The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

The Girl Who Was Taken

Two abducted girls--one who returns, one who doesn't. The night they go missing, high school seniors Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are at a beach party in their small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. Police launch a massive search, but hope is almost lost--until Megan escapes from a bunker deep in the woods. . . . A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has made Megan a celebrity. It's a triumphant story, except for one inconv...

Details The Girl Who Was Taken

TitleThe Girl Who Was Taken
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherPinnacle Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Crime

Reviews The Girl Who Was Taken

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Some fellow reviewers and I first stumbled across Charlie Donlea at the beginning of 2016; we all scrambled for a NetGalley copy of his debut novel Summit Lake after reading several rave reviews on Goodreads. When you've been writing reviews for awhile, you start to come across a good number of first time authors and their writing can be a bit rough; not so here. We all raved and cheered on Summit Lake and kept his name logged in our thoughts in ...
  • Kristin (KC)
    *3.5-ish stars*This book took a while to warm up, and although some of it wasn't deeply compelling, it was interesting enough to hold my attention. Then, finally, after the 20% mark when everything begins to boil—feces hitting the fan, bodies literally crawling out of the creepy woodwork—it ends. And I shake my e-copy because surely there’s another page. But *Swipe* *Swipe*… Nothing. Fine, so there are supposed to be more books in the wor...
  • Mary Beth
    Megan McDonald and Nicole Cutty both disappear from a beach party in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.Nicole counted the days and thought she was missing for twelve or thirteen days. Stuck in a cellar where her captor stowed her. When she escaped a driver found her and said "Good God, the whole state has been looking for you. Where's your friend" he asked. Me...
  • Norma
    Traveling Sisters Review by Norma, Brenda, Kaceey and Lindsay!Two girls taken, one returns.  THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN by CHARLIE DONLEA is an extremely gripping, haunting, and perfectly paced suspenseful psychological thriller that had us all totally engaged, entertained, and interested throughout this whole book.  Having Lindsay right away racing through the pages unable to put it down with Norma right behind her. Although, the pace was a little...
  • Lindsay
    5 stars! This was one gripping and addictive crazy ride!I was glued to the pages of this story and could not put this book down! This was such a fantastic novel to read along with my amazing "sisters" Norma, Brenda and Kaceey! I HIGHLY recommend this book if you are in the mood for a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller! It is going on my Favourites list!For our full Traveling Sister Read Review, please visit Brenda and Norma's fabulous blog at...
  • Linda
    Forensics don't lie even though people do.And lightning seems to strike quite often in the same locale.Charlie Donlea is back with another thriller here. The characters within find themselves oddly connected by the eerie strand of a missing loved one. No clues. Just gone.But one unfortunate victim, Megan McDonald, has slipped from the clutches of her captor and run head-long onto a lonely highway. She's been rescued, but her inner being is still ...
  • Christine
    4.5 starsHaving enjoyed Mr. Donlea’s first novel, Summit Lake, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read an advanced copy of his second book, The Girl Who Was Taken. Readers who are sick of books with “Girl” in the title should take heed NOT to dismiss this novel because of its title. It’s a winner.The story takes place in one of my favorite states, North Carolina. The protagonist is Livia Cutty, a fellow in pathology, studying to be ...
  • Zoeytron
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review. A secret cult of those whose imaginations are completely taken with kidnappings is abuzz with a recent rash of missing girls. These people are obsessed. They meet to study, read, discuss, and even reenact possible scenarios that have resulted in abductions. The point is made that the act of kidnapping is that of stealing a person. Never thought of it in that way, but that is exactly what it ...
  • Dash fan
    4.5☆  Gripping thrillerThis is my first book by Charlie, and it didn't disappoint!Megan and Nicole attend a party...neither return home... what happened to them both remain a mystery!Until Megan returns! She miraculously finds her way home from a mysterious bunker deep into the wood.What happened to Nicole??  She was never found. After police searches. No evidence.Fast forward one year and Megan cashes in on her disappearance by writing a boo...
  • Sue
    THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN by bestselling author Charlie Donlea is a well-written mystery crime suspense thriller that is another winner. I was very impressed with his debut novel, “Summit Lake, that I jumped at the chance to read his new novel. Charlie Donlea, is a suspense novel, riddled with twists and high tension, about two abducted girls—one who returns, one who doesn’t—and the forensics expert searching for answers.“Nicole Cutty and ...
  • Kaceey
    A thrilling traveling sister read with all my Canadian sisters Norma, Brenda and Lindsay!Starting out as a slow paced thriller, this read absolutely launched into breakneck speed for the final 30%. I was flipping pages fast and furiously while texting back and forth with Brenda! (Norma and Lindsay had finished few hours earlier - with their own texting frenzy). I was absolutely exhausted by the end!!I went into this book blind, not sure what to e...
  • Brenda
    The Girl Who Was Taken was another fantastic and entertaining choice for a Traveling Sister Read with Norma, Lindsay and Kaceey. It's fast paced, clever, and original that had us on on our toes, and on the edge of our seats with one of the best heart stopping, tense and exicting ending we have ever read. I highly recommend. Our full Traveling Sister reviews can be found along with Norma and my reviews on our sister blog:http://www.twogirlslostina...
  • Meredith
    Finally getting around to posting my review--not sure what has taken me so long, as I really enjoyed The Girl Who Was Taken . While The Girl Who Was Taken moves at a slow pace in the beginning, the tension grows and evolves into a fast-paced, thrilling read with a surprising twist that I didn’t see coming! This is a story about two girls who are abducted in Emerson, North Carolina. High school seniors, Nic Cutty and Megan McDonald have been abd...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    This is the second book I have read by Charles Donlea and one I was looking forward to greatly. Mr Donlea did not disappoint. This is a book which starts out slowly and increases in tension as it progresses. Donlea's characterisation and understanding of family and friendship dynamics is superb. I'm sure we have all known a girl like Nicole at some point in our lives. The Girl Who Was Taken is told over several different time lines and from sever...
  • Jan
    This is a solid mystery that I enjoyed even more than this author's debut novel Summit Lake. Told from different POV's and varying timelines, I found this writing style really helped to create the suspense that made the last 100 pages a complete nail biter for me. The main protagonist is Livia Cutty-a fellow in forensic pathology, fueled by the disappearance of her younger sister Nicole. It's been over a year since she disappeared from an end of ...
  • Jean
    Two high school seniors. Two girls gone missing. Only one returns. After reading Charlie Donlea’s Summit Lake featuring investigative reporter Kelsey Castle, I was excited to receive a copy of Donlea’s new book,The Girl Who Was Taken. The bad news is that Castle does not appear in this thriller. The good news is that this work is even better. I was abducted and held captive by this tale of missing young women from the very first chapter. Even...
  • Book of Secrets ☘
    I enjoyed reading Charlie Donlea’s debut novel, SUMMIT LAKE, last year, and I’m thrilled to say that his second book, THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN, exceeded my expectations. It’s suspenseful, twisty, and chilling, which all together make for a riveting read.Two young women were abducted the summer after their high school graduation. Megan escapes after two weeks, but Nicole is still missing a year later. What became of Nicole? Her older sister Li...
  • Brenda
    This was my first time reading Charlie Donlea.I found this book interesting, but I was not blown away by it. There was some confusion in the beginning as to who was taken when, and I eventually grabbed pen and paper to make notes on characters and dates. Thankfully chapters were labeled with dates and timing. The red herrings were there, as I had two or three possible suspects in mind. Some of the characters were creeps, and I had no sympathy for...
  • Gary
    This is my first read of a Charlie Donlea book and I was thoroughly impressed.The novel is about two abducted girls, one who returns, one who doesn’t.Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping ...
  • Mary Kubica
    A smart, chilling thriller with an ending I never saw coming. Highly recommend!
  • *Avonna
    Check out all of my reviews at: http://www.avonnalovesgenres.comI have seriously been blown away by this book. I enjoyed Summit Lake by this author, but this story was even better. THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN by Charlie Donlea had me tangled up in plot twists and turns that left me completely surprised at the climax of the plot. I knew the answer, no I didn’t. I knew the answer, no I didn’t. I could NOT put this book down!The majority of the story...
  • Margitte
    Any fan of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a fictional character of Patricia Cornwell, will jump for joy. We've got a new young doctor on the block and she ain't taking prisoners! Uh wait, she actually does.As a psychological suspense thriller, combined with a murder mystery, life cannot get any better for this genre-aficionados. I'm one of them.I haven't read a murder mystery lately in which the author manages to completely vanish and leave only the characte...
  • Jonetta
    Dr. Livia Cutty is a pathologist working under a fellowship with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh, NC. Her decision to follow this area of medicine was driven by her sister’s abduction and disappearance one year ago. Livia doesn’t think Nicole is still alive and fully believes she’ll one day show up on her autopsy table. Another teen, Megan McDonald, was also abducted from the same beach party on the same day but she mana...
  • Josh
    Megan McDonald's escape from her kidnapper resulted in a sensational rise to celebrity both unwanted, and, in her eyes, unwarranted. She's penned a book, appeared on TV and is seen as a beacon of hope to other victims. Escape is possible, even probable under the right circumstances... After spending two terrifying weeks trapped in a bunker fearing for her life, Megan is still captive in many ways. Her sheriff father couldn't protect her at the ti...
  • Lee
    Excellent story about two young girls who are abducted, one returns and the other does not. This book kept my attention throughout and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great characterisation, interesting plot and a story line that was unique to anything I had read before. Highly recommended.
  • Carrie
    In the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina tragedy hits hard one summer night when two high school senior girls, Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald, disappear from a beach party. After two weeks Megan escapes from a bunker hidden deep in the woods and manages to flag down help but after being rescued she gets asked one question, what happened to Nicole and Megan just doesn't have the answer. A year later Megan on the surface seems to be recove...
  • Adrian Dooley
    Oh yeah. This was a goodie. My first read of a Charlie Donlea novel and a name I will remember to look out for in the future. Livia Cutty, our central character, is a fellow in forensic pathology. Her sister Nicole along with her nemesis Megan McDonald went missing over a year ago and, although Megan somehow managed to escape two weeks after she went missing, there is still no sign of Nicole and she is all but presumed dead. Livia is convinced th...
  • Tina Woodbury
    To find all of my book reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...4.5 stars... It’s been a year since Megan and Nicole disappeared from a beach party. Megan returned just two weeks afterwards, but Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia is completing her fellowship in pathology. One day an unexpected body shows up in the morgue where she works. Once this body is identified as a man from Nicole’s past, she is left wond...
  • Nicki
    It's the most important party of the year,the last chance for the high school seniors to get together before they go their separate ways and move on to the next chapter of their lives.A night of fun and laughter with their friends that turns into a nightmare for Megan McDonald and Nicole Cutty when they both disappear.Police launch a massive search,no clues are found and hope begins to fade but then miraculously Megan resurfaces after escaping fr...
  • Amy (Foxy)
    The Girl Who Was Taken is a story told in a roundabout way. We go back and forth in time as the story unravels. “We all know the harrowing story of Megan McDonald. The all-American girl, daughter of Emerson Bay’s sheriff, who was abducted in the summer of 2016. One year later, Megan is out now with her book, Missing, the true-story account of her abduction and courageous escape.”But what about the other girl, Nicole, who also went missing ...