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About the Author
Catherine Ryan Howard is an internationally bestselling crime writer from Cork, Ireland. Her most recent novel, 56 Days, was named a best thriller of 2021 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Irish Times; was her second Irish number one bestseller; and won Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Her previous work has been shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and the CWA's John Creasey New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, and she's been shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year multiple times. Her work has been published in seventeen languages, and a number of her novels have been optioned for screen. She lives in Dublin, where she currently divides her time between the desk and the couch.
"Topical, twisty, and with a real heart-stopper of a moment halfway in that'll make you turn the lights back on."-- "Gillian McAllister, New York Times bestselling author"
"This one will chill you to the bone! The Trap is a taut police procedural, psychological thriller, and family drama crafted into one brilliant, breathless thrill ride. This might be my favorite Catherine Ryan Howard novel yet!"-- "Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten "
"Catherine Ryan Howard is an absolute master of suspense and her latest thriller, The Trap, is an utter triumph! Pulse-pounding, heart-wrenching, with razor-sharp commentary and twist after ingenious twist, I raced through this suspense, desperate to find out what was going to happen next. And my mind was blown when I did! A must-read for summer."-- "May Cobb, author of The Hunting Wives"
"A breakneck thriller with so many twists and turns that your head will spin. I absolutely tore through The Trap."-- "Holly Seddon, internationally bestselling author of The Woman on the Bridge"
"A taut, gripping page-turner. Catherine Ryan Howard at her dark and disturbing best."-- "Sam Blake, bestselling author of Remember My Name"
"Dark, gripping, and terrifying with a killer final twist in the blistering, head-spinning final pages. Utterly brilliant!"-- "Ellery Lloyd, author of The Club"
"The Trap is an irresistibly suspenseful, heart-pounding read, full of perfectly executed twists. I never wanted to stop turning the pages. It has everything anyone could possibly want in a thriller."-- "Clémence Michallon, author of The Quiet Tenant"
"The Trap is everything you want in a book--breathless pace, clever plot, addictive characters, and very pertinent social commentary on how victims are judged. Whip smart, utterly absorbing, and unputdownable."-- "Andrea Mara, author of All Her Fault"
"A heart-in-your-mouth, punch-you-in-the-gut, gripping thriller. Everything you'd expect from a Ryan Howard read. Chilling, page-turning, and shocking! This book will leave you breathless, terrified, and desperate for more."-- "L. C. North, author of The Ugly Truth"
"Intelligent, terse, and propulsive, The Trap is a headlock of a book that refuses to let you go until you find out what happened. And when you do, it will blow your socks off. Prepare to be ensnared in Catherine Ryan Howard's very clever (but equally sinister) net."-- "Amanda Cassidy, author of Breaking"
"Catherine Ryan Howard is a gifted storyteller and The Trap is her best book yet. From the dramatic opening chapter right the way through the twists and turns of this cleverly-plotted novel, the tension never lets up. Sinister, compelling, utterly addictive, this is heart-in-mouth stuff. Crime writing at its very best."-- "Karen Perry, author of Your Closest Friend"
"Add it to your must-buy lists, because it is fantastic...Howard's books really stand out as some of the absolute best, with clever plotting, interesting and often funny characters, and excellent twists. A real treat for anyone who loves an atmospheric thriller."-- "BookBrunch"
"Dark and witty and clever. An original and highly gripping read, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Catherine Ryan Howard has a deliciously dark imagination and always tells a good tale."-- "Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Darker"
"Everything a thriller should be: clever, page-tearing, devastating. Catherine Ryan Howard makes you feel for her characters so much, whether you love them or absolutely loathe them. It's impossible to stop reading--or to stop thinking about The Trap, long after you're done."-- "Abigail Dean, author of Girl A"
"It's no surprise Catherine Ryan Howard has done it again. I'm always amazed and flabbergasted by her books, and The Trap is no exception. Howard's creativity knows no bounds, and neither do her twists! I dare you to figure this one out."-- "Samantha Downing, internationally bestselling author of My Lovely Wife"
"Catherine Ryan Howard always delivers, and The Trap might be her most electrifying thriller yet. Told by a victim, a relative, an investigator, and a killer, The Trap takes a classic crime story and twists it into something vast, emotional, and absolutely terrifying."-- "Flynn Berry, Edgar Award-winning author of Northern Spy and Under the Harrow"
"Dark, creepy, and very clever, The Trap will lure you in and keep you captive until the very last page. Catherine Ryan Howard is the Queen of the Unguessable Twist."-- "C. L. Taylor, Sunday Times bestselling author"
"A skillful, compelling read. I absolutely loved it."-- "Jo Spain, bestselling author of Dirty Little Secrets"
"Howard's propulsive new thriller is inspired by a spate of unsolved disappearances in Ireland in the 1990s...This scary, twisting, and psychologically incisive commentary on the recent increase in missing and murdered women in Ireland will leave readers guessing until the gut-punching reveal."-- "Library Journal"