Trap Door by Dreda Say Mitchell – review.


100 years ago young women were killed in this workplace. Is history about to repeat itself?

Rachel, a young woman in serious debt, needs to find a job fast before she’s made homeless. She gets a lucky break when she is offered a great position in a successful company. Then she discovers that the building was once a Victorian sweatshop with a tragic history. Is this why Rachel feels something increasingly sinister?

Soon her new job becomes a living nightmare. Rachel desperately wants out, but she has no other way of escaping her debts. She’s trapped. Then she makes a shocking discovery.

Haunted by the death of others and as the present and past begin to close in, Rachel needs to find answers before she finds herself in grave danger…

What is really going on in her workplace?

And can she ever escape her inner demons?

My thoughts

I found this novel extremely claustrophobic. With every chapter, it felt like the vice was tightening.

Stuck in the job from hell with no option but to keep at it, I felt trapped along with Rachel. In my mind, I found myself willing her to admit defeat and leave; to go home and beg Daddy for some more money. But where would the fun in that be? There was a story to tell and it was going to be told. Rachel had her reasons for not running home and I loved how her character was explored in this respect.

At times, this novel felt creepy in a supernatural way. With the backstory of the dead women in the basement and the dog, it had me looking over my shoulder as I read it in the dark early morning hours.

Dreda has a way of making normal everyday things feel sinister and for good reason, her characters in this book held secrets that I as the reader couldn’t work out. I had my theories but they changed every five minutes.

Trap Door was definitely a page turner for me as I love a psychological thriller. I think it would also appeal to readers who, like me, enjoy a little horror. Fab read!

About the author

Her Majesty The Queen awards Dreda an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List

‘Breathless from the first word and thrilling to the last.’ Lee Child

Dreda’s Amazon Brand Book Store:

Thank you, awesome readers, for all your support – I write for you! I co-write with the amazing Tony Mason. I write different types of crime books but they all have one thing in common – Strong Women.

Psychological thrillers: Spare Room is an International Bestseller. Trap Door

DI Rio Wray Thriller Series is based on female detective Rio Wray who always gets her man.

1) Vendetta 2) Death Trap 3) Snatched.

I also write grittier thrillers about strong women in London’s gangland.

The Gangland Girls Trilogy has sold over 150,000 copies.

Gangland Girl Trilogy: 1) Geezer Girls 2) Gangster Girl 3) Hit Girls

Flesh and Blood Series: 1) Blood Sister 2) Blood Mother 3) Blood Daughter 4) Blood Secrets

My debut novel, Running Hot, scooped the Crime Writers Associations’ John Creasey Dagger. The first time a Black British author has received this honour.

Several of my books are TV and film development projects.

For more information about book releases and fun stuff visit my website and sign up for my mailing list.

I love to hear from readers so feel free to contact me:



And please feel free to leave reviews. Hearing what you think about my crime books is exciting and also helps me think about what I’m going to write next.

Catch me Friday nights reviewing the newspapers on the Stephen Nolan Show, BBC Radio 5 Live.

I was voted one of the 50 Remarkable Women in Britain by Lady Geek in association with Nokia.

Happy Reading!

Thanks for reading!

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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