Sunday, October 25, 2015

Book Review: The Cypress Trap By JC Gatlin

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

Book Description:

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. 


I have been reading Stephen King books lately and the suspense in The Cypress Trap brings up similar emotions that King makes me feel. The token in this story is a rabbit's foot that is said to curse the owner if it is ever misplaced. The plot is gripping and I thoroughly loved this book. 

Possible spoiler: I am still not sure if the rabbit's foot was truly cursed, but in the end it doesn't matter because that's what made The Cypress Trap enchanting - the unknown.

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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