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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Louise Voss (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Good book!

I really enjoy this one! Really good story and plot. The narrator was superb in her performance in portraying raw emotions. Captivating from the beginning to the end!

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Very well written and performed"one room suspense

I would never have tried Louise Voss if it not for her collaborative mysteries with Mark Edwards'; I am glad that I gave this book a listen because I would have missed this gem of a book if I hadn't. Excellent character and plot development does a skilled job of reminding us that one's truth is comprised wholly by their interpretation of individual events and the experiences that shaped them as they grew to adulthood (and as such, we continue to grow and change. as does our own individual reality and our perception of it). I also found this a wonderful introduction to a truly GIFTED British vocal actress, the narrator - who followed every crescendo of the novel's ebb and flow with an amazing vocal acting talent. This book is a good demonstration that when your are listening to a novel that the very best writing can be improved by a skilled narrator (as well as ruined a lack of vocal acting ability: luckily this work is solidly in the former category, so much so that for the first time I could see myself purchasing a book solely by narrator that performs it, as long as it is in my category or categories of preference (in my case mysteries/ suspense/ thriller or at the outside contemporary fiction). The writer and narrator deserve a standing ovation for this captivating offering and because " Needs must"; you must give it a listen!

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Loving Louise Voss

This was so well done!!! Scary, heart wrenching, suspenseful. My only issue is that there are not more of her books on Audible!!

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Rough start due to the narrator but. ...

the character development was so rich and the story was so unique. I am so glad I gave this book a second chance.

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  • Susan Random
  • 01-24-16

Annoying Rather Than Thrilling

I'll start by saying that I really like listening to the Mark Edwards and Louise Voss collaboration plus Edwards' own solo novels, so I chose this one. Oh dear - I wish that I hadn't bothered because it was pretty awful and I duly returned it after hearing six chapters - those lovely people at Audible gave me my credit back.

So why was it so bad? Well, to really engage with a psychological thriller it's important to bond with the protagonist/victim as soon as possible. Unfortunately, forty-something Jo came across as high-handed, snooty and pretentious and the narrator really underlined this.

Can we have more DI Patrick Lennon books please?

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  • Susan
  • 03-14-18

very enjoyable read.

really enjoyed this one. the flashbacks were an interesting way to break up the days she spent in her flat. the main character was so relatable. the language was evocative and she really painted a picture. my only issue was a few grammatical mistakes. a couple of times the author used the phrase "slither of light" assuming she meant "sliver"

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  • Miss L ttophi
  • 06-03-17

an ok book

i found this hard going
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  • Emnat1975
  • 01-17-17

Boring and annoying

I've listened to books by this author before and have really enjoyed them. This has the makings of a great story but never quite gets going properly, partly due to the incredibly annoying narrator. I struggled to finish it.

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  • Ann D
  • 08-26-16

A light read!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm not sure.

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Despite the subject matter, this is a suprisingly light, chic lit style story! Strangely, I can't quite decide if I'm enjoying or not. 2 hours from the end and I'm not if I will continue to the end. It's not real crime fiction, but works as chic lit (which I can't usually be bothered with)! I can't say much more without giving spoilers. The narration is good, aside from a few sentences here and there when the emphasis was wrong.

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  • kazza 63
  • 02-25-17

Excelent

I have just finished listening to this book and it was brilliant could not turn it off

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