Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Book Review: Trapped, by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

Emi is a victim of a break-in. The intruder didn’t steal anything of value but left a shrine of Emi’s belongings and clues that her dad was not really dead as she had believed for the past twenty years. She flies to Austria in search of her father and there is caught in a web of mystery and deceit. As she discovers her family’s shaded history, and her crucial role in its redemption, she is in peril of her life, and also of falling in love with the wrong guy.

The book started out a bit slow and didn’t come up to speed until Emi was in Austria. The author’s writing lacked the polished of a more seasoned author, and perhaps this was part of the reason that I couldn’t settle into the book until a chapter or two in. But over all, Trapped, by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen was an enjoyable story. I could easily recommend it to those who love to read romantic suspense, and/or those who just want a good read.

The cover, however, didn’t quite work for me. It left me clueless to what the story was about. The publisher mentioned they didn’t want to give away too much about the story. Well, that worked. Unfortunately, when my 14 year old daughter first looked at the cover, she said, “I don’t want to read it. It looks like a chick novel, like the Uglies, or something.” (She doesn’t like chick-lit). I had to admit, the book cover gave me the same kind of impression before I read it. But let me state, it is not a chick-lit novel.

The old saying goes: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That applies here.


  1. Great review, Carolyn. I just finished TRAPPED yesterday and will do my review next month. I agree with the beginning. It was a little slow, but I really enjoyed the story. I especially liked the German. I spent 3 years in Germany when I was young and learned some German in High School, so was able to interpret the few lines in the novel. That was kinda cool.

  2. Hi Carolyn - I've been wondering about this book. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the review. I worry about the first couple of chapters in my novel as well.

  3. I love your reviews because of your honesty. I'm hoping that someday I'll have a published book for you to review!

  4. Everyone, thanks for your comments, especially the last one. Sometimes I worry that I'm too honest and that I'm going to make some enimies. Also, what are they going to say about my books when they finally get publishes. I hope not something like "Hey, her stuff isn't that great. Where does she get off critisizing my stuff.