I’ve mentioned before that I’m a longtime fan of Dee Henderson, and although I have found her more recent work to be rather different and a little disappointing, I’m always up for giving it another shot. So when the opportunity came to read her latest, Taken, I jumped on it.
In order to regain true freedom after escaping her longtime captors — a notorious crime family — Shannon Bliss enlists the help of private investigator Matthew Dane, a man with experience bringing a kidnap victim back to life. But in order to help Shannon get her life back, Matthew must unravel the truth behind her kidnapping and captivity.
While the characters were interesting and well developed, I kept waiting for the suspense and to be honest, it never really came. The story line is perhaps an interesting look at life after surviving a heinous crime, but it does not involve anything suspenseful or even terribly mysterious. I’m finding that this is a running theme in Henderson’s latest books. Interesting, but not suspenseful.
In spite of the lackluster plot, I did truly like Shannon Bliss as a character and rooted for her to overcome all obstacles to regaining her life and freedom. Matthew Dane was also an interesting character, but largely because of his past. I found he grew and changed very little over the course of the novel.
I also struggled with the title of the book, in part because it set me up to believe the book would be about her kidnapping (not her recovery after the fact), and in part because it is the title of a well-known film (and several people thought I was reading the book behind that movie).
That said, I do anxiously await the next installment from Henderson and will continue to read anything that she publishes.
I received a complimentary copy of Taken from Bethany House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.