The Toy Taker
By: Luke Delaney
Suspenseful and gripping, Luke Delaney’s London based crime novel, The Toy Taker, is the story of one twisted man and his struggle to grasp reality, to grasp right from wrong. Inspired to take children from their homes in order to provide them with a safe and loving alternative, one criminal sneaks into the houses of London’s wealthy families and whisks away their young child in the dead of night. DI Sean Corrigan is under pressure to solve this case as quickly and as quietly as possible. However, with a drought of evidence and a lack of leads this task becomes increasingly more difficult. Searching for insight as to what motivates this quiet kidnapper might just be the only way to solve this case, but where do you start when your criminal is a ghost? DI Corrigan knows that it is only a matter of time before he makes a mistake and leads the police right to his door, but his superiors have placed Corrigan on borrowed time. Pages turn faster as you read to the end of the book, trying to resolve this crime before you have to put the book down again.
I very much enjoyed reading The Toy Taker. As an introduction to Luke Delaney it was very informative and a great demonstration of his skills as a storyteller. With Delaney’s extensive experience in the British criminal justice system, he is able to cover every nuance and detail of a criminal investigation across the pond and provide realistic glimpses into the criminal characters in his books. His casual yet skilled writing sytle makes his books both easy and pleasant to read. I very much enjoyed them and would place Delaney on the same shelf as his popular American contemporaries. His characters, especially DI Sean Corrigan, the lead, are deliciously real and multi-dimensional with breathes life into any story. The apart from the ordinary crimes make them intriguing. And the skillful narration makes them believable. Be sure to keep an eye out for Luke Delaney’s The Toy Taker as it makes it way to the US for its debut stateside! With a kidnapper/murder this hard to catch, you don’t want to miss out!