The Trap - Catherine Ryan Howard

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley

Official Blurb:

Stranded on a dark road in the middle of the night, a young woman accepts a lift from a passing stranger. It's the nightmare scenario that every girl is warned about, and she knows the dangers all too well - but what other choice does she have?
As they drive, she alternates between fear and relief - one moment thinking he is just a good man doing a good thing, the next convinced he's a monster. But when he delivers her safely to her destination, she realizes her fears were unfounded.
And her heart sinks. Because a monster is what she's looking for.
She'll try again tomorrow night. But will the man who took her sister take the bait?

My Thoughts:

Catherine Ryan Howard's The Trap takes readers on a chilling rollercoaster ride through the intricacies of a kidnapping, skilfully weaving together multiple perspectives to create a tense and suspenseful narrative. In a story where nothing is as it seems, Howard showcases her talent for creating an unsettling atmosphere, leaving readers guessing until the very end.
One of the strengths of The Trap lies in its expertly crafted ending. Without giving away any spoilers, it's safe to say that the conclusion is both unexpected and satisfying. Howard deftly ties up loose ends, delivering a twist that leaves readers reeling and questioning everything they thought they knew. This cleverly executed finale is a testament to the author's ability to create intricate plots that keep readers engaged from start to finish.
The main character, Lucy, presents a complex challenge for readers. While it is undeniable that she has been through a great deal of trauma and has valid reasons for her morose demeanour, I found it difficult to truly connect with her on an emotional level. Despite her struggles, Lucy's character lacked the relatability necessary to evoke a strong sense of compassion. Nevertheless, her role in the story provides a crucial perspective that adds depth to the narrative.
What truly shines in The Trap are the chapters from the kidnapper's point of view. Howard's decision to offer readers a glimpse into the twisted mind of the abductor is both chilling and fascinating. By delving into his thoughts and motivations, the author manages to create an eerie sense of normalcy, blurring the line between horror and the mundane.
While Lucy's character may prove challenging to fully embrace, the cleverly written plot and the inclusion of multiple perspectives, especially those of the kidnapper, compensate for this flaw. "The Trap" is an enthralling read that masterfully explores the dark recesses of the human mind, making it a highly recommended choice for fans of psychological thrillers.

The Trap
by Catherine Ryan Howard
Date Started
13th June 2023
Date Finished
15th June 2023