Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN by Charlie Donlea

Publisher Bantam
Length 340 pages
Format paperback
Published 2017
Series Standalone
My Copy provided by the publisher

My Review
Megan McDonald's escape from her kidnapper resulted in a sensational rise to celebrity both unwanted, and, in her eyes, unwarranted. She's penned a book, appeared on TV and is seen as  a beacon of hope to other victims. Escape is possible, even probable under the right circumstances... 

After spending two terrifying weeks trapped in a bunker fearing for her life, Megan is still captive in many ways. Her sheriff father couldn't protect her at the time and dotes on her to the point of suffocation while her mother won't leave her alone even for a minute. But what about the other girl who went missing? The media wants a happy ending to Megan's ordeal, focusing on the sunshine and rainbow outcome of her escape while neglecting the darker story of a missing teen, now gone for over a year. For forensic pathologist, Livia Cutty, the other girl is never far from her mind, Nicole Cutty went missing at the same time as Megan, presumably from the same location. Her story is yet to be told. 

The Girl Who Was Taken is one hell of book. It's fast paced, full of suspense and has a twist that hit this reader like a freight-train, wow, I'm usually pretty good at picking 'who done it' when it comes to mysteries but I was completely taken aback by how this book panned out. The writing is slick and the characters well defined and easily readable. Livia Cutty is character I could easily read more of, think of her as a younger version of Kay Scarpetta; a hit series waiting to happen in my opinion. 

One of the best books of 2017 without a doubt. 

5 / 5 stars.