The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

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Read The Girl Who Was Taken Online Free - 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 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.


"A gem of a mystery, fast paced and suspenseful." - Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Fans of contemporary suspense will enjoy this brisk read." - Booklist

"An exciting debut, with all the right touches, captivating from the first page to the last. There's a bright future ahead for this newcomer to the thriller genre definitely a talent to watch." - Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

Donlea keeps readers guessing throughout. The whodunit plot is clever and compelling . . . for fans of nonstop mysteries with a twist. - Library Journal

"A swift, outstanding debut. Summit Lake engrossed me then knocked me cold. Charlie Donlea is a superb storyteller sure to damage the bestseller lists." - Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author

"With a soaring pace and teasing plot twists, Charlie Donlea's debut mystery is like a cool drink of water with a twist of lemon. It s refreshing to find a book that has such a well-developed plot and excellent writing to back it up." - BookPage

Title : The Girl Who Was Taken
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ISBN : 1496701003
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Chelsea rated it ★★★★★

April 10, 2017

Some fellow reviewers and I first stumbled across Charlie Donlea at the beginning of 2016; we all scrambled for a NetGalley copy of his debut novel Summit Lake after reading several rave reviews on Goodreads. When you've been writing reviews for awhile, you start to come across a good number of f...

Kristin (KC) rated it ★★★☆☆

March 19, 2017

*3.5-ish stars* This book took a while to warm up, and although some of it wasn't deeply compelling, it was interesting enough to hold my attention. Then, finally, after the 20% mark when everything begins to boil—feces hitting the fan, bodies literally crawling out of the creepy woodwork—it ends....

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

September 20, 2017

Megan McDonald and Nicole Cutty both disappear from a beach party in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. Nicole counted the days and thought she was missing for twelve or thirteen days. Stuck in a cellar where h...

Norma rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

Traveling Sisters Review by Norma, Brenda, Kaceey and Lindsay! Two girls taken, one returns.   THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN by CHARLIE DONLEA is an extremely gripping, haunting, and perfectly paced suspenseful psychological thriller that had us all totally engaged, entertained, and interested throughout...

Lindsay rated it ★★★★★

July 22, 2017

5 stars! This was one gripping and addictive crazy ride! I was glued to the pages of this story and could not put this book down! This was such a fantastic novel to read along with my amazing "sisters" Norma, Brenda and Kaceey! I HIGHLY recommend this book if you are in the mood for a fast-paced,...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

March 25, 2017

Forensics don't lie even though people do. And lightning seems to strike quite often in the same locale. Charlie Donlea is back with another thriller here. The characters within find themselves oddly connected by the eerie strand of a missing loved one. No clues. Just gone. But one unfortunate victi...

Christine rated it ★★★★☆

March 11, 2017

4.5 stars Having enjoyed Mr. Donlea’s first novel, Summit Lake, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read an advanced copy of his second book, The Girl Who Was Taken. Readers who are sick of books with “Girl” in the title should take heed NOT to dismiss this novel because of its title. It’s a...

Zoeytron rated it ★★★★☆

April 08, 2017

Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review. A secret cult of those whose imaginations are completely taken with kidnappings is abuzz with a recent rash of missing girls. These people are obsessed. They meet to study, read, discuss, and even reenact possible scenarios that have resulte...

Dash fan rated it ★★★★☆

April 25, 2017

4.5☆  Gripping thriller This is my first book by Charlie, and it didn't disappoint! Megan and Nicole attend a party...neither return home... what happened to them both remain a mystery! Until Megan returns! She miraculously finds her way home from a mysterious bunker deep into the wood. What happened...

Sue rated it ★★★★☆

May 26, 2017

THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN by bestselling author Charlie Donlea is a well-written mystery crime suspense thriller that is another winner. I was very impressed with his debut novel, “Summit Lake, that I jumped at the chance to read his new novel. Charlie Donlea, is a suspense novel, riddled with twist...

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