What would you do if everything you thought you knew about your past and your parents was wrong and it took a thief breaking into your house to bring the truth forward? Trapped by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen is about Emi, a woman who wakes in the middle of the night to find a thief in her house. Barely escaping the house without getting caught by the thief, Emi is shocked when she returns with the police to find the thief has arranged her clothes in almost shrines in the house and has placed a letter written by her father to her mother dated almost a year after his supposed death with the shrines. The discovery of a father who may be alive leads Emi with her best friend and unrequited love, Daniel, to Austria, using only the partial address on the envelope.
As Emi and Daniel start investigating what happened to her father, Emi realizes that her love for Daniel may never be returned. Emi and Daniel are pulled more and more into the mystery surrounding Emi’s family, Daniel starts to look at Emi in a new light but will the deception Emi is forced to play destroy whatever feelings Daniel may have developed? Also, can Emi figure out how to break the curse that has plagued her family for centuries before the mysterious Gernot can destroy anyone who tries to help Emi?
Trapped was a great read that had me hooked from the very first scene where Emi wakes to find someone has broken into her house. The mystery that surrounds Emi’s family and the curse that is slowly destroying all the family members was both compelling and intriguing. I loved how who I thought was Gernot was wrong, it is always great when an author is able to surprise me. I also loved how Emi’s description of Austria right after they get there is the “Sound of Music” setting, I immediately had the imagery in my head that the character was seeing. Trapped was well written and kept me guessing until the very end.
You can read the first chapter here.
Author: Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
Page Nos.: 293
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press
Release Date: April 2010
Available for purchase: Amazon, Desert Book
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.