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The TRAP Hardcover – April 1, 1985

3.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Tabitha King is the acclaimed author of Small World, Survivor, The Book of Reuben, and many other titles. The wife of novelist Stephen King, she lives in Maine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (April 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025631403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025631403
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sebastien Pharand on June 15, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Trap is a greatly disturbing novel about the horrors afflicted on a family during a one-year span. It's not enough that this family lives through everyday coldness and separation. A very disturbing act of violence is about to fall upon them and shatter their lives forever.
I bought The Trap because Tabitha King is Stephen King's wife. I knew her style and genre opposed her husband's, but never did I thought that she would be such a beautifully skilled author. King takes her time to write her prose; her beautiful and usually long sentences create a narrative yearning that one can't help but admire. The story is slow moving, but that's the brilliance behind the book. Once that horrible act happens more than halfway through the book, it takes you by total surprise.
Her characters are strong and very distinct; unlike most ficiton, her characters feel real and believable. So once the shocking event occurs more than halfway through the book, you can't help but feel sorry for the characters that are involved. You just want to leap into the page and give them a hand.
King takes her time writing her prose, something that the typical thrill-a-minute seeker will not be able to appreciate. But The Trap is a very important work that affects its readers on many, many levels. It's a hard and complicated story to read, but it's compelling in that it is able to evoke emotions in the reader that most authors can only dream of touching. I can't wait to read more from this terrific author.
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By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the book that hooked me on Tabitha King. I found that I much preferred her writing to that of her husband and set out to find all that she had published. Though this is not my favorite book by Ms. King, it is nonetheless a worthy read. It will make you look around corners and think twice while hiking alone. For a complete change of direction, make your next read "Pearl" by this promising author.
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Format: Hardcover
I'd picked up Small World and then Caretakers, found them good, fast reads, and stumbled across this ticking bomb of unrelenting suspense. Ms. King solidified her place in my Constant Reader heart and actually surpassed most other authors in her stark, harrowing tale. I would not read anything just because it was written by so-and-so's wife or thus-and-such's child; I read for quality and this thing is a monster of quality. There is a brutal scene in this book that is so permanently, irreversibly scarred me that I had to put it down and walk away. Her writing is so strong that I found myself returning, fearful and trembling, and was glad I did. The story pays off in solid gold. Excellent novel.
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By tracy on January 23, 2013
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this book is rich and detailed.i love stephen king and have been reading tabithas books now...she is also a fabulous writer,and i love the characters set in Nodds Ridge! you must try Tabitha King,highly recomend
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I loved this book. I thought the characters were fascinating and richly textured, as they always tend to be in Tabitha King's writings. Liv's friendship with Miss Alden was wonderful. And it's always great to get another point of view on Nodd's Ridge.
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I ENJOY HER BOOKS. JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF SUSPENSE. SHE WRITES WITHOUT CONFUSING NAMES AND MAKES THE READ ENJOYABLE.
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Format: Hardcover
or so it may seem by the brutality in this book. Tabitha is more of a "literary" writer than her famous husband, so after two ot three novels that didn't sell very well, she wrote this and even though I read it yeara ago when it came out, I still remember it was something about a mother and her sons trapped in cabin or something. And some people break in and torture the family.

Not at ALL like her previous books or those that followed. And not very good, either.

I think the best book she wrote was CARETAKES.
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I love this book! I read it a long time ago and after reading it again now, I found it just as suspenseful as I did back then!
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