Paul Dayton, Author of The Eye of the Idol
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.