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Saving Anna

(Jake Talbot Investigates #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Detective Inspector Jake Talbot hates working undercover. Yet, when ordered to Dorset to observe a sinister cult for the Ministry of Defence, he accepts, because the group's beliefs pose a direct threat to his disabled sister, Anna. The MOD also need his friend Frankie's exceptional computer skills, skills he's prohibited from using except on the Ministry's behalf. Bitter ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published November 12th 2015 by Booktrope Editions
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
After reading and being enchanted by Visiting Lilly I was eagerly anticipating Saving Anna.

DI Jake Talbot and his civilian offsider Frankie are ordered to a coastal Dorset town to work uncover for MOD.

Jake does not like working undercover and Frankie is still angered by the MOD's confiscation of his LEAPP machine and all associated technology.

Neither man knows quite what they are doing there, other than observing, but observing what or whom? But then they find a woman's body draped over Talbot'
Neil MacDonald
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Writing continuations is never easy, but Toni Allen has done it well. The characters from Visiting Lilly are there again, but they’re growing and changing.

We see Jake Talbot’s emerging friendship with Frankie, as well as Frankie becoming more self-confident. The pair face a new quest - the mystery of the Purple People and their threat to Talbot’s comatose sister, Anna, as well as the threat of the re-appearance of Talbot’s nemesis, Stoker and a nameless other person (whose identity is never rev
Eliza Leone
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two brilliant characters, one epic adventure!

Recommendation: If you've read Visiting Lilly, hold onto your seats, you'll love this book even more! If you're new to the series and are thinking of picking it up, I'd recommend it to lovers of mystery, cop dramas, and those who enjoy rich characters and deep character connections.

Talbot and Frankie are back! This time all odds are against Talbot when an old friend looks to settle a score. Frankie is unwillingly drug into the situation by Weissman a
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Saving Anna is an unusual police procedural. Jake Talbot, a British police detective, has a vague assignment; “to be in the vicinity and observe” a right-to-die cult obsessed with a healing purple light. Jake’s sister Anna, catatonic since the catastrophic loss of their parents, is among those being targeted by the cult.

His chain of command is muddled, he’s working under both Police Superintendent Bailey and the enigmatic Dr. Weissman of the Ministry of Defence. He is ordered to persuade Franki
Chris McMillan
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the first book if not better! I can't wait for the third installment
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having thoroughly enjoyed Visiting Lilly, I've been looking forward to Toni Allen's second story with Detective Jake Talbot. Sequels can be challenging & the author has succeeded on every level with this follow up, & the backgrounds to the characters' lives unfold naturally as the tale progresses.

The opening chapter is compelling, hooking the reader, & the book's hard to put down. It's intelligently & well written with credible characters among the townsfolk, & the police, MOD & psychiatric fra
Y. Correa
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: A copy of this story was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the moment I read Ms. Allen's story "Being Richard" I became an instant fan of the author's ability to weave together a fantastical tale that takes the reader on a remarkable ride. When I picked up a copy of "Visiting Lilly" it was no exception. Once again, Ms. Allen delivered.

With "Saving Anna" the author did it again. In this story DI Talbot comes back, as does my favorite character, Frankie. Fran
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Thanks to Librarything for this book in exchange for a review. The main characters, Jake and Frankie, were well developed. The plot was good and there was a lot of action, and there were a few unexpected twists as the story unfolded. However, I thought the book was too long. As an example, there were multiple discussions of smoking. It got to the point where I'd anticipate that the two men would share a cigarette before the author wrote about it -- and I'd be right! Honestly, when escaping from ...more
Annette Spratte
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Saving Anna is the brilliant sequel to Visiting Lilly and captured me even more. Jake Talbot became friends with autistic Frankie Hayward and together they are set up to find out what they can about the Temple of the Purple Light, a strange organization condemning medication and life support.
Jake soon finds out that they want to get at his catatonic sister Anna.
I love the characters and how they interact with each other. Frankie's quirks and Jake's chain smoking, their dependence on each other
Mary E Rosambeau
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something different from normal police procedures Here control of light and sound Ta

Here control of light and sound waves are firmly anchored in normal life with out any feel of science fiction
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Toni Allen is the author of the Jake Talbot Investigates mystery series, which began with Visiting Lilly (2014) and continues with Saving Anna (2015). She is currently working on the third book, Finding Louisa, due out in 2017.

As a photographer of note, a columnist, and an acclaimed tarot reader and astrologer, Toni draws on her extensive experience as a psychic to bring personal awareness of the

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