Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Taker by Alma Katsu

From "On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural St. Andrew, Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting a quiet evening. Until a mysterious woman arrives in his ER, escorted by police—Lanore McIlvrae is a murder suspect—and Luke is inexplicably drawn to her. As Lanny tells him her story, an impassioned account of love and betrayal that transcends time and mortality, she changes his life forever. . . . At the turn of the nineteenth century, when St. Andrew was a Puritan settlement, Lanny was consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, and she 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 eternity." Jennifer's Review: Again, I started out only having read the first two sentences of the description so as not to give away the story. It sounded appealing and right up my alley. Even the full description does not warn against the contents of this book. The story line was engrossing, so much so that I had to finish and see what was to become of this girl, Lanny. Unfortunetly, the whole book, from start to finish, was filled with sexual desire from so many directions. This is a disgusting imagination that Alma Katsu has. There is no way you could get me to pick up another of her books. Not from this series of books or any other book written by her. I need something to rinse my mind out. Nancy on Goodreads put it perfectly: "I must have missed something with this book because the reviews are rave yet I am ashamed I finished it. Because I am Puritanical? Perhaps. The writer's style is flawlessly executed. She created interest immediately. Her description complete and idea of immortality intriguing. I could have been happy with the first few chapters then the last few chapters and skipped about 200 pages in between." I give The Taker one star.


Jillian said...

So sad when something with such a great cover turns out to be trash! Thanks for the honest review. Maybe you should read some Jane Austin to cleanse your mind. :)

Misty Moncur said...

Wow, thanks for the warning! And yeah, that cover is fantastic.
"Ashamed I finished it." Wow. I've read a lot of crap, but probably nothing I'm ashamed to have finished. It would really take some self-control to put down a book that was engrossing (but gross). Thanks for the review!