Monday, June 13, 2011

The Taker by Alma Katsu


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.


In Alma Katsu’s debut novel, The Taker, readers will enjoy a tale of passionate love that delves into the possibilities of immortality. There are three narratives that run through several centuries from earlier centuries to present day.

The story is revealed at a slow, but steady pace that grasps the readers interest and attention with every page read. It begins in a modern day hospital with a doctor treating a young woman suspected of murder and then goes into the past as she reveals her history and immortality to him. Lanny’s passionate and abiding love for Jonathan is beautifully portrayed – the author capturing its profound depth and impact. Even the villain, Adair, captured my attention, sometimes likeable and sometimes not. A truly three dimensional character.

For readers disenchanted with the trend for paranormal and vampire stories, this is a perfect alternative. The underlying theme of immortality is believable and real, portrayed through normal humans instead of unreal/strange beings.

I thoroughly enjoyed the historical parts of the story the most. The author did an excellent job with historical details and social norms of the time. There were plenty of plot twists to keep me engaged to the very end. This story within a story can be equally enjoyed by men as well as women and is sure to be a bestseller.

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