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The Taker was provided in exchange for an honest review, originally published on Hot Listens: Things will never be the same. The woman has an enchanting story to tell—the sweeping story of a love affair from years before.

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He is also an alchemist of sorts. There is too much buffering. Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St.

Of course, things were different in that era. It had to get better. Perhaps the best way to explain what The Taker is all about is straight from the words of the author: And then, what is the remedy?

The Taker is not quite so linear.

He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all time. There are multiple “takers” in this novel, but she is the ultimate one. You may be asking why I kept reading even when it was so uncomfortable. Alternating between ths — when she convinces the ER doctor to help her escape to Canada and then Paris — and recounting her past — how she ended up immortal — the story features sex, violence, a hint of supernatural elements, and unrequited love.


Fiction Book Review: The Taker by Alma Katsu. S&S/Gallery, $25 (p) ISBN

I definitely applaud Katsu for her powerful and multi-dimensional character develop. According to Katsu, this does not happen; unless, of course, you count the last two chapters where Jonathan presumably a cousin of the Twilight clan, based on his exceedingly good looks with nothing to hold his head on magically develops personality, just in time for a dramatic exit.

thd From the moment Lanny McIlvrae enters his life, he somehow knows that things will never be the same again. Easier to drown yourself, Sophia seemed to be telling me; easier to take the lover’s leap.

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The Taker by Alma Katsu 1 4 May 17, There’s a great little story about a girl totally wasting her time; we’ve all been there. She has purged her past to clear the way for a future with Luke Findley. It is NOT a romance, at least not of the typical feel-good, emotional, or bodice-ripping varieties. Luke Findlay, zlma man who had just gone through a series of bad luck himself. Learn a language anytime, anywhere in just 30 minutes a day with Pimsleur.

She has an understanding of her situation and the outcome of her actions, but I can see her reverting back to where she once began, searching for acceptance and love in all the wrong places. She grabs a scalpel, slashes herself and waits as the horror-stricken Luke watches her bleeding rib cage knit itself back together.

Apr 26, Sandy S rated it really liked it. Jan 26, Melissa Crytzer Fry rated it it was amazing. Lanny and her story will captivate you from day one, and though she seems rather one-dimensional even though half the book is told from her POV in the past she will grow on you, as will the tales of her life before and after she meets “The Taker.


Apparently I am a reading-masochist at heart because I want to know what happens next and I know I will regret both-not reading and reading more. Not even Luke, the ER physician to whom she recites her narrative while he becomes irrevocably drawn into it.

Just not the way I wanted him to. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Both Lanny and Jonathan holding themselves responsible for driving someone to su I’m just going to list the things I hated most about this novel. However, Adair weaves an unsettling yarn critical to the mystery to be revealed later, one that also engenders some sympathy as his role of victim as much as tormenter is demonstrated.

Adair, the mysterious force who gave her eternal life, could take it from her whenever it pleased him. Lanore ends up in Boston and is quickly inherited as a possession by a hedonistic and sadistic man named Adair. He had no character. There are overlapping stories between the parts where flashbacks are required to explain the significance to the current day drama and within the parts-the story is told from two different points of view and the current day is narration.

In this instance, it comes from a conversation between Lanore and Luke, one of the present-day characters, about her relationship with Jonathan: Must redeem within 90 days.