The Taker

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Have you ever loved someone so much that you’d do anything for them?

When Dr Luke Findley turns up to his hospital shift in the small town of St Andrews, Maine, he’s expecting just another evening of minor injuries and domestic disputes. But instead, Lanore McIlvrae walks into his life – and changes it forever. For Lanny is a woman with a past…

Lanny McIlvrae is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. Hers is a story of love and betrayal that defies time and transcends mortality – but this tale cannot end until Lanny’s demons are finally put to rest. Her two hundred years on this earth have seen her seduced by both decadence and brutality – yet through it all she has only ever had one true love in her life. Until now.

An unforgettable novel about the power of unrequited love to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, The Taker is an immortal love story on an epic scale…

© Alma Katsu 2011 (P) Penguin Audio 2011

Critics Review

  • The Taker is a frighteningly compelling story about those most human monsters–desire and obsession. It will curl your hair and keep you up late at night

    Keith Donohue, author of Stolen Child
  • This is a great book. And by great, I mean, devastatingly so, like reading the Scarlett Letter, while riding a roller coaster, on acid. Seductive, daring, soaring, and ultimately gut-wrenching, the Taker is a lush, historical rendering of transcendent love, paranormal beings, and the depths of pain that can be felt by immortal hearts

    Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Spookily captivating.

    Marie Claire
  • An historical novel with a difference … strange but compelling …


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