Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Review: THE TAKER by Alma Katsu
The Taker was a really fascinating novel that sucked me in from the beginning. It was a dark, sexy, mysterious page turner.
Lanny McIlvere is brought into the ER of a small town in Maine bloodied but seemingly unhurt. She’s been arrested on suspicion of murder. Dr. Luke Findley is on staff that night and sets out to examine her for injuries. Finding none, he begins to question Lanny about the blood that is all over her clothing. She admits that she killed someone but says that they wanted to die. Lanny begins to tell Luke her story and soon convinces him to help her escape from the police. During their get-away, Lanny begins to unravel the story of her dark past to Luke. The novel moves back in forth between the present and the 1800’s.
I thought the story was interesting and it captivated me but I really disliked most of the characters including the heroine. Usually this would be a problem for me but having a cast of reprehensible characters is what made the novel so good. I wanted to like Lanny and even felt sorry for what she went through. I just didn’t understand her infatuation with her ex-lover, Jonathan and how she pined away for him for so long. But The Taker is about unrequited love & betrayal and the journey through it was very dark & twisted. One of the most warped characters in the novel is Adair. His story was intriguing and will have you on an emotional roller-coaster.
The Taker was an impressive debut novel. It was filled with flawed characters, wicked sex and rich historical elements with dark magic weaved into the mix. Alma Katsu’s novel kept me enthralled to the very end. I give The Taker 4.5 Dragons.