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The Girl Who Was Taken Audiobook

The Girl Who Was Taken

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Publisher's Summary

Charlie Donlea, one of the most original new voices in suspense, returns with a haunting novel, laden with twists and high tension, about two abducted girls - one who returns, one who doesn't - and the forensics expert searching for answers.

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 best-selling 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.

©2017 Charlie Donlea (P)2017 Recorded Books

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    tarafarah7: Tara Brown Grand Rapids, MI 06-07-17
    tarafarah7: Tara Brown Grand Rapids, MI 06-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!!!"

    I absolutely LOVED The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea! This was my first book by this author, and it won't be my last! I'll allow you to read about the plot yourself in the description, rather than retelling it to you, but I will say that it is fantastic! It kept me fully engaged from start to finish and on the edge of my seat dying to know what was going to happen next! I definitely did not predict any of the surprising twists that are packed within these pages. And, the ending...wow! Never even crossed my mind the story would end up that way! Charlie Donlea is a great storyteller...to plan out and then write a book like this takes some serious skill and patience! Whew! Great job!

    The narration is exactly as I imagined the characters to sound. Nina Alvamar did an excellent job! I would love to listen to more books she has narrated. Her pronunciation, pace, volume, and inflection were right on, in my opinion.

    I give this book 5/5 stars across the board and recommend it to those who love the thriller/suspense/mystery genre, as well as to those who enjoy books told in alternating viewpoints as the chapters progress. Fans of authors, such as Mary Kubica, will definitely enjoy The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea.

    Thank you for reading my review. :-)

    84 of 88 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Elizabeth Texas 06-23-17
    Christina Elizabeth Texas 06-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "BUT WAIT"

    Such a great book. Great plot development, intriguing story. I don't want to ruin anything, because I think it is definitely worth the read, but I was frustrated at the ending. However, I was not "depressed" after reading this book. Personally, I like dark novels. This book was dark, but I would not describe it as excessively twisted or vulgar. Definitely a great read if you like past/present storylines and unexpected twists.

    51 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory C. H. 05-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I Enjoyed the Reader Very Much"

    It seems hard to find a narrator who doesn't annoy me. I really liked this one very much.

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    Robyn 07-18-17
    Robyn 07-18-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Started out okay and then fizzled out"

    I wouldn't recommend this book it was okay but the ending was lame. There were also loose ends and facts that went nowhere.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Edwards 07-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, painful narration"
    Any additional comments?

    The story was good overall, however I would recommend reading this book as opposed to listening to it. The narrator had pretty severe vocal fry, especially with male characters, which made listening very difficult.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    NinaDP North Carolina, USA 07-09-17
    NinaDP North Carolina, USA 07-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Scary and filled with twists and turns!"

    I don't often find a book and scares me, or leaves me just a little breathless. I often figure out who the perp is, but Charlie Donlea led me on a merry, scary race.
    This book was excellent, as is the other Charlie Donlea book I read. Very creepy. Good read.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jade Da Costa 06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An Excellent Read"
    Would you listen to The Girl Who Was Taken again? Why?

    A 100 per cent. This book was interesting, entertaining, engaging, well developed, and unique. The characters were excellent and the ways in which the narrative was told from multiple points of view (including the novel's villain) and from various points in time, slowly piecing the narrative together with the introduction of new pieces of knowledge that constantly enrich the story, was excellent. This was one of my favourite books I have listened to on Audible.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes; refer to above answer.


    What about Nina Alvamar’s performance did you like?

    She felt like the characters herself; especially Nicole. She brought the characters to life and constantly engaged the reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The question isn't "why was she taken?" it is, "how did she escaped?"


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Caitlyn Charles Kansas 06-25-17
    Caitlyn Charles Kansas 06-25-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book"

    I enjoyed the story. The reader was easy to listen to and kept my attention. However, she should learn the proper pronunciation of medical terms. Being a medical professional, I found it disconcerting when she missed pronounced things like bronchoscopy, etc.

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    Maryann Beeman 06-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"

    Loved the book, was not thrilled with the ending. I like closure and this book did not offer closure. Overall it was a great book that keeps you guessing.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    B. Herndon 05-11-17
    B. Herndon 05-11-17 Member Since 2011
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    "The Girl Who Was Taken"

    A good suspenseful novel with some unexpected twists and turns! I can highly recommend it!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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