Book Review: Trapped by George Bernstein

TRAPPED reduced cover 3Title: Trapped

Author: George Bernstein

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon, B&N

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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.

The premise for Trapped was great. After a car accident and a surgery gone wrong, Jackee is trapped inside her own body. The only thing she can still do, is blink. Her husband seems to take sadistic pleasure in her current state, but at least she still has her therapist to talk to. When Phil, the husband, decides to bring her home and arrange for nurses to take care of her, she thinks he does it out of the goodness of his heart. But the more time passes, the more she figures out something is wrong. When she nearly dies, Jackee grows convinced someone wants her dead. With her new-found ability to read minds and influence other people’s thoughts, she manages to communicate with her sons and other people in her household. Unfortunately the one person she longs to communicate with the most, her physical therapist and best friend, Kevin, can’t hear her mental messages.

Jackee swears to take revenge on the one’s who put her in this condition and ruined her life. But trapped in her own body, she’ll have to play it smart if she wants to get her vengeance…

I liked the supernatural aspect of this book. After she gets trapped in her own body, Jackee gets the ability to communicate with others in her mind, which I thought was kind of cool. There’s also plenty of suspense, with the attempts on Jackee’s life. It’s quite obvious from the get-go who the culprit is though, but it’s still fascinating to find out why he did it, and I kept wondering how exactly Jackee was going to get her vengeance, and if she ever would.

Some parts of the book I didn’t enjoy all that much. Rhonda, for instance. I had no idea why Jackee liked her, or why Kevin did. She was obnoxious and boring, mean and cruel. It made no sense for them to like her at all. I kept on hoping Rhonda wouldn’t get a happy ending, because she certainly didn’t deserve one.

There were a few unexpected plot twists, the most notable one at the end. And may I say, thank God for that one. Else I probably wouldn’t have liked the book all that much, but that last plot twist really saved the day.

If you like romantic suspense with a darker-themed plot, then Trapped will probably be a good choice for you. The overall theme is rather dark, kind of reminiscent of gothic horror. The book has a rather claustrophobic feel, mostly because half of it takes place in Jackee’s mind, and because our main character, Jackee, is in a rather claustrophobic spot herself. If you’re looking for light-hearted romantic suspense, then this is not it – it’s too dark and depressing for that. However, I thought the depressing atmosphere actually added to the book, and made it more intriguing than it would’ve been otherwise. Either way, it’s well written and suspenseful, and with plenty of romance.


  1. Thanks for hosting TRAPPED on you blog during my VBT. We authors know how much effort and time goes into one of these, and we really appreciate the effort. I happy you had an opportunity to read TRAPPED and enjoyed it, as did the seventy-some other 5 & 4 star reviewers. I’d be happy to answer any question or respond to comments from any of your followers. Many people have questions about Locked-in Syndrome, and I did tons of research on that scary condition.

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