The Girl Who Was Taken – Charlie Donlea

28 October 2017
The Girl Who Was Taken Book Cover The Girl Who Was Taken
Charlie Donlea
Psychological Thriller
Kensington Publishing
25 April 2017

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.

A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole's older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole's body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister's fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia's morgue that of a young man connected to Nicole's past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.

But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you've been looking for.

The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

Charlie Donlea wrote The Girl Who Was Taken, and woah-what-a-thriller. I listened to the audible version of this book, and I listened to it ferociously. I saw a bunch of mediocre reviews, but I don’t see it the same way they do. The Girl Who Was Taken was a fantabulous read for me!

Two girls, Megan and Nicole, go missing from a beach party right before they are due to head off to college. Two weeks later, Megan returns. Nicole does not.

A year has gone by, and Megan has a bestselling book about her harrowing experience and subsequent triumphant recovery. But Nicole is still missing.

Livia Cutty is a forensic specialist who has a “floater” land on her table. Upon examination, she determines that he did not jump, nor did he die in the water. Someone murdered the floater, some year ago.

Megan sees the “floater’s” image on the news and calls her to tell her that the “floater” was none other than the boyfriend of Livia’s little sister. Her little sister, Nicole.

Present, Present, Past

There are three divisions of this story. Megan’s present, where she is trying to remember everything that has happened. Livia’s present, where she is trying to find her sister. And the past, the weeks leading up to the abduction.

Sometimes when the author divides up books, I tend to like one section more than another, but not so in The Girl Who Was Taken. I was committed to all three divisions of this book, they were tightly woven plot and an enjoyable to read.

Admission time: I didn’t like Megan at first, I thought she was stuck up and attention seeking. She didn’t even mention Nicole in her book. But then as time went on, you realize there is more to Megan than what is on the surface.

“I know you think everyone has forgotten about Nicole, but I never have.” – Megan

Some people will love this book, and some people won’t. I was the people who did. I give five blazing stars for Charlie Donlea’s The Girl Who Was Taken.

The Girl Who Was Taken - Charlie Donlea

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