the author's first book it was well done. However, I found it to be repetitive in the beginning and drawn out. I did enjoy the "novel in the novel" to lure in the murderer. Overall, it was a good read, just not my cup if tea.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Tier Suspense with High Voltage Thrills ** 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!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from nice thriller Enjoyable thriller but quite frustrating
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thriller with intriguing premise. Winner of the prestigious Stuttgart Crime Prize for best crime debut of the year, "The Trap" has been called a 'must-read' debut thriller. The premise is intriguing. A reclusive novelist, traumatized by her sister's murder, sets an elaborate trap for the murderer. She does so by writing a novel about the crime with details enough that the murderer will recognize his part in the story. She wants to prove his guilt, thereby avenging her sister's death. Thus this book is a story within a story. The second story's title is called "Blood sisters". One might think that this would be confusing to the reader, but it really is not. Linda Conrads, the protagonist, is a wealthy, best-selling novelist who has not left her house for over eleven years. She considers herself to be a broken woman. The only people she sees regularly are her publicist and friend, Norbert, and her assistant, Charlotte. Not a healthy life for a thirty-eight year old woman who suffers from anxiety disorder and debilitating panic attacks. Linda has parents, but no longer sees them. She believes that they think it was she who murdered her sister. She has an endearing dog who is called Bukowski due to the fact that he is unkempt and cool. Linda and her murdered sister, Anna have their story retold in Linda's fictional novel "Blood Sisters" whose main characters are Sophie and Britta. In both stories the elder sister finds her murdered sister's body and is highly traumatized. Repeat themes of survivor's guilt and self deception characterize both stories. The book was originally written in German, but the translation is obviously done by someone from the U.K. as the book contains British jargon. The setting of Linda's house is on the shore of Lake Starnberg, outside of Munich. "The most dangerous lies are those you tell yourself" "The Trap" follows the latest trend in thrillers in that it has a very unreliable narrator. You can't trust anything you read... I enjoyed reading this novel very much. The suspense was maintained by short chapters with cliff-hanger endings. The author's descriptions were beautifully rendered. However, be warned that parts of the plot cause the reader to suspend disbelief as it is very far-fetched in places. Also, the ending was predictable.
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the hype From the reviews and the high praise "The Trap" received, definitely set my expectations high and was totally disappointed. Raabe had a good concept and story line but ruined it by coming up with a very simple and overdone ending. It was a very easy read and super predictable, there was nothing keeping me on the edge of my seat.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Debut novel 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
Date published: 2016-07-19

Editorial Reviews

"A page-turner with a plot that surprises . . . the storm that The Trap generates is as big as its charm." - Die Welt (Germany)"A smart and enthralling psychological thriller . . . splendidly entertaining." - WDR (Germany)"A fascinating psychological thriller." - Bild (Germany)"An extraordinary suspense novel." - Für Sie (Germany)"The Trap by Melanie Raabe enthralls with its unexpected twists and turns." - Stern (Germany)"A real literary phenomenon." - Mía (Spain)"This German journalist has come up with a superb psychological thriller with a storyline that will have you hooked. Not suitable for sensitive constitutions." - AR (Spain)"The Trap is a page-turner... It's clever, devious, and driven, and twists the reader inside out until it reaches a terrific ending. What a great start to a writing career for Melanie Raabe." - Ian Hamilton, author of the Ava Lee novels"You won't be able to resist." - Elle UK"The Trap had me hooked from the start. Linda's story unravels so cleverly, and Raabe keeps you questioning what's fact and what's not right to the end, ratcheting up the tension at the same time . . . A genuinely gripping debut: I had to keep reading until I was finished!" - Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You"A fast twisty read for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn" - Stacy Alesi, Booklist"Suspenseful . . . taut storytelling." - Publisher's Weekly"Intricately constructed . . . nicely done twists and turns" - Kirkus"This one has everything: intriguing characters, a great sense of place that grounds the action, and a devious and enthralling plot...a perfect by-the-lake book." - Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail"...a clever, creepy and lively tale..." - Jack Batten, Toronto Star