Thursday, May 28, 2015

Taken by Dee Henderson

Title: Taken
Author: Dee Henderson
Pages: 424
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Bethany House
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand, and his new client, missing far too long . . .

     Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has unfinished business to attend to. She might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

     When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn’t mean her troubles are over. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they’ll stop at nothing to silence her.

     If justice is to be done, and if Shannon’s life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to uncover exactly what happened to her – even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets.

My review:

     This is another great book by Dee Henderson.

     I have to admit that the way the story flowed in this novel was not what I expected. I’m used to Dee’s books having a lot of suspense and danger for the main characters. That said I also have to state the fact that I loved this book as much as her others. There were a lot of twists and surprises throughout the story. I never really knew what to expect to have happen or to be revealed. I did know all along that I was not going to be able to give up on the story. I needed to follow it through to the conclusion.

     Shannon Bliss and Matthew Dane are the main characters and they are both incredibly well developed. I really enjoyed the way that they are presented in layers as the story progresses. Some books with well developed characters they are just put before you and their personality and characteristics are dumped on you right at the beginning and the rest of the story you see how they deal with what comes. I find it much more realistic to meet someone and then as time passes to learn a little more about them through each scene and each interaction with them. This is how Dee has chosen to develop these wonderful characters.

     The other thing that I really enjoy about Dee’s books is the fact that many of her characters from previous books make an appearance. They keep showing up and using what they learned from the book centered on them to help the new characters in the new book. I find this to be a delightful way to keep up with their lives.

     I am highly recommending this novel and giving it a rating of 5 stars.

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