Whimsical Publications, LLC
Innocence Taken
Janet Durbin
Fiction-Horror/Suspense
Whimsical Publications,
LLC/paperback, 228 pages
February 2007
$11.95
ISBN-10: 0-9787738-0-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-9787738-0-9

A Nature Kranderson Novel
This book contains graphic sexual
content, adult language and violence.

Intended for a mature audience only.
Nature Kranderson, a reclusive psychic, stumbles upon the work of a serial killer
when she tries to locate a missing teen for her family. For some reason, the killers
face remains shrouded. That has never happened before. She has always been
able to ID them. It frustrates her, and makes her a little nervous. Unfortunately, she
can see everything he does to the girls—every perverted detail—including a wire
whisk used on one girl and a riding crop on another.  He gets off keeping them
naked and using them as often as possible before he becomes disenchanted. When
that happens, death follows.

Nature joins forces with Sheriff Web Westerly and begins a cross-country journey
that takes them to Florida. Another teenage girl is missing from the Brevard County
area, and the police have asked for her help. They want to find the girl before
anything happens to her. After they arrive, Nature discovers her disappearance has
nothing to do with the 'Man', as she's dubbed the killer.

While in Florida, the police approach her about another missing girl. She was taken
from a park near the beach and they suspect it may be the serial killer who has her.
Nature confirms their suspicions. Afterwards, thinking her work is done, she gets
ready to go home, back to Montana. Before that happens, she is called upon for
another case in Daytona. The Man has struck again.

The news people catch wind of the missing girls. They learn of Nature's involvement
and track her down, seeking an exclusive interview, flashing her face across the
television screen once they locate her. Unfortunately, someone else is watching that
day. A serial killer is looking for his next target, and he thinks he may have found her
on the news.
Reviews for Innocence Taken
Comment/review  = Just wanted to let you know that the dust bunnies, laundry, and
the kids' dinner will just have to wait...and it's all your fault. Innocence Taken is just
too gripping to put down!!! Bravo!

–Diane, author of "His Black Dahlia", featured in Horrotica, Issue 2


Comment/review = Innocence Taken is one of the most compelling books I have ever
read. This book grabbed me from the first page to the last; I couldn't put it down. An
exciting, thrilling and at the same time horrifying ride through the mind of a
clairvoyant and the madman that she is connecting to.

–Sharon


Comment/review = Innocence Taken is very graphic and detailed, and so might not
be suitable for every reader. It is a fascinating suspenseful novel though, and the
characterization of Nature, the psychic protagonist, is well done and intriguing. The
secondary characters are delineated well also. Many readers will be drawn to this
story, despite the detailed violence of the murders. Janet Durbin will be an author to
watch.

–Frost, reviewer from TwoLipsReviews.com


Comment/review = If you want a terrifying ride into the mind and acts of a psychotic
and the person that has to track him through a physic connection, this is the book. A
frighting, engrossing page turner.

–Gordon


Comment/review = First, Readers should be forewarned that this book contains a  
considerable amount of graphic sexual violence. Innocence Taken is a seriously
chilling tale following the chase for a sadistic killer that involves a lot of emotions, a
great deal of suspense, and a heavy dose of horror. Ms. Durbin has created two
compelling leading characters. Nature's ability to deal with so much overwhelming
emotional bombardment, and her continued dedication to helping others despite the
tax her "gift" takes on her, proves her to be a remarkably strong and courageous
heroine. In addition, Web's gruff demeanor and protectiveness toward Nature easily
endear him as a hero. In fact, Nature and Web make for an appealing couple and
their budding romance acts as a shining light in this often dark thriller.

–Jen H, reviewer from FallenAngelReviews.com


Comment/review = I purchased all the books Janet has written so far. I found all of
them excellent reading. Innocence Taken has been the best by far of all of them,
can't wait for her next novel to come out.

–Linda
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