by Caroline B. Cooney
by John Gabree
surface, there is not much to this thriller. A woman returning home
late at night on a little-traveled back road passes a murder in progress.
Fearful that she has witnessed the crime and can identify him, the
killer forces her car off the road and stalks her to an empty church
and across a lonely golf course. Finally, she and her wheelchair-bound
stepson are held hostage while the police close in.
sets "Sand Trap" off from dozens of other paperback originals
is the grace of its telling. Though the plot is elemental and the
characters barely two-dimensional, many of the descriptive passages
are forceful and exact. And even though it has been used a million
times, the damsel-in-distress ploy still works. As Paul Simon sang
in another context, there are many ways to lose your lover.
Trap by Caroline B. Cooney