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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Trapped (Retrieval, Inc. Book 2) by JB Schroeder focuses on Charlie and Mitch’s relationship, and the missing Ian Cross. After a stressful questioning by the district attorney, Charlie doesn’t feel confident enough to face her past with Thomas Weihle. The man had caused her emotional and physical trauma and as a result, she did not trust anyone. Mitch tries to reach her but discovers she has run off without telling anyone. Charlie was volunteering in a soup kitchen when Stephen Cross enters and asks if his son Ian had shown up there as he had disappeared mysteriously. Charlie knew Ian was a recovering addict and she suggested that Stephen bring in Mitch as a private investigator. Mitch knew she would not commit to salvaging their relationship when she called for his help. Where is Ian? How much trouble has he gotten into or is he still alive?
JB Schroeder makes a dynamic plot come alive with an immense amount of conflict. I understood why Charlie lacked trust in people, as anyone suffering from the psychological effects of abuse would. However, the way she used her past as an excuse to hurt others was selfish. Mitch went above and beyond to be supportive and understanding. His career as a private investigator was just starting, and he considered her feelings regarding his work. Stephen Cross appeared to be a concerned father, but why he was not forthcoming with important information was appalling. As the story progressed, I didn’t know if Ian could survive his ordeal or if Charlie would open up her life to Mitch. The suspense intensified as the danger became imminent, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. The cliffhanger conclusion came out of the left field, as I had not expected any unresolved issues. I recommend Trapped for readers who enjoy suspenseful stories presented from the viewpoints of several well-developed characters.