by Alma Katsu
5- Moms Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Dessert. It doesn’t get any better!
What Did I Think?
Looking at the cover of The Taker one might mistake it for a Young Adult read. I have seen many YA readers reviews of the book and must have just assumed that is what it was. Instead, I got a sophisticated tale that effortlessly spans time from the 1800's to the present day. I can certainly see the appeal to the YA community as much of the story is told when Lanore is a teenager. I hope that the books finds a much larger audience because I think it spans so many genres. There is certainly historical, YA, and a bit of paranormal.
The story starts in the present with Luke, a small town Dr. treating a young woman who is a murder suspect. She asks him for help and begins to tell him her story. I was completely enthralled with every word of that story. I think the writer had the courage to let the book take it's time unfolding and that gave the story an appeal that lasted every bit of the 400+ pages in length. I have read others books that long and wished that they had cut things to get to the point of the story but I never felt that way about a single word of The Taker.
I am a bit late on reading this one since it was released last year but I am just in time for the sequel which will be released June 19th! I love that we got a great ending with The Taker, I was not left feeling frustrated. There was still threads of story left to explore and be excited to discover so I will be getting my hands on The Reckoning soon!!
BOTTOM LINE: LOVED. IT.
Source: Unsolicited review copy for review