I knew I just had to pick up Vicki Pettersson’s The Taken when I saw the cover. It just calls out, y’know?
My oh my, does Vicki Pettersson know how to spin a yarn, or what? I’ll give you a hint — it’s not “or what”, it’s a resounding “YES!”
The Taken starts with a dead body, and the angel sent to gather the deceased’s soul. The angel — Griffin Shaw — messes up, and next thing he knows, he’s sent down to earth as a man until he collects another soul. Kit Craig’s soul, to be exact.
Kit’s an investigative journalist, and she can’t stop poking her nose into things. Especially not now — she has to find out who killed her friend Nicole. After all, Nicole’s dead because Kit pulled her into her current investigation.
There’s murder and mayhem. There’s angels, ghosts, and more angels. There’s heavenly directives ignored, gangster buddies revisited, and a couple of ice-cold cases to review. And of course, there are villains, and the head honcho here will send shivers down to your toes. *Shiver* Oh, and let’s not forget the whole group of people devoted to dressing and talking like they lived in the 50s.
Vicki Pettersson knocked it out of the ballpark with The Taken. The storytelling is crisp and to the point, yet the dialog is so very evocative of a film noir that I felt as though I was watching Grif and Kit instead of reading about them. She’s so expertly blended together the paranormal with a classic edge-of-your-seat mystery and old-style Dick Tracy detective that you don’t even realize how many nuances there are in this book. I loved it, and I cannot wait for its follow up, The Lost, coming in March.
drey’s rating: Outstanding!
Title: The Taken (Celestial Blues #1)
Author: Vicki Pettersson
Paperback: 417 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2012
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Waukesha Public Library
Have you read The Taken? What did you think?