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 enoug... Read More
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.
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Page Count: 432
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 28, 2015
- UPC: 9780764215711
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 432
- Publish Date: Apr 28, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 076421571X
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- Once you give it chance, “Taken” is a nice ride to a happy ending. by BTSCelebs on 7/21/2015
When I first opened up Dee Henderson’s latest release, I was surprised by how slow moving it was. It seemed like the main characters (Matthew Dane and Shannon Bliss) would never leave the hotel in Atlanta where they met. However, as the story progressed and they headed to Illinois, everything started to flow much better.
The entire inspirational tale is about 27 year-old Shannon recruiting 41 year-old retired cop Matthew to help her transition into society after escaping 11 years of torture with her kidnappers. Matt turns out to be not only a good cop and friend, but promising boyfriend material in the eyes of Shannon. Their love story is subtle, and they mostly focus on the issue of tracking down the bad guys, recovering valuables and reuniting her with her governor-to-be brother and parents.
*BTSCelebs thanks Bethany House for the complimentary copy of the book.*
- Riveting suspense from Dee Henderson by J. Augustine on 7/15/2015
It's been quite awhile since I've read a Dee Henderson book, I think the last one was Before I Wake. I've always enjoyed her books and Taken sounded quite intriguing so I decided to give it a read. Taken wasn't exactly what I expected, it was more psychological drama instead of action drama, but I really enjoyed it. Some of Dee Henderson's newish books have been a little harder for me to get into than, say, the O'Malley series, but this one was different. I expected to take a few days reading the 420+ pages but instead finished it in a single day. I just couldn't seem to put it down, I was so totally absorbed in the story.
I really enjoyed how Taken leads the reader through the events, ramifications, and emotional journey of the return of a kidnapped girl. Instead of being about the search for a missing girl and ending with a joyous reunion, Taken is the story of what happens after, what the first days are like, all of the messy thoughts and feelings, the emotional adjustment for everyone involved. Life, especially after a seriously traumatic event isn't always clear-cut. People's thoughts, emotions, and motivations are a truly tangled web. Dee Henderson has a real knack for answering and asking questions readers may not have even thought of before.
Another plus is the very dramatic cover that the Bethany House team gave this book. It really matches the story and I can easily say that it is going to be one of my favorites from 2015.
Fascinating, emotionally intense, Dee Henderson's latest is definitely a riveting story and it's one you really won't want to miss.
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
- Could use some filling in by Kelly on 6/2/2015
Author: Dee Henderson
Back cover blurb:
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 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 uncover exactly what happened to her-even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets.
First let me start off by saying I have never read a book by Dee Henderson before, so I was looking at this book and reading it through very fresh eyes. I had no background or knowledge of any of her prior published books.
Taken is written from the perspective of Matthew Dane, as he first comes in contact with Shannon Bliss, because she purposely makes sure she is in the same place at the same time as him so she can ask for his help. She chooses Matthew because of his familiarity with how to handle with reentry after a kidnapping. Matthew’s daughter had once been in a similar circumstance and was missing for 8 years so he knew how delicate the situation was and how exactly to proceed and handle it.
I felt that the book held my interest okay, but the it left a lot to the imagination. As readers we have to spend a lot of time filling in story lines and plots inside ourselves to get a very clear picture of exactly what Shannon went through while under captivity with the Jacoby crime family.
Flash backs and excerpts from her memory leave something to be desired and even though the book claims to be suspenseful, it leaves something to be desired in that department.
The book is christian romance/suspense, so I understand that things have to be limited in terms of what exactly is said when referring to flashbacks or details about the crimes and things the Jacoby crime family have done. That could prove to be very triggering and put offish to someone looking to read a christian only type of book
That being said the book could be read by either audience, christian or otherwise as the amount of actual christian/God things are limited.
I have since read a lot of reviews on Dee Hendersons other books and see a lot of hype focusing on some of her other series. I would definitely like to read something else by her so I can get a better feel of how she writes as an author.
Disclaimer: I received this book complimentary from Bethany House to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and I will not be compensated in any way for writing this review.
- Taken was less than Stellar by Robin on 5/11/2015
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 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.
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.
- Dee Henderson, has officially set herself apart from the pack ... WOW!!! by PredestinedPurpose on 4/24/2015
Main character, Shannon Bliss found escape from 11 years of captivity … what next? Locate, Matthew Dane, a man with the personal and professional experience to assist. Shannon and Matthew, along with a host of supporting characters work to bring about justice. In the process; Shannon is pushed toward the pursuit of healing, reconciliation, and wholeness.
I rarely give fiction books a 5 of 5 rating. There are a number of reasons for my reluctance; but the most overriding reason is that many fiction books do not provide a good marriage of strong, well-thought out, realistic plots and well-developed, relatable, characters. Some of the very best authors only provide one of the two at any given time. Taken’s author, Dee Henderson, has officially set herself apart from the pack. In the hands of a lessor author the novel’s plot would have come off as somewhat improbable; Ms. Henderson effectively moved the improbable to the land of realistic. The characters displayed both strengths and weaknesses; and the story evolved in such a way that motives and behaviors could be easily understood (even if not agreed with). In addition, Ms. Henderson expertly placed Christian values on display. I was thoroughly impressed with her handling of suffering and ill-treatment of believers. (Her willingness to weigh in on “why bad things happen to good people” is commendable.)
Bravo and standing ovation, Ms. Henderson!!!
***I received a complimentary advanced copy of this e-book through Bethany House Bloggers’ Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The expressed opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”***
- Dee Henderson Does It Again by Suzie on 4/12/2015
This book was fascinating in that at no point does the reader get Shannon’s point of view. Her story unravels for us as it does for Matthew. As I learned the horrors Shannon lived, I also so the strength of her character and her utter dependence and faith in God that helped see her through. With familiar faces from Henderson’s other popular books (an O’Malley even gets a nod!), it was fun to revisit these old friends and learn how they are doing when another crisis strikes. In addition, I was fascinated by the behind-the-scenes workings of the FBI and Matthew Dane—to learn what the authorities were willing to do to protect Shannon but still see justice was interesting. Fans of Dee Henderson won’t want to miss this one, but those who are new to Henderson’s books but enjoy romantic suspense will enjoy it as well.
****Bethany House provided me with a free copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.