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

Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 2)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2016-02-18
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 1,946 Ratings


“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

    By JPlaboy122680
    This book is good. Storyline keeps you enthralled. My only critique, is that the editing could have been better to catch sentences structured incorrectly. Not many, but came across several. Besides that, good book.
  • Good story, poor editing

    By read723
    I would rate it higher if there weren’t so many typing errors that would easily been caught by an editor or interested reader.
  • Monsters

    By hwilsan
    Great 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!!
  • Easy read

    By ashkey._.jean
    I’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 ♥️
  • Love this Series

    By Vjwr
    I’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!
  • Bad

    By adriadri8080
    I 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.
  • Ok

    By gina's toy
    Raced right through cheering Riley on.
  • The new Agatha Christie

    By Dgrlmp
    Under 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
  • Once Taken

    By Debilu32
    Fast-paced and kept my interest. Another good book by Blake Pierce.
  • Loved jt

    By doctor book
    Was a very thrilling and good book. I wish the other books in this series were free.