Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 2)Blake Pierce

Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 2)

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Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 2) by Blake Pierce Book Summary

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.” --Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

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, 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.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE TAKEN is book #2 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Books #3-#17 are also available!

Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 2) (Blake Pierce) Book Reviews

Love this SeriesI’m just on book 2. Love the characters. I like books that aren’t pumped up with unnecessary jargon that loses my attention. These are not. They’re fast moving & keep me turning the page for more. Good job!.Score: 5/5

The "Once" series are IntenseI started reading book one of the Riley Page mystery books on Monday and could not stop until I had finished the first three books in the series 2 days later. Very intense, well written, interesting, fast paced, and very, very realistic. You will like the main character, Riley Page, immediately. Having been a CIA profiler 50 years ago, I found the process that Riley uses in the stories to get inside the mind of a criminal, to be accurate and realistic..Score: 5/5

BadI really enjoyed the first book of the series but by now Riley Paige has basically become Batman, and Batman is not fun unless you are actually watching a Batman movie. The details leave a million loose ends, the story quite unrealistic, and the plot is very predictable even for low expectations..Score: 2/5

Once TakenRiley never disappoints..Score: 5/5

Easy readI’m obsessed with black pierce. I’ve read all of the Jessie Hunt books available so far and started this series. Hasn’t disappointed. Makes me excited to read and is hard to put down. The grammatical errors in all of his book is annoying, but besides that the I’m obsessed ♥️.Score: 5/5

Once TakenExcellent. Good character development. Well-paced, good twists.Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it downThis is such a great series! I cannot wait for book 3!.Score: 5/5

Once TakenFast-paced and kept my interest. Another good book by Blake Pierce..Score: 5/5

MonstersGreat read. I felt as if I was there with Riley. I felt her pain or need to rid the world of evil. I felt her sadness her desire to be a good mom but thinking she was failing at it miserably. I would recommend this book. I could say a lot more but I don’t want to spoil it for you; get the book and read it!! You won’t be disappointed, if you like action mystery love and the unknown!!.Score: 5/5

Loved jtWas a very thrilling and good book. I wish the other books in this series were free..Score: 5/5

Extremely intenseAnother one hit out of the park! Loved the dynamics of the book. Killers educating about killers and letting you know they can look deep into your soul. Smart, cunning, and twisted..Score: 5/5

Unusual thrillerThis was a very good thriller with the FBI chasing an unusual killer. A definite page turner but has just an bit of weird to it . It unfortunately for my taste has a cookie cutter type ending. Too much sugar for me not enough reality..Score: 4/5

CaptivatingThis book had me on my toes. I couldn't put it down.Score: 5/5

Amazing Author/ SeriesI love this series as an average reader. I like the author and how he writes. I personally thought this book could be shorter. However, the books always go deep and I think Blake can go deeper. Hopefully he's an author I've started with and makes it big!.Score: 4/5

Couldn't put it down.I seriously started this book yesterday, that's how good it is. I've finished it already and am ready to start book 3. I'm officially hooked..Score: 5/5

Once TakenGood book. Liked it a lot. On pg. 39, I believe Riley was in trouble for insubordination not subordination?.Score: 5/5

Bad writingI read the first book and it wasn’t bad, but this second one just had horrible writing. “That made me one scary bro...” was actually a line in this book. So was, “ I pulverized him...” some of the language sounded like it was meant for a much younger audience than it was. Add that to the bad grammar, missing whole words in sentences, and words getting repeated in the same sentence...I wanted to like it, I just couldn’t..Score: 2/5

Worth it!Typically don't like these kinds of books because I find them to be incredibly predictable. I couldn't put the first one down, and while the second was a bit more predictable than the first, I could barely put it down. Excited to read the next one!.Score: 5/5

Great BookLove this author!.Score: 5/5

Once takenThis book was awesome I really like the characters and the strong lead and the way she interacts with Bill! Great books!!! K.Score: 5/5

Once TakenLoved this book as much as the first, Once Gone. Will definitely be reading book #3..Score: 5/5

Read The First Two In The SeriesSo far I have read Once Gone and Once Taken. Both were absolutely riveting! Can’t wait to start Once Craved!.Score: 5/5

Not your standard horror novel...This was easily one of the best horror and mystery novels I've read in a long time. No cheesy storylines or plot twists... this is dark and twisted. I actually felt scared while reading this, and not many books have that power over the reader. I look forward to the other books in the series!.Score: 5/5

Once TakenThis book was awesome. Can hardly wait for the 4th.Score: 5/5

GrippingI loved the 1st book and the 2nd surpassed all expectations. Absolutely love the way Riley gets into a serial killers mind. Can't wait to start the next book..Score: 5/5

You have to read this book!!!I can't stop taking my eyes of this amazing book!! It's full of thrillers and excitements. This book will turn your mood from all over the place! Can't wait for the next book coming soon😉😉.Score: 5/5

OkRaced right through cheering Riley on..Score: 5/5

Once TakenGreat book! Couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Can't. Stop.Reading..Score: 5/5

The new Agatha ChristieUnder another writer's craftsmanship, these books might feel cliche; however, Pierce develops Riley Paige and all his protagonists displaying their brilliance and flaws in a very human manner. In many ways, the reader can relate to the struggles of childhood, broken trust, and need for redemption that are themes in a "True Detective - like" unsettled "hero" search for clues to solve murders while piecing together their own lives. Daniel.Score: 5/5

Once Taken by Blake PierceDefinitely a dark psychological thriller that will keep you on the path of reading this crime thriller book. Get some hot popcorn ready for a fresh insight into the twisted mind of the next sociopath in this series KSW.Score: 5/5

Another Great Book from Blake PierceBook #2 in the Riley Paige series was riveting. I couldn’t put it down! If you read it, you won’t be disappointed. Looking forward to more from this talented author..Score: 5/5

What would you rate it?I have no idea what it’s rated, and despite me being independent enough, my mother has forbid me until I find the rating. So if anyone could tell me what they think the rating of this would be, please speak up. P. S. Love This Author.Score: 1/5

Once TakenSuch an unbelievable, mixed up, poorly crafted book. Do not waste your money! Character development lacks depth, realism. The protagonist is a 40 year old FBI profiler with the thinking, emotional depth of a 12 year old..Score: 1/5

LoveI am so loving this series! Great read and keeps you going until the very last page. Highly recommend this series.Score: 5/5

Could be good but it's notI like Agent Paige and the idea of how she works on cases. However this constant "I'm going to run in alone and save the day" crap is predictable and gets old quick. I read the second book hoping it wouldn't be a repeat of the first... it was..Score: 2/5

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The Chains That BindThis is a chilling look into the twisted mind of a tortured soul and an end to a haunting evil for FBI Special Agent, Riley Paige. She has to journey into the darkness to find justice for her friend and to track down an escalating killer before he kills again. So well written..Score: 5/5

Love itI used to read Blake’s books on my tablet. I got my phone in May and tried searching Blake Pierce but the name never popped up. So glad I remembered the book “once gone” Now all I gotta do is make some cash and get the books 😂😂.Score: 5/5

Once TakenWhat a great read. Thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the pace of the story..Score: 4/5

ONce takenThe best story i have ever read to date no wasted info and descriptions of everything just plain good writing for a good story . I have never written a reviewbefore and am really pleased with this book it would have bothered my consience if i neglected to write thank you.Score: 5/5

Once Taken - Incredible !The Special Agent Riley Paige FBI series is fast paced, action packed and the characters seem so real, well rounded, and with dimension. 'Once Taken' is a book that you won't be able to put down. I enjoyed this book so much I read it a 2nd time and know there will be a 3rd reading. This author has great talent and skill !.Score: 5/5

More proofreading neededSeveral grammatical errors. If your story takes place in the real world and not a fantasy one, then your facts should also be real world. “April stood there, looking stunned at what she had done, and looking, in panic, at the shotgun on the riverbed. It must have slipped from her hands. And Riley watched in horror as the current caught it and it floated away.” FYI-shotguns don't float! Check the strength of current needed to move a shotgun off the bottom of a riverbed. For me, this type of error really takes something away from the story. I want to delete the book without even finishing it. If the details are unrealistic so is the story..Score: 2/5

Wow!!!Just as good as the first book can't wait for the third and forth one, great job!!.Score: 5/5

Once TakenGood story. Thanks..Score: 3/5

Once TakenWell worth the read.Score: 5/5

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Brilliant !Brilliant as ever, hard to put down..Score: 5/5

Great bookKept me reading till the small hours of the morning. I found it hard to put down..Score: 5/5

DisappointingAfter the first book in this series I expected more. Unfortunately, I couldn't continue reading once the murderer was revealed in the first few chapters. Ridiculous premiss and unbelievable storyline. Very disappointing..Score: 1/5

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Mrs LeverI have now read both books and would recommend them. I am looking forward to the next publication and will be purchasing it..Score: 4/5

Narcissistic Lead, Ludicrous Procedural Gaps and CheesyOh dear. The lead heroine is crushingly enthusiastic. The FBI can't stop telling her how terrific she is, but sack her any way. And she goes where police fear to tread. But it's OK, a long bath and a linen dress will out the worlds to rights..... Kay Scarpetta she is not..Score: 1/5

FantasticThis was another brilliant book in the series, had me turning pages like I had nothing else to do, I read the book in record time as I just couldn't put it down. Had my heart racing more than once and even had me feeling anxious for the characters. Brilliant book and so brilliantly written!.Score: 5/5

Once TakenA nail biter from start to finish. I love that agent Riley has a vulnerable side. Brilliant story..Score: 5/5

Great sequelThis is the 2nd book in the series that I've read and while it didn't quite have the grip and shock value of the first, it was still a darned good, hard to put down shocker of a violent, serial killer story. Any fan of the genre will be caught up in this tale. I'm off to get the 3rd book now..Score: 4/5

Once goneThoroughly enjoyed this book I am reading the series just by chance I would recommend these books and author.Score: 5/5

Once takenGreat reading and riveting story once started reading very hard to put down. Looking forward to the next book.Score: 5/5

Fast pacedThe story pulled me into from the start and it held me there. Read it in one session so late to sleep with this one..Score: 5/5

FabAnother fantastic book.Score: 5/5

Once goneOnce I started reading this book I could not stop, this is the first book of yours . But I will be looking for more great book.Score: 5/5

Once Taken (A Riley Paige Mystery Book 2 )Yet another good book by Blake Pierce. Plenty of action for Riley and an in-depth look at yet another type of serial killer no less dangerous for the fact that he is only reluctantly killing and small at that. Naturally Riley triumphs again but what will happen to her close friendship and partnership with Bill. I want to know.....Score: 4/5

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