Sunday, 19 May 2013

Review: Trapped by George A. Bernstein

Reviewer: Emily
Rating: 4 out of 5 Fairies
Trapped was one of the most heart wrenching books that I have ever read. It tells the story of a young woman that is left paralyzed after a surgical “mishap”.

Jackee and her boys are in a terrible accident that left her face covered in scars. During facial reconstructive surgery, she becomes paralyzed. She is only able to blink her eyes, but she can understand everything that is going on.

This is her story. We get to see inside her mind. A mind yearning for freedom from the prison of her useless body. Her story is moving and courageous but also extremely sad.

Jackee is married to a sadistic man. He is happy that his wife was left completely unable to care for herself. Watching the way he treated her was chilling.

There is a bit of a love story between Jackee and her therapist Kevin. To me, the romance was only a small part of the story. It was sweet but unnecessary. All we need was her story. The story of a woman coming to terms with what life has thrown at her.

There was a paranormal sub-plot, but that also took a back seat to Jackee's tale. She could use her mind to interact with others. It was an interesting twist though.

Overall, it was a very good book. I shed a few tears, that is always a sign of a winner! There were a few negatives. The ending was a bit rushed. I kind of had trouble understanding why the “cat wasn’t let out of the bag” until the last page. It would have been more interesting if it had been played out a little longer. I also did not like the love triangle. I never do. So, this is a personal thing and others might love it.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. Especially if you are looking for a tear jerker!
Synopsis 

The darkness is still, silent. Jackee Maren’s heart pounds reverberating through her body as fear sears her veins. Someone’s coming. No way out. This time they will kill me. Her breath is short, her chest burns. Must run. Faster. Faster! Her eyes fly open, her heart still racing with blinding fear. Jackee breathes deeply with relief and stares at the ceiling desperately trying to calm herself. The same dream. Something, someone is watching . . . and waiting.

A tragic car accident leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren in “Locked-in Syndrome,” completely paralyzed, able to move only her eyes. Jackee’s physical therapist, Kevin, seems more invested in her well-being than her husband, Phil, and teaches her to communicate by blinking her eyes.

Soon she discovers she has the ability to sense others thoughts, but hides this talent from everyone, but her sons, not knowing who she can trust. Then she discovers her car accident was no accident, and vows to expose the person who wants her dead before they get a second chance. Exercising her new psychic ability, Jackee finally learns who masterminded the accident, but feels helpless to stop them from trying to kill her again.
Fading physically, she doggedly embarks on a psychic plan to not only ensure her boys are safe forever, but to exact revenge on her would-be murderer.

Jackee vows not to rest until this killer understands what it is to be TRAPPED! But she must hurry, with only months left to live.
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