Sunday, April 10, 2016

Book Review { Once Taken }

I am now anxiously awaiting the third book in this series! I finished  Once Gone and Once Taken in March and the third book, Once Craved, is set to be released in June! 

Synopsis: ONCE TAKEN is book #2 in the bestselling Riley Paige mystery series, which begins with ONCE GONE (Book #1)--a free download with over 100 five star reviews! 

Women are being murdered in upstate New York, their bodies found mysteriously hanging in chains. With the FBI called in, given the bizarre nature of the murders—and the lack of any clues—there is only one agent they can turn to: Special Agent Riley Paige. 

Riley, reeling from her last case, is reluctant to take on a new one, since she is still convinced a former serial killer is out there, stalking her. She knows, though, that her ability to enter a serial killer’s mind and her obsessive nature is what will be needed to crack this case, and she just can’t refuse—even if it will push her over the edge. 

Riley’s search takes her deep into a killer’s deluded mind as it leads her to orphanages, mental hospitals, prisons, all in an effort to understand the depth of his psychosis. Realizing she is up against a true psychopath, she knows time is short before he strikes again. But with her own job on the line and her own family a target, and with her fragile psyche collapsing, it may all be too much for her—and too late. 

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE TAKEN is book #2 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. 

As I said in my review of the first book  Once Gone I was hooked the moment I started reading it. Sometimes books fade out in the second book and lose the readers interest, but this book was, in my opinion, better than the first one and I really enjoyed the first one. 

I will admit, by the time I started reading this book I was having some bad dreams and waking up in the middle night playing out what would happen next in the story. But it was probably because I was reading the book before bed; I will have to remember to not read murder mysteries before bed.

The second book in the series really tied up some of the lose ends that were left in Once Gone. Riley finally was able to free herself from her demons and formed a relationship with her daughter. The book might have been based around a murder but there were some hidden story lines of a mother and daughter coming together. 

Now that majority of the events that happened in Once Gone have been dealt with, I am curious to see where Once Craved goes. In Once Gone, Riley interacts multiple times with a coldblooded murder in prison when trying to solve the case and he leaves their final conversation with a question that haunts Riley- so maybe Once Craved will be about him and Rileys relationship and what he meant by the question "Stop fighting it".

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