Title: Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery)
Author: Blake Pierce
Publisher: Blake Pierce
Publication Date: 18 February 2016
Pages: 235 pages
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Source: Bought from store
Buy the book from: Amazon
Women are being murdered in up-state 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.
Well I sped through Book 1 in this series, Once Gone, and swiftly started to work on Book 2! To say that I kept on speeding through the book would be suitable!
Once more we’re thrust into Riley’s world and work as an FBI Agent, with two cases to tackle – one which hits a bit too close to home for her liking. There’s some jumps between chapters where I felt that the transitions could have been a little smoother, but overall this book lived up to the standards set by the first in the series. Pierce does a very good job at informing the reader of the back story without making it laborious, meaning that this book could easily stand on its own.
I don’t want to say too much here in case I inadvertently spoil the story, but I would recommend that you look into getting this if you’re a fan of Crime and Thriller stories!
Once Taken gets a wonderful five stars from The Forensic Bibliophile!