The darkness is still, silent. Jackee Maren's heart pounds, reverberating through her body as fear sears her veins. Someone's coming. No way out. This time they will kill me. Her breath is short, her chest burns. Must run. Faster. Faster! Her eyes fly open, her heart still racing with blinding fear. Jackee breathes deeply with relief and stares at the ceiling desperately trying to calm herself. The same dream. Something, someone is watching...and waiting. A tragic car accident leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren completely paralyzed, able to move only her eyes.
Jackee's husband, Phil, is devastated and her two young boys are left with nothing but a shell for a mother, but still, Jackee senses the foreboding of an evil presence and knows time is short. Slowly, Jackee learns to communicate with her physical therapist, Kevin, by blinking her eyes. As evidence comes to light that her car accident was no accident, Jackee knows she must expose the person who wants her dead before they get a second chance.
While Jackee works to put all the clues together, she discovers she has the ability to sense the thoughts of others, but she hides this talent from everyone but her sons, not knowing who she can trust. By actively exercising her new psychic ability, Jackee finally learns who masterminded the accident but feels helpless to stop them from trying to kill her again. Slowly a plan forms to not only ensure her boys are safe forever, but to exact revenge on her would-be murderer. Jackee vows not to rest until this killer understands what it is to be trapped!
©1990 George A Bernstein (P)2016 George A Bernstein
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
This story is really well constructed. You have a complex, if extremely naïve, main character in Jackee, who survives not one but four attempts on her life to solve the mystery of who wants her dead so badly! And two of the attempts were after she was completely paralyzed and could only move her eyes. Jackee is an heiress with a devoted husband and two small boys, Malcolm and Brian. One day Jackee is in a horrible car accident. The police have some questions but Jackee doesn’t think very much about it. She wonders why her busy executive husband is more distant than usual but puts it out of her mind.
When Jackee goes in for reconstructive surgery and comes out totally paralyzed, she begins to have some suspicions but still doesn’t want to think about it. When a third attempt is made on her life, she can no longer ignore the obvious and must make plans for not only her own safety but also for the safety of her little boys.
Soon after Jackee finally accepts that someone is trying to kill her, she discovers that she can tap into peoples’ feelings and can speak to her sons with her mind. She attempts to shield her sons the best she can using this form of communication but her only ally in this horrible situation is her live-in physical therapist, Kevin, who devises a Morse code type of communication using her ability to blink her eyes. He becomes her confidant and shields her from the callousness of her now blatantly hostile and inconsiderate husband.
Things get interesting when Jackee becomes entangled with the sexual happenings in her house. At first just maddening, the activity slowly (and I do mean slowly) allows Jackee an avenue of influence in her dire situation. This is my only real complaint with this book. You are subjected to Jackee’s sensations during sex again and again…and again throughout this book. It is integral to the storyline, I get it, but enough is enough. It began to seem like erotica or soft porn. Anyway, once Jackee figures out she can impact the people around her with her mind, a solution to her dilemma and a way to achieve retribution takes shape in her mind. Time is working against her, though. Will Jackee have time to complete her plan before one of the attempts on her life succeeds or her own body gives out on her?
I really enjoyed the narration by Mary Kootsikas. She captured the thoughts and turmoil in Jackee perfectly and performed the other voices admirably. The only voice I did not care for was the voice of Kevin. This physically hulking, yet intelligent and sensitive hero deserved a better performance and voice than the one given to him in this narration. It did not ruin the book but it did detract a little from my enjoyment of the otherwise superb recounting of this suspenseful listen.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
I'm retired USAF and fully retired with a lot of time to read now. Read my whole life so thought I'd give some of that knowledge back.
First things first. "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
I've listened to a lot of mind books and if you stay with this book, it won't disappoint you. Just ignore the brain farts as to color of eyes and blow that off. I know copy editors have a ton to do in a short amount of time and will miss certain things. I chalk this up to that.
This girl has nine lives it seems. 4 attempts at killing her. All failed. And the sex, the sex, the sex and the sex. Just a little to much for me so skimmed over a lot of that stuff. Content was good and it took you into the mind of a person that could not talk.
I look forward to more from this author to see how they progress.
The story was interesting but the narrator ruins it.
The narrator is awful !!!! She made it hard to listen to the entire book. I usually start and finish a book the same day but I kept putting this book down after 10 - 15 minutes of listening to it. It wasn't the story though it was the narrators voice.
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A good listen makes for an amazing day!
Thrilling, Exciting, Suspenseful
Strong, Deep Performance with great cadence in the voice.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
This is one of those books you can't put down.
I thought for sure Jackie would live I was sad when she died. How could she so easily let her husbands mistress adopt her children? How could she so easily let her husband divorce and marry his mistress? How could she just give up? After all she fought to gain to just give up? Wow she got her revenge and she...sorry I can't give up the ending. I loved this if I could rate a 10 I would.
I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.
I love listening to Psychological Thrillers , and Suspenseful or Action Novels..
Extraordinarily well written, the characters are so multidimensional that they essentially leap out from every page. I had to remind myself that, after getting lost in these books for hours, the characters weren't real! I was so immersed in the world of Trapped that I had to force myself to come back to reality and put the book down from time to time. The story line is fantastic and kept me on the edge of my seat at all times. Currently suffering from "finishers remorse," but looking forward to more incredible books from this author.
"I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com".
A book of two parts; a story of love and loathing. The opening chapters are gripping, frightening as the dreadfulness of the situation of main protagonist, Jackee, through whose day by day account the whole story is told, slowly is revealed. A car crash, leaving her badly scarred but otherwise without long term disability then reconstructive surgery to repair her facial damage which goes horrible wrong. And leaves her trapped inside a body which is able only to move her eyelids, unable to even feel any other part, but still fully alive to think, think, think.
So this is what she does, reviewing her life before the surgery - her idyllic childhood as daddy's little dutchess, her lovely two children and her marriage to Phil, the man daddy had not wanted her to marry. With money no problem - a trust fund ensured she and her sons had more than they could ever spend - she lives on in rooms converted at her home with two constant helpers, a nurse, Maria, and an ex-boxer named Kevin to help her useless body to keep fit with physiotherapy. As time passes slowly, and "nothing to do but think, think, think," her senses, starting with that of hearing, begin to develop far beyond the normal, and she realises that all was not as it had seemed. But what can she do, trapped?
I found this first half gripping, despite repetition of her day by day observation and recollection. But then Jackee, with the story, takes a darker turn. and with constant erotic entries than felt more frequent than necessary, the reader is taken into a nearsupernatural area, and even our leading lady becomes depersonalised with 'the blonde one' being sometimes substituted for her name. Sadly, the story, once so original and gripping, became predictable and rather tedious. Throughout it all, however, narrator Mary Kootsikas is superb, reading with just the right degree of emotion, perfectly balanced to the text - if anything, underplaying the horror of the situation and thus intensifying it. She does become Jackee. Her voicing of the other characters is also distinct and well performed.
So an easy five stars for the first but only (a generous) three for the second parts of this book, an average of four. I received Trapped as a gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom, and my thanks for that. Would I recommend it to other listeners? Oh, yes, most definitely. But only read half way (unless you enjoy soft porn) - you'll know when to stop and, by then, I'm sure you will have worked out the ending anyway.
This audiobook has a unique story,. I found myself sucked into the story from page one. I was eager to know what happens next. There were parts I figured out but at the same time, parts I did not. It has its twist and turn.
This book is a page turner. The author provides an excellent description of the syndrome and then weaves a family drama around it. The characters are boldly drawn. It is hard to pause so I keep listening to the audiobook.
When I start to read or listen to a book, I finish it no matter what. That was so difficult to do with this book. It had a good start and a decent enough ending, although it left a lot unexplained. Basically a woman is paralyzed but her mind is OK and that makes her "trapped" While she is trapped she enjoys that she can feel her husband and his mistress having sex. That is a very big part of this book. The performance was decent and maybe a little over acted with some of the voices. I cannot recommend this book.
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