Title: The Trapped Daughter

Author: Jay Kerk

# of pages: 285          

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Published on: 1st October

“..all love originates from philos….. as the name suggests…. stems from philosophy…… Love is a noble effort toward a selected person.”

Excerpt from the book

Jay Kerk has a flair for writing stories that portray the natural tendencies of people concerning sensitive issues. They are honest, brutal and raw, that’s what makes them such an interesting read.

Her father Richard held Belle held captive in the house. She can be free inside the house, but cannot go outside of it. Marie takes care of Belle and helps Belle throughout the day. Every day she asks both of them why she is confined to the house. But she gets no response from either of them. Marie gives her medicines but she always throws them away.

Her troubles have increased as she cannot remember anything, anything but Gabe. Gabe was the love of her life until he betrayed her. Stuck in the house with people she hated, only the thought of revenge keeps her motivated.

Alternating between past and present, Belle narrates her story. With every chapter, she showcases her relationship with Gabe. And through this narration, the reader can hear her desperation, her anguish and her most of all her pain.

She lost her friends to Gabe; she lost Gabe to fame and money. Her mother is not alive, and her father is not listening to her. For her four walls are closing down on her and she has no way to escape it.

“Captivity breaks your spirit. Captivity makes you cherish small things that you were not aware you valued.”

“Anger kills. Its eats you up slowly from the inside, the same way that guilt does- only unlike the slick, oily sickness of guilt, anger burns like fire.”

Similar to Kerk’s earlier books, this book, too, highlights mental health issues and taking care of the loved ones.

The book is an emotional ride wrapped in suspense. With every chapter, you move towards unravelling a secret, yet as you go ahead, you will figure out the end. The purpose of the book is not to reach the ending (to solve a mystery) but to take you on a journey.

Slow and subtly, Kerk has shown love and patience towards our loved ones can move mountains.

The book’s ending brings hope and gives the food for thought for the readers.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you NetGalley and Jay Kerk, for the copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Jay Kerk uses his medical background and clinical experience as a physician to research and create disturbing psychological thrillers. His main driver is his fascination with the human mind and its vast capabilities, and he loves complex situations that test and challenge reality.

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