Thursday, 5 November 2015

Review: The Venus Trap by Louise Voss

Title: The Venus Trap
Author: Louise Voss
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Pages: 305
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Source: ARC from Netgalley

The Venus Trap
Jo Atkins’ sixteenth year was disastrous: she lost her dad, was assaulted by a stranger, and then had her heart broken. For the last twenty-five years, she’s believed that nothing could ever be as bad again.

But Claudio has no intention of letting her go. Instead of never seeing him again, Jo wakes up sick and terrified, handcuffed to her own bed. She is given a week to prove her love for Claudio—or he will kill her. Claudio, it turns out, is a man with nothing left to lose.

She was wrong. Now, still smarting from her recent divorce, pretty, self-effacing Jo finally gathers the courage to enter the dating scene. She meets Claudio, whom she vaguely remembers from her youth, but after a few dates decides he’s creepy and politely tells him ‘thanks but no thanks’.

This book was very 'mid range' for me. It is an interesting story about a woman called Jo being held captive by a psycho from her past. It spends a lot of time describing flashbacks and past diary entries as a way of explaining why Jo is in the situation she is in now.

I was not keen on the lengthy diary entries and flashbacks, it's just not my cup of tea. I like kidnapped/captive thrillers to be focused on the present dire situation at hand, I don't like 3 quarters of the book being just one big lengthy description of past events. I also guessed the 'twist' with Claudio halfway through so it did not shock me at all.

Jo struck me as quite a silly woman, still idolising over a past dead boyfriend she knew for all of 10 minutes as a teenager - yet somehow that fleeting relationship was 'the one' and not destined to fizzle out after another couple of months like almost every other teenage relationship ever. Jo spends her whole adult existence trying to recreate the intense sexual attraction of youth that can only come with an adolescent brain. It was pathetic, I felt sorry for her daughter.

Needless to say I was not a fan of Jo... the book is nicely written though, not too long and has an interesting plot so not an entire fail.


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