A compelling new mystery from Dee Henderson!
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 has enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.
When Shannon contacts private investigator and former cop Matthew Dane to help her navigate her reentry into society, she quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn't mean her troubles are over. For one thing her brother is the leading candidate in the race for Illinois governor, and news of her escape will create a media frenzy. For another the ransom her family reportedly paid years earlier appears to have been a scam; no one knows what happened to the money. And then there's the fact that Shannon's escape involved faking her own death. 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.
©2015 Dee Henderson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, © 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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"Good Story but don't expect a thrill ride."
Dee Henderson is a very good author over all. This is a story that can help an average individual understand the reprecussions of abuse on a large scale. Do not expect this story to move fast because you will be greatly disappointed. Shannon's story of captivity for 11 years is difficult to comprehend, but the author addresses her story with great compassion and sensitivity toward her time of recovering a life again. This story also speaks to how God is a rock to lean on during times of trial and shifting sands. Matthew Dayne is a sensitive man that understands from his own daughter's story how difficult it is to put away a troubled past. Not that I am criticizing the author here, but as a single woman I want to know who she based Matthew's character on and how can I get his number. The other characters we meet in this story are also men of great sensitivity and character. I do have to wonder after a while how many men out there are really like this? And where can I meet them? But seriously, this is a well rounded novel and I appreciated the story very much. as for the narrator Adam Verner, I found his narration to be over all fine. I do not know if Mr. Verner read this book specifically intending the gentle controlled emotional tone in production. To a certain extent it fits with the story because every time Matthew speaks to Shannon he is trying not to give off a lot of emotion. But I do think some may find that emotional control to be annoying by the end of the book. Some may call it a monotone and emotionally neutral speaking voice . As a result , others may find it difficult to stay awake for the audiobook. Make sure you listen to the sample and ask yourself if you can handle that same effect for 12 plus hours. I give this story an overall 4 stars. I will look up other Dee Henderson books in the future but I do hope if Adam is narrating that he shows more emotion in other books.
"A Comfort Story Not A Thriller"
I was slightly disappointed.
His performance was wonderful. I listened to him for over 12 hours, and it never got old.
This is NOT a thriller - it's only like a very very long hurt/comfort story without any of the hurt actually written in. It's all created in the mind of the reader - like Alfred Hitchcock, or the monster in Jaws, you don't get the details, just that something mega bad happened to the heroine.
It's about a rich girl who was kidnapped at age 16. It's now 11 years later, and she's escaped and has latched onto someone she believes can help her adapt and ease back into real life. This is no girl, she's a grown woman who has problems, but is not a drooling on the floor/nightmares kind of person. She is a very practical and intelligent survivor.
I spent the first 1/3 of the book asking myself "Why are these people making her problems their problems?" and "Who's gonna pay for this?" and "Surely the police are going to believe that she was a conspirator at some point?". Then I just let it go, and said, it's part of the cannon, just believe that the world is aligned thusly.
I read a couple other Henderson novels, and I like her Christian characters, but I missed that this is not a suspense novel. I kept waiting for bullets to fly etc, but after about the 6 hour mark, I signed and resigned myself to the fact that this was probably just a book about emotions. I finished the book and enjoyed it, but it's not my usual cup of tea. Plus, for a 'romance', there was zero and I do mean zero stuff of romance, no longing looks, no denial or self or passionate longings, just a couple of quiet discussions about "Not having an 11:30 moment to regret". They acted honorably, but not like people who are falling in love.
"10x better than the written book."
i love this author but this book was dry and a bit blah. MUCH better listened to! Adam Verner did a brilliant job.
"How bad could it be?"
This story was the SLOWEST I have ever suffered through. I would have given up if I hadn't been driving cross country and needed the distraction. It was "As the world turns" meets "Snow White." In fact not even that good. Drags on and on and on and on..... The characters were less than believable and the narrator so syrupy it was even less believable. I wanted to meet the bad guys!
"TAKEN by surprise!"
Another fabulous book by Dee Henderson which fans will enjoy. The narrator does an admirable job, even with the few voice mix-ups. The story is full of details which paint the picture well. Less details would leave holes in the reader's overall comprehension and imagination. Turn on TAKEN and set the cruise control for an enjoyable ride with Shannon and Matthew.
Great read. Narrator wasn't the best but still good. I do recommend this book and author.
Enjoyed the book. No disturbing details in plot only enough to get your own imagination running and many splashes of Gods brilliance in how he can use what's bad for our good.
"Another excellent story by Dee Henderson!"
I have enjoyed the stories by Dee Henderson for over 10 years now, so as expected, I was not disappointed with this one.
Dee knows how to weave a bit of romance, for the girl in me with a whole lotta action for the tomboy in me, into her story. I also enjoy how this story and all of her stories kept it real, regarding the normal human emotions that occur in a real life experience like this. I also love how she intricately incorporated the Christian concepts of forgiveness, grace, mercy, justice and love. I can't wait for the sequel to this.
I thoroughly enjoy a well written and well narrated Christian novel. This one was great! A good mystery. Kept me coming back for more with each chapter. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that the narrator spoke the whole time in a soft almost child therapist like voice. This works for much of the book, but I preyer a a stronger voice. Overall this was excellent and I will read more from this author!
"Loved this one!"
Dee Henderson had done it again! I could not put this story down!! I love the audio version of this book! Brought it to life for me!
"Artistic Masterpiece. .. Again!"
Dee Henderson involves YOU in the lives od hwe characters and they are woven so tightly into an beautiful Tapestry. . .it makes a place in your heart for some time...reflecting back on scenes so real. Well done...even thw really HARD subjects, namely because God is ALWAYS the Solid Rock that the characters turn to and can rely on! Thanks Dee for your attention to detail!
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