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The Marriage Trap

Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
3.6 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Summary

My husband has been keeping secrets for a long time. He thinks I don’t know what he does outside of this house. But I know everything....

Karla watches silently as Jason hurriedly packs his belongings into a suitcase. She knows that her stillness is unnerving him as she watches his every move from the doorway of their bedroom. 

Clothes are screwed up and packed into the case, along with a watch she bought him for his last birthday and his precious laptop. He takes everything from his bedside table. Everything except the framed wedding photo, which now stands alone. Karla strains to see the smiling faces in the photo. If only she knew then what she knows now. 

"I’ve fallen in love with someone else", he’d said to her, just moments earlier. The brutality of those words hit Karla hard and she struggled to breathe as she took in each word in turn. 

You may think you know what Karla will do next. But you’ll be wrong. Because Karla isn't who you think she is. Only she knows what's about to happen. And you will never see it coming. 

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller for listeners who loved The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and The Other Woman.

©2019 Sheryl Browne (P)2019 Bookouture

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Couldn't finish this.

Awful cliched writing. Bland and ponderous story line with characters you just can't warm to. Could not finish this and gave up very quickly. Waste of a credit.

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Awful

If I had to describe this book in three words I would say: boring, repetitive and irritating. There is a secret (that we as the reader learn very early on) that means a married couple can't stay together. 95% of the book is the couple (from each of their perspectives) ruminating on the break up and going through the same boring thought processes over and over again. Flat, dull, unrealistic characters. And then it ends in the most ridiculous way imaginable. Worst book I've read it a long time.

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Tedious

Struggled to finish it, tedious, boring, and a waste of a credit. Can think of anything else to say!

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  • CB
  • 18-03-20

It's a bit slow

The end couple of chapters was the best part of the story it took far to long to get to the point. I am glad I listened rather than read this book because I would have given up about a third way in.

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A good read

Loved every minute of it. A good story line and kept the twists and turns coming

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The Marriage Trap - Twists and turns on all sides

Everyone has a secret, Is your marriage worth saving? This is a story about a husband and wife, their parents and how secrets from the past reappear to wreck everyone's lives, excellent narration, ignore the negative reviews listen to the end to discover the twists and turns.

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Overlong and based on one storyline

The narration was excellent. The story started well and was promising. However several sections were much too overlong when they would have been more exciting if shortened this was especially true of Carlas taking to drinking and nightclubbing. I felt that this behaviour of the character was also unbelievable and didn’t fit the rest of the persona. The ending was obvious from the early chapters and the secrets could have been revealed sooner and one by one. The Affair was much better

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Slow and boring!

Tried many times to plough through this, and finally got there, but would not recommend the book-sorry!

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Lazy psychology

For a supposedly ‘psychological’ thriller this showed little understanding of the complex topic of child abuse and associated family relations. Why do writers use such a painful issue so lazily? Even superb narration couldn’t rescue this. Gave it two stars for creative (if improbable) plotting.

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boring, repetitive, weak charectors

Over and over again the nain characters blame themselves, for the same thing. depressing , boring and useless reflections.."it's all my fault" . don't bother

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  • Tricia Mollen
  • 09-08-19

Prepare for disappointment!

This was one of the worst books I have ever read. Everything was so, so stupid and completely ridiculous. I hated every character but Carla was truly the most hated character of any book I have ever read. A truly disappointing read/listen! Do not waste your time!!

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  • C. J.
  • 09-09-19

Too much overdone drama and angst

Every page was another page of various characters agonizing over their HORRIBLE PLIGHTS. It got to the point of humorous as they went from extreme self blame to extreme anxiety to extreme belligerence to extreme sorrow. The narrator had to be exhausted after having to express all that constant high emotion.

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  • Laura
  • 21-12-19

Yawn

I love psychological, suspense books. However, this one lost my interest so many times while listening. I got confused about the back-and-forth storyline and what was happening. I also had no sympathy for the protagonist, I actually very much disliked her. All of that said, I’ve never rated a buck this low, ever! But, had to do a truthful feedback so others may not spend their credit/money on it. So sad.

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  • Darlene C.
  • 24-10-19

Horrible ending

Took so long to finish this book because it was so boring. Really nothing to the plot. There’s one major question at the end, but it just ended, leaving you hanging. Definitely won’t be purchasing another book by this author.

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  • Katina
  • 06-10-19

This book drags...

I even found myself saying aloud "this is boring." Which made me wonder, why are you trying to see this through? Just get your credit back.

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  • Charlene
  • 17-09-19

Is it the end yet?

A bit long winded at times. There were several points at which I thought the wrap up of the plot could’ve begun but frustratingly didn’t. With that said I didn’t predict all the twists in the end

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  • Sandra
  • 13-09-19

Excellent

Excellent story. Lots of twist and turns. I’m sorry it had to end. Great story.

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  • Coleann88
  • 10-09-19

Not the best

This book went from good to bad. The downhill spiral was so overwhelming. Not to mention the wife went from sympathetic to completely loathsome in a hurry.

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  • Bookaholic
  • 27-08-19

The Marriage Trap

A tale of lies, deceit, and a adulterer destroying everything he touches. A suprising ending Well preformed, I would recommend this book.

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  • Zoe
  • 25-08-19

Not for me

Frustrating characters and plot. Carla is an idiot. And there’s a lot of senseless heartache from beginning to end. By the end of the novel I felt like I’d wasted the previous 9+ hours.