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July 26, 2015




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.


For me personally there were moments of genuine chills that ran right through me.  Nothing in forty-three year old Jo Atkins  life seem to go right for her, she lost her dad and has recently been divorced. Jo finally gathers the courage to go on the internet dating scene where she meets up with Gerald in the pizza express which doesn’t go too well for Jo either. In The Venus Trap nothing is ever what it seems, and no one can ever be trusted. This violent tale plays out with frightening memorable scenes as Jo wakes up sick and terrified, handcuffed to her own bed.



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  1. Great review!

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