Die Falle

Die FalleI Know You Killed My SisterI Wrote This Novel For YouTwelve Years Ago, Linda S Sister Anna Was Murdered Her Killer Was Never Caught, But Linda Saw Him Now, All These Years On, She S Just Seen Him Again On TVHe Has Since Become A Well Known Reporter, And Linda A Famous Novelist And Infamous Recluse Knows No One Will Believe Her If She Accuses Him, So She Does The Only Thing She Can Think Of She Writes A Thriller About A Woman Who Is Murdered, Her Killer Never Caught When The Book Is Published, She Agrees To Give Just One Media Interview At Home To The One Person Who Knows About The Case Than She DoesHe Knows What Happened That Night And She Wrote A Book About It But, When The Doorbell Rings, Neither Of Them Can Be Sure How The Story Will End

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  • 13 November 2019

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  1. says:

    Find all my reviews on my blog Read 07 01 16Pub Date 07 05 164 STARS In this twisted debut thriller, a reclusive author sets the perfect trap for her sister s murderer but is he really the killer For 11 years, the bestselling author Linda Conrads has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home Haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister who she discovered in a pool of blood and the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene, Linda s hermit existence helps her cope with debilitating anxiety But the sanctity of her oasis is shattered when she sees her sister s murderer on television Hobbled by years of isolation, Linda resolves to use the plot of her next novel to lay an irresistible trap for the man As the plan is set in motion and the past comes rushing back, Linda s memories and her very sanity are called into question Is this man a heartless killer or merely a helpless victim This was a most unusual and deliciously unique read I didn t know until after I had requested this from NetGalley that it was a translation, which made me a little anxious as I sometimes struggle with reading these I ve seen multiple reviews where this has been a problem, or at least a factor in their reading experience, and I think these are justified, although it didn t affect me as much as originally thought.This was not a book that I flew through this was of a slow, building suspense than a rip roaring thriller, but if you are patient it pays off in the end My friend Linda hit many points perfectly in her review you can find it here regarding the pros and cons of this being a translation, the pacing, and the strengths and weaknesses of the plot I do believe my favorite aspect of this story though was Linda s slow, steady descent into madness Wouldn t it drive you crazy if you knew who murdered your sister and they got away with it Her sanity is questioned at every turn, and that is what caused me to give this book a higher rating I m going to keep this review short as to not spoil the plot, but if you like a pleasant challenge, I d recommend this book This was a story that I felt satisfied once finished, as though I had completed some feat that otherwise would have left me wondering had I not given it the chance I m interested in from the author as she clearly is talented and can weave together a deliciously creepy novel I received my copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review Many thanks to Grand Central Pub for providing my copy

  2. says:

    THE TRAP is the debut psychological thriller novel by German author, Melanie Raabe, translated from German and set in Munich Linda Conrads pseudonym for Linda Michaelis is a thirty eight year old successful author, who writes a novel every year She is ill, afflicted by nightmares and hasn t left the house in eleven years She lives as a recluse near Munich with her dog, and is only visited by her staff, her assistant Charlotte, the gardener and her publisher, Norbert Twelve years ago, she discovered the body of her murdered younger sister, Anna, and caught a sight of the killer cold eyes No one was convicted of the crime the killer is still out there I saw her murderer runaway I saw the murderer s face The murderer was a man The murderer turned his face towards me, then he ran away I don t know why he ran away I don t know why he didn t attack me I only know that my sister is dead and I m not Linda suffered from depression, and panic attacks after the death of her sister She felt like she could stay in bed forever She had seen a therapist following Anna s death She needed to know WHY Then, one day, Linda sees the man, the MONSTER , a journalist on television and believes she recognizes him as Anna s murderer Victor Lenzen, and Linda is at a loss as to what she should do After much thought, Linda decides to write a new book a crime novel as bait for the murderer and therapy for her The book was called Blood Sisters , which is the story of Anna, Britta with protagonist Linda Sophie This book is to serve as the trap She then grants a rare interview to Victor Lanzen, at her house hoping to collect DNA samples as well as getting him to confess But will the trap work A trap is a device to catch or kill A good trap should be two things foolproof and simple Put him under stress, wear him down, break him The reader follows the story leading up to the murder through the characters in Linda s book, alternating between present day and interviews with Victor What was the motive The reader starts to question the sanity of Linda did she kill her own sister and make up the story about this man I found myself all over the map with this one, trying to figure out if she was crazy or not The author gets inside the character s heads exactly what I like psychological suspense than a thriller The author is writing from Linda s perspective as the first person narrator Many thanks to author, Melanie Raabe, Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC.

  3. says:

    The Trap by Melanie Raabe is a 2017 Grand Central publication The psychological thriller has really seen a boon the past couple of years, with many debut authors finding immediate success writing books that were inevitably marketed for fans of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train But, by the end of 2016 I was ready to move on to other things, not wanting to burn myself out on one of my favorite genres.But, when this book popped up on my radar, I couldn t resist it This book was originally published in the German language and has been translated to English, by Imogen Taylor, who did an amazing job Linda is a reclusive author, who has not been outside of her home for years after finding her sister, Anna, murdered Linda arrived at her sister s apartment just in time to see the murderer leaving the scene She escaped with her life, but soon became the primary suspect Now, years later, Linda believes she has seen her sister s killer on television and begins to plot an elaborate scheme to prove his guilt Once I must express my irritation with the marketing ploy that unfairly compares books, by baiting readers with the for fans of thing Half the time, the suggestion is way off the mark, and it boxes the author and the book into a corner, as well as setting up unrealistic expectations for readers, which does harm than good I know, you ve heard this lecture before, but every time this happens, it makes me mad all over again This book is a victim of that type of marketing, in my opinion, because frankly this book is no Gone Girl , but it is a solid, clever psychological thriller and should be viewed by its own merits, and approached with an open mind, and without preconceived notions The suspense was intense at times, the plot twists were well timed, and although the pacing was a little unbalanced on occasion, the story never lost momentum The story within a story idea is not altogether original, but it s been a while since I ve seen it used It works in some places, but falls flat in others The story is wildly imaginative and I would warn you to toss all pretense of plausibility out the window, and just enjoy the cat and mouse game because it was truly quite enjoyable and entertaining I am glad I took a chance on this one It s not on the same playing field with the books it has been compared with, but it s a nice little gem that was enjoyable enough and I think any fan of psychological thrillers can appreciate it 3.5 stars

  4. says:

    I received a copy of The Trap by Melanie Raabe through Goodreads Giveaways My thanks to Grand Central Publishing and to Melanie Raabe for the opportunity.Is truth stranger than fiction Maybe, but not always.Linda Conrads is a bestselling novelist Her bounty of stories is far different than what typically meets the eye Linda has become a recluse for the past eleven years after the death of her younger sister, Anna Anna was murdered Linda knows who did it.Just like the scaffolding that takes place in the structuring of a good novel, Linda decides to use her well honed talent to write a parallel novel that depicts the same crime committed against her beloved Anna And she invites a certain someone into her home for the unveiling of this masterpiece This spider of hers has many, many eyes and is poised in a position of biding time No rush.not until every syllable of guilt is left on the glint of the web.The storyline for The Trap was a very clever and an unusual one This was quite a different spin on the mainstream murder mystery theme I believe that the weakness that I found was, in part, due to its being a translationary work The story takes place in Munich There were constant repetitions and lulls in the action In fact, I felt like I was the proverbial hamster on the treadmill at times A lot of effort, but no distance in the payoff.Although, the reverences back and forth to the novel were quite unique, it was jarring to regulate the patterns of characters and plotline time and time again Linda Conrads slowly seeps into a pool of wavering sanity I felt that I was going underneath the tide right along with her The mindgames were sharp at times and fell flat at others Intense questioning is an artform It s all in the content and in the delivery It was hard to determine if something had been lost in the translation or was intentionally designed that way in the original.I would recommend The Trap to readers, but not with a lot of zeal and fire It s a slow burner for me You may have quite a different take yourself.

  5. says:

    Linda Conrads is a best selling author that s become quite a recluse for the last eleven years since the unsolved murder of her younger sister Linda was the one to discover her sister s dead body catching a look at the killer s face as he flees the scene No one was ever convicted Since that day, she hasn t left her home once making her only constant source of company her dog Though occasionally visited by the gardener, her assistant Charlotte, and her publisher Norbert.Linda feels safe as a hermit in her home, but it all comes crashing down when she sees the man who killed her sister and got away with it on TV Linda is determined to draw the killer out using the plot of her next novel, Blood Sisters, laying a trap It ll be the story of her younger sister s murder with the names changed Will the trap work Will Linda finally get justice for her sister The story is set up so we question whether Linda is actually mad It helps that she s a recluse bringing her mental health into question This is my favorite aspect of the story as I sure love an unreliable narrator It helps to elevate the suspense What s truly fascinating here is how Melanie Raabe manages to blend Linda s novel, Blood Sisters, into the story There are chapters of it interspersed among the real life present day chapters It was interesting getting to read Linda s voice as an author in addition to her perspective in the real life chapters The Trap was a bit of a slow burner, which could be viewed in a positive or negative light The slow build of the tension and suspense does pay off in the long run You have to keep in mind this was translated from German, so there are times the plot falls flat or feels disjointed There was some depth that may be missing due to the same reason I still found it worth the read and would recommend to interested readers.I won this in a Goodreads firstreads giveaway This has no influence on my review Thank you to the publisher and Goodreads.

  6. says:

    This is a tense psychological thriller translated from the German and set in Munich Linda Conrads is a reclusive and fragile writer of bestsellers plagued by nightmares Twelve years ago, she discovered the body of her murdered younger sister, Anna, and caught a glimpse of the killer with his grey eyes No one was convicted of the crime and the killer still walks free Upon watching the news one night, she believes that she sees the killer It is the well known journalist, Victor Lenzen, and Linda wonders what it is that she should do Her obsession pushes her to write Blood Sisters which is essentially the story of Anna, but with the characters names changed Her therapist had also urged her to write down what happened to help her come to terms with Anna s death This book is to serve as the trap Upon publication, she grants a rare interview to Victor Lanzen, to the surprise of her publishers Will the trap work This is a novel full of twists and suspense The question of whether Linda is reliable is raised The entire story is structured and driven by the character of Linda It is a compelling story but not always easy to read I assume this is due to translation difficulties A recommended read Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for an ARC.

  7. says:

    An amazingly intricate romance and psychological thriller The reader is blind to the fact that this is a book about a trap The extraneous facts add to the story, explaining the reasons and circumstances Easily read but impossible to put down, the book is fascinating and incredibly thought out A plan arrainged to trap becomes a trap Ultimately an incredibly intellectually stimulating read Highly recommended

  8. says:

    3.5 Stars I rounded up because I had a hard time putting it down once it got going EDIT 7 24 16 I changed my mind about rounding after some distance, but 3 stars is still a like for me A solid thriller with a REALLY unreliable narrator The central character s internal conflict and descent into madness is the main point of interest A book must be an axe for the frozen sea within us Franz KafkaBestselling author Linda Conrads hasn t left her home for over a decade, since around the time she found her younger sister Anna stabbed to death She insists she saw the murderer s face at the scene of the crime, but there was no convincing physical evidence and Anna s case was never solved While watching television one evening, she sees the murderer s face delivering the news Once she recovers from the shock, she concocts a plan to trap the journalist She will lure him to her home by writing a book detailing the murder and invite him to her home for an exclusive and rare interview, an opportunity no journalist would pass up But is this man really Anna s murderer or is he an innocent man who has got caught up in one of Linda s stories Has Linda created her own reality because she can t deal with what actually happened Am I mad No, I m not mad How can you tell you re not mad You just can How can you tell if you are mad You just can But if you really are mad how can you know How can you know anything with absolute certaintyI listen to the voices arguing in my head, and I no longer know which of them is the rational one. The story is told in first person present, from Linda s perspective She is such an unreliable narrator that I started losing my own grasp of reality Linda is an eccentric recluse, who seems both deluded and paranoid She has completely withdrawn from society since her sister s untimely death Writing and not leaving her house are her primary coping mechanisms Making up stories where nobody had to die Living in a world in which there was no danger Chapters of Linda s novel Blood Sisters are interspersed between the present day chapters It gives us context and insight into her mind that Linda is unable to give us outside of her writing There is a clear differentiation between Linda s speaking thinking voice and writing voice The excerpts were a nice break from being inside her head, which because of the nature of her character could be exhausting and repetitive People think it s hard not to leave your house for over a decade They think it s easy to go out And they re right it is easy to go out But it s also easy not to go out A few days soon become a few weeks a few weeks become months and years That sounds like an immensely long time But it s only ever one day strung on to those that have gone before. It took me some time to get into the story, because it reminded me so much of Disclaimer Disclaimer s Stephen and The Trap s Linda have so much in common personality wise However, I was hooked once she started preparing for the interview The middle third was my favorite part of the book, because the interview is so tense The strangeness of the situation and Linda s unhinged state of mind made my heart pound She perceives things in such strange way It reveals how tenuous her grasp on reality is or does it I loved the journalist s pointed literary criticism and Linda s scrambling to come up with a defense, especially since the reader and possibly the journalist know the book is essentially non fiction A trap for a murderer With her as bait Perfect, provided you weren t overly attached to life Sophie realized that she was thinking in the terms of a TV crime drama, with the murderer, the victim, the pesky eyewitness, the nice police officer Somehow it was easier that way to view the affair not as a genuine tragedy, not as a real part of her life, but as just another case. The one thing that drove me crazy was those cliffhanger chapters I m always iffy on those anyway, but the placement of a whole chapter in between the cliffhanger and the cliffhanger resolution made them extra irritating Paraphrased example End of Chapter 18 I did this Chapter of Linda s Novel Beginning of Chapter 19 Wait, no I didn t I actually did this Life is often so much less spectacular than fiction. The Trap is about the stories people create to protect themselves and to survive in the aftermath of tragedy Linda is not the only character in this book guilty of that If you enjoy unreliable narrators, or if you enjoyed the atmosphere of Disclaimer or A Small Indiscretion, you ll be interested in this book The Trap is a fun way to spend the evening Then why are we prolonging the agony and the yearning Jonas gave a slight smile His dimple appeared Because we need the agony and the yearning Because that s what makes us feel alive, he said. ______________________________ P.S Strange coincidence This is the second book I ve read this month where a woman travels the world via her own house The Summer That Melted Everything is the other one Completely different genre, but highly recommended Thank you to Grand Central Publishing NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  9. says:

    A sister is both your mirror and your opposite. Elizabeth FishelMelanie Raabe, a German author, has penned a heart stopping and extremely mind boggling psychological thriller in her debut book, The Trap in which the author weaves the story of an elder sister who lives her life in isolation after her younger sister s death, who was murdered and she knows about her sister s killer, but back at time, no one believed her story, and so, eleven years later, when she sees the killer s face on TV, she sets The Trap.Synopsis I know who killed my sister.I wrote this novel for him.Twelve years ago, Linda s sister Anna was murdered Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw him Now, all these years on, she s just seen him again On TV.He has since become a well known reporter, and Linda a famous novelist and infamous recluse knows no one will believe her if she accuses him, so she does the only thing she can think of she writes a thriller about a woman who is murdered, her killer never caught When the book is published, she agrees to give just one media interview At home To the one person who knows about the case than she does.He knows what happened that night and she wrote a book about it but, when the doorbell rings, neither of them can be sure how the story will end Linda is a late thirties popular literary fiction author, who lives in absolute isolation within the four walls of her home and is occasionally visited by her assistant and publisher Eleven years ago, her younger sister, Anna, was murdered and luckily, Linda caught a glimpse of the killer before discovering her sister s body She tried really hard to make people as well as the authorities believe that she has seen her sister s killer, but unfortunately no one believed her, instead, they all either suspected her of killing her own sister or called her crazy Hence she reclused within the comfort of her own home with her dog Now eleven years later, she has seen the face of the very killer who took the life of her sister on TV, and now she has to lay a perfect trap so that she could get this popular and renowned journalist to confess the crime that he has committed by writing a novel about her sister s murder in the form of a thriller thereby inviting that man to interview her for his newspaper But will this killer easily fall prey to Linda s trap Honestly speaking, I expected the story to have than one layer or dimension, instead, I found it out to be quite simple and foreseeable Although, the whole book is one hell of an addictive roller coaster ride filled with quite a number of unexpected turns and so much fear The book s cover image depicts an eerie feel to the story inside it that will instantly lure the readers into the story Being a debut book, the author s efforts, smartness as well as her imagination which knows no bounds are extremely impressionable and these factors make the story as worth a read for the mystery psychological thriller readers.I believe the translated edition writing style is not that polished or strong, as there are so much loose ends that lacks from emotional depth The narrative which, although is not much in the book, still it is engaging and well structured, that holds the power to keep the readers glued to the story The pacing of the book is quite moderate, as the story is told from Linda s POV, which is actually a web of so many thoughts, where some are confusing and some are very much clear and easy to comprehend with The story building is really well developed as the author wraps her plot under so much misdirection and twists.The story is so much painted with bone chilling and thrilling scenes which are penned vividly as well as descriptively the author, which will eventually help the readers to visualize the scenes right before their own eyes The mystery of Linda s sister s murder is unraveled with so much backstories and turns that will leave the readers baffled about the real identity of the killer and this part really suited me, as at times, I too was left puzzled with the underlying question about the identity.The characters are well structured, but felt a bit vague and unreal, except the main character, Linda Linda s character is so well portrayed that the readers are bound to feel like they are inside Linda s head and can easily feel what she is feeling, who is projected as someone coward and fragile suffering from mental trauma over her sister s death and her inability to give justice to her sister Although, eventually, with the course of the story, Linda gains a lot of confidence to bring her sister s killer to confess thereby evolving in a positive way The readers will learn about her sister s death from the excerpts of Linda s novel, Blood Sisters Linda is not only psychologically twisted, but is also quite clever and her bond of sisterhood with her sister will make the readers root for her till the very end The rest of the supporting characters, apart from the killer, Victor, don t have much presence in the story, hence the readers won t get to know them thoroughly.In a nutshell, this compelling and riveting story is a must read for all crime thriller fans as this debut author leaves her mark in the literary world with this book of hers Verdict Engrossing as well as gripping read about a sister s journey to give justice to her younger sister s death Courtesy Thanks to the publishers from Pan Macmillan India for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book

  10. says:

    The premise of this book is an original one Linda Conrads is a thirty eight year old famous author, who lives as a recluse under a pseudonym Twelve years ago, her older sister, Anna, was murdered and Linda caught a glimpse of the killer when she discovered her sisters body Now, Linda lives a safe and controlled life She lives with her dog, visited only by staff her assistant Charlotte, the gardener and her publisher, Norbert Then, suddenly, she sees a news reporter on television and believes she recognises him as Anna s murderer The problem of course is, who would believe her So, Linda decides to write a new novel a thriller, called, Blood Sisters, which will tell Anna s story Then, she will invite the news reporter, Victor Lenzen for an interview As a recluse, any interview with her is like gold dust and she is sure she can arrange this Then she can lure Victor Lenzen to her house and collect valuable DNA samples or get him to confess Of course, like all such plans, this is not at all simple The book is interspersed with chapters from the novel as the author tells the story through, Blood Sisters, and from the point of view of Linda Although I thought the initial idea interesting, I found the actual telling of the book quite cold and unemotional Of course, this book was translated and it may have been the translation that was at fault, but I never really felt enough for the characters to become really involved Still, there are lots of twists and turns in the plot and I found the idea of the novel interesting enough to want to read by this author.

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