Once in a while, I like to read a teen novel, even though my teenage days are long past. It is amazing how enjoyable these novels can sometimes be, even for adults. And I am not only talking about the Harry Potter series. The Trap is one of these very, very enjoyable teen novels, whatever your age…

Luke Sheldon, the main character of The Trap, is a fifteen-year-old British kid with diabetes, happy to escape his bullying brother and fly to America, in order to join a summer camp for smart kids in the Adirondacks. At first, Luke is happy to be in a place where he can go kayaking, hiking or climbing without being the nerd of the group. He is also delighted to make new friends, such as his roommate Matt and a beautiful American girl named Star, and to meet again with an old one, Natalie, whom he was very close to in childhood but lost contact with since then. Luke tries not to let the fact that he met another bully named Mark to replace his brother, or that his camp counselor, Drew, is sullen and sometimes mean, interfere with his wish to have a good time. But soon, Luke understands that Camp Hope might be a misnomer: one day, a coded message turns up in his cabin, and what starts as a game will make Luke wish he was safe at home in England…

As I hinted in the beginning of this review, The Trap is a hugely enjoyable, suspenseful, unpredictable and clever novel. I have read Wray’s previous novel, The Forbidden Room, and liked it very much, and this one is as much entertaining as the first. I liked the part about ciphers and how the author explained it in such a simple, non-confusing way. I wish that some suspense writers for adults would learn to plot as ingeniously as Sarah Wray. I have read on the author’s blog that she has been unable to get her third novel publish so far… What are those publishers thinking of?

Rating: 4/5