It’s been two years since mass murderer, Giacomo Riondino, disappeared after killing Greta Alfieri…Dr Claps, devastated and guilt-ridden by Greta’s death has been on a man-hunt for Riondino ever since. Meanwhile, an American girl disappears on the 382nd step of the Cerro trail in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
No one saw her disappear. Who took her? And how?
When the US authorities contact Claps, he is certain that it must be Riondino. But, unlike Riondino’s other victims, the girl has disappeared into thin air…
Will Claps solve the puzzle, or will he lose his mind in the process, blinded by his own obsession?
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It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, and although this book has a predecessor, there is enough backstory both to the plot and characters to make this a very worthwhile read.
It focuses on a criminologist/profiler, Dr Claps and his pursuit of a serial killer who has become his obsession. The plot is detailed and cleverly written, with clues and misinformation filtered in at salient intervals, moving the story along at a fast pace and holding the reader’s attention.
The serial killer, Riondino has multiple personality disorder, described in an understandable, knowledgeable way that makes him a fascinating, unpredictable and menacing antagonist. The suspense builds up to an explosive and poignant end. If you can, read ‘Hunted’, the precursor to this story for maximum impact. ‘Taken’ has believable characters and setting, a realistic pursuit of the serial killer and a breathtaking ending.
I received a copy of this book from Aria Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Monty Marsden, a Tuscan by birth, grew up in Milan, where he studied medicine and still works. He lives in the province of Bergamo, with his wife and four children.