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Reclusive movie star Jessica Lessing is finally coming out of hiding—to confront her father, a con man who has been selling her out to the paparazzi for years. On her four-day road trip to Las Vegas, she encounters three unexpected allies—Vivian, a teenager with newborn twins; Lynn, a dog shelter owner living in isolation on a ranch in rural Nevada; and Dana, a fearless ex-military bodyguard wrestling with secrets of her own. As their fates collide, each woman will find a chance at redemption that she never would have thought possible. MacKenzie Bezos’s taut prose, tough characters, and nuanced insights give this novel a complexity that few thrillers can match.
“Taut but nuanced, a character-driven thriller that is both suspenseful and intelligent.” —Vogue
“Bezos writes spare, present-tense prose that lends her writing an urgency as four women slip in and out of psychic and emotional peril.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Sweet are the uses of adversity, writes Shakespeare, and MacKenzie Bezos explores that proposition. . . . Her characters are beautifully delineated and arrestingly original.” —Geraldine Brooks
“Traps is a page turner. . . . A remarkable kind of alchemy. . . . I didn't want it to end.” —Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
“Cleverly orchestrated. . . . Each woman is impressively rendered.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Bezos galvanizes the mundane with a sense of dread, presenting four women trapped by sad circumstances and their own fallibility. . . . Bezos creates a sad, melancholic, nearly melodramatic world, almost too hard to stomach until we begin to see what she sees: “Life is full of things that feel like traps. . . . Sometimes later we see that they led us where we needed to go.’” —Publishers Weekly
“The story of four women in distress. . . . Bezos deftly weaves these disparate stories together and creates a moving tale of redemption.” —Booklist