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The Ghost Trap

A book by K. Stephens

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Well written but somewhat bleak....

  • Oct 20, 2009
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There is no doubt that K. Stephens is a talented writer - her words are crisp and clear, and the images that she paints of the life of a Maine lobsterman are evokative of the difficult life they live.

Her description of the brain injured Anja, whom Jamie struggles to care for as his fiance, is distressingly accurate, and it is this day to day struggle with the horrors of a head injury that I found somewhat bleak. Jamie blames himself for the injury she sustained when in his company, and does his best to care for the woman he remembers so vividly, but who is simply not there any more. All in all, I found that this coupled with the vicious trap war that Jamie finds himself embroiled with, makes for a very dark novel that offers little relief to enliven the pages.

As I said, there is no doubt that the author is talented - she knows her stuff and writes very well and it is for this reason that I have offered 3 stars. However, it is always the story line that appeals to me, and in this case it simply hasn't.

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review by . July 16, 2010
This is a story about one lobsterman's struggles and joys with his work and his life.    Jamie Eugely has lobstering in his blood. Living in Maine he was taught to lobster by both his father and his grandfather at a very young age. When he was a teen he thought to escape the small town Maine lifestyle, but ultimately came back to the family business.    Now he struggles as new lobsterman set their pots too close to his, tangling the lines and ignore century …
review by . October 24, 2009
I'm trying to read a bit more out of my normal comfort zone when it comes to fiction, and as such I accepted the offer of a review copy of The Ghost Trap by K. Stephens. Centered around the life of a lobsterman in Maine struggling with a number of issues in his life, it definitely doesn't fall into my "action/adventure" category. :) But I'm glad I decided to read this debut novel, as the author did a very nice job on it. I definitely felt for the main character as he fought against all the external …
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In her impressive debut novel, Stephens offers a rugged and tender tale. Jamie Eugley, a ninth-generation lobsterman in the port village of Owls Head has cared for his brain-injured girlfriend, Anja, for three long years. Jamie suffers deep guilt over her near drowning accident while aboard his lobster boat and her subsequent debilitating coma. Anja's medical improvement has been frustratingly slow, but Jamie continues to nurse his naïve, stubborn fantasy of marrying the recovered Anja. Meanwhile, he deals with a dangerous and violent trap war among the lobstermen and a romance with Happy Klein, a first mate on a tourist schooner up for the summer season who wants Jamie to come back with her to Key West. The bawdy humor, snappy dialogue, colorful local sea myths and rich lobstering details add to the immense appeal of this textured narrative about a superstitious but independent lobsterman's inward and outward struggles.(Sept.)
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ISBN-10: 0981514871
ISBN-13: 978-0981514871
Author: K. Stephens
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Leapfrog Press
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