Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Review: Taken by Dee Henderson

If you've read my blog very long, you know that I love Dee Henderson's books. I've read them all and collected every one, as well. When my husband takes a business trip, I send one with him for the airplane ride. He's hooked on her books as well now, though he only has time to read them when he's traveling.

Taken is the latest book by Dee Henderson, once again connecting together the different characters we've grown to love in her previous books. Shannon Bliss was kidnapped at the age of sixteen. After eleven years of captivity, she's free. Shannon seeks out Matthew Dane to not only help her go home, but also capture the people responsible for her kidnapping and many other crimes. Matthew is a private investigator, former cop, whose own daughter was kidnapped and held captive for a number of years before being rescued. He's walked the road to recovery and healing with his daughter, and now he's committing to walk that same road with Shannon.

Taken is centered around Chicago, so we find ourselves reuniting with the Falcons, the Bishops, and even an O'Malley. I appreciate the way Dee pulls her different series together, though I often wish we saw more of the O'Malleys in her more recent books. I was completely engrossed in the story of Shannon and Matthew and their search for justice and healing. I enjoyed watching their friendship, respect, and love for each other grow. I will say that Taken wasn't as suspenseful as some of her previous books. I found myself more drawn in by the relationship and story that was unfolding more than fear for anyone's safety. I guess that makes it gentle suspense with a little romance and a strong Christian theme.

This was another excellent book by Dee Henderson that I will gladly add to my bookshelf. My husband was vying to take it on an upcoming business trip and I pointed out he needed to finish the Uncommon Heroes series he started and work his way up from there. He'll get to Taken eventually.

If you're looking for an exciting summer read ... pick up a copy of Taken by Dee Henderson!

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was received.

April E.

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