Series: Afraid #2
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on 2010
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Mystery
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Reading Challenges: 2016 Horror Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
It was supposed to be a harmless camping trip. Six wayward teenagers who'd run into trouble with the law, and their court-appointed guardians, Sara and Martin Randhurst. Three nights on a small, deserted island off of Michigan's upper peninsula. A time to bond, to learn, to heal.
Then Martin told a campfire story about the island's history. Of the old civil war prison hidden in there, and the starving confederate soldiers who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Everyone thought it was funny. They even laughed when Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods. But Martin didn't come back. And neither did Sara when she went in search of him. Then the laughter stopped.
The group soon began to realize that this deserted island wasn't so deserted after all. And perhaps Martin's ridiculous story had more truth to it than anyone thought. What's the most horrifying thing you can imagine? This is a hundred times worse... TRAPPED by Jack Kilborn starts where other horror ends.
Trapped is the second book in author Jack Kilborn’s Afraid series. Though a part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone as it’s a completely different story from Afraid. After reading the first book I waited no time in downloading Trapped. I was so excited that I think I missed a very important key detail – Cannibalism – when I read the synopsis. Had I noted that word, I might not have checked this one out. Jack Kilborn wrote this novel in his usual cinematic way, which made this novel very difficult to read due to its graphic nature.
In the story, a couple take their six foster children on a camping trip on a deserted island. This trip was a time for them to bond one final time before the children had to go on to other custodial situations. For Martin and Sara, it was an opportunity to save their marriage. Everything seemed fine until Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods in the midst of telling a scary story about the island’s history. Turns out the deserted island wasn’t so deserted after all.
This novel was a gripping thriller, but it was also very graphic in its description of violence. This made the book difficult for me to read at times, yet like a train wreck I found it difficult to put down. In fact, the film reminded me of the horror films Wrong Turn and The Hills Have Eyes. Because of this similarity, I figured the mystery out a lot faster than I did when I read Afraid, as this book is pretty formulaic. However, as disgusting as it was I’m still glad I read it, because I learned that the surviving characters will pop up in the fourth Afraid novel, Haunted House. Great thing, too, as the main characters were pretty likable and strong.
If you love a great horror story, you may want to check this one out. But be warned: this book is not for the faint of heart or squeamish. The depictions of violence are extremely gory and unnerving. If you have a weak stomach, this book is NOT for you! Author Jack Kilborn pushes the boundaries with this book, and then passes them by. If you get the ebook, then you’ll have the opportunity to read the first draft of the book that’s said to be even gorier.