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  • Really Riveting

    Eight year old Leila has a difficult relationship with her addict mother, Kelsey Smith. Leila spends a great deal of her time hanging around on the Hawthorn Estate where she lives to avoid having to return home. But one day she vanishes into thin air... In Taken, the reader gets to meet Kelsey who managed to elicit feelings of empathy and immense frustration from me in equal measures. For her part, Leila witnessed so much but her winning personality still shone through. Lisa Stone's characterisation was exceptionally well done, both in the creation and development of the characters, and they were believable and credible in their roles. This story held me captive from the very first chapter with its intensity and fabulous plotline. The succinct and concise chapters helped to ensure that my attention never wavered. With plenty of surprising moments, Taken was certainly a compelling read. Although this novel was jammed full with many hard-hitting themes, such as addiction, poverty and neglect, it was, nevertheless, thoroughly engrossing and a terrific read. I fervently hoped for a happy ending for both Kelsey and Leila. A really good contemporary urban crime thriller with a neat ending. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from HarperCollins via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Thought-provoking but enjoyable

    Having previously read and enjoyed "Stalker" by Lisa Stone, I certainly wasn't going to pass the opportunity to read this one and I wasn't disappointed. What we have in "Taken" is a complex and gripping story of the abduction of 8 year Leila whose life is far from perfect being the daughter of a mother (Kelsey) prostituting herself and fighting addiction who has already had her older children taken from her. Told from multiple points of view, we get a real insight into all the main characters which is not as confusing as it sounds believe me ... it works really well and, I believe, it makes the characters more believable and memorable. The pace is perfect, the plot is absorbing, despite it being a little unrealistic in parts, and I did get the twist fairly early on but it was such that I continued to question myself until it was revealed. Overall, a thought-provoking and enjoyable read which deals with some difficult subjects that, sadly, are prevalent within today's society but without the usual gratuitous violence which made a refreshing change. Thank you to HarperCollins UK / HarperFiction and NetGalley for my copy in return for an unbiased review.

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  • Good if you want something quick to read.

    Easy to read. Ending was disappointing. I figured out the plot very early in the book.

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