From award-winning, internationally bestselling crime writer Catherine Ryan Howard comes The Trap: an unsettling mystery inspired by a series of still-unsolved disappearances in Ireland in the 90s, wherein one young woman risks everything to catch a faceless killer.
One year ago, Lucy’s sister, Nicki, left to meet friends at a pub in Dublin and never came home. The third Irish woman to vanish inexplicably in as many years, the agony of not knowing what happened that night has turned Lucy’s life into a waking nightmare. So, she’s going to take matters into her own hands.
Angela works as a civilian paper-pusher in the Missing Persons Unit, but wants nothing more than to be a fully-fledged member of An Garda Síochána, the Irish police force. With the official investigation into the missing women stalled, she begins pulling on a thread that could break the case wide open—and destroy her chances of ever joining the force.
A nameless man drives through the night, his latest victim in the back seat. He’s going to tell her everything, from the beginning. And soon, she’ll realize: what you don’t know can hurt you …
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Though this Irish thriller is a work of fiction, it becomes even more unsettling when you know it was inspired by true events. Lucy is desperate to find her missing sister, Nicki. Angela is a civil servant working in the police’s missing-persons department. And an unnamed killer is freely roaming the streets of Dublin, sharing with us the disturbing details of what drives him. We can tell these three characters are on courses that are bound to intersect, but Catherine Ryan Howard turns the typical missing-girl story on its head with her shifting POVs and just the right amount of humor. Drawing cleverly from a series of disappearances that came to be known as Ireland’s Vanishing Triangle, she dots the story with game-changing plot twists that truly make it stand apart. Going deep into the minds of both the killer and those looking for him, The Trap will grab your attention—and haunt your imagination.
Best book yet
I’ve also read ‘The Liars Girl’, ‘56 Days’ and ‘Nothing Man’. ‘The Trap’ is my favorite followed closely by ‘The Liars Girl’.
Catherine Ryan Howard is incredibly talented.
Another triumph from this another! Loved the inside references to her prior books. So many twists and turns, I couldn’t read this book fast enough!