Trap Door by Dreda Say Mitchell – Book 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?




Rachel is a mess, she’s up to her eyes in debt and has overstayed her welcome in a friend’s house share. She could ask her Dad for help, but she is too ashamed.

So, when Michael offers her a job as a marketing consultant, she jumps at the chance even though both of them know she has no experience at all. It all starts well, but then Michael raises concerns and Rachel is moved to the basement with the techies……and to get to the basement she has to use a Trap Door.

This is the same basement where 22 people had reportedly died in a sweatshop fire 100 years ago…..Rachel has a morbid fear of fire after her friend Phillip had died in a fire 10 years before. 

She’s working alongside the techies and the masked, silent Keats which really adds to the tension. When she gets trapped alone in the dark basement, she hears her name and begins to wonder who would want to scare her so much. Every day becomes a nightmare and she no longer knows what’s real…..Can she find the truth before it’s too late?

I can’t say too much more for fear of spoilers, but it’s a tale of secrets, family and betrayals with a dark, twisty and claustrophobic plot, so full of tension it’s an utterly gripping psychological thriller from start to finish. I really enjoyed every fear filled minute.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to take part in this Publication Day Party, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of Trap Door. This is my honest and unbiased review.


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Dreda Say Mitchell, who grew up on a housing estate in east London, is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster, journalist and freelance education consultant who describes herself as a ‘complete busybody’. Dreda was named one of Britain’s 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek. She is the author of five novels, with her first book having been awarded The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger for best debut crime novel – the first time a Black British writer has received this honour. She has appeared on Newsnight, Daybreak and Canadian television’s Sun New Live. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, and is a frequent guest on Radio 4’s The Review Show, Front Row and Saturday Review. Dreda has written for the Guardian, the Independent and the Observer on issues ranging from race and class to Phil Mitchell’s drug addiction in EastEnders 

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