Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Taken by Dee Henderson

Taken 
by Dee Henderson 
Adult Inspirational Suspense
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.42
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: April 28, 2015
Pages: 432

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


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.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Thoughts on the Author:  I love Dee Henderson. I have read every book she's ever written. That's no joke. Her Uncommon Heroes and the O'Malley series set a really high bar for me. 

Henderson is one of my favorite authors and so I went in with high expectations. I think the problem is that I want more of the Uncommon Heroes and O'Malley series. 

This new style is very different. It's told in one person's perspective, which is very different from her previous novels. I also feel like there's a lot less romance and more introspection and building of characters. The suspense is slower building and we don't get to see into the mind of the bad buy like we have in past series.

All of this means that this new Dee Henderson is very different than before. I've had mixed feelings about these changes. It's been a struggle for me to adapt to this new style. However, I think I like it. 

This Book in Specific: Okay, the first few pages did not hook me. It did not grab my attention like it wanted to. However, that quickly changed. The book was fast-paced and very enjoyable. I loved the character growth that took place in this novel.

I also loved the writing once I got past the first few pages. Henderson is a great writer and I enjoyed the story. There were certain elements that bugged me about this story. I had a hard time coming to terms with certain aspects. However, at the end I decided it didn't bug me all that much. 

So why 4 stars? It's Dee Henderson. She's a great writer, and I enjoyed this one a lot. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Mild violence. 

The Wrap-up: A different, new Dee Henderson, but still a brilliant Henderson. 

Love,

Danica Page

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