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My favorite stories are character-driven and this book certainly is. Unfortunately, though, Linda - the protagonist - doesn't inspire the kind of empathy and compassion that I should feel for a woman in her place. There was a time in my past when I struggled with severe panic attacks which made it impossible for me leave my home for a few weeks. That overwhelming fear of the outside world is something I can never forget. And, yet, Linda's fear isn't enough to trigger those memories or to arouse sympathy. The book tells us of her many years of self-imposed house-arrest but it doesn't show us the emotions behind it. I heard the story without feeling it. I fully expected for this story to make me think and feel long after it ended. Instead I was ready to end the book a full three chapters before it ended. So the best I can give it is 2 stars.
Julie Teal does a decent job with what she is given. She voices Linda and Lenson with such differences that there is never any confusion about who is speaking. I am not able to say that she voices the fear and anxiety well enough -- but I believe that is more about the words on the page than on her ability to voice the feelings.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. I prefer a direct, simple writing style. This seemed to me to be unnecessarily convoluted.
Would you be willing to try another book from Melanie Raabe and Imogen Taylor - translator ? Why or why not?
No. The translator seems fine. The writing, as I said, was not my cup of tea. I found myself fast forwarding through whole chapters. I never developed any feelings but annoyance toward any of the characters except the fictional police detective.
Have you listened to any of Julie Teal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Not that I am aware of. She seemed a talented performer.
Did The Trap inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
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