Sunday, June 07, 2015

Book Review: Taken by Dee Henderson

Meeting Shannon Bliss was definitely not what Matthew Dane was expected when he signed up to speak at a conference. But when this girl is waiting for him after his presentation, he feels compelled to help her - after all he knows something about what she has been through and will be going through.
Missing for 11 years, Shannon has finally escaped her captors and handpicked Matthew Dane to help her transition back to normal life since his daughter also was taken when she was little and survived.
But to really get back to a normal life, Shannon will have to open up about her past and deal with the very real dangers in her life. Will Matthew have what it takes to walk through those dark days of Shannon's ordeal and bring her through unscathed on the other side?

I was a little disappointed in this story for a few reasons. While I understand that Henderson is not writing in the same suspense style as some of her former books, I felt that this story had such a great set up for a little more action and I felt let down when that really didn't happen as much as it could have. I really did enjoy Shannon's descriptions of how her faith remained strong and grew through her ordeal, but at the same time, she seemed almost too planned out and thorough for someone so young. If you really enjoy a more in depth look at characters with a little less story/action, then you will really enjoy this. But if you are looking for a great thriller (as I was kind of expecting by the title) then I think this will disapppoint. As long as you know Henderson's new style ahead of time though, you will be good. I would also recommend you read the two books that she wrote before this. Though they are not a series, per se, the characters from her old books are in this quite a bit and I wished I had read the second one so I could know them better before I started this one.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.

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