Book Review – “Taken” by Dee Henderson

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 some 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 discover exactly what happened to her–even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets

*Note: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I have tried reading Dee Henderson’s books before, and while I enjoyed “Full Disclosure”, I have struggled to get into her other books. However, this book proved to be enjoyable and a good read for summer!

The plot was great, especially for me since I LOVE intricate plotlines and such. The pace was kept pretty steady throughout the book. Never too fast and never too slow. I particularly loved how we didn’t get Shannon’s story all at once. It kept me reading because I just needed to know what we would discover next! And when I finally put all the pieces together, it was a very exciting moment for me.

I loved the characters, especially since a lot of them were from other books by Dee Henderson. I might have squealed a little when I realized that Paul and Ann from “Full Disclosure” were in it. As for Shannon, I thought she was a really well thought out character, especially considering how hard it is to accurately portray what life is like for victims of abduction once they make it back into the world. I felt so much sympathy and compassion for her, and I loved seeing all the different facets of her character come out throughout the book. Matthew was a great character, and different from males in most crime novels. I felt like his approach was a little less clinical and a little more personal.

That being said, there was one little thing about the story that threw me off. There is a pretty major age gap between Matthew and Shannon, and while I am not the type to say that people with large age differences can’t be in a relationship, I felt a little weird about the whole thing. Especially because he had been married in the past.

As for content, this book was pretty clean. If you have read other Christian novels along this vein, then you pretty much know what to expect. And despite all of what was going on in the story, the message came through loud and clear. Overall, this book is a fantastic read for anyone who enjoys crime novels, and I would recommend it for 16 and up!

(Oh, did I mention how much I love the cover, because I think it looks totally awesome!)

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