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RATTRAP Paperback – April 1, 2005
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Reviewed by William Chesney
Rattrap is this short story author's first novel. Having read several of her short stories I was intrigued. Neither was I disappointed. It is a fast paced romp through the world of big money sports stars and the unsavory forces in the background keeping them in the spot light despite their transgressions. We follow Dexter Curtis, the latest golden boy of the Pittsburgh Steelers, their first round draft pick out of Miami who is supposed to get them into Super Bowl contention, along with his less than honest sports agent Ron Kingston who will stop at nothing to keep the golden boy in the gold. Then we add in a cute little promiscuous cheerleader Kim McConnell who meets Dexter at a bar and invites him to go outside for a private party in his Hummer only to have it go wrong as he brutally rapes her anally. Let us not forget our young female reporter working at her first real job fresh out of college for a friend of her dad's. This budding reporter is assigned her first big story with the rape accusations against Dexter Curtis by this young cheerleader. There is a side plot dealing with the budding friendship(?) with her editor. These add so much to the rich character development obvious throughout the story The story winds around a lot of other very well developed characters as it spins a complex yarn of sex, greed, drugs, and murder. You can truly feel yourself immersed into their varied worlds.
This is an exciting, fast moving experience. I found, just like a who-done-it Agatha Christy novel, I could not put it down until I finished it. When I did have to put it down for a respite I found myself thinking of the story in the context of my own life. It is captivating. It will make you cry, shout for joy and everything in between. It will leave you breathless. I could not recommend it more. I look for great things on the best sellers list from this budding literary star. BRAVO. I give this one five stars out of five.
And be prepared to meet some larger than life characters along the way. There are enough bad guys to populate three novels. But for those of us that have witnessed examples of celebrity "justice" in action in recent history, this book will land a little close to home. Sex, professional sports, the criminal justice system, race, gangs, there doesn't seem to be a topic that Sarah is afraid to tackle head on. Where one so young gets the knowledge and confidence to do so and make the book believable and real is beyond me but more power to her. I know that Sarah's goal is to be a full time writer and I think she's well on her way. What a great first book. She's almost converted me to become a novel reader; at least when her second book comes out and I hope that's soon. Bravo Sarah, I just hope you will still have some time to titillate your online story fans as well.
RATTRAP as a story can be read on many levels, from the erotic novel to a philosophic discourse on the nature of evil and thus should appeal to a very diverse audience. The novel also contains many vignettes that will amuse, arouse, disgust, enlighten, and entertain.
This one of the most intense and believable novels I've read in a very long time. I look forward to reading Sarah's next novel!
If it were possible to award 6 stars, this would get all 6! Highly recommended.
The chapters are fast-paced, and the plot moves quickly. You become immersed in the story, and before you know it, you've finished the book!
There are twists and turns, plenty of erotic dialogue, and a great "bad guy". I recommend this book if you're looking for all of the above, and I'm anxiously awaiting her next work.
Great job, Sarah!