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.
About the Author:
Alma Katsu has a BA in Writing from Brandeis University (where she studied under John Irving) and an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Program. She lives with her husband in Virginia.
My Review :
The Taker has been creating some buzz for quiet sometime now and finally it’s available in stores from yesterday Sept. 6th. I was awaiting eagerly to read this book for quiet some time. This is the first one in Alma Katsu’s trilogy. I am sorry to say, I was disappointed. I didn’t like the book at all. The repulsive distortions of sex , love and commitment portrayed among the characters made me dislike them . The writing was slow for me and by the time the end came , I must say the end was not bad compared to the whole book , I was so disappointed that even a fairly nice ending couldn’t do anything for me.
Since this is Alma Katsu’s first novel , I would suggest instead of relying on my review, go ahead and rad the book , my suggestion borrow it before you buy and then decide for yourself if you like it or not. I have seen quiet a few good reviews in the blogosphere. Like here.
Title: The Taker
Author: Alma Katsu
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Historical Fiction