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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Adult Book Review: The Taker by Alma Katsu

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (September 6, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439197059
ISBN-13: 978-1439197059
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True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price. . . .
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.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

Part historical novel, part supernatural page-turner, The Taker is an unforgettable tale about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, and how each of us is responsible for finding our own path to redemption.
The Taker is definitely one of my favorite books of 2011. From the very first page I was captivated ... REALLY captivated. Now I know that sounds cliche', but its true. I've never read a book where the main character goes back, and tells the most compelling, interesting and addictive story from the early 1800's to present day . When I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about it all the time. It really consumed my thoughts and I'm kinda glad it's over. That statement really was a complement, because The Taker sorta drained me. I didn't spend much time with my family while reading this book, I was consumed in every way.

Alma Katsu was born to write. She did a wonderful job building the characters and storyline. Oh and what a storyline it was...

The story begins with Lanore "Lanny" handcuffed and brought to the hospital with a police escort (present day). Luke the handsome doctor has to care for her while the police are searching the woods of St.Andrew, Maine for the body Lanny supposedly stabbed to death. Lanny is pretty and mysterious, so Luke pays extra special attention to her... drawn to her. She begins to tell Luke her story, of what happened, how she got in this present predicament. Luke wants to believe her, but is having a hard time. When Luke decides to free one of her cuffed hands from the hospital bed, she grabs a scalpel and plunges it deep in her stomach leaving a huge gash. The very deep cut starts to heal right before Luke's very eyes. Now he must make a decision... Lanny needs his help to escape the police. Luke wants to hear her story, of how she became immortal, and it all starts back in same town, same place... MAINE TERRITORY 1809. This is where the book comes to life, as soon as Luke helps Lanny escape, she must in return...explain herself.

I felt a need to know the whole story as Luke did. Sometimes I felt like I was sitting next to Luke, staring at Lanny, as she told her story. From the different places she lived, and the horrible things that happened to her, to becoming Immortal, and the price she had to pay. I could see her in my mind, just sitting there telling her story. The book went back and forth from present day to the 1800's very nicely. I enjoyed Lanny's story more than the present day parts of the book. You will get wrapped up as much as I did, Alma Katsu is an amazing storyteller and Lanny proves that! I could re-read this book again back-to-back, I'm not kidding.

 it was just that good!

*I did not do a Parental Book Review on this book because it was written for adults, if you are under 18 years of age and your parent/guardian let you read this book... well then by all means, ENJOY! But you've been warned ;)

This book is raw,edgy, gritty, suspenseful and at times heartbreaking. I do not read many adult books, seriously maybe just a few, But I'm glad to add this one to my very short list. This is a must read, for an adult. The author may or may not disagree with me, but since this is a teen website I cannot push this book for anyone under the age of eighteen. It has little cursing, but HEAVY sexual content (although not gratuitous) the storyline deals with sex very often.


  1. Thanks for the review. I have been watching out for this book.

  2. Oh Amy, thank you so much for the wonderful review. I think I'm going to cry. The Taker could not have a more perfect reader.

  3. I have to agree that it was VERY well written. I was captivated from the first page as well and I don't think I would've enjoyed it as much if Kastu hadn't done such a great job of writing.
    When I think about this book the first thing that comes to mind is that it was sad. Lanny's life was really sad. I don't see it as a love story because... it wasn't. I just felt really bad for the life Lanny lived and the monster she lived it with. Towards the end of the book I think I was becoming mentally exhausted, I was still interested in what was going to happen but I had read A LOT and it was really gritty (as you said). I think it ended pretty quickly, what happened to Adair? After being told it was a great love story I felt confused by the 180 years Lanny and John DIDN'T spend together o_O
    I can see why there might be a second book, maybe Adair comes back? Maybe Luke grows old and dies? I don't know. Maybe it would've been okay as a stand alone as well.
    I enjoyed this book but I didn't fall in love with it. It was different and I liked that it didn't make a big deal out of immortality, just kept it within science and alchemy. I really liked Lanny's character, she was honest, to herself and to us, and her relationship with Luke was real as well.
    Thanks for suggesting this book Amy! ;)

  4. Oh! And I loved where the title originates from, SO true!

  5. Thank you Sheepa for reading The Taker, I'm glad you liked it! Thank you for commenting ;)


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