Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Taken by Dee Henderson

Shannon Bliss has been missing for 11 years. Kidnapped when she was 16 years old she was finally able to escape her abductors. She has chosen Matthew Dane to help her come back into society. Matthew's daughter was kidnapped years before and found 8 years later. He knows how to help kidnapped victims re-acclimate with their family and society.

From the moment they meet Shannon seems to have a better hold on her emotions than most kidnap victims. There is a maturity about her that impresses Matthew, but also worries him. He wonders when the dam will break. Shannon's mission now is to meet her family and reveal to Matthew slowly what happened over the last 11 years of her life. She has information about the group that kidnapped her and wants them all brought to justice. With her brother running for governor Shannon's safety is of the utmost importance.


This story has Ann and Paul from FULL DISCLOSURE, and Charlotte and Bryce from UNSPOKEN, and even Rachel and Cole from the O'Malley series helping Shannon to ease back into social settings. What I think some of us "old" Dee Henderson fans are having a hard time with is comparing these new books with our old loves The O'Malley's. The O'Malley series was a suspense series while these newer books are more plodding and steady without the suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat. That is not to say that these books aren't good. I think that Dee Henderson is an excellent story teller and frankly anything her name is on I will probably buy. TAKEN had me setting aside all of my other books that I was reading and focusing only on it. There is a bit of mystery in the fact that the reader wants to know what happened the 11 years Shannon was gone, who instigated her kidnapping and what about her relationship with Matthew now. A tad bit of romance helps move the story along. Even though Matthew is quite a bit older than Shannon they do have a connection and a relationship to explore. Nothing is settled by the end of the story except the fact that they want to pursue their relationship. I enjoy how characters from the other books make an appearance in TAKEN, it is like old friends dropping by to say hello. These books don't need to be read in order, as I think each one could stand alone. So if you are like me and have read everything that Dee Henderson has ever written then I definitely recommend reading TAKEN!

Reviews of other books by Dee Henderson:

The O'Malley Series
Full Disclosure

**Thank you to the publisher through NetGalley for my copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own.**

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