“I could lose myself in his words all day long. Definitely a name to look out for” – mychestnutreadingtree
“Stands out from the crowd, giving me a more thought provoking storyline than the usual psychological suspense. This is an accomplished debut novel from Darren Young. He is a natural storyteller and has such an engaging writing style that I could lose myself in his words all day long. Definitely a name to look out for in the future.
As debuts go, this is pretty spectacular; it must be one of the best debuts I have EVER read. It drew me in from the very start and I found it impossible to put down, finding myself reading far later into the night than I usually would.
Ok, I am going to say it: this is the best thriller I have read. Full stop. Darren Young has such a flawless way with words, The suspense, the devastation, the betrayals, and lies, are all on point in this extraordinary debut (Yes, it is a DEBUT!!) and it gave me chills from beginning to end. You have to read CHILD TAKEN by Darren Young – you just have to read it!!!!
A wholly gripping, enticing and shocking novel that looks at the theme of missing children in fiction in a completely new way. From beginning to end, Young had me hypnotised throughout this novel and I really cannot wait to see what the author has up his sleeve next.
“This is a fantastic debut and I look forward to following the rest of Darren Young’s career” – gobuythebook
“You would not think that this is a debut novel, such is the storytelling and the characterisation. I was drawn in from the start . This is a fantastic debut and I look forward to following the rest of Darren Young’s career.
“Stands out from other novels with a similar theme. Darren Young is definitely one to watch” – Jo’s Book Blog
Brilliantly explores how such an event might affect a person so many years after this tragic event. Child Taken is an enjoyable read that offers the reader something a little different from other novels featuring a similar premise, and I’m particularly excited by the fact that it’s a debut novel – Darren Young is definitely one to watch
“It’s a hell of a debut. A terrific, gripping, page-turning debut by a talented new voice in suspense” – The Book Review Cafe
I really thought I had Child Taken figured out around the halfway mark, but OMG Darren Young deviously leads the reader a merry dance, and I can honestly say I never thought for one minute the novel would end the way it did. This is a dark, twisting thriller and a terrific, gripping, page-turning debut by a talented new voice in suspense.
“An impressive debut which stands out amongst a growing number of psychological thrillers” – Portable Magic
I love a twist, and Child Taken has one that hit me for six. I did not anticipate it, and when I discovered it I found myself mentally scanning back through the novel to work out which clues I’d missed. Child Taken is an impressive debut which stands out amongst a growing number of psychological thrillers.
This is a great story about ordinary people thrown into extraordinary situations and I really enjoyed it. The story was great but oh my, I loved those closing chapters. I was completely hypnotised by what I was reading and there was no way I was going to put Child Taken down
“An absorbing story and a real page turner. A really skilfully plotted debut novel” – Short Book and Scribes
Child Taken is an absorbing story and a real page turner, a cross between a thriller and an emotional drama. I think it is a really skilfully plotted debut novel from an author I would definitely read again.