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Friday, October 30, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT & REVIEW: The Cypress Trap By JC Gatlin

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

A good vacation delivers you home alive. 
This is not a good vacation. 

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.

My review:

JC Gatlin’s The Cypress Trap is a frightening story, not because there was some slasher stalking the main characters, but this plot depicts a revenge plan gone deadly. I was also taken aback by the desperation of one character as he clung to a fleeting hope of regaining the cursed rabbit’s foot. It was hard not to feel sympathy for him even though he is the main conspirator behind the retrieval plan.

If you are looking for something a bit different in the thriller genre then I highly recommend The Cypress Trap. Gatlin doesn’t hold back the suspense in this novel. Highly recommeneded and filled with twists & turns!

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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