ARC AUDIO REVIEW: The Trap by Catherine Ryan Howard


Publication Date: August 1, 2023
Format: Audio
Genre:  Crime Mystery 
Narrator: John Keating, Alana Kerr Collins 

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing 
 9 Hours 10 minutes
Buy: Kindle | Audio


One year ago, Lucy’s sister, Nicki, left to meet friends at a pub in Dublin and never came home. The third Irish woman to vanish inexplicably in as many years, the agony of not knowing what happened that night has turned Lucy’s life into a waking nightmare. So, she’s going to take matters into her own hands.

Angela works as a civilian paper-pusher in the Missing Persons Unit, but wants nothing more than to be a fully fledged member of An Garda Síochána, the Irish police force. With the official investigation into the missing women stalled, she begins pulling on a thread that could break the case wide open—and destroy her chances of ever joining the force.

A nameless man drives through the night, his latest victim in the back seat. He’s going to tell her everything, from the beginning. And soon, she’ll realize: what you don’t know can hurt you …


This is a terrifying story of missing women and the police who can't seem to find them or who kidnapped them.  Told from different points of view you get to see through the eyes of  all of the players. They always say it's the not knowing that hurts the most and Lucy is stuck.  She can't seem to move forward until she knows what happened to her sister even going so far as to consent to a live interview - something she has never done.  In it she condemns the police who she feels aren't working hard enough and puts herself in the crosshairs of the kidnapper. 

I don't know if this book was meant to be terrifying but it is in its realism. The people are so ordinary the circumstances so normal that it really could be anyone.  I'm not sure I like how it ended but it did put you squarely back in the shoes of the people involved. Well written and absorbing. The narration was engaging and read like true crime. 

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