Trapped

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Feb 2019

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Told from the perspective of a dying man and his kidnapped wife, Trapped is a taut, fast paced thriller which ratchets the action up to eleven and doesn't let up until the final, juicy page. Even without the unexpected twists, this would be fun but when you discover what's really going on... Well. Be prepared to pick your jaw up from the floor!

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC without obligation.
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Trapped is a standalone novel from the writer of the DCI Gillard series of which there are two available, The Body In The Marsh, The Body On The Shore, and The Body In The Mist is out in May. I really enjoyed Nick's previous books so was very much looking forward to reading this one. I wasn't disappointed! Trapped starts with a happy family - father, mother, long-wished-for son - but by the end of the day, nothing will ever be the same.

Catherine is kidnapped, along with her son Ethan, after witnessing something so horrific that it will stay with her for the rest of her days. Hopefully, Ethan, who is not quite one yet, will never remember the bloodshed or the horror he's about to witness. Used as hostages by two desperate criminals in Manchester, Trapped is essentially a story about surviving the most nightmarish situation you can imagine yourself in, magnified intensely as all you're worried about is the fact that your baby is with you, and the kidnappers seem to have no patience with him.

What follows is a breath-holding, heart-stopping story of abduction, of being stuck in the back of a van with two violent men armed with guns and knives, and what you have to do to survive. Nick Louth has written a truly original crime story, it's unlike anything I've ever read anyway, and the title is incredibly clever - especially once the final chapters unfold, and the spectacular sting in the tale is revealed. There are some truly splendid twists and turns in Trapped, most of which I guessed at until the very last moment. If you're looking for something different to read in the UK crime genre, and you're open to more unusual storylines then please read Trapped, and let me know what you think! Nick Louth is improving with every book, and I can't wait to read The Body In The Mist later this year.
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Not entirely what I expected.....it took me some time to get used to the format, in fact I nearly gave up. Then I read some earlier published reviews and decided to persevere and I am glad I did. Generally I like Nick Louth books but this departure is not my favourite. I did like the concept and the twists. Without giving the story line away, it all made sense in the end.
Thanks NetGalley for the chance to read this in exchange for my review.
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This really is an adrenalin packed story.  It is fast paced and very tense when Catherine and her one year old son end up hostages to two desperate criminals.  I got a tension headache reading it!
The story is a narrative of the situation and all the stress and anxiety that this mother goes through in trying to protect her child and appease two violent and unpredictable men is quite palpable.
There are a couple of twists toward the end of the book, the second step I think went one too far and to me detracted from the story.
A great story. Thank you Canelo and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this novel.
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It’s difficult to write a review of a book like Trapped without giving away any spoilers, but I’m going to try my hardest.

The majority of Trapped is narrated by Catherine’s husband, Geoffrey. I was hooked by the writing style instantly because it’s very similar to The Innocent’s Story by Nicky Singer, which is one of my favourite books.

Geoffrey is fatally struck by the kidnappers’ vehicle as they take his wife and child, giving him the ability to move freely between the minds of each of the characters. This allows the audience to have a behind the scenes look at the thoughts and motivations of each of the kidnappers and Catherine herself, but also lets us look into the minds of the hardworking police officers and siege negotiators who strive for a peaceful end to the confrontation.

Nick Louth has obviously researched the subject extremely thoroughly, with the attention to detail completely absorbing you into the story and making you feel as though you’re watching the events play out on a live news broadcast.

However, a twist towards the end of the story dampened my satisfaction of the book. It felt like a neat and well-crafted thriller, but the second half of the story causes the events to unravel slightly, and no matter how much explanation is weaved through the book it still feels as though there are a few holes in the story. That’s the only reason I didn’t give Trapped five stars, deciding instead to give it four. I can’t go into my specific reasons for that without giving everything away, so I’d recommend you pick up a copy and find out for yourself what I mean!
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Set in Manchester, the story really centres around Catherine Blake, wife to Geoff and mother to young baby Ethan. While Geoff is shopping for supplies for a Kurdish meal, Catherine is outside in the car with Ethan……then all hell breaks out….

Two members of the Moss Side Mafia need a car in a hurry, so they jump in Catherine’s and take off with her and baby Ethan still inside….Geoff runs after them in a desperate panic…..but this ends badly.

What follows is one of the most intense, non-stop tension and violence filled tales I’ve ever read……my heart was in my mouth at times and I felt Catherine’s fear…..every sweaty palmed moment of it. What would you do to keep your precious baby safe when surrounded by such viciousness…? 

Nick Louth’s powerful, descriptive and emotion filled writing brings this to tension filled life in a totally gripping, surprising and heart wrenching tale. I loved every minute…….

Thank you to Canelo and Netgalley for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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From the first page, this suspenseful thriller is intriguing. 

Primarily told from Catherine's husband's point of view. He assumes the role of the story's narrator, a unique and unusual role in this type of thriller. His insight is uncanny and the reader has to accept this until the pieces of the puzzle start to reveal themselves.  When it becomes clear why he has this unusual insight into her thoughts, it's probably not what you think, and so becomes a more compelling viewpoint.

Catherine is in a nightmare scenario and as the story unfolds you can understand what motivates her behaviour. Like me, you may wonder what you would do in the same situation.  Catherine's husband's admiration of her is apparent throughout. She is a clever, driven character, who has fought to bring her child into the world and will never relinquish him. You empathise with her strongly but then, as you think it's all over, it isn't.

Gangland crime is at the heart of this plot but there are no stereotypes, the antagonists are believable and have no redeeming features, you are very much on the side of Catherine and Ethan her innocent child. 

The twist is masterful and unexpected and makes the final chapters of the story enthralling.

Contemporary crime, authentic police procedures, and an intense, original plot, make 'Trapped' one of my favourite thrillers this year.

I received a copy of this book from Canelo via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed the writing style of this book.  Fast paced & amazing twist.  I look forward to reading more by this author & would highly recommend this book.
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Fantastic read.  Breathtaking plot. I couldn't read the words in this book quick enough to discover the outcome.  A gripping thriller that I would highly recommend.
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Catherine, Ethan, and Geoffrey Blake are a middle-class couple who enjoy their lives.  Ethan is almost one year old and the product of IVF and a lot of hopes and prayers.  Geoffrey is a house husband, who designs websites when he has time.  Catherine is finding work hard, with redundancies for ever being threatened, a bigger workload and responsibility that does not match her pay.  Their finances are always precarious, but otherwise, they are happy. 

One day when they have an appointment in Manchester they take Ethan with them as their babysitter let them down at the last minute.  This was the catalyst for their lives to change forever.

Whilst Geoff goes into a delicatessen, Catherine nips to the newsagents reassuring Ethan that she will be two minutes.  On returning to the car, she sees two scruffy men approach from the back.  They get into the front of the car (she is leaning over Ethan to reassure him, then brandishing a gun, they make themselves very clear.  At some point, a knife appears as well.

Geoff seeing what is happening from the shop drops everything and races outside.  Despite chasing the car, they get away but not before they have managed to mount the curb and hit Geoff.  One of the men then gets out of the car and repeatedly stabs him.  The nightmare begins.

I thought that the story would pan out over a few hours, which in essence it does.  Fear, humiliation, and panic are understandable, as the atmosphere in the car gets worse.  They then hijack a van, first killing the driver and then race off.

Towards the end of this book, there is a very interesting twist.  I certainly had not expected it and it is cleverly executed.  The pace is fast and the twist is shocking.  I could not believe it when I got to this part, and could not stop reading until the end.

I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are all my own and completely unbiased.  My thanks to NetGalley for this opportunity.
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Trapped is the first book that I have read by Nick Louth and it is an excellent thriller with many twists. 

Mainly told from one person's point of view not everything you read quite adds up and even then the multiple twists at the end only add

Overall this book kept me engaged throughout and is thoroughly recommended
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This is a full of suspense and gritty thriller. The ending is not what I was expecting at all. Very cleverly written and cleverly thought out.

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
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I have come to rely on Nick Louth to provide me with action-packed page-turners that also encompass many topical issues and have an intelligent side to them, unlike countless mindless thrillers out there seemingly written to be fun and lighthearted, but I prefer mine to be didactic; if an author can produce a compelling, thrilling novel and also give a nod to timely issues then I'm a surefire fan. Louth is one such special talent. Anyone who has enjoyed a Louth novel in the past will find more of his trademark concoction here and so much to love, but I have no doubt that this book will bring new fans into the fold too.

Immersive writing, engaging, multi-faceted characters and a stellar plot to boot. This book, in particular, has a strong gangland vibe to it and highlights succinctly some of the trials and tribulations parents would be prepared to go through to save their child from a fate worse than death. What more could you ask for?

Many thanks to Canelo for an ARC.
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Read this in one sitting, I enjoyed how it was told from a completely different angle, Nick's writing kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and it was a roller coaster of a read.

I particularly liked that it is about Manchester as a lot of the references to different parts of the area were familiar to me.  

I can thoroughly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from Nick.

Thank you to Netgalley and Canelo for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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Well for a start, I really enjoyed the completely different angle of this book and how it was written. What a breath of fresh air to the usual crime thriller.
Nick's writing was on point and very well written. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other and you can't help but feel for Catherine..
I had to force myself to put the book down so I could carry on with life, as this book completely enthralled me and I found myself groaning when the chapter ended as I needed to know more. 
A very bravely written book, some will like it, some not. I thought that it was BRILLIANT! 

Thanks to Netgalley, Nick Louth and Canelo for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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What an thrilling, non stop action novel.! The author takes us right into the action from the husband's point of view right up to his death and then details the hostage situation of his wife and child. The gangsters were realistically brutal and cruel and I feared something bad would happen to Cathy who often spoke her mind. I felt terrible for her little baby who is caught in the middle of this with no idea the danger he is in. This was terrifying thrilling ride where the reader has no clue what will occur next and where the truth is even harder to reveal. Loved it!
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Whatever boxes you expect to be ticked by an action, suspense or thriller, crime drama “TRAPPED“ does it in spades. An enjoyable from page one where from the get go the action in full on.
The main story involves two hardened criminals on the run after a killing spree, in their fevered travels they happen upon Catherine, and infant son, awaiting the husbands return from a brief shopping errand. As the criminals abduct mother and child in the small family car and continue a desperate flight across Manchester, the author skilfully introduces all the players stories as the main plot thunders on.
As you would expect in a situation like this, things go from bad to worse. Heightened stress and tension for the criminals and Catherine alike. Her prime concern being her infant child’s needs and survival. Well written dialogue and believable people inhabit this world.
Believable plot, and believable resolutions with surprising twists. A truly enjoyable read    
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Oh my gosh, this book offers you so much and then some more on top!!! Nick Louth has really grasped the concept of leaving readers in suspense as there are so many surprises in store. Not only that but the whole story is believable from start to finish
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I’d like to thank Canelo and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read ‘Trapped’ by Nick Louth in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Liam Fretwell and Janile Cousins, members of the Moss Side Mafia, take a car from outside a delicatessen shop with the occupants, Catherine Blake and her one-year-old son Ethan, still inside, leaving Catherine’s husband Geoff seriously injured in the middle of the road.  The gangsters hold them at gun-point, killing and grievously injuring anyone getting in their way.  A hostage situation is mounted and a trained negotiator, ex-Royal Marine Commander Patrick Hamilton, is brought in together with the Greater Manchester Police’s Tactical Firearms Unit.   Catherine has been through miscarriages and IVF treatment to have Ethan and she’ll do absolutely anything to protect him – and does!

‘Trapped’ is an amazing thriller full of suspense and excitement and so different to any others I’ve read.  Most of the story is narrated by Geoff who’s having an out-of-body occurrence and is watching over what’s happening until the climax of the siege.  Then Catherine takes over and gives her version of how they became involved.  I started reading and found I couldn’t put my kindle down, continuing to read till the early hours of the following morning. When I reached the final twist at the end it was so surprising that I was left open-mouthed in astonishment.  This is a fantastic thriller and would make a brilliant film!  Well done, Nick, I’m going to look out for more of your novels.
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I quite enjoyed this and am leased that I stuck with it, as I'd been aggravated by the 'narrator', but other reviews urged completion.  There was a degree of implausibility to the story and its unravelling, but it was a quick and easy read.
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