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Charlie Donlea, one of the most original new voices in suspense, returns with a haunting novel, laden with twists and high tension, about two abducted girls - one who returns, one who doesn't - and the forensics expert searching for answers.
Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It's a triumphant, inspiring story except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing.
Nicole's older sister, Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole's body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister's fate. Instead the first clue to Nicole's disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia's morgue - that of a young man connected to Nicole's past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing, too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected. But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you've been looking for.
©2017 Charlie Donlea (P)2017 Recorded Books
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By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Great book!!!

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! Never even crossed my mind the story would end up that way! Charlie Donlea is a great 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. :-)

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By Candace Russell on 10-25-17

What a bizarre book

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 "diverted her eyes" instead of the conventional usage "averted"? 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.

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By fiona on 02-09-18


i have listened to a lot of this genre and found this book had me wanting to listen more and second guessing who i thought was guilty. likeable protagonists also.

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By Tracey on 12-14-17

very good read

good story line and characters. well presented. thoroughly enjoyed this book and narrator. well worth reading.

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