Trapped is the first novel I’ve read by Jack Kilborn, also known as Joe Konrath. I’ve been reading Konrath’s blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, for years, so I figured it was about time I give one of his books a try, and knew that I wanted horror. Well, I got horror. I got more than that, too.
I was describing this book to my friend Brian – group of teens and two adult companions go to an isolated island, start getting picked off by feral cannibal people, and they’re tortured in so many horrible ways, I won’t even get into the details. So Brian says to me, “Oh, you’re reading torture porn?”
I had no idea what he was talking about, but Trapped certainly wasn’t pornographic. However, by the details of the torture I told Brian about, he concluded this is “torture porn” because there are people in the world who really get off on the torture of other people. So, okay. I guess it was Torture porn.
There were times in this book that I was severely disturbed. You know, every once in a while you come across a book or a writer who shocks you so much, you can’t even believe what you are reading. Someone had the guts to write this down and publish it? Someone had the guts to publish it at all? Parts of this book were so intensely disgusting and, excuse my curses but there is no other way to put it, FUCKED UP, I was just blown away by the bravery.
Yeah, bravery. Joe Konrath is BRAVE. Brave for writing this, brave for spending so much time putting down on paper what most people couldn’t even think up to wish against their worst enemies. It was a very interesting experience, reading this kind of book. I can’t say I want to dive into more ‘torture porn’ any time soon, but I’m glad I read it, it’s good to read new things, and certainly it got me interested in reading more of Konrath’s books. I’m currently reading Origin on my phone and liking it even more than Trapped, but it’s a totally different book. I’ll review that one as well, eventually. Matter of fact, I have a lot of book reviews to catch up with….