Synopses & Reviews
The child was taken in broad daylight, on a warm June morning, in a crowded shopping area in downtown Pittsburgh.
Marina Benedict first saw the baby with his mother. Then, just minutes later, she saw him again, in the arms of a man she was certain was not the child's father. In a single life-altering act -- as baffling as it was inescapable -- Marina followed them. Thus begins Kathleen George's breathtaking novel, a heart-pounding thriller that brings together dozens of frayed and frail lives around the fate of one baby boy....
Marina had every reason not to get involved. She'd just left her therapist's office, reeling from her decision to finally end her shattered marriage. But the sight of a baby had always caught her attention and filled her with longing -- for the child she herself has been unable to conceive. And when she sees the child again, she knows -- knows beyond all knowing -- that he has been abducted. Without hesitating, without thinking, Marina follows the kidnapper into one of Pittsburgh's bleakest neighborhoods.
Within hours, the city is galvanized by a single news story: a child, the son of a rookie pitcher for the Pirates, is missing. And suddenly Marina Benedict is at the heart of a bewildering mystery, one that grows darker and more complex with each passing day.
For as the search builds to a crescendo, dozens of lives are drawn into the drama -- Richard Christie, lead detective on the case, struggles with his own demons as he tries to unravel a mystery that has torn his city apart. And Marina Benedict, pulled from the safety of her ordinary life by a devastating crime, will not emerge unscathed. Once Marina tried to save a life and it changed her forever. Now she will risk her life again -- for a child who is still out there somewhere, still in need of saving.
A thriller of extraordinary menace and power, Taken slowly unravels a mystery that is as complex as it is heartbreaking. Like the woman who is at the center of this tale, Taken is at once alluring and deeply original: a story that takes the classic fast-paced thriller and infuses it with sensuality, insight, and compassion.
A young actress sees a baby being kidnapped and finds herself at the center of a crime straight out of the movies. In this extraordinary debut novel, acclaimed short-story writer George has created an emotionally complex, fast-paced thriller.