The Trap

The Trap 1

by Melanie Raabe

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/03/2016

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I know who killed my sister. I wrote this book for him.

Twelve years ago, Linda's sister Anna was murdered.

Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw him.

Now, all these years later, she's just seen him again on TV.

He's become a well-known journalist, and Linda - a famous novelist and infamous recluse - knows no one will believe her if she accuses him. She does the only thing she can think of: she sets a trap, writing a thriller called Blood Sisters about the unsolved murder of a young woman.

When Blood Sisters is published, Linda agrees to give just one media interview. At home. To the one person who knows more about the case than she does...

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Melanie Raabe

Melanie Raabe began her working life as a journalist but secretly wrote books by night.

Her debut novel, The Trap, was an international bestseller.

Her second, The Stranger, remained on Der Spiegel's bestseller list for almost six months when it was first published in 2016.

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  • outstanding debut novel

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    The Trap is the first novel by German author, Melanie Raabe. When reclusive author Linda Conrads sees the man who, twelve years ago, murdered her sister, Anna, on a TV news program, she is shocked and stunned. Even though Superintendent Julian Schumer promised her he would find the killer, the case was never solved. Now Linda can put a name to the face that has haunted her since that August day in 2002: Victor Lenzen.

    Lenzen is a well-known journalist, respected for his reports from Afghanistan, the Middle East, London and Asia. Linda’s eye-witness account was received with some scepticism at the time: will anyone believe her now? She hatches a plan to get him where she can interrogate him. She writes a novel, Blood Sisters, about the murder and agrees to give an exclusive interview, at her home, to one journalist: Lenzen.

    Raabe has crafted a brilliant psychological thriller. It is fast-paced with an abundance of twists and red herrings, and more than one heart-stopping climax. From the beginning Raabe sows the seeds of doubt about the reliability of the narrative, and she allows these to germinate as the story progresses. She uses the interesting device of a narrative within a narrative: the text of Linda’s novel parallels, to some extent, real life events, and elaborates on the details of the murder investigation.

    Raabe treats the reader to some lovely descriptive prose: “I keep trying to drive away the thought of Anna, but it’s sticky, like old-fashioned flypaper. Other dark thoughts get stuck to it; there’s no stopping them” and “…I had trouble driving away the thoughts that came at night and settled on my bed like crows” are examples. This outstanding debut novel is flawlessly translated by Imogen Taylor.