The Taking by Dean Koontz


The Taking, Dean Koontz, 2004

My favorite quote: “We’re down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us.”

If I remember correctly, the White Rabbit was an unreliable guide, anyway.”

Notable characters: Mary Sloan, the typically-insipid main character; Neil, the typically-bland husband; Virgil, the ever-present preternaturally intelligent dog

Most memorable scene: One involving creepy talking dolls …

Greatest strengths: An engaging premise

Standout achievements: It’s ability to somehow keep me reading even when I’m not sure I really like it.

What it taught me about writing: Readers are smart people. It’s okay to play your secrets close to the vest, plant your clues discreetly, and give them room to make the discoveries on their own.

Other media: It was announced in 2006 that Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Productions purchased the rights of The Taking with intentions of making it into a mini series, but so far, it hasn’t happened.

My rating: 2.5 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

2 thoughts on “The Taking by Dean Koontz

  1. I think I read this one a few years ago. If I did, I don’t remember much of it . . . which I think will be your experience after awhile. I do like Koontz, but there are other books of his that are better.

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