Review: Taken by Dee Henderson

TakenTitle:  Taken
Author:  Dee Henderson
Genre:  Romance, Mystery
Published:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

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.

Read on for my thoughts on Taken.  No true spoilers, promise.

There are some stories that capture your heart and imagination so well that it’s difficult to explain that feeling.  Taken is that kind of story.

Years ago, Matthew Dane had survived his daughter’s abduction.  She had been successfully returned to him, but still he knew the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical effects of living through such a nightmare.  As well as how to help someone else in a similar situation.

Shannon needed Matthew’s help.  She turned to him for help in re-entering life after her own abduction for those exact reasons.  He knew.  And that knowledge would be invaluable to her now.

Matthew can help her through all of the stepping stones to getting her life back, as well as dealing with all of the legalities.  She did after all fake her own death, there’s got to be a law about not doing that.

There are so many aspects, layers and unspoken things to be discovered in Taken, and it’s hard to realize that we won’t get it all.  But we get enough to feel some of what Shannon went through, what she will need to do to take back her life again.

A touch of soft romance between Shannon and Matthew will filter throughout the story.  Yet we are left with the feeling that they have only begun, their story is yet to be completely told.

I enjoyed Taken.  Be prepared to journey with Shannon as she tries to untangle her life now that she is free.  Her spiritual journey is amazing as she has never doubted God’s place with her in this life, her faith is never faltering.  This is a novel of endings and rebirth, as well all of the parts of the journey to get there.

*I received an e-ARC of Taken from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*