Alma Katsu (born ) is an American writer of adult fiction. Her best-known work is The Taker, a literary novel with historical and fantasy elements that was. The Hunger. Alma Katsu. ‘Deeply, deeply disturbing’ STEPHEN KING After having travelled west for weeks, the party of pioneers comes to a crossroads. Alma Katsu love to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, The Taker is an immortal love story on an epic scale.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Taker by Alma Katsu. True love can last an eternity. On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural St. Luke Findley is expecting a quiet evening–until a mysterious woman, Lanore McIlvrae, arrives in his ER, escorted by police. Lanore is a murder suspect, and Luke is inexplicably drawn to her. As Lanny tells him her story, an impa True love can last an eternity.
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, Lanny was consumed as a child by her love for the son of St. HardcoverUSpages. The Taker Trilogy 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Takerplease sign up. What is the rating or age range for this series?
Gang rape, child molestation, kidnapping children to use for sex, torture, rape, violence. I have no idea why some like reading …more Very indecent. I have no idea why some like reading this book. It made me feel sick inside. See 2 questions about The Taker….
Lists with This Book. Sep 01, Nancy rated it it was ok. I must have missed something with this book because the reviews are rave yet I am ashamed I finished it.
Because I am Puritanical? The writer’s style is flawlessly kqtsu. 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 pages in between. Lanore is from Puritanical Maine in the early ‘s. She is in love with Jonathon, the son of the town e I must have missed something with this book because the reviews are rave yet I am ashamed I finished it.
She is in love with Jonathon, the son of the town elite. He is set to inherit the semi-charmed life and, although he cares much for Lanore, he could never marry her. It would be socially inappropriate. Also, Jonathon is not in love with her. Oh, he’ll have inmortal dalliances and they will include Lanore, but he is a philanderer at heart. Lanore ends up in Boston and is quickly inherited as a possession by a hedonistic and sadistic man named Adair. He is the king of his little lair and whatever he desires, he will acquire.
He is also an alchemist of sorts.
The price, however, is he owns who he makes. So, just to be clear – this part of the book is about sex.
All forms of sex between people. This takes up an inordinate amount of the book. The story is still continuing and I am still reading because I feel compelled to find out what happens but I had to swim through a lot of sewer water to get to the end of the book. I’m not talking titillating kind of chick lit sex. It is hedonistic immrotal sadistic, quirm-in-your-own-skin, uncomfortable kind of sex.
It is violent and I am afraid I will need to take a long, hot shower. You may be asking why I kept reading even when it was so uncomfortable.
I kept thinking it would move on! Lanore kept giving in to Adair and doing things that were ethically against her background more than just the sex and I didn’t like her. I didn’t like Jonathon. Certainly I would have some sympathy for Luke – but I didn’t.
Against my better judgment, I kept reading. It had to get better. It just had to. Then I turned the last page and found the Acknowledgments. Well used verbiage and sentence structure. Really, really good writer.
Did I say that? But the story to be told was not worth it. View all 15 comments. Feb 08, Penny rated it it was ok Shelves: I can’t say I enjoyed this book. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. The story didn’t grab me at any point.
It is just interesting enough to keep reading, just enough to want to find out where is all going to arrive to, but not entertaining enough to not have me thinking about DNFing it. Then, after the barely there interest, we arrive at an end that doesn’t deliver.
I was left unimpressed, disappointed and frustrated because how pointless all was. I could have gon Actual rating 2. I could have gone without reading this book easily. I didn’t see the necessity of having these past time stories being told in such a long way. This book could have easily been cut half its size and it wouldn’t have lost any meaningwhile gaining in pace.
The main problem being that these stories weren’t interesting or entertaining. I never found myself wanting to know more about them, all I wanted was for them to be over already. Overall, I felt very disappointed.
I had great expectations going in, based on all the good reviews this book has. However, I didn’t find very basic elements that usually engage me like an actual romance and some angst. There is darkness, which I usually like, but here everything is described under a cold air, very well written yes, but too icy emotionally and distant. I think it is safe to assume that I won’t be reading the next installments in this series. If you want to read meaningful stories, with depth, adventure, great dialogues and interesting characters, all with the paranormal element of immortal beings, their past stories and their present; then go ahead and read The Vanpire Chronicles by Anne Rice.
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Now, more than three months later, I have immortap enough emotional distance to deal with the story again. The ambitious novel has unquestionably its merits and strong points, which I will come back to later, and will appeal to a certain target group — which I to my shame have not been able to label yet – but it miserably failed the above mentioned pitch in both aspects: It should go without saying that I would never discourage a teen from picking up books from those shelves. Read what you want to, but know what it is you are wanting.
And that is why I am sitting here to elaborate. The Taker could be called a gloomy thriller, dark historic fiction or a book about alchemy and magic.
But furthermost, as the title hazily suggests, in its core The Taker is a frightening study of obsession in different ugly forms. The story is arranged in three chronological, but interwoven layers told from three points of view. The most recent layer matsu us middle-aged, jaded small-town surgeon Dr. Luke Finley, who is divorced, lonely and extremely weary of his future in the unfriendly town St. When a beautiful murderess is brought in by the Sheriff for immoral medical check-up that has to precede her police interrogation, he immediately falls so hard for the young girl and her weird explanations of being immortal and having done her companion a favor by ending his much too long life, that he risks everything to help her flee across the border in a “borrowed” car and becomes an accomplice without even looking back.
In the course of the middle layer killer Lanore McIlvrae tells Luke the story of her youth in a partly Puritan, party Catholic wood-cutting settlement in Main around and of her fateful move to Boston at the age of All her life she had — like all the other girls and women in her village — been feverishly craving the undivided attention of rich and otherworldly beautiful Jonathan St.