Every woman’s nightmare—you wake to find someone in your house when no one else should be there.
That’s the terrifying reality for Jo Atkins, hand-cuffed to her own bed in her own bedroom, in her own home, with a throbbing headache, a roiling stomach, and no memory of how she got there.
Enter her unexpected captor: Claudio, a man she’s met off and on lately but whom she barely knows. He expects her to fall in love with him and convince him of her feelings. She has seven days, or she dies. And no one will know to look for her until it’s too late.
A psychological thriller, The Venus Trap by Louise Voss, taps into some of the darkest fears that plague contemporary women, from powerlessness and the total loss of control to regrets and whether second (or third, or tenth) chances are even possible. She explores themes like relationships, obsession, love, loneliness, intensity, passion, lust, betrayal, and justification throughout the work.
The book is a quick read, fast-paced as befits the requirements of the genre. Voss skips back and forth from the present time, with Jo imprisoned in her bedroom, to various points in the past, as Claudio forces Jo to remember and relive her previous relationships, her failed marriage, her adulterous affair, and the sudden loss of her father when she was young. Each flashback, narrated in real time, gives another insight into Jo’s character: her strength, her temerity, her determination, her fear, her uncertainty, her desires.
Part of what makes the story so creepy—in addition to the aforementioned fears addressed—is the distinct possibility of the scenario. None of us can control the choices and actions of other people, not even those with whom our lives intersect. How do you know what the sales clerk is thinking when he greets you for the fourth day in a row at the grocery (because you keep forgetting to buy that one ingredient you need for dinner)? What about the owner of the dry cleaner’s you use? Or your lawyer?
It’s horrifying to imagine what average-looking and –seeming people could be thinking about, planning … plotting.
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Author: Louise Voss
Title: The Venus Trap
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.