It’s a cold night in January when the reader picks up this novel and immediately feels that creepy, here-comes-the-mystery beginning. There is an eerie feeling to every good suspense novel where the story just gets started and you know the villain is right around the corner – you’re sure of it. And it’s all downhill from there…
I wasn’t too sure about the suspense level in this one, to be completely honest – could the premise be sustained through almost 400 pages? It didn’t really kick into high gear until about 2/3 of the way through the book, but boy, when it did, I couldn’t put it down. I finished the last 150 pages within one evening; it just kept getting better.
Our villain had to be one of the more deceitful villains I’ve read in a novel for some time. There were times as a reader, I knew this guy had to be the one, but on the flip side, I couldn’t marry the two in my mind. Great story crafting for sure!
Dev and Laura are a truly interesting couple, forced into a situation that no one wants to be in the middle of: kidnappings. Romance. Murder. Chilling cold. I felt it all. The second book with the second detective in the Phoenix agency is a worthwhile read…but be prepared to burn the midnight oil to keep reading until the very end…
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
**Available September 2013 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishers**
More about the novel...
When librarian Laura Griffin's sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James "Dev" Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl's disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn't just dangerous--it's deadly.
Chilling and at times terrifying, "Trapped" is the latest thrilling read from Irene Hannon, the queen of romantic suspense. Hannon outdoes herself with this fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance.