Friday 22 May 2015

Taken by Dee Henderson

Taken                                                                                  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.

Christian fiction would not be my first choice of genre but this novel was labelled as romantic suspense and so I thought I would give it a go.
I quite liked Matthew's character and thought he was well written. I could understand his intentions and motivations. I was also relieved that the Christian element was not 'preachy' and over done but simply complemented Shannon and Matthew's personalities.

The novel had a very safe and sedate pace to it. The story unfolded very calmly and in a very matter of fact kind of way. The story centred round the aftermath of a missing person being found after many years and her adjustment to being free. I felt that Shannon adjusted too easily and showed very little emotion. The story unfolds in a very controlled way as Shannon takes her time in divulging information and mentally ticks the boxes as she marks off each piece of information in her list. She is quite robotic in her dealings with people and we are never made privy to anything that happened to her during her years being held captive.  I was disappointed in the suspense aspect of the novel as there wasn't any! The threats to Shannon, alluded to in the blurb, never materialise. Even the arrests, that are made towards the end, take place behind the scenes and are simply stated as having happened.

I couldn't wait to get to the end of this book so that I could read something else. There just wasn't enough excitement in it to keep me interested. 

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