Review The Taker by Alma Katsu

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Title: The Taker
Author: Alma Katsu
Series: The Taker Trilogy (#1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: September 6 2011
Edition: Print

True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price. . . . 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.

The Taker follows the story of a young girl Lanore. Her story begins in 1809 Maine and ends in present day Paris. Alma Katsu’s The Taker is an amazing blend of historical romance and supernatural lore.  Lanore tells her story and that of others to Luke, a doctor in present day Maine. She begins in the past tying it all together in the future. 
As Lanore grows from a child to early adulthood she discovers passion and lasting friendship in Jonathon, a well off young man of her very small town. But her love is her undoing and Lanore becomes exiled from her family to Boston. It is there where she meets the charming Adair and is caught up in the mystics of the supernatural and in turn uncovers the evil in the world.
I found The taker to be a wonderful blend of my favorite genres as well as an intriguing story. One flaw I encountered was that in parts the story ran dry. I found that The Taker had a tad too much foreshadowing that took away the suspense of the story.  Overall a good read and am eagerly awaiting the next installment of The Taker Trilogy. 

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