Story. Over almost 450 pages of her debut novel, The Taker, Alma Katsu weaves a good story that kept me interested throughout. I closed the book with the feeling that character development was weak, and the supernatural elements may appeal best to those readers who enjoy tales outside the scope of one’s own experience. At its heart, this novel is a love story injected with betrayal and redemption. Katsu’s prose presents vivid descriptions of past and present settings. Readers willing to take a chance on a new author, and those who like imaginative fiction in the spirit of Edgar Allen Poe will find this novel to be a good choice.
Rating: Two-star (Mildly Recommended)
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