I absolutely LOVED The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea! This was my first book by this author, and it won't be my last! I'll allow you to read about the plot yourself in the description, rather than retelling it to you, but I will say that it is fantastic! It kept me fully engaged from start to finish and on the edge of my seat dying to know what was going to happen next! I definitely did not predict any of the surprising twists that are packed within these pages. And, the ending...wow! Never even crossed my mind the story would end up that way! Charlie Donlea is a great storyteller...to plan out and then write a book like this takes some serious skill and patience! Whew! Great job!
The narration is exactly as I imagined the characters to sound. Nina Alvamar did an excellent job! I would love to listen to more books she has narrated. Her pronunciation, pace, volume, and inflection were right on, in my opinion.
I give this book 5/5 stars across the board and recommend it to those who love the thriller/suspense/mystery genre, as well as to those who enjoy books told in alternating viewpoints as the chapters progress. Fans of authors, such as Mary Kubica, will definitely enjoy The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea.
Thank you for reading my review. :-)
126 of 131 people found this review helpful
I guess we just can't believe glowing reader reviews on Audible. I usually come out kind of middle of the road opinion-wise, so sometimes do take those reviewers seriously. I can only think some of these must have been paid by the word - as I assume the author was, given the verbose mouldering pile of this book. For awhile I held out, thinking that with the given elements this could turn out to be an interesting read, but really, how far would I have to suspend reality to believe that sexual predators are just lonesome souls looking for love. And I don't know what to make of the metamorphosis of Daisy the Rottweiler into Daisy a Pit Bull in just a few short chapters. That would be quite a trick for a dog.
So I might as well mention, though it seems petty by comparison, that some of the word usage was so far off the mark it made me wonder if English was the author's first language. Was the reader really saying &quot;diverted her eyes&quot; instead of the conventional usage &quot;averted&quot;? I wonder what diverted eyes would look like. I thought I must not have heard right, but by the end was feeling ungenerous enough to blame that on the narrator.
In short, this book needs more than just a good editor. It needs an author capable of creating a serious mystery, not just a cut and paste of every morbid teenage horror story that crops up around Halloween. If I hadn't fallen asleep while this was playing, I never would have reached the last chapter. Seriously, it was an ordeal, and I hope this review will help save someone else the pain.
34 of 36 people found this review helpful
Loved the book, was not thrilled with the ending. I like closure and this book did not offer closure. Overall it was a great book that keeps you guessing.
29 of 31 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Girl Who Was Taken again? Why?
A 100 per cent. This book was interesting, entertaining, engaging, well developed, and unique. The characters were excellent and the ways in which the narrative was told from multiple points of view (including the novel's villain) and from various points in time, slowly piecing the narrative together with the introduction of new pieces of knowledge that constantly enrich the story, was excellent. This was one of my favourite books I have listened to on Audible.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes; refer to above answer.
What about Nina Alvamar’s performance did you like?
She felt like the characters herself; especially Nicole. She brought the characters to life and constantly engaged the reader.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The question isn't "why was she taken?" it is, "how did she escaped?"
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
OMG I was not expecting this book to be as good as it is. Young women are being taken and held hostage. The man wants them to love him. Each time they misbehave or disappoint they get an X, three X's and he kills them. Girls who've been missing for months or a year or two start turning up dead. All but one, she gets away. The problem is she doesn't remember anything about where she was held or by who. That is until the end and that revelation will blow you away.
The book does leave you wondering a bit at the end about a last body found or maybe it just leaves the end up to the reader...
The book is good and very interesting. I enjoyed this author's writing style. I listened to his other book, "Summit Lake" and thought that was very good but this book far surpasses his other. I think this is an author I will definitely be watching for. If you like Robert Dugoni you will like this author.
Nina Alvamar does a wonderful job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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53 of 59 people found this review helpful
Such a great book. Great plot development, intriguing story. I don't want to ruin anything, because I think it is definitely worth the read, but I was frustrated at the ending. However, I was not "depressed" after reading this book. Personally, I like dark novels. This book was dark, but I would not describe it as excessively twisted or vulgar. Definitely a great read if you like past/present storylines and unexpected twists.
67 of 75 people found this review helpful