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The Ophelia Trap (The Julia Henry Mysteries Book 1) by [Burns, Kate]
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"Juicy, fantastically polished, engrossing, unrelenting in its ability to hold the reader. This book stands out as an example of what an exceptionally good writer should be."
Paul Dayton, Author of The Eye of the Idol

Julia and her family may have escaped the rent trap... but curiosity has drawn a predator home.
When Julia Henry's former neighbour plunges eight stories to her death in the snow, she's convinced her previous landlords harassed the woman to suicide. But as she investigates, another dead girl turns up with a connection to a serial rapist.
Julia and her husband have put as much distance as they could afford between them and the landlords who put them through hell, and stories from humiliated tenants match Julia's own. She's determined to prove their tactics resulted in tragedy. But the half-empty building is hemorrhaging tenants, the girl's boyfriend comes complete with a wife and daughter, and the best friend overdosed days after giving police their only description of a serial rapist.
Now it seems someone wants Julia buried under the heaviest blizzard in thirty years. But when one of her daughters is targeted for a brutal attack steps from home, two nightmares converge. 
The only way she can protect her girls and still live to see the snow melt is to expose the wrenching truth behind the rapes, the deaths, and the strangest absentee landlord ever.

The Ophelia Trap tells the story of a woman who drags home more than she bargained for after investigating the death of a young neighbour.
The setting is the small town that remains within the Aylmer city limits, and many of the landmarks and the dual French-English culture will be familiar to Ottawa area residents.
The novel engages the reader in suspense, but also delves into some dark territory: rent fraud, sexual abuse and the fragile safety of women in modern society. The Ophelia Trap turns the narrative of of the ultimate victim on its head.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1184 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Smashwords (Aug. 9 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GRD5PO
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b68b7b0) out of 5 stars A great read--I'm looking forward to another one by Kate Burns Feb. 4 2012
By Gloria Antypowich - Published on
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At 4 o`clock in the morning, Julia Henry is looking through her stepsons telescope at Place Papineau, the apartment block 2 streets down from her house. She is trying to find the balcony at #808 on the eighth floor; an apartment that she and her husband vacated months ago, but are still being billed for rent on.Not only is this illegal, but she is certain that someone else is renting it.

This morning, while she`s is looking for a light or any other sign of life in # 808, she witnesses the spectacle of death, as the girl who had lived next to them in #807, bursts through a window and falls 8 floors to certain death on the snow below.

Julia is sickened by what she sees. She did not know the girl very well, but she had spoken to her once or twice and she cannot ignore what she has seen. She grabs the keys to her van and races down to Place Papineau.

Amanda Reilly dies as Julie kneels beside her, and Julia finds herself drawn into a mystery that revolves around Amanda's unexplained death, secrets at Place Papineau, the Aylmer rapist who has struck repeatedly in the area, and a missing memory card from Amanda`s camera that probably contains pictures that would incriminate someone who desperately wants to remain anonymous.

This story is full of twists and turns, a glimpse of paranormal, deceit, murder, lies and depravity and deep and painful secrets that change lives when they are revealed. I loved the way Kate Burns let the story line unfold and I didn`t foresee the way it played out until it was happening.

The Ophelia Trap drew me in from the very first page and kept me eagerly reading eagerly to the very end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6cf75c) out of 5 stars A mystery that manages to be both warm and tense at the same time. March 24 2013
By J. Hunt - Published on
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This story really touched me. The lead character, Julia Henry, is very likeable, very human, and familiar (as in a familiar friend). She has realistic thoughts and reactions, so she comes across as a normal person navigating some abnormal circumstances as best she can. The supporting characters, for example Matt, Bergeron, Geneviève, also come across as realistic. The Julia - Matt - Geneviève dynamic also comes across well, perhaps more because this is how people should behave more than how they usually behave.
One big part of this book is the atmosphere. Small towns can switch between warm and comforting to claustrophobic within seconds and the author captures this feeling completely. After moving from one small town to another, I find myself constantly being surprised by familial connections and friendships that are not apparent unless you are a life-long resident. In some ways the tone and setting of this novel reminded me of the movie Fargo. Not the characters, the tone or the way I reacted to the tone.
Another aspect of this book is that the plot and references are so well crafted. There were several places in this book where the plot could have collapsed, or a coincidence was needed to move the action, and yet the writing carried you along without feeling contrived. It is also clear that the author not only observes people, but questions why we do the things we do. This makes the characters and the reader do so as well. I recommend this book as much as any I have read, and more than most. I think you will as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bae827c) out of 5 stars The Ophelia Trap by Kate Burns March 15 2012
By Samangoo - Published on
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When Julia and her family move away from the apartment block they lived in, they think that all of their problems are behind them. However, the extremely curious Julia Henry who is trying to find proof of wrong doing by their previous landlords finds herself viewing the block from a distance with a telescope, only to witness their former neighbour fall 8 floors to her death.Julia rushes to the scene and finds the young woman barely alive. When the young woman dies, Julia believes that it is related to the extortion tactics used by the landlords. Now more driven than before she starts on a quest to find out exactly what is happening, not realising that she has started a chain of events that could harm her and her family.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9baef204) out of 5 stars suspense until the end! May 10 2013
By Born To Read - Published on
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twisted plot, many crimes intertwined in the lives of the protagonists. Although at times very far fetched? Too many coincidences betray fiction too loud?
The read is a hell of a good ride though, with, very nice touch, the offering of great family dynamics between father and children, ex-wive and new wive, in convivial and intelligent interactions. Kuddos for that plus Mrs. Burns! Can't wait to read your second book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5771bc) out of 5 stars The Ophelia Trap April 22 2013
By Susan Withers - Published on
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I really enjoyed the plot, characters, and their interactions. Very real and honest human quirks and misguided perceptions. Kate Burns told a great story, dropping clues in plain sight and knitting every little thread back into the pattern. I was stunned that this was her first book, and had to add my own kudos for a great read.