Bezos creates a sad, melancholic, nearly melodramatic world, almost too hard to stomach until we begin to see what she sees: "Life is full of things that feel like traps...Sometimes later we see that they led us where we needed to go."
Sweet are the uses of adversity, writes Shakespeare, and MacKenzie Bezos explores that proposition through four damaged lives as they intersect over four suspenseful days. Her characters are beautifully delineated and arrestingly original. There is a sparkling, chiseled quality to her writing that puts me in mind of a master sculptor who commands the most disciplined craftsmanship in pursuit of passionate artistic ends
Bezos deftly weaves these disparate stories together and creates a moving tale of redemption.
The four incredible women at the heart of TRAPS will linger in my psyche for a long time. Bezos's gift is to take what seem to be disparate lives, separate worlds and weave them into a single tapestry--a remarkable kind of alchemy. The real life lesson here is one of interconnectedness, of strength and courage emerging not despite, but because of adversity. TRAPS is a page turner, a satisfying read. I didn't want it to end
Taut, comic novel Traps tells the intertwining stories of four women from very different backgrounds: scared-of-love Dana, recovering alcoholic Lynn, reclusive movie star Jessica, and teenage prostitute Vivian.
This cleverly orchestrated, cool-toned novel opens with Dana, a top-shelf bodyguard, fending off a dog attack without breaking a sweat. The scene serves as a kind of allegory for what Bezos is up to throughout the book: She wants to explore how women respond to threats, and do it free of emotional overreaction.
Following the lives of four women, American Book Award winner Bezos offers convincing insight into different worlds - a woman in a man's world, a celebrity, an alcoholic and a teenage mother. They battle their traps until their paths intersect significantly...Rich and engaging.
This is a wonderfully original and enigmatic novel with a superb structure that weaves the four women together.