The Venus Trap by Louise Voss

the venus trapBlurb from amazon, please scroll down for my review.

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.

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’.

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.

The Venus Trap tackles the emotional impact of divorce, the perils of modern dating and the age-old powers of lust and obsession.

My review

genre:  psychological thriller

The start is cracking and will get you into the book straight away. The novel takes you through Jo´s past with her relationships, written in first person from her perspective. The writing is good and Jo´s past is interesting taken from a diary she wrote years ago. It has emotional moments, it deals with divorce, lust and power with a great cover representing secrets, a locked door. There are a few dark moments.

It is an enjoyable book, but similar to Tammy Cohen´s Dying for Christmas which I have read recently.

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louise vossAbout the author

Louise Voss was born and raised in Salisbury, England. She began her writing career in the mid-1990s when, while living in New York, she enrolled in a creative writing course.

Her first novel, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 by Transworld, and was the first book to come with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels until she switched to writing thrillers with Mark Edwards in 2011.

She and Mark were the first UK self-published authors to reach #1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death. Their fifth co-written novel, From the Cradle, was published last year by Thomas & Mercer.

Louise currently lives and writes near Hampton Court. She is an avid tennis player, knitter, singer, upcycler and jewellery-maker, and adds that she can stand on her head and write backwards. Although not at the same time.


About the Book

  • File Size: 1598 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 24, 2015)
  • Sold by:Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NAGE02A

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