Trapped by Jack Kilborn
Trapped - A Novel of Terror
It was supposed to be a harmless camping trip. Six wayward teenagers who'd run into trouble with the law, and their court-appointed guardians, Sara and Martin Randhurst. Three nights on a small, deserted island off of Michigan's upper peninsula. A time to bond, to learn, to heal. Then Martin told a campfire story about the island's history. Of the old civil war prison hidden in there, and the starving confederate soldiers who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Everyone thought it was funny. They even laughed when Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods. But Martin didn't come back. And neither did Sara when she went in search of him. Then the laughter stopped.
The group soon began to realize that this deserted island wasn't so deserted after all. And perhaps Martin's ridiculous story had more truth to it than anyone thought. What's the most horrifying thing you can imagine? This is a hundred times worse...
Alright, Trapped. Where do I start with this book? First it definitely is not for everyone. I for one loved it. It was so intense and disgusting and horrifying and amazing. I watched a lot of horror movies growing up. They were my favorite. My favorite villain from a horror movie? Pinhead. He has always been my favorite. Why? He is all about the pain and suffering. You do not want to get in his way as it will be terrible for you. Sure Jason and Freddie and Michael Meyers and all of the others are bad, but Pinhead...Pinhead is just amazing. That is like this book. The way people are killed....boy when reading this book I just though Jack Kilborn was not holding back. But then I get to the end and read that this was a toned down version of the story! His editors didn't like all of the violence so he toned it down. This book that I just read was not as bad as it originally was? Mind blown. The unedited first draft of the original story is included with the ebook, and I will have to read that one day just to see how different it is. I cannot imagine it being crazier than this book, though from reading some of the other reviews it seems like some things work out better story wise in the original draft.
So Trapped. Amazing. Really terrifying the ways that people are tortured in this book. Imagine the worst things you can think of and somehow make them worse. At least that is what this was for me, and it just kept going with new and different ways to get these people. There was a lot of cringing and if it would have been a movie there would have been looking away until it is over. It is a book though so you just have to keep reading. This is the story of a couple, their baby boy (who btw is like the best baby ever and for most of the book never cries or anything), and 6 kids from their youth detention center camping on this island full of crazies. There is a mad doctor testing out procedures on people who come to the island trying to make someone completely evil. He has had a couple of successes, but mostly failures who the failures just live on the wild as feral people. They hunt, kill and eat people. If you are squeamish you probably don't want to read this book. If you don't like violence you don't want to read this book. If you are at all unsure if you want to read this book you probably don't want to. It is pretty quick to get with the action and once it starts it doesn't stop until the end. So if you do start it and it is too much but you think it might get better? It doesn't. The violence is there throughout. They are all hunted and tracked around the island by the feral's, some being captured and tortured by them or the doctor and his successes. Oh Lester, one of the successes. He was amazing in a horrible way. His pet, his teeth, just him in general. You don't want to get in his way. And subject 33...wow. Just wow. Really they make the characters wish they were dead, but apparently prior people were kept alive for up to weeks at a time being tortured the entire time. That is what you are getting into with this book. Absolutely amazing.
So you have all of these people who end up split into different groups or by themselves. Sara, the adult lady in charge, did get on my nerves at some points. She is so 'must save everyone even if they are raving psychopaths and trying to kill me I don't really want to kill them'. It was just like dude! Do you want to get out of this? It is literally kill or be killed. Your choice, but if you don't want to live you might want to kill yourself. It will be better for you. She wants to save all of "her kids" and it just was annoying. I was yelling at her a lot, like if you die because you are stupid you won't be able to save anyone!! She was bad especially in the end scenes when she is trying to save everyone. It is like dude, they are messed up now, leave them. Seriously you need to get over your everyone can be saved thing. Everyone can't. I don't even know how you expect to get someone who is evil and actively trying to kill you back to somewhere where you think you might be able to get them help. That just makes no sense. At all. She was annoying, but it just added to the story.
I was loving the book, then we get towards the end and it almost got to be too much, too far, but the author was able to hold on and make everything work out. I will admit I did read the ending to the original story since the note at the end said they were different. I did prefer that ending, the original one, but the one you got was fine as well. Really well done. You did not seem to hold back on the torture and pain inflicted on these people. I don't see that often and it was just once horrific scene after another. Great, great read if you like that kind of thing. Definitely a terrifying, gruesome story. This was the first story by this author that I have read, but it definitely won't be the last.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2