The Takings

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
367 Pages
Reviewed on 05/21/2020
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Author Biography

Sandie Will is an award-winning and bestselling psychological thriller novelist who lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and works as a geologist by day. She has published two novels. Her first novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, is a young adult psychological thriller/horror that hit Amazon's #1 Bestsellers List and #1 Hot New Releases List. This novel received first place in the 2018 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards for young adult/new adult fiction and an honorable mention in the 2017 Readers' Favorite Book Awards for young adult horror. Her second novel, The Takings, is an adult psychological thriller that was recently released and hit Amazon's bestsellers list. She has been married to her husband, Charlie, for 30 years and they have two sons. Her favorite place to write is in her back room "treehouse" in the arms of an old oak.

I wrote The Takings because the main character, Adrian, started showed up in my mind one day and wouldn't let up for months. He was a regular guy, blonde, average build, but the interesting part was that he was seeing a vision of the back of a beast-like person. It took me a long time to figure out what that person was doing, but when I did, the story started to unfold before my very eyes.

    Book Review

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.