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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
Florida swamps are home to horrific nightmares where someone is chasing you and you just can't get away from the dark figure following you. Yet, these types of nightmares become real when young Wyatt disappears from the Green Swamp on his way home. Jeremy Corringer has already lost his wife and cannot possibly bear to lose his beautiful child. His friend, Adrian Webster, feels for him and wants to help. He is no stranger to tragedy as he lost his own brother ten years ago and still wrestles with the aftershock to this day. Adrian doesn't want his friend to suffer and the only way to do that is to find Wyatt before time runs out. Soon, Adrian is plagued with "visions" that may just be the key to finding the young boy and restoring his own life.
The Takings by Sandie Will immediately pulled me into the story. It was mysterious, dark, and suspenseful to the very end. The author was also extremely talented at writing descriptive, vivid imagery that put me in the book with the characters. At times, I felt trapped in the swamp and Adrian's visions as well. In addition, I also felt some sort of sympathy and empathy for the villain. I was so conflicted as you clearly should root for good over evil but sometimes you can't help feeling a bit too much when you come across some great writing. The Takings by Sandie Will is definitely a great mystery to read on your vacation this year.