The Taker by Alma Katsu

The TakerThe Taker by Alma Katsu
Published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Dr. Luke Findley is hoping for a quiet evening working the midnight shift at a hospital in rural St. Andrew, Maine. Unfortunately for him, Lenore McIlvrae enters the hospital with a police escort and changes his plans for rest and relaxation during his shift. Lanny, a murder suspect, tells Luke that she is not what she appears to be and then proceeds to cut her chest open – and Luke watches in disbelief as the wound instantly heals itself. Intrigued, Luke allows Lanny to tell him her story, changing the course of his own life in the process.

So, I don’t know that I would have read this book if not for book club, and what a huge shame that would have been because The Taker rocked my world. No joke – this book is like nothing I’ve read before and was one of the best literary thrill rides I’ve experienced in quite some time. Not that this book is a thriller – it’s definitely not, although I don’t know what genre to stick it in – but Lanny’s story is so thrilling, so unbelievable, that as a reader, I couldn’t help but go along for the ride. And oh how I was rewarded for taking that journey with Luke – he listened to her story as I did, breathlessly and unable to turn away for barely a minute or two at a time. My goodness what a story.

Basically I want to stop talking right now and let you read the book without many preconceived ideas. I didn’t know much about the story going in, and I feel that The Taker is best experienced as blind as possible. The story isn’t for the feint of heart – there is some weird shit happening in this book including some incredibly strange sex – but if you can handle the risk of indulging in weird and creepy stuff, the reward is excellent writing, incredibly compelling characters, and a story that will stick with you for a long time. I truly loved this book, and while I question what that says about me as a person, I can’t spend too much time worrying about that when the book was just so damn fantastic.

Do read this one. I’d love to hear what you think.

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12 thoughts on “The Taker by Alma Katsu

  1. I loved this one as well, and I agree that it sort of transcends genres. There is a little bit of everything in there to enjoy. I also agree that there was some very weird stuff happening in the plot. Did you know that there is a short story that you can download from Kindle called The Devil’s Scribe that comes between the first book and the second. I have read it, and though it’s short, it is excellent as well! Great review today!

  2. I have The Reckoning, so if we can get that book club meeting moved back in a couple of weeks and you can come, I shall bring it. I’m glad you liked this one, although liked is a strange word to use for this book. Maybe electrified is better!

    1. I’m totally kicking myself from not borrowing it from you last book club. Oh well. As if I don’t have a million other books to read. But yes electrified – that’s a perfect word to describe my feelings!!

  3. Since I live in Greece the internet is the main source of learning about books. Only huge best-sellers get translated and published here (and they cost a fortune!), but that’s not a problem for me, since I prefer to buy books online and read in the original language.
    I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and really like your reviews since they work for me as well. I have to say though that we don’t see eye to eye about this one. I was rather disappointed at this one. I felt Luke’s character had no depth and it did end rather abruptly.

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