I know who killed my sister. I wrote this book for him.
Twelve years ago, Linda’s sister Anna was murdered. Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw him.
Now, all these years later, she’s just seen him again on TV.
He’s become a well-known journalist, and Linda–a famous novelist and infamous recluse–knows no one will believe her if she accuses him.
She does the only thing she can think of: she sets a trap, writing a thriller called Blood Sisters about the unsolved murder of a young woman.
When Blood Sisters is published, Linda agrees to give just one media interview.
To the one person who knows more about the case than she does...
Melanie Raabe was born in 1981 in a small village in Germany and studied media science and comparative literature in Bochum. After completing a traineeship for a Cologne city magazine, she became an actor, blogger, interviewer, stage play and screenplay writer. She has her own interview blog (www.biographilia.com) and has received several prizes for her scripts and short stories. The Trap is her debut novel.
‘A fascinating psychological thriller.’ Bild
‘An amazing suspense novel.’ Für Sie
‘Raabe leaves you unsteady, with no idea who to trust. Just when you think you’re on top of it, you discover you’re so very not, after all.’ North & South
‘You won’t be able to resist.‘ Elle UK
‘The Trap is a page-turner in the very best sense of the word. 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
‘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’d finished!’ Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You
‘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.’ BookMooch
'Written in the first person, it doesn't take long for the reader to be cocooned in the hothouse paranoia that exists in Linda Conrads' head as she devises a trap to draw out her sister's murderer and extract a confession. This is a super-taut psycho-thriller.' Abbey’s Bookshop
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’ve been hearing great things from our European colleagues about this German thriller, now translated into English. Melanie Raabe’s debut novel paints a chilling portrait of Linda Conrads, a famous author who—traumatised by her younger sister’s death—hasn’t set foot outside of her opulent mansion for 12 years. While watching the TV news one day, Linda sees the man she witnessed violently attacking her sister and hatches a plan to make him pay for his crime. The Trap is brilliantly written story that had us glued to every word.
Linda Conrads, the narrator of German author Raabe's suspenseful if flawed first novel, hasn't left her home near Munich in the 11 years since the stabbing murder of her sister, Anna. She actually caught a glimpse of a man leaving the crime scene, and when she sees journalist Victor Lenzen on TV, she's certain that he's the man who killed Anna. Linda, who's a celebrity author, begins to plan a trap that involves a new novel based on the murder. Interviews with her are in high demand, so she arranges for Victor to interview her, but as Linda and Victor engage in cat-and-mouse exchanges, she often second-guesses herself. Victor seems to be exactly who he claims to be: a successful journalist who's certainly no killer. Excerpts from Linda's novel give insight into the events leading up to the crime. The tension rises, but the final revelation is a letdown that diminishes the otherwise taut storytelling.
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There is something achingly brilliant about the way in which this book is crafted- there are so many twists and turns to the story that it’s hard not to become dizzy at the thought of who actually committed the violent crime. The characters leapt from the page, forming a living, breathing image as I traversed the mind of the central character, joining her in trying to form an answer to a riddle of unanswered questions. The segway from the novel to the protagonists own novel, adds more depth to a complicated, intricately and intensely emotional story. Highly recommend this book, for it’s intelligence, intensity and overall brilliance.
A little monotonous
This book can be gripping at times, but also extremely monotonous.
Despite this I did enjoy the book. If you are willing to read it in a few days then do so, otherwise it might become slightly boring.
I liked the resolution but having only a few main events, and not to mention the stretched out, lengthy interview didn't seem to hold my attention.
A tad tedious but all in all a good book, I would recommend it.
Have never posted a review before but this book compelled me to. We all struggle with our demons but this shows that you can come out the other side. So descriptively written. Thank you