I am a huge lover of books and I tend to read everything I can get my hands on, so when I was asked if I would like to review a debut novel by a German author, I immediately said yes. I had absolutely no idea what the genre would be, so when it turned out to be a psychological thriller I was slightly worried. I have a very active imagination so I tend to shy away from thrillers or horrors, but I was willing to give it a go!
The story follows Linda, a reclusive author, whose sister Anna was murdered twelve years ago and her journey to bring the man she believes did it to justice. Over the twelve years since the terrible night, Linda has spent time trying to work out a way to ‘trap’ the murderer, whom she is convinced she saw leaving her sister’s apartment. She hits upon the idea of writing a new book – a thriller about a woman whose sister was murdered and they never found the perpetrator. When the book is finally published, Linda agrees to one interview with one particular journalist. A journalist whom Linda believes knows exactly what happened that night. She allows him access to her home, but has no idea when he rings the bell, exactly what will happen that night.
The story is told through the viewpoint of Linda, and as a reader we learn of the terrible trauma she has learnt to live with over the twelve years. We delve into her mind and her psyche, discovering a little more about her each chapter. The story is very cleverly constructed, with unexpected twists and turns throughout, which left me questioning what was real and what was in Linda’s mind. The first three quarters of the book kept me turning the pages, desperate to find out what was actually real, and to see whether we ever find out the identity of the killer. Although I would say I was pretty good at working out the ending of books, this one had me gripped and confused for a very long time.
Sadly, the suspense which was created through most of the book, didn’t last until the end. The final quarter of the book moved very quickly and some of the happenings didn’t ring true with Linda’s state of mind. I found myself quite disappointed by the ending. I had expected to be guessing right up until the end, but I found the ending to be a little banal and rushed, as though the author had run out of ideas.
All in all, the book kept me gripped for quite a long time, and was certainly not as terrifying as I had thought it might be. I would still call it a psychological thriller, and as a debut novel, I think it has quite a lot of depth, and could have been outstanding aside from the disappointment at the end. However, it is still worth a read, as it is beautifully told and the first three quarters of the book is very enjoyable!
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of The Trap in return for writing an unbiased review.
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