by Amanda Lance
Genre: New Adult, Suspense
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: 28 October 2016
On the way to investigate a fugitive sighting, 21-year-old news intern Aubrey Kent is injured when an unexpected storm destroys the newscopter—along with the rest of the crew.
Now, stranded in the Canadian wilderness and on the brink of death, Aubrey is rescued by a handsome stranger whose cold disposition is as frightening as the remote cabin in which he lives. With no way to reach civilization before spring, Aubrey becomes Jack Gordon’s unwanted roommate. Her hope for rescue is much more desperate when she sees his hostile attitude and violent behavior.
Aubrey and Jack wait out the winter, they grow closer—their delicate friendship blooming into feelings neither of them could have anticipated. But the weather and the wolves aren’t the only dangers in the mountains. As Aubrey uncovers the reason for Jack’s self-imposed isolation, she realizes she’s closer to the story than she imagined—a story that might cost her life.
Trapped was incredibly well-paced. It wasted no time in jumping into the plot, there was sufficient time given for Aubrey and Jack to bond, and the aftermath of the “reveal” was sorted out without feeling rushed at all.
Aubrey is a news intern who was following a lead on a fugitive sighting in Canada when the helicopter she was on went down. Jack rescued her, the sole survivor of the crash, and brought her back to his cabin to nurse her back to recovery. With no way to get help due to the freakish weather, Aubrey has no choice but to stay in Jack’s cabin till spring.
I had expected the first half, where Aubrey and Jack bonded, to be dull. In fact, I was ready to skim through. But thankfully, it was made interesting mainly by their banter. I was actually really engrossed in this book that I barely made any highlights on my Kindle. Then came the second half where this relationship of theirs is put to the test. Would Aubrey still love Jack despite his past? Even though Jack’s identity was predictable, I really liked reading about how they managed to sort out their relationship after the “reveal”. It felt complete, like there was an actual resolution instead of some half-assed explanation.
Aubrey’s character was so wonderfully written. Being the only one who lived to tell the tale of the crash, she has to deal with survivor’s guilt on top of her injuries. They haunt her daydreams and give her nightmares. However, Jack is there to help her fight the monsters that lurk in the dark. She is also very independent, something that was borne as a result of her past. Despite her injuries, she proactively tried to do some things on her own.
To most people, I would be considered the lucky one in this scenario―the sole survivor
of a horrific accident. Maybe I was, and it was only my demented brain thinking otherwise,
but I suddenly wondered if I was the unluckiest of all.
Though I’m surprised that when she returned to civilisation, no one mentioned Stockholm Syndrome regarding her relationship with Jack. Or maybe it was implied through the suggestions for therapy sessions? Also, is it just me do did her injuries heal really fast? Is my mind screwing with the book’s timeline again?
Jack is a character of many layers. Due to his initial lack of interaction and awkwardness, he was a mysterious character from the start. And even when he does speak, he doesn’t reveal much about himself, only vague answers that don’t answer much. He may not be a kind person, but he’s very loyal to those he cares about. Also, despite his seemingly hard exterior and violent mood swings, he was actually really patient and understanding towards Aubrey.
This is a beautifully written and wonderfully paced book full of suspense and its fair share of friendly banter. It’s just that the ending leaves readers open to speculations about Aubrey and Jack’s relationship. Will they ever find their happy ending?? Please don’t leave me here to writhe in agony.
A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing.
She currently resides in Easton Pennsylvania with her boyfriend and their spoiled dogs. She is a cliché booknerd who is terrible at math, clinically obsessive, and prone to addictive behavior. She may or may not be a recluse.
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