Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: Taken In by Jane Toombs

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Written by Jane Toombs
Published by Champagne Books
60 Pages   

Taken In

Taken In- Book Synopsis 

Dagon House Ghosts, Book One
Gail Sarandon runs for her life after witnessing a murder. Found by Special Agent Jason Tregarth, the two are spotted by the murderer and pursued. After a car crash, Gail and Jason are taken in by the inhabitants of Dagon House who all have secrets of their own. 
Dagon House itself hides its own terrible secrets. When the murderer finds Gail and Jason, it wakes the vengeful ghosts who are bent on revenge.    

Book Review of Taken In


When an impromptu meeting with Gail’s drug dealer ex ends in his murder at the hands of a ruthless hit man, she’s picked up by Jason, a U.S. Marshal, for her own safety. Before he can get her into protective custody, their car swerves off the road and they narrowly escape conflagration. Injured and on foot, they flee to the mysterious Dagon House, where they recuperate and wait for Jason’s agency to come pick them up.

Unbeknownst to them, Dagon House has secrets and so do their hosts. During the course of their impromptu investigation, Gail and Jason are forced to confront their preconceptions about the afterlife, and about each other.

Meanwhile, the hit man who shot Gail’s ex in cold blood tracks them to Dagon House and bides his time, waiting for the opportunity to finish tying off loose ends.


Toombs plunges the reader into the action right away, and keeps it coming all the way to the last page. Gail is a likeable protagonist and her burgeoning romance with Jason is believable and entertaining to watch unfold.

I’ll admit, I had no idea where the story was going. At first, I thought it’d be a cat-and-mouse game between Gail and the hit man. Then, I thought it was going to be a romance kind of deal. By the end, I was intrigued by the paranormal mystery aspect of the story and couldn’t wait to see what happened.

Taken In is a fun read through and through, infused with rich detail and unexpected twists and turns. It’s proof that sometimes help can come from the most unexpected places.

 ~Reviewed by Erika Mitchell~

Erika Mitchell is the author of Blood Money, published by Champagne Books. She lives in Seattle with her husband and their two tiny humans and enjoys indulging in an eclectic array of interests. For more information, excerpts, and free short stories, check out Erika's website at

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