***ARC Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***
The Trap is a prequel to Beverley Kendall’s upcoming novel Trapped, which is due out on the 7th of July. Trapped is a short prequel (it took less than an hour to read), and sets the scene for the upcoming full length novel.
Looking back, I should have seen it coming.
Paige didn’t like that I went so far away to university. But it was going to only be for two years. She’d join me after she did her two years at community college. I thought we could swing that no problem. We were solid.
But she hated the distance. She hated not seeing me every day. She complained that I didn’t come home enough. She hated that for months on end, texting and phone calls were our only form of communication. It wasn’t enough.
She’d ask about the girls on campus. She’d gotten it into her head that girls were always making a play for me. I laughed and told her, even if that were true, I’d never cheat on her. She didn’t seem completely reassured by that.
The bottom line is, Paige thought she was losing me. She wanted me home with her. But I could never imagine the level she’d sink to—the trap she’d set to make that happen.
And like an idiot I walked right into it.
And it’s a mistake I’m going to have to pay for the rest of my life.
Wow. This was a crazy prequel! The thing I liked the most about this short story, was the fact that it was very real. There is no doubt that a percentage of young men behave this way when finding out they are going to be a teen father. They take off, unable to cope, and leave fatherless children behind. We see it again and again. Mitch gave us some rare insight into what might be going through these young fathers minds when they make the decision to run for the hills instead of manning up and understanding that it takes two to tango!
I was outraged, like (no doubt) others reading this book. Yes, Mitch was an asshole, he shouldn’t have behaved the way he did, and he completely deserves whatever he gets in the upcoming novel, but I think it’s pretty accurate. It’s not right but it was the way it goes sometimes.
I’m interested in reading the full length novel, if only to see how Mitch manages to redeem himself. Good luck to him! He has his work cut out for him. I don’t think Paige will be forgiving and forgetting any time soon.