Book Review

Book Review : The Taker by Alma Katsu


Have you ever loved someone so much that you’d do anything for them?

When Dr Luke Findley turns up to his hospital shift in the small town of St Andrews, Maine, he’s expecting just another evening of minor injuries and domestic disputes. But instead, Lanore McIlvrae walks into his life – and changes it forever. For Lanny is a woman with a past…

Lanny McIlvrae is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. Hers is a story of love and betrayal that defies time and transcends mortality – and cannot end until Lanny’s demons are finally put to rest. Her two hundred years on this earth have seen her seduced by both decadence and brutality – but through it all she has stayed true to the one true love of her life. Until now.

An unforgettable novel about the power of unrequited love to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, The Taker is an immortal love story on an epic scale…

This book is cleverly constructed and has a story within a story within a story. It begins with the present day, doctor Luke is called to treat Lanny who has been found wandering around and claiming that she has killed someone. Very quickly Lanny begins to tell her story, starting the second tale. Her story which starts two hundred years in the past takes up a lot of the book, but it moves back to Luke and Lanny’s current story from time to time. The third story comes as part of Lanny’s flashback as she recounts a story that she was told. Sound complicated? It could be but Katsu pulls it off with ease. I’m not always a fan of flashbacks, but these work really well and I don’t think the book would be anywhere near as engaging if any of the stories were omitted.

I found the plot to be very engaging, I started reading it one night and had to force myself to put it down so that I could get some sleep. Lanny is an excellent and very honest narrator, a lot of her story doesn’t necessarily paint her in the best light but she doesn’t attempt to rewrite her history. I particularly enjoyed her story once she had moved to Boston.

I found the character of Lanny to be really interesting even if she wasn’t always the most likeable. I didn’t take to the character of Luke very much at the beginning but I really liked the way he evolved over the course of the book. The supporting characters were all strong, there weren’t any that I didn’t enjoy reading about.

I really enjoyed reading The Taker. There is a follow up book, The Reckoning, planned and I shall definitely be looking out for it.

The Taker is published in trade paperback by Century in the UK priced £12.99. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.

2 thoughts on “Book Review : The Taker by Alma Katsu

  1. I’ve been kind of intrigued by the title and the cover of this one but hadn’t seen an indepth review of it until now. It sounds like it’d be interesting, especially with all of the layers of the different stories. Thanks for the great review 🙂

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