Saturday, October 17, 2015

Book Review: The Cypress Trap By JC Gatlin

The Cypress Trap
By JC Gatlin
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Release Date: August 16, 2015

A good vacation delivers you home alive.
This is not a good vacation.

When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect.

Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though.

Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means -- including a posse led by a killer dog.

At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive. 

My Review

The Cypress Trap is intense! I was sucked into this story within the very first pages as the author described the fear pumping through Grover as he debated jumping off a cliff into the water below. I knew right away it was going to be a heart-thumping book and I wasn't wrong.

Suspense and creepiness filled the pages as Rayanne and Owen are stalked on their fishing trip by a group of aggressive teens. While Owen was a very unlikeable character, he become more human to me as the plot unfolded. 

I finished this book in one sitting. I couldn't stop reading it. The Cypress Trap is not a mystery book to pass up! 

Author Bio

Coming from a large family with five brothers, JC Gatlin grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a small town outside of Dallas. In 1999 he moved to Tampa, Florida, where he now resides. JC’s fishing trips help him breathe authenticity into his stories, which feature the rich landscapes of Texas and Florida as backdrops.

He has written a monthly column in New Tampa Style magazine and penned several mystery-suspense stories. His first, The Designated Survivor, was published in 2013. JC invites you to visit his mystery writing blog at

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1 comment:

JC Gatlin said...

Thanks for the intense review! I'm glad you were able to read it one sitting. I feel like I accomplished me goal. :) Thank you for reading and reviewing the book.