6 June 2016

Review: THE TRAP, Melanie Raab

  • this edition published by Text Publishing 2016
  • Translated from German by Imogen Taylor 2016
  • ISBN 9-171925-240870
  • 281 pages
Synopsis (Text Publishing)

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.
At home.
To the one person who knows more about the case than she does…

My Take

The plot of the novel and the thriller, Blood Sisters, that Linda is writing are revealed to us in tandem, and one closely parallels the other.

The interview with the journalist whom Linda thinks killed her sister goes horribly wrong and Linda begins to doubt her own memory and even her sanity. Twelve years have passed since she discovered her sister's blood soaked body and she glimpsed the murderer's face as he rushed away. Perhaps she was wrong. And the reader begins to wonder just how reliable a witness she is.

My rating: 4.7

About the author
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.

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