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Published: 3 November 2016
Reviewed: 17 December 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Penguin UK – Michael Joseph in return for an honest review

 

Description:

There’s the lost.
There’s the missing.
And there’s the taken.

She asked me once if we had any secrets, and I shook my head.
‘No secrets between us,’ she said.
‘No,’ I answered. ‘Never ever.’

In a Durham hotel at dawn, celebrated preacher Tristan Snow is murdered as he prays. None of the other guests – not even his daughter, his wife, or her sister – saw or heard anything.

But then again, they all had a motive for murder.

Detective Inspector Erica Martin is confronted by secrets and lies, lost in a case where nothing is what it seems.

With no answers, DI Martin is consumed by questions: Is anyone in this family innocent? When the victim might have been a monster – is there such a thing as justice? And does anyone deserve to die?

My Thoughts & Review:

Despite being the second book to feature DI Erica Martin, The Taken reads well as a stand alone – thank goodness for me as I’d not read Bitter Fruits.

When evangelical preacher Tristan Snow is found dead in his B&B in Durham Erica Martin and her team find that there is more to this case than they first suspected.  What then follows is a dark and twisted case with no shortage of suspects, ones who are determined to keep their secrets and reveal as little as possible.

Despite there being so many characters in this novel, the author takes great care to ensure that the reader gets a clear picture of the vital ones.  Using techniques such as writing chapters in italics throughout the reader is privy to a letter written by the wife of the murder victim.  This gives a fascinating insight into this character and allows the reader more opportunity to try and understand her, as well as give more ammunition to dislike her.  In fact, a lot of the characters in this are quite hard to like but this does not make them less interesting, quite the opposite.

This is a deliciously clever book, the plot is well woven so that there are multiple suspects and even more motives for the killing. This seemed to have an added *something* making it better than the average police procedural novel for me, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there was just something about this one.  It’s the sort of book you desperately want to read on to see “who, what and why” but at the same time you don’t want to finish the book.  A very gripping and compulsive read!

You can buy a copy of The Taken here.

 

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