"Years after being abducted as a teenager and being forced to assist a crime family, Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane for help, desperate for resolution to the mysteries and pain of her past and hoping for the freedom to begin a new life"--
Book Summary: 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
Review: It was an easy read overall. The characters were likable and previous ones became more likable through this book. I found the romance lacking. There really was no chemistry between the two. I really liked Matthew and Shannon. They were strong capable and helpful people. The mystery was fun but over blown in my opinion. I enjoyed the secret hideaways the Jacoby family kept and the paranoia the family had was realistic. The trauma and events related to her kidnapping were realistic and yet the fear Shannon had were not equal to the description on the back of the book. I know that back of the books can be misleading sometimes but this one was lacking. The hornets nest of secrets and why she was taken was very vaguely answered and everything was wrapped up so neatly it felt false to me. This book is no way equal to the Mallory series that I loved. I found this book to be fair overall and am sad because Dee Henderson has such a talent for weaving a story. I keep hoping that some big twist or turn will reignite the spark for me.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
TAKEN deals with the aftermath of a kidnap situation gone wrong – for eleven years! The main character was kidnapped at age 16 and held until she escaped at age 27. The book only refers to the kidnapping and focuses on the psychological healing that must take place for the
Although a bit too long, the story held my attention well. I would have preferred to know more about Shannon’s brother and mother with a little less emphasis on the navel gazing psychological conversations between Shannon and Matthew.
This is a Christian author and a Christian publishing house so the murders take place “off page,” the language is Sunday School clean and the only drinking is ice tea. That said, specifically Christian references take up approximately 5 of the 400 plus pages. Both Christian and non-Christian readers will find an interesting and believable psychological drama.
4 of 5 stars
Overall Rating: DNF
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
Why the DNF?: I gave Taken by Dee Henderson 2 hours and just couldn't see me getting over the fact that it constantly refers to her as similar to his daughter. I know since this is romantic
Narrated By Adam Verner / Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
Adam did a great job with the narration. He had a great way of sounding gruff when needed and could switch to innocent/scared in the drop of a dime. I will listen to an audiobook narrated by him in the future.
Part of my It's Not You, It's Me Reviews
Main character Matthew Dane is experienced in the handling of kidnap victims. His own daughter, Becky, was once one. When approached by Shannon Bliss, the victim of 11 years of captivity, he sets up an elaborate network of professionals and friends to ease Shannon’s reentry into normal life. I found the process very intriguing. Henderson does an excellent job of detailing the pain-staking work that needs to be done to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of a victim. Taken is to me a mystery, as the past is uncovered to reveal just what happened to Shannon and why. The suspense comes not from car chases or narrow escapes, but from the unfolding of motives. I listened to the audiobook and the timing and narration were very good.
If you are expecting a novel in the same vein as Henderson’s earliest novels, then you may be disappointed. But if you want to immerse yourself into a detailed and articulate novel of after the crime, then Taken is for you.
This was not a bad book but I was expecting more mystery and suspense with a better flow. I have no use for the overt Christian
The premise of the story is promising and the basic outline of the action would make a good novel but the writing just did not flow. The dialogue seemed stilted and just too wordy at times. Character reactions were hard to believe as written. I had heard good things about Henderson's books so am going to assume this is just a bad example.
Not sure who to recommend this to except fans of Dee Henderson.
Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via LibraryThing.
Some supporting characters in this book are featured in her Evie Blackwell series. So it was nice to see them again, even if I did go at it backwards.
Dee Henderson writes a beautiful Christian fiction where she weaves faith and God’s healing into the pages with such purpose that you just expect it. It’s not preachy, just Christian’s living out their faith in a beautiful way.