Book Review: “The Taken Girls”

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Book Reviews – “The Taken girls” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by G. D. Sanders (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/s/g-d-sanders/). This is Mr. Sander’s first novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set in contemporary England. The primary character is Detective Edina Ogborne.

Ogborne has just been transferred to the Canterbury Police. Even before her official start, she finds herself involved in the hunt for a missing teenage girl. That hunt goes on for days, then the girl turns up. As the investigation proceeds it is discovered that this is not the first girl to disappear then reappear unharmed.

Not only is Ogborne faced with the challenge of the kidnapping, but she also faces initial resistance from her new team in Canterbury. Poor choices in her love life have caused her to be transferred to Canterbury and now the new man in her life is a suspect in the kidnapping. She also comes across oddities in the police records that imply that there has been a coverup.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 400-page mystery. I like British mysteries and I think this is a good one. I like the primary character as well as the others that make up her team. I think they will make for good stories as this series evolves. I have had the opportunity to visit Canterbury so that adds a further attraction to this novel. I like the cover art. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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