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Taken Paperback – June 25, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Once I began reading Taken, I was hooked. I read it in two days. It is definitely a page turner, but not in a cliched cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter sort of way. The author has such a flair for words and for creating believeable characters that I turned each page because I *cared* what happened next. The book revolves around a kidnapped baby and how such an act affects everyone involved, from the police, to the kidnappers, to the heroine and to the baby's family. What's really neat about Taken is that you get into the minds of all the characters, all of whom (including the kidnappers) come across as being genuinely human. This book is a literary novel that just so happens to be a mystery. What a fine combination that doesn't insult the reader's intelligence! The author is skilled in her ability to weave together all of these lives, and by the end of the book, I missed having to say good bye to the characters.
As for the reader in Pittsburgh who didn't like the book (?!), there's that old saying, "Not everyone likes pearls." This is definitely a gem of a book.
The novel is about a young woman, Marina Benedict, whose marriage is falling apart. She has always noticed babies, being childless herself, and on one particular day, she notices a baby that catches her eye. Later that day, she sees the same baby with someone who looks suspicious. She follows the kidnapper and the baby, and that's when you really can't put the book down!
George is an exceptional writer, and I look forward to reading more from her.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well-developed the characters were. They had true-to-life human qualities that made them believeable.
If you're looking for a thriller in the vein of, say, James Patterson, then this isn't it. This is more of a beautifully written character study that is psychological and believeable.
In the end, ask yourself, if you were in the heroine's shoes, wouldn't you have done what she did to rescue the baby? For me, the answer is a resounding yes!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the book very much. I have read several by this author and really like her.Published 22 months ago by barbara watson
I totally loved this book. I literally raced through it to find out what happened. The character of Marina was one of the most heroic and likeable characters I have ever come... Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by boswell
I haven't read the book. Can't until I review.
This is frustrating, although, it is the first time this has happened.
Kathleen George keeps the story from hurrying, along so we really get to know all the protagonists, making the book more memorable than the usual mystery.Published on April 20, 2013 by Nancy Belbas
From the pacing to the dialogue, you can tell that the author has been a distanced observer of literature and theatre. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by H. Wise
Beautiful! That's one of the few words this author knows. Someone please get her a thesaurus! This is one of the poorest books I've ever read. Read morePublished on February 22, 2006 by Mary Poppins
I'm really surprised at the reviews that found 'Taken' boring.
I can't remember the last time I read a book so compelling! Read more
Unfortunately, I have to say this book was boring. It was so hard to read. The plot was so poorly put together, that I had a very hard to finishing it. Read morePublished on April 3, 2005 by Kim D.
This book was almost a pain to read. The characters were hard to relate to and I personally found them unlikable. I think the author dragged on the plot too much. Read morePublished on February 25, 2005 by Quyen