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Ethan Olsen freezes up every time his grandfather's death is mentioned, but the trauma lives on inside him, making his life sometimes feel like a minefield. He lives with his parents and older brother who has gotten a full ride at Harvard. Dad is a lobsterman, like Gramps was, but he and his wife want better for
When older brother Ben starts acting odd and seems moody, Ethan isn't certain what's going on. Then Ben disappears and immediately after, Connor, a summer resident befriended by Ben, whose father is cold and very wealthy, is found floating in an abandoned granite quarry. If Ben's sudden disappearance wasn't enough, a series of threats to the Olsen family begin, starting with rotting bait strewn on their doorstep.
There is a dual escalation of plot threads, one being why Ben vanished and where he went, the other being the threats to the Olsen family's lobstering. Add in an interesting budding romance between Ethan and Britney Campbell, a smart, slightly cynical, and driven girl who has her own baggage.
This story does a great job of letting most readers 'guess' the big secret early on while pulling them along to see the why of each piece of the tale, whether it's Ben's mystery, the reason for the threats to the Olsen lobstering entity, or the dynamics between Ethan and Britney. All are done to perfection and the minor players, the lobstering aspect, and the coastal setting are all extremely
I was engaged from the moment I started the book, and knew Ethan's journey, and that of his brother and friends, would keep me reading. I really enjoyed the pacing. I especially appreciate the thoughtfulness and realistic approach to the subplots.
MSAD 42 LIBRARIAN & TEACHER
I really enjoyed Trapped! The author kept me from guessing the outcome. Love it when a good read does that! I so enjoyed the humor interspersed throughout, and the high school adolescent shenanigans brought me back to when I taught. I loved all your characters, especially Ethan, Ben, and Britney, who displayed spirited and poignant relationships. This mystery is definitely a worthwhile read for young adults, but I will enthusiastically recommend it to our book club.
I really found myself looking forward to the next page. I feel like this could be the beginning of a series. I would definitely be interested in the main characters involved in another mystery of some sort. I’ll be rereading Trapped at some point, I assure you.
How a community, friends, and family can positively establish a foundation for a young person’s life always gives me optimism. A good read!
I have been attached to Ethan, Brit, Pearl, and Bernie and the rest of your colorful characters since receiving Trapped. You nailed the angst of teen boys living in rural coastal Maine.
Trapped got me in all the feels! I giggled, laughed, and cried happy tears. This book is definitely going to the ‘you must read’ pile.
Loved this one! Great characters, story, and writing. A must read for all Mainers (actual and aspirational).
You’ll find yourself rooting for these characters as they unravel a mystery. When you’re done, you’ll realize that Trapped is actually about being released. Enjoy!
Trapped highlights the struggles of adolescence with witty dialogue, humor, and a suspenseful plot. Couldn’t put it down.