The Paradise Trap

Reviewed By  Kelcey Ellis       November 26, 2014


Author  Catherine Jinks

ISBN:                 978-1-74237-574-8
Publisher:         Allen & Unwin
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This book is a little like the modern version of Enid Blyton’s the Faraway Tree; but complete with lots of technology references and gadgets, an edgier plot and not all “lands/worlds” visited are a happy place.

Given the book centres around a family holiday to a sentimental, at least for the mum, beach side town, it does feel like it is a great holiday read.  The very bored main character Marcus, who has no wish to be on holidays away from his beloved gaming world, discovers his caravan has a cellar which of course leads to all sorts of adventures for his family and friends.

All characters in the story visit various lands that are supposed to be a person’s dream holiday, except the characters never want you the leave. It then becomes somewhat sinister. Imagine very aggressive pink fluffy cats, a menacing fun fair with talking rides with the last one being quiet plausible.

Throw in a rather nasty and vindictive Greek siren, she who used to lure sailor’s to their death but who can no longer sing, so preys on children….and you have an adventure covering the likes of Hansel and Gretel and so many more ghoulish children’s “ love to be scared” adventures.

The very elaborate trap is set. Will Marcus be able to save everyone from their dream holidays and return to their humble holiday caravan?

Choose your own adventure, mythology and technology and find it all rolled into one exciting book.