BLOG TOUR – The Taken by Casey Kelleher


Synopsis: Saskia Frost’s world is blown apart when her dad dies. Without any family, she’s on her own now and up to her eyeballs in her father’s debts. He owed a lot of money to some very dangerous men – Joshua and Vincent Harper. Before long, aspiring ballerina Saskia finds herself lap-dancing in a London club to survive. A club run by the infamous Harper brothers. Saskia is now their property and they’re going to make her pay every penny back. 

Teenager Lena Cona has fled a cruel and controlling marriage. She arrives in England with her newborn daughter, desperately relying on strangers for help. But she soon learns that not everyone can be trusted as she finds herself caught in the clutches of Colin Jefferies, a twisted individual obsessed by his own sinister secrets. As the sickening truth is revealed, Lena is forced to fight for her life – and her baby’s. 

When their worlds collide, Lena and Saskia form an unlikely friendship. But with the terrifying Harper brothers on their tail, as well as Lena’s vengeful and violent husband, can they escape with their lives? 

Kat’s Rating: 5/5

Kat’s Review: I discovered Casey Kelleher back in 2012 and loved all of her books. When she was published with Bookouture I was so excited for both her as an author and myself as a reader! Her books had the slight Gangland feel to them and if I am being 100% honest I was hoping this latest release wasn’t too similar as there seem to be an awful lot of these types of books I have read and they can get a bit stale if you read too many. What I hadn’t banked on was Casey mixing things up and using the basis of the Criminal Gang leader and combining it with current world issues. What it makes for is an outstanding book that I devoured in just two sittings and is without a doubt her best work to date.

Initially I wondered why there were seemingly so many characters, but that in itself is the beauty with this book. You become embroiled in each persons journey and by the time you reach the end you see why they are all linked. Saskia Frost is one main character who is trying to process her grief as she has just lost her Father. However, she hadn’t banked on her Father leaving her with a ton of debt to a dangerous criminal like Vincent Harper. Before she knows it Saskia has become part of their world as she tries to get her life back in line. On the other side of the world we meet Lena Cona who is living a life of misery trapped with an abusive and controlling husband she is doing everything she can to keep her daughter safe.

As the story evolves I was thoroughly entranced by each girl’s story, and it wasn’t until the last quarter of the book that things begin to link up and frankly I was completely involved in the book by this stage and nothing could stop me reading. Written with emotion, and clearly her best writing I was captivated by this book and truly enjoyed every page. I think the biggest surprise for me was how the story unfolded and the fact that it was so unexpected.

This truly was a delight to read and had all the ingredients for the perfect recipe. A blinder of a book which I would hugely recommend to everybody reading this genre.

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