Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 2) - Blake Pierce

Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 2)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2016-02-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 345 Ratings


“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.” --Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re 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 last case, is reluctant to take on a new one, since she is still convinced a former serial killer is out there, stalking her. She knows, though, that her ability to enter a serial killer’s mind and her obsessive nature is what will be needed to crack this case, and she just can’t refuse—even if it will push her over the edge.

Riley’s search takes her deep into a killer’s deluded mind as it leads her to orphanages, mental hospitals, prisons, all in an effort to understand the depth of his psychosis. Realizing she is up against a true psychopath, she knows time is short before he strikes again. But with her own job on the line and her own family a target, and with her fragile psyche collapsing, it may all be too much for her—and too late.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE TAKEN is book #2 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #3 in the Riley Paige series is also now available!


  • Can't. Stop.

    By Dcarrazco
  • Great Book

    By Chasingoldmanrunningyo
    Love this author!
  • Could be good but it's not

    By Melmc20
    I like Agent Paige and the idea of how she works on cases. However this constant "I'm going to run in alone and save the day" crap is predictable and gets old quick. I read the second book hoping it wouldn't be a repeat of the first... it was.
  • Captivating

    By Great game for fashionistas
    This book had me on my toes. I couldn't put it down
  • Worth it!

    By coolcatdani
    Typically don't like these kinds of books because I find them to be incredibly predictable. I couldn't put the first one down, and while the second was a bit more predictable than the first, I could barely put it down. Excited to read the next one!
  • Amazing Author/ Series

    By Miick002
    I love this series as an average reader. I like the author and how he writes. I personally thought this book could be shorter. However, the books always go deep and I think Blake can go deeper. Hopefully he's an author I've started with and makes it big!
  • Once Taken by Blake Pierce

    By Proctorasshole
    Definitely a dark psychological thriller that will keep you on the path of reading this crime thriller book. Get some hot popcorn ready for a fresh insight into the twisted mind of the next sociopath in this series KSW
  • The "Once" series are Intense

    By FuryUnleashedRider
    I started reading book one of the Riley Page mystery books on Monday and could not stop until I had finished the first three books in the series 2 days later. Very intense, well written, interesting, fast paced, and very, very realistic. You will like the main character, Riley Page, immediately. Having been a CIA profiler 50 years ago, I found the process that Riley uses in the stories to get inside the mind of a criminal, to be accurate and realistic.
  • Once Taken

    By Mmm meggie
    Such an unbelievable, mixed up, poorly crafted book. Do not waste your money! Character development lacks depth, realism. The protagonist is a 40 year old FBI profiler with the thinking, emotional depth of a 12 year old.
  • Gripping

    By Moss1121
    I loved the 1st book and the 2nd surpassed all expectations. Absolutely love the way Riley gets into a serial killers mind. Can't wait to start the next book.