Four years ago, Kelly’s dad disappeared, apparently having taken his own life. His family are left devastated and are only just beginning to move on. Then, one day, Kelly thinks she sees him again. It is only a glimpse – and it can’t have been him – but it is enough to bring back all the painful memories.
Why did he kill himself? What was so terrible that he couldn’t go on?
The thoughts won’t leave her alone. Kelly confides in her friend Jack, and as they try to find out more about Dad’s past they unearth a confusing mass of inconsistencies and unanswered questions. Gradually they are sucked into a murky world where nothing is as it seems. They are out of their depth; someone is trying to stop them finding out more and they are in real danger.
Who is following them? Who can they trust? And why does Gran refuse to talk about Dad?
Rosemary Hayes’ latest novel, Taken, follows 15 year old Kelly Wilson as she tries to uncover the truth about her Dad. It’s a gripping drama, the mystery about Steve Wilson drawing you in further and further as you read on. Written in a realistic way that has the reader captivated not only by the case itself, but by the characters, Taken is one of those books that once you start, it’s rather difficult to put down. Despite the fact that the main narrative is not a situation that many of us would find ourselves in, Hayes has a way of crafting the story so that it’s relatable. Maybe this is just through the little sub-plots she introduces and the relationships she describes; but it does the job effectively. Kelly’s curiosity incites our own – the book is written in a way that you really are only learning as the protagonist does. And you want to keep reading; you want to keep learning.
5 reasons to read Taken
- The main mystery will leave you guessing the whole way through. When the truth is revealed, even then you’ll be waiting to learn more.
- Kelly is extremely likeable. She’s an everyday, ordinary protagonist, who you can easily love and relate to.
- Kelly and Jack’s dynamic is mega cute, and progresses at the perfect pace.
- It tackles tough topics that aren’t covered that much in YA Lit.
- It’s not your typical contemporary drama, and has elements that will appeal to all readers.