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Once Taken

(Riley Paige #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  7,575 ratings  ·  421 reviews
Once Taken is book #2 in the bestselling Riley Paige mystery series, which begins with 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
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published February 14th 2016
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Denise Helton It only has implied sex it doesn't go into anything like positions, size, actual movements or anything of that sort. Most things are not overly graphi…moreIt only has implied sex it doesn't go into anything like positions, size, actual movements or anything of that sort. Most things are not overly graphic in description in my opinion. It also doesn't dig very deeply into any forensics details, IMHO. It's a decent read but not an overly good read and not very technical, more just entertainment.(less)

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Linda Strong
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
After having read the prequel and then book 1 of this series, I was so hoping I would not be disappointed .... and I wasn't. This is just as well written as the first with the same solid characters. FBI Agent Lucy Vargas is introduced as a new partner for Paige while her old partner has taken a step back.

Paige is called to investigate the death of several women in New York. They have been found hanging in areas wrapped in chains and their throats cut. This is a serial killer that is different in
May 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Please note that I gave this book half a star, but Goodreads only allows full star ratings. Therefore, I rated this one star on Goodreads.

I honestly have no idea why I continued with this book. Maybe because I wanted to see how terrible it was going to be. Next time curiosity be damned, I will just DNF.

"Once Taken" is book #2 in the Riley Paige series. Or what I started calling, that series with the FBI agent who makes Lizzie from the "Blacklist" look intelligent.

I really can't stand Riley. App
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very gripping from the start. I'm looking forward to reading this whole series this year. aside from one series, i largely enjoy blake Pierces books, the writing style and characters are very well put together . ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really well done procedural

Riley Paige is an Agent with the FBI’s BHU. She and her long term partner, Bill Patterson, have had a falling out and she is working with a new young agent, Lucy. Five years earlier a woman’s remains were found in a local river wrapped in chains. Now another woman has been found hanging, wrapped in chains, from a tree. Riley and Lucy go to upstate New York to lead the investigation into who the killer is. Meanwhile, Riley’s young daughter is kidnapped from her father
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this case. I loved the situation with Peterson and how brave Riley was and April too. I do like that Riley finally moved out of her house. Hopefully that will give her some piece of mind.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is the second installment in the series and I am not sold on continuing it. The main character, Agent Riley Paige lacks depth for me and I just don't see what is so special about her abilities as an FBI agent for the BAU. She is known for her ability to "get inside" the serial killer's mind. She is a behavioral analyst; isn't that what the agents in the BAU are known for? Nothing stands out for me that separates her from her team. She is emotionally and mentally unstable, yet she is made th ...more
Robert C. smith
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most Entertaining, Scary and Realistic!

Be prepared to read through the night. . . with all the lights on! Blake tells a great, entertaining and somewhat thought provoking story full of action, hope and sadness as Riley Paige goes against the rules to hunt down pathetic, sadistic serial killers. Her special talents are believable and keep reader's on their toes. Most definitely worth the time to read!
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I read the first book in this series a couple weeks ago. As the first book ended, FBI Special Agent Riley Paige discovers pebbles on her bed. Someone has been in her home. She is sure that the serial killer everyone thought was dead is not. Riley knows Peterson is coming for her. She didn't know he was coming for her daughter.

While this story plays out, a new killer slashes his victim's throat and wraps them in chains. He also places them in a strait jacket. This exact same crime was committed f
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
3...Same as the last book...Riley's actual case this time around is great, fast paced...but the storyline with her daughter, over done so many times I could scream...Also just like my last review, would have been better a few novels in, with more characters connection...otherwise these novels are fast paced and good for anybody who's a junkie for this genre! ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I read this in 24 hours and have already downloaded book 3, this series is fantastic!

The relationships between the characters, and the killers, draws you in and you're hooked from the first page. Can't wait to see what will evolve between them all in book 3!
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book two in the Riley Paige series, and I’m hooked. Riley is an FBI agent with an uncanny ability to get into the minds of serial killers. She has a teenage daughter, April, who some readers feel Riley is a very poor mother, (Riley herself sometimes believes that). I, for one, disagree with that. Riley is hard wired to try and remove every evil monster she can. Riley and April’s relationship has been challenging at times, but in this book their relationship really took a turn for the bet ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always find a Blake Pierce book difficult to read. I lost track of the number of times my terror button was pushed. This author is incredibly good at creating tension, allowing it to build to a crescendo, then ebbing it back to a more comfortable level. It happens over and again in this story.

The main character is probably not someone that most people would choose as a close friend. She's ultra-focused on her job. Everything in her life takes a back seat to the BAU to the detriment of family
Caty Hespel
This is the 2nd book I read and it's not bad. We get to know Riley better and the book actually has 2 story lines. The first continues where the previous book left off and next to it, Riley is assigned a new case and partner. The cases are intriguing, but the way Riley solves them is quite unrealistic or you have to go with the fact that she really has special psychic powers and can get into the unsub's head.

What did annoy me the most however was the large amount of typing errors in the free e-b
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Great story. This book takes up where the first left off. Riley continues on her journey of self discovery while tracking a mentally deranged serial killer that is driven by chains.
The characters and their relationship with each other continues to develop in this fast paced book. A serial killer is once again on the loose and it's up to Riley and her partner, Bill to track him down. They must determine not only what drives him to kill, but who he is and how he chooses his victims, and they have
Sarah Robins
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first one. We carry on following the life of agent Riley Paige and she seems to constantly get targeted by killers! This book just had too much going on for me that it felt unrealistic. Agent Paige can get inside killers minds but this book took that a step to far!
Shame as I’d actually like to see what happens in her future but I don’t think I will read the next one even so.
Michelle Wilson
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok I finished this book, it was good but the character Riley was not better in the second book. Too shallow for words. She is a ‘worried mum’ who works horrible crimes for the FBI, and she is separated from her husband. She really ‘worries’ about her daughter (too much) so much so that she leaves her in a hotel in NYC while she pursues without backing a serial killer. I shall not seek the third book, because I really do t want to know what happened to her and her partner Bill ...
Michael Perrucci
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm really hoping Blake is one of the authors that I started with from series 1 to when he makes it bigger! I expect to see more of his amazing writing. Although this one book 2... could've been a bit shorter but it's great when details go deep and vivid! That's what I want! ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book, hard to put down
Di Pereira
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Another serial killer for Riley to chase and catch. Always a good reading.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but giving it 3 stars instead of 4 because I liked the first book in the series better. As I mentioned in my review for the first book, this again reminds me so much of the Hannibal books- this time in particular, Red Dragon.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was hard to get through, I couldnt feel the connection with the characters that I need to really enjoy a book. It is about a woman who is a detective and she is all powerful. All she needs is wristbands that deflect bullets and she could be wonderwoman. The male characters dont appear to have any place in the story that matters. She did not work very hard to find her bad guys, they just cooperated in showing up for her.
John R. Goyer
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm surprised at the high rating of this book - I think I'm being generous with 2 stars... the writing is adequate, but the story becomes implausible too many times and especially at the rather quickly wound up ending. Also, instead of letting us find out about characters through their actions, the author summarizes things for us to either speed up the process or make things obvious for readers that don't like subtleties. ...more
Cyndi Marciano
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
Blake Pierce is an excellent writer. As a lover of suspenseful crime novels, she keeps me interested and always wanting more. It's always "one more chapter, one more chapter". The books are really short, so it is very possible to finish the book in one sitting. Thank you to Google Books for offering most of these for free ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Didn’t like it any more than the first one, probably less. Riley is a terrible mother, admits it and then, right after her daughter is rescued from a kidnapper she leaves her alone in a hotel to go back to work? And she continues to make bad decisions in her job. Really?
Pamela Jane Klaver
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
love love love the entire series and Riley paige
Leigh Holland
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once Taken (A Riley Paige Mystery-Book 2) by Blake Pierce, 235 pages, February 14th 2016, Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

    OT is a double story, both building on each other in a progressing character arc for FBI Special Agent Riley Paige. I was engaged from start to finish. When one plot resolved, the other had already captivated me. The heart of this book is its main character, Riley Paige, and the unfolding exploration of her darker si
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
"Once Taken" is the second book in the Riley Paige mystery series.

Generally I read the books from my on-line library in the order that I've purchased them. This time I decided to move right into book #2 of this series, I wanted to see if the author, Blake Pierce, had answered some of my questions from Book #1 and if she further developed the characters and storyline.

Unfortunately in my opinion the author did not. I still have questions about book #1 that have been left unanswered in book #2 lik
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
As everyday citizens, when it comes to crime we expect very concrete things from the legal process. First, we expect all law enforcement figures to be the very best at their jobs, competent, and utterly sane. Second, we expect law enforcement to be able to see and recognize things that the rest of us done, and use those skills to bring criminals to justice swiftly and accurately. Third, we expect criminals to be despicable in every way.

There is a natural drive for there to be clear black and wh
Goodness, there's just so much simple going on. Miraculous insights from both the star spangled Riley (who is still dysfunctional) and from a new insanely insightful long term inmate. I love criminal minds and how the 'see' everything that's going on, this is similar, but misses the mark for me. Probably because she is so messed up otherwise. She was captured, imprisoned and tortured in the first book, but is back at work 6weeks later while she's still having flashbacks. This time, we are up to ...more
Kara Thompson
Jan 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
I genuinely regret reading this book. The writing is disjointed and underwhelming. The chapters end suddenly, with feeble attempts to establish cliffhangers. There was no sense of mystery or urgency, and the Peterson plot was simply a distraction. The only reason I persevered was because it was only 200 pages and I foolishly hoped it would get better. It did not. Besides the frustrating writing, the plot itself was fairly boring for a FBI novel. The fact that Pierce felt the need to include two ...more
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Blake Pierce is author of the bestselling RILEY PAGE mystery series, which includes seven books (and counting). Blake Pierce is also the author of the MACKENZIE WHITE mystery series, comprising four books (and counting); of the AVERY BLACK mystery series, comprising four books (and counting); and of the new KERI LOCKE mystery series.

An avid reader and lifelong fan of the mystery and thriller genre

Other books in the series

Riley Paige (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Once Gone (Riley Paige #1)
  • Once Craved (Riley Paige #3)
  • Once Lured (Riley Paige #4)
  • Once Hunted (Riley Paige, #5)
  • Once Pined (Riley Paige #6)
  • Once Forsaken (Riley Paige #7)
  • Once Cold (Riley Paige #8)
  • Once Stalked (Riley Paige #9)
  • Once Lost (Riley Paige #10)
  • Once Buried (Riley Paige #11)

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