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Once Taken

A Riley Paige Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Elaine Wise
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Women are being murdered in upstate New York, their bodies found mysteriously hanging in chains. With the FBI called in, given the bizarre nature of the murders - and the lack of any clues - there is only one agent they can turn to: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley, reeling from her last case, is reluctant to take on a new one, since she is still convinced a former serial killer is out there, stalking her. She knows, though, that her ability to enter a serial killer's mind and her obsessive nature is what will be needed to crack this case, and she just can't refuse - even if it will push her over the edge.

Riley's search takes her deep into a killer's deluded mind as it leads her to orphanages, mental hospitals, and prisons, all in an effort to understand the depth of his psychosis. Realizing she is up against a true psychopath, she knows time is short before he strikes again. But with her own job on the line and her own family a target, and with her fragile psyche collapsing, it may all be too much for her - and too late.

©2016 Blake Pierce (P)2016 Blake Pierce

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Love Riley Page!

I really like the Riley Page series it's my farvorite so far from the Blake Peirce books I've read.

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Once Taken

Excellent read totally absorbing. I have really enjoyed this authors work, every chapter I thought I would stop and listen later but I just kept on till the end

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nat

i couldn't put it down a very good book easily read this blog about it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-19

What possessed Audible to choose a cast of reader with British accents portraying FBI agents?

The story isn’t bad but the dialogue is dreadful. Skip this selection. Listen to music instead.

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  • Barbara B.
  • 10-01-17

Wrong Narrator for Story

The story was very good. The narrator would have been wonderful but not on this book. Her accent just didn't work for me and I found myself paying more attention to it than the story.

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  • Barbara
  • 15-12-16

great book

I loved it I couldn't stop I needed to know what was going to happen, next

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  • Deborah R.
  • 08-12-16

very enjoyable, easy to follow and listen to

like listen to these books start to finish and not stopping, easy to follow very enjoyable

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  • JodyW
  • 03-09-18

Really Enjoyable

Great book, two plots and I will definitely read more books by this author. The narrator did an excellent job, however her English accent portraying American people was a bit hard to get my head around as I kept thinking the storyline was based somewhere in the UK.

Small whinge, and the only one. I still gave the book *****

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  • MA
  • 07-06-18

Took a while to realize this wasn't set in London!

Story moves along pretty well. Fairly straightforward with no real twists or turns. Main thing that got me though is the narrator. Elaine Wise is really good. Love her passion and the way she handles the tension in the book. But really bad choice asking a person with a strong British accent to try narrate a US character. Really put me off. I remember wondering right at the beginning what the FBI is doing in the UK!

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  • Misty Croston
  • 20-09-19

Bizarre narration choice

Odd that all characters are British when the story takes place in the USA.

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  • VERB
  • 23-03-18

Really stupid mystery

I wish I could give this book zero. What a stupid stupid concept. Talking to chains.....as if.

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  • Amanda Gerber
  • 08-11-17

OK

I Was a little disappointed to be honest.
I had really been looking forward to reading this book and it just wasn't as good as I hoped.

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  • Lauri
  • 01-06-17

English Accent (with a spoiler alert)

Would you ever listen to anything by Blake Pierce again?

I read Blake Pierce's first book in print and thought it an okay, quick murder mystery. Her second book seemed like it would be a good listen. It wasn't. The two plot lines felt like two separate novellas put into one book. The family dynamics with Reilly, her husband and daughter seemed unrealistic. Would a mother rescue her daughter from a serial killer and then immediately take her on another horrific serial murderer case, leaving her alone in a hotel all day with a maid to "keep an eye on her"?

What didn’t you like about Elaine Wise’s performance?

Elaine Wise has a lovely, mature voice and a strong British accent. This is a total miss for a young, American, FBI agent working in New York. I'm not sure what they were thinking when they had her narrate this book.