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‘The Venus Trap’ by Louise Voss

The Venus Trap

Today sees the publication of Louise Voss’s new book, ‘The Venus Trap’.  I was kindly sent a copy to read in return for an honest review.  I have in the past reviewed a couple of novels written by both Louise Voss and Mark Edwards and I loved both of them, so I was looking forward to seeing what this book would be like.

‘The Venus Trap’ is spread out over five days.  In the first chapter the reader is introduced to the main character, Jo.  Having recently gone through a divorce she has finally plucked up the courage to go out dating.  After a few not so good dates Jo sees a face from the past, one she can only vaguely remember from her youth.  Claudio it turns out has always been keen on her and they end up going out together a couple of times.

Jo’s ex-husband has taken their little girl on holiday leaving her with a few days in which to relax and do her own thing.  She goes on a third date with Claudio but decides that he is creepy and that she doesn’t fancy him.  However, it seems giving him the brushoff is a big mistake.  The next afternoon Jo wakes up feeling really ill and discovers that she has been handcuffed to her own bed.  She is a prisoner in her own bedroom with no way to escape.  Claudio, her captor, has no intention of letting Jo go and he gives her one week in which to declare her love for him.  Will Jo be able to do what Claudio wants?

I enjoyed ‘The Venus Trap’ and found it to be a pretty thrilling read.  I thought this story might get a bit dull with mostly just the two active characters in it, but I was pleasantly surprised.  It worked well I think with Jo being forced to go back into her past and what she went through as a teenager.  The poor thing thought she would never have to experience anything so bad again.  How wrong was she!

I couldn’t believe Claudio and the lengths he went to try to get Jo to fall in love with him.  Some of the things he did were just plain evil.  It does go to show though just how fragile the mind is and how certain events can set a person off.

‘The Venus Trap’ looks at the emotional impact divorce can have on you, the dangers of dating and being obsessed.  It is a warning to all about what can happen.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

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