Friday, June 18, 2010

Book Review - Trapped by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

Have you ever been trapped? I mean, really stuck in a situation that you could see no way of escape? Nightmares are built on such scenarios, and so is the novel, Trapped,  written by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen.

Here’s the back liner of the book…

When Emi Warrin wakes one night to find a thief in her mother’s house, she has no idea the intruder has planted a trap—a mysterious letter that will change her life forever. Lured to the Austrian Alps with Daniel, the man she loves, Emi is thrown into a perilous, mafia-like world of feuding families and a devastating curse that spans generations. As the Firstborn She—the only firstborn female in hundreds of years—only Emi can free her family from the curse that will soon afflict her as well. But for Emi to break the curse, she must delve into her family’s dark past, and she must gain the trust of those who would use her for their own evil designs.

As Emi struggles to understand her destiny as the Firstborn She, she learns that everything isn’t as it seems and that all choices have consequences. Can Emi break the curse before it’s too late?

I knew I was in for suspense just from the title, but what I didn’t expect was a wonderful layering of mythical legend twined with the plot. I loved that the curse on this family was not going to be broken by a man, but by the Firstborn She. There were times when this book even felt Gothic with the heroine going to a mansion filled with people who on the surface were nice enough, but the undercurrents of foul play churned with these characters as the plot thickened.

Hinrichsen has done a wonderful job of keeping her readers wondering what is going to happen next, who the real villain is, and who will win Emi’s heart.

I had one little nit-picky, minor thing and it was probably just me and wouldn't bother anyone else, though just in case I thought I ought to mention it. Sometimes Emi took chances that I didn't understand, such as going out in the middle of the night by herself when she knew someone was out to get her. It reminded me of watching a thriller and the heroine goes out alone and you're telling her, "Don't do it." Yet, she does it anyway because, duh, she's only human. However, that’s also why I enjoy reading books like Trapped, because I can read about characters who take chances I wouldn't, and I can armchair quarterback them.

So if you want a fun, suspenseful read pick up Trapped. You’ll be glad you did.

(Walnut Springs published this book. I received a free copy to review. But I would never allow that to cloud my judgement. I reviewed the book because I liked it.)


  1. Sounds terrific! I also like reading novels in which characters act how I wouldn't! It's fun "living through them" without having to face the real shame/terror/consequences/etc.

    Thanks for the review, Kathi!

  2. That sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the review.

  3. Laura,
    Good. I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes to live viciously through characters, doing things I wouldn't do in real life. I'm glad you liked the review. :)

  4. Catherine,
    You're welcome! I'm glad you stopped by.

  5. Oooo, I want this one! Great review, Kathi.

    P.S. I absolutely LOVE the cover of The Stone Traveler - I am definitely buying a copy when it's released!! :-)

  6. Shannon,
    I think you'll enjoy Ronda's book.

    I'm glad you like the cover of my book. I'm so excited for the release. I can't wait to tell everyone about the contest I'm having during the blog tour. But more to come on that later. ;)

  7. Sounds like a great book with lots of layers. The heroine going out in the middle of the night would drive me a bit batty though. :)

  8. Thank you so much for the review, Kathi, and I LOVED that you got the Gothic feel, etc. :)))

  9. Kathi--It sounds like an awesome read!

    I love the new photos on the side of your blog!

  10. Jemi,
    I loved the many layers in this book. It was a fun, suspenseful read. :)

  11. Sharon,
    I think you'd enjoy the book.

    I'm glad you like the photos.:0)



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