The Honey Trap
by Patrick Sheane Duncan
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Pub Date 21 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
Crossroad Press, Gordian Knot
Twentysomething Pru seems like a girl on the straight and narrow. She takes in stray and abused animals and is studying to be a veterinarian. But college is so expensive these days so she has to work her way using her talents as a conwoman. Fleecing dirty old men, using the dark web and a variation on that old swindle, the Honey Trap.
Luring the potential pedophiles online with her youthful look, she meets and drugs them, taking their valuables and selling them on the Los Angeles black market. It's a living, buys kibble, and pays tuition. Besides, she figures this is what the bastards get for trying to have sex with underage girls. Right? Right.
But then one of the suckers turns out to be a fellow predator, of the most heinous kind.
During the ill-fated encounter, a serial killer turns the tables on Pru and nearly adds her to his collection of young female victims, tortured and then killed. She is barely able to escape. But this deadly experience is not over. The killer, now that he has met her, is a fan. Somehow he sees Pru as a fellow traveler and wants her to witness his next murderous plan, step by step.
Pru tries to evade the twisted courtship, but when she refuses, the killer takes the game to her doorstep—with deadly results. Pru now has to take down this cold-blooded enemy on her own. Using every trick she has learned on the mean streets she goes after him. At the same time she is forced to dredge up a host of dark, long-buried secrets of her own.
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I really struggle with anything remotely resembling animal abuse, so there were parts of this book that were hard for me to read. Overall I liked the premise but I thought that it was going to be more of Pru trying to find the killer/stop him from killing again but that ended up being pretty straightforward. I got a bit tired of the "by golly", "gosh", "fudge", etc. to portray the midwestern family.
Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Honey Trap by Patrick Sheane Duncan
What a delightful tale; once I started reading, my sleep was ruined for that night as I couldn’t put the book down!
Pru is an interesting character…with a history. The crusade we find her on is unusual, to say the least, that leads to her encounter with “a fellow predator, of the most heinous kind”.
We experience the murderous plans unfold with Pru in a somewhat predictable plot (I’ve seen much of the action in other crime stories) but I was not disappointed with the book.
Wow! Good book! This book was a little different than I thought it would be! This book had a crazy storyline! It was filled with suspense, intrigue, and murder! These characters were a little crazy but it made for a great story! Lol I definitely recommend reading this book! Its well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!
Thank you Netgalley and Author Patrick Sheane Duncan for this ARC.
Intense, delicious, eccentric, absolutely positively MAD. This was a great tale of murder plans unfolding in the most off-the-wall way with the most wacky, berserk star characters. Wow! What a ride. Some of it got a little confusing--probably just a bit too much crazy for me--but otherwise it was good, A book that will stick with more for a while.
To make money Pru lures potential pedophiles into honey traps, drugs them and steal from them. Until she does it to the wrong person.
Entertaining read with a few twists and turns to keep you reading. The only issue I had was with some of the street lingo used, especially in the beginning of the novel. Not all of us understand the local terms and it was annoying not being able to follow along
A funny thing happened after the ‘vagina jerky’.
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Straight up, this is a weird book.
After the first couple of chapters, I thought I was going to DNF this. There’s this awful, in comprehensible slang. The characters start out abominable – like, I get unlikeable, flawed characters, but holy hell.
And yes, one character used the term ‘vagina jerky’. But, a funny thing happened. That character, who seemed weird and wrong, started getting…kind of loveable? And our main character, who started out really sketchy, ended up being relatable. And the baddie? Oh, I wanted that baddie to suffer. Before I knew it, I was completely into this!
Now, I still hate the slang – like what does some of that even mean? And the ending was horribly anti-climactic. But you know what? I actually largely enjoyed this one.
Can I recommend it to everyone? Naw, it’s kind of an acquired taste. But I guess I…acquired it?
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Omg, what a wild ride of a book. Pru is a young woman with a sad past who is working towards a better future. While taking classes to become a veterinarian, she runs several cons to make ends meet. With her best friend and mentor Rochelle helping her, she is pretty successful until she tries to con a very dangerous man who is out for revenge. If you like fast paced edge of your seat novels this one is as good as they come. Excellent book!
This book has a great hook! Con artist, Pru, has a website to set up "dates" when she gets to their hotel room she slips them a roofie and robs them blind. But she's the heroine! One date turns out to be a serial killer with his own bad intentions. She is able to get the upper hand but he won't let it go and the chase is on. I love the premise of this book, the thought that went into these two main characters and Pru's mentor, and the action sequences. There are some seriously gory portions, which I don't mind.
There's one character, Pru's Russian fence, who is difficult to read; the author attempts to recreate his accent with his street-wise slang way of talking and it's just an mess. Thankfully he plays a small role. What I could have done without was the last chapter. It's three sentences, adds nothing to story and it refers to a minor detail earlier in the book (granted half-a-dozen sentences earlier but one of those things you don't even waste time on). I literally did a word search on my book to find out what she was talking about.
Many thanks to #NetGalley and Crossroad Press for providing me with a free copy of #TheHoneyTrap in exchange for an honest review.
3 for neutral, DNF, was not for me. Did try a couple times, but was too weird, will update if I am able to finish at a later date.
Interesting premise, intriguing and gripping page turner in parts, and off-putting in other parts. It was definitely and interesting read that will divide readers. Just remember it's fiction.
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review