The Girl Who Was Taken

I’m on to another thriller—The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea—that has me reeling lately. I finished this one last night and didn’t want it to end. I’m still thinking about one theme that was strong in the book because it was actually true: People are obsessed with missing-person cases.

I grew up watching crime shows, ID TV, cold cases, all that jazz. I still watch it. Heck, when I get some severe anxiety, something about watching those types of shows about murder mysteries calms me. It’s weird, I know, but putting my mind on a good mystery and feeling empathy for the victim, wondering if they survived or recovered, whatever the scenario is, takes my mind off the anxiety.

Does anyone else go through that? My mom is the same, so when I go home, we sit down and watch those shows the entire time.

When my son was small, my mother came to live with us because my grandmother, whom she had lived with her whole life, had passed away. I would catch my son sneaking into my mother’s room at night to watch these shows with her. It’s like a family tradition.

Why is there a fascination with these types of shows? Do we like the grotesque or the mystery? I myself like the mystery. I want to find out what happened, why, and, most of the time, what led a person to go to this extreme. I love the forensic psychology of a lot of it and the facts.

Sometimes I think I missed my calling and feel I should have gone into this field, but lack of confidence kept me in my comfort zone. I don’t regret my choices because everything happens for a reason, but man if I was young again I’d give it a try in a parallel universe.

Anywho, I hope you like my review and will give this book a try. It’s a really good one, and I’m going to try other books by this author. It felt like I could binge this author like I do my favorite TV show.

The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea 

This book is dark, disturbing, and at times demented. But that is definitely not a bad thing. When I finished reading, you could hear me audibly taking a breath and almost screaming NOOOOOO! I’m still sitting nearly catatonic, wondering what the hell just happened, when, where, and why.

This book started off captivating, making you wonder why and then taking you back to the beginning. It jumps around a lot, so I sometimes had to reset my timeline to avoid getting lost. I have ADHD, so that made it a little tricky, but I think that was some of the author’s charm. The victims were disoriented, so you almost got a feel for what they went through.

Throwing you off your game of sleuthing was another thing the author was great at because the hints, foreshadowing, and just sheer gotcha were dabbled all through the book that had me talking to myself and having my husband asking “huh,” to which I had to tell him, “nothing” because I was talking to myself and my book at things I couldn’t believe were happening.

Oh, it was a devilish read with many facts at the beginning that hurt my brain, I won’t lie. Some of the facts could have been told in lamens terms; however, it gave an air of authority. The author did their research because I even looked up if vinegar would eliminate smells in the house, and it would.

I checked out this author and can’t believe he hasn’t written as many books as all prominent big authors who’ve been around since the 80s because his writing is that good. I’m hoping there will be movies and TV shows. I felt like I was going through an episode of Bones, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve binge-watched that show, and it’s not my last time.

There are fewer than five books that I re-read, and this could be one of them.

CJ Ives Lopez Book Review - Charlie DonLea - The Girl Who Was Taken

I’m on to another thriller—The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea—that has me reeling lately. I finished this one last night and didn’t want it to end. I’m still thinking about one theme that was strong in the book because it was actually true: People are obsessed with missing-person cases. I grew up watching […]

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