Friday, September 2, 2011

Gallery Publishing Tour: The Taker

The TakerThe Taker
Hardcover 352 pages
Expected publication: September 6th 2011
by Simon & Schuster / Gallery Press

My Review:

The Taker by Alma Katsu was a surprising read for me. I have not read this author prior and within the first 20 pages I was struck by the intense plot and these amazing characters.
The Taker is the story about Lanny and how she changes and adapts into her new role as an undead. While hauntingly beautiful The Taker will get the reader questioning the value of love and the price some pay for it. When you are left with little how do you struggle to go on in life.

Lanny tries to leave her past behind her, but it haunts her daily. In fact the past is a central theme in this book as Lanny recounts it to another character Luke, and as she tries to overcome it.

The Taker is something amazing. As the plot twists and sucks you in, you really get this feeling for Lanny and the life she wanted and what she actually got were far different from each other. As the past begins to interplay with the present in the novel you begin to sympathize with Lanny and realize that historically life was pretty brutal for a woman, especially one in her condition.

The Taker brings paranormal into a historical context and really blends the to so well, that it was hard for me to put down.

Book Blurb:
On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her . . . despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

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