Taken

Taken It s a cold wet winter night when a car pulls into a service station on Dublin quays Strapped on to the back seat is a three year old boy Asleep Five minutes later he s gone kidnapped in the time it s

  • Title: Taken
  • Author: Niamh O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9781848270930
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s a cold wet winter night when a car pulls into a service station on Dublin quays Strapped on to the back seat is a three year old boy Asleep Five minutes later he s gone kidnapped in the time it s taken his mother to pay for her petrol Distraught and fearing for his safety, she has only one option DI Jo Birmingham One of the few female senior officers on the DuIt s a cold wet winter night when a car pulls into a service station on Dublin quays Strapped on to the back seat is a three year old boy Asleep Five minutes later he s gone kidnapped in the time it s taken his mother to pay for her petrol Distraught and fearing for his safety, she has only one option DI Jo Birmingham One of the few female senior officers on the Dublin police force, Jo has a keen reputation for solving crimes and righting wrongs Her search for the little boy takes her into a dark world of lies and corruption, where hard cash is king, where sex is a commodity to be bought and sold and where the lost and vulnerable are in terrifying danger .

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    1. Taken is Niamh O’Connor’s second fiction novel and also appears to be the second novel to feature DI Jo Birmingham. (I haven’t read the first.) I decided to read it on a whim, wanting something a bit different to Chick Lit and considering it’s been aaaages since I read a crime novel, I was intrigued by the Prologue of Taken, after a little boy is (aptly) taken at a petrol station. However despite finishing the novel relatively quickly, it was actually (sadly) a pretty forgettable novel. [...]

    2. In February 2011 I read Niamh O’Connor’s debut novel and really enjoyed it. I was looking forward to reading the second instalment. We once again meet the feisty Jo Birmingham who as a female DI is one of the few female senior officers in Dublin. She is trying to manage her work as well as her children and being a single parent makes her life that little bit harder. The Model and It-Girl Tara Parker French drives into a petrol station to fill up and runs into the station to pay. She leaves h [...]

    3. This book was okay. I didn't read the first book in the series, but it didn't matter as this is a story of it's own. The introduction (in which the kidnapping) happens was very good, but as the book goes on and Jo Birmingham attempts to solve the case, at times it seemed to drag. There were very good parts and boring parts of the book equally. I did find Tara Parker Trench's character (the mother of the abducted child) interesting, and I liked how Niamh O'Connor reveals the 'dark side' of Dublin [...]

    4. Taken starts at a clip and steadily builds steam. Niamh O'Connor works as the true crime editor of the Sunday World and she brings her knowledge of Ireland's criminal underbelly to the story, fictionalising elements of rumours concerning high class prostitution she's heard in her day job. Whilst the criminal side of the story, linking the rich and famous with underclass criminal gangs seems credible, the policing and family side of the story seemed less so. The guards are portrayed as incompeten [...]

    5. The first 200 pages are amazing, then it took me another week to come back and finish the last 100. Jo Birmingham's exactly the kind of character I love -- harried, angry, brave and blind to the vulnerability of her own emotions -- and the plot works very well, especially being one of the only crime fiction novels I can think of where sex workers are portrayed in a sympathetic light rather than only getting screentime as murder victims. I just prefer my crime fiction with a little less romance, [...]

    6. It was alright. To be honest the notion that serious druggies would kidnap a child at a petrol station in full view of witnesses in order to put pressure on the mother not to pull a fast one in relation to the huge drugs haul hidden in the back of the very same car (still not sure if she knew it was there) from which the child is taken simply doesnt make any sense whatsoever. I mean can someone please tell me why the drug lords didnt just take the car and leave the kid instead? The only answer h [...]

    7. Another brilliant book by Niamh O'Connor in the Jo Birmingham series.I read this one much quicker though like the first one it took me a while to properly get into it.As I read on more I feel like I'm getting to know all the characters more personally and to me Jo Birmingham is one of the best lead roles, she's feisty and hard working with a tough she'll but a good heart and she's a good mum who try's her best with her kids.Again this one had plenty of twists and turns,maybe none as shocking as [...]

    8. This book was so bad . . . . How bad was it? The writing was dismal. I kept reading it because a friend recommended it but it was pure work on my part to finish it. Characters did not stay true to their personalities; events didn't quite fit with each other; the phrasing and word choices in the prose were just bad. I had to remind myself that this was not a bad translation but an author that apparently knew English. Bad English but English none the less.

    9. It's a tabloid type of crime novel. If you like the Sunday World then you will like this. The style of writing and the the plot wasn't great. It felt a bit dumbed down. Was happy to finish it, so I could start something better!!

    10. Couldn't get into this at all but perservered. I did enjoy her first book but this one i didn't enjoy as much

    11. I didn't enjoy this as much as If I Never See You Again, but it was a very good continuation of the story. I would definitely read any future novels in the series.

    12. Fast paced thriller that has you hooked to the final page! Love Jo Birmingham and her constant struggles with life and work.

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