Audiobook Review: Trapped

7 Oct

721240When librarian Laura Griffith’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James “Dev” Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn’t just dangerous — it’s deadly.




irenepicbio1(From the author’s website.) Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 45 romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have been honored with two RITA awards—the “Oscar” of romantic fiction—and she is a six-time finalist. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, two HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as a top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011. In addition, she is a Christy award finalist.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full-time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing. A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.

When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.


My Impressions:

Trapped is book 2 in the Private Justice series by Irene Hannon. (Click on the following titles to read my reviews of books 1 and 3 — Vanished and Deceived.) All three standalone novels feature the three men that make up the Phoenix private detective agency and revolve around investigations not pursued by law enforcement agencies. Each book is excellent and must reads for fans of romantic suspense, but Trapped is my favorite by far. If you haven’t read this series yet, get on it ASAP.

Laura Griffith hires Dev Devlin to find her runaway half-sister, Darcy. A huge winter storm has hit St. Louis and local authorities don’t have the time or manpower to pursue the case. Darcy has had trouble adjusting to life with Laura following the deaths of her parents, but Laura is determined to bring her home and start afresh. But Darcy is not just a runaway; she is in real danger.

If fast-paced action and chilling suspense is what you crave, then you are going to love Trapped. The creep-factor ramps up early and never lets up. Dev and Laura are also very attracted to each other, so romance fans will be satisfied too. I liked all the main characters, but it was bad-guy Mark Hamilton that was really intriguing. Hannon does a good job of creating a seriously disturbed character who hides behind a squeaky clean facade.  His background is slowly revealed to shed light on his phobias and fetishes. Hannon’s message of God’s protection and provision in the midst of trouble rings true and clear. I listened to the audiobook version of Trapped, and the narration was good.

If you are looking for your next thrill ride with a side of romance, then I suggest you check out Trapped.


Audience: Adults.

(I purchased the audiobook of Trapped from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine.)

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