A suspenseful story of a girl besieged by strange events, the novel explores what it means to confront the unknown.
An unnatural silence and a feeling that you are all alone in the world. . .
John and his daughter, Vera, grieve the loss of Vera's mother, who mysteriously disappeared when Vera was a baby. As John struggles to raise his troubled daughter, he dismisses connections between his wife’s disappearance and Vera’s bizarre dreams of otherworldly creatures.
But when he finds Vera unconscious, lying in a ring of scorched trees, he begins to believe that a mysterious outside force is controlling her fate and his.
The Taking is a suspenseful story depicting a loving but difficult relationship between a father and daughter, amid the strange events that underlie their everyday life in a small New England town.
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"There is a problem with "The Taking" by Dona Masi. It is too convincing a story of alien abduction. I read this ultra-vivid tale and cannot be convinced this is not a true story or based on personal knowledge of alien abduction. With UFO's in the news now weekly making us all feel government will soon admit "they exist", one is totally chilled reading this unforgettable and beautifully written book—although I think I will have nightmares now." ~ Tom Paine, author of the NY Times Notable Book of the year "Scar Vegas" and finalist for the Pen/Hemingway award...
Dona Masi's debut novel, The Taking, finds a most interesting way to bridge two very different worlds: the quaint New England village of Pangrea, New Hampshire, and a place of uncertain location, light years away from the planet John Diparma and his daughter, Vera, call home. Add to this plateful of literary intrigue generous helpings of anger, disappointment, disillusionment, jealousy, and friendships slowly ripening to romance, and Masi’s novel becomes both an emotional tale of Old New England values and a gently woven paean to life both here at home and in corners of the universe so distant, so vast, and so mysterious that we know we’ve only just begun to understand them. ~ Ross Alan Bachelder, author of Revenge: Tales Best Read in the Twilight Hours