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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2010
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Taken held my attention from the first page to the last. The back story was interesting, and the present story was suspenseful. There were many twists and turns, pointing to different people as the kidnapper of Mary's infant. Though the book was not long, the main characters were developed enough to make you like or dislike them. Taken was fairly well-formatted with only a few typos or missing words. I was disappointed in the ending; I would have liked a epilogue to know what happened to several people, especially the kidnapper. This appears to be this author's first novel and, as such, I would rate it "good." If she writes more, I will read her next book.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2010
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What I enjoyed about this book is the authors ability to really keep me guessing on who the kidnapper was. She would point you in one direction, then another, then another, then back to the original person and so on.

Suspects: Mother, Father, Mothers Best Friend, Fathers Wife, Fathers Mother, Little Old Lady Neighbor, Reporter, the list goes on and on.

This is a book you will have trouble putting down!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
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I too got this from the free list. I read the first 55% in about 30 mins. It drones on and on about the baby. Feeding the baby, rocking the baby, taking the baby to the park. Then the baby is snatched. More droning about her agony over not being able to feed the baby, or rock the baby, or take the baby to the park. At this point the meter is in the 70% range. What about her brother taken all those years ago? He's been mentioned in two or three sentences in this time. So a lot of ground is going to have to be covered in the remaining 30%.
It was at this point I asked the all important question, "Who Cares?" The answer was "Not I." And I pushed the "Push To Flush" button.
To close,in a constructive vein, if anyone one within the sound of my voice has the power to edit this work, here's three. No charge.
Location 2507: "The aching hadn't eased none either."
Location 3022: "And no doctor mumble-jumble, please."
Location 3142 "And they left you look at them?"
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2012
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Picked this up when it was on the free list based on aggregate score (was a 4 at the time). Made it 15% through before I had to delete it. Poor writing, 2D characterization, stilted dialogue. What I read came across more as an info dump--and a poorly organized one--than as a story. I normally complete everything I start reading but couldn't see this one through to the end.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
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It is a pleasant crime story. It starts out fairly well, with many subplots put in place that promise to be revealed along the way. It sort of slows down and takes a while to build up the actual crime, which was very low key and underrated. I think I would have made that a little more painful or dramatic. Although the concept is good the dialogues and subplots seem to be a little predictable and very TV movie like. So it resonates like a Mills and Boone with a crime element. It is nothing to complicated and I am sure will suffice for a quick read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Taken started out a little slow, but quickly accelerated. Every parent's worst nightmare - baby disappears in the night. Was a stranger responsible? Or was it the baby's father/ex-boyfriend, current boyfriend, best friend, or elderly neighbor? Each had a "reason" for the baby to disappear, but who would have followed through? Who can you trust?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book! My heart went out to Mary as she looked into the crib of Jena and realized that her baby was not there. Well developed story and was so "hard to put down". Will await the next novel by Debra Lee!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
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This book was the worst book I have ever read. It didn't appear to be edited and I thought it was written by a child of 14 or 15 years of age because it has all the mistakes of an early writer. I am surprised that this writer is able to make money writing for a living and Amazon should not be taking our money for drivel like this. However, you get what you pay for and this book was written for the cheap market and I will not be caught by Amazon or this writer. again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2013
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My book review today is on the book Taken by Debra Lee. It is a suspense book and is quite good. I enjoyed how Debra set all of her characters up as suspects, giving each one a reason for getting rid of the baby. You weren't sure to the end which one actually did it. This not really a Christian book but there is no foul language or sexual content. I did appreciate that. It is hard to find clean books.

The book opens with the abduction of three month old Jenna but then takes us back to what went on nine months ago. Mary Murray breaks up with her boyfriend on the night she was to tell him about their unborn child. He tells her he is in love with another woman so she keeps the child a secret. We then meet the characters that will eventually be suspects. Kyle is the father of the child, he has political aspiration and a mother that is heartless in her commitment to see him in office, then we meet his now wife and mother of a child born on the same day as Mary's child, Elaine. She is jealous of the time and money Kyle wants to give his daughter. Reilly is a journalist that has been in love with Mary for some time even though she hardly knows he is alive. After the birth of Jenna he becomes a part of Mary's life but is jealous of the time she spends with the baby when she could be with him. Next we have Carol, her best friend since college. Carol is also jealous of the time Mary spends with her new child, time they use to spend together. Last but not least is Ellie, the elderly neighbor who babysits Jenna. Her son has just lost a child and she feels they would be much better parents.

They go through several weeks without being able to find the child. there is little evidence but the police are ever working behind the scene with Reilly working through his informants. It is a good story and I know you will enjoy it.

Life can be difficult and we can have no way to turn. Things can look like there is no hope but we need to remember God is working behind the scenes even if we can't see it. As Christians are hope and prayers open doors for Him to work through. In Genesis, God asks Abraham, "Is anything to hard for me?" We just need to trust and not fear. Fear closes the door and can keep God from being able to work. I trust you will have an awesome week. God bless you all. Taken
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2013
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This book was badly written. The story itself was interesting (although at times unrealistic), but I kept getting distracted by all the grammar errors and sentencing/wording errors and all the repetitive phrases. I thought maybe it had been written by a beginner, until I read the Author page. This was just a BAD book. I'm glad I got it when it was offered for FREE for Kindle... No wonder it was free. And I see that it's selling for a cheap price right now. Don't pay for this book. Borrow it from the library if you really want to read it.

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Why did ALL the other characters keep calling her by her full name? (Mary Murray, Miss Murray, etc.) No one does that.
I wouldn't care if it was my best friend that had kidnapped my baby, I would definitely press charges!!!
How unrealistic is it that she would decide to marry someone she is unsure about? They never even dated.
Why were every single one of her friends so jealous of the baby? If they were true friends, they'd be happy for her.
Why even bring up her brother's unsolved murder if it doesn't add any value to the story? They don't even solve that case!

There were also a lot of errors with wording and spelling. I even put it down towards the beginning of the book to find the spoiler/ending of the book because I didn't want to read the rest (but I did anyway, I hoped maybe it would get better... it didn't)
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