First line: Darkness had forever been part of her life.
Similar read: The Never List by Koethi Zan
The Plot: Two girls go missing, both abducted in the summer of 2016: Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald. Only Megan comes back. One year later, they still don't know where Nicole is. Nicole's older sister, Livia, is studying forensic pathology in the hopes of one day figuring out what happened to her sister. But then the body of the man her sister had been dating that last summer shows up in Livia's morgue. It appears he was murdered around the same time her sister went missing. So what happened to him? And what does Megan know that she's not telling? And, most importantly, where is Nicole? Livia can't help digging for the truth.
The Verdict: This mystery unfolds in two ways: through Livia's and Megan's POVs and their actions in the present, and through Nicole's own story in the weeks leading up to her abduction. I don't always love narratives that alternate between the past and the present, but it works here. Each piece of Nicole's story added to the mystery of her disappearance and kept the suspense building which was a nice contrast to Livia's more methodical forensic side of the investigation. And the more I read, the more intense the mystery got. These two sisters could not be more different. Then there's Megan who keeps trying to remember details from her abduction; as she gets closer and closer to the truth the tension really begins to mount. Kudos to Charlie Donlea. The Girl Who Was Taken is an engrossing mystery with several good twists and turns that really kept me guessing. I liked it a lot.