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The Trap [Hardcover]

Tabitha King
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not even close to being as good as her hubby. April 15 2005
The only reason I got this book is because she is Stephen King's wife. If she didn't have his name or backing, then I don't think she would ever be published (based only on this one book of hers, as I have not ready anything else she has written)
A woman who is in a cold, loveless marriage takes off to a summer cabin with her young son, and then every womans worst nightmare happens..She and her son are trapped in hell with rapists and murderers. The rape scenes are vulgure, disturbing and not at all needed.
Boring beginning, Predictable ending and violent to the core. One star.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Trap Jan. 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been a huge fan of horror novels most of my life and in the course of reading book jackets noticed that my favorite author's wife was also a writer. This is the first and only book of Tabitha King's that I have read or will ever read. I was greatly disappointed and at times disgusted. I felt like I had been thoroughly robbed of my time after reading this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an okay read Nov. 26 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An okay read that took awhile to get interesting. After Liv left her husband with her son to their summer home is only when the story got interesting (and after about 100 pages). Some interesting thriller but predictable outcomes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, Shoking, Disturbing June 15 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Trap is a greatly disturbing novel about the horrors afflicted on a family during a one-year span. It's not enough that this family lives through everyday coldness and separation. A very disturbing act of violence is about to fall upon them and shatter their lives forever.
I bought The Trap because Tabitha King is Stephen King's wife. I knew her style and genre opposed her husband's, but never did I thought that she would be such a beautifully skilled author. King takes her time to write her prose; her beautiful and usually long sentences create a narrative yearning that one can't help but admire. The story is slow moving, but that's the brilliance behind the book. Once that horrible act happens more than halfway through the book, it takes you by total surprise.
Her characters are strong and very distinct; unlike most ficiton, her characters feel real and believable. So once the shocking event occurs more than halfway through the book, you can't help but feel sorry for the characters that are involved. You just want to leap into the page and give them a hand.
King takes her time writing her prose, something that the typical thrill-a-minute seeker will not be able to appreciate. But The Trap is a very important work that affects its readers on many, many levels. It's a hard and complicated story to read, but it's compelling in that it is able to evoke emotions in the reader that most authors can only dream of touching. I can't wait to read more from this terrific author.
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