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Taken [KINDLE] ❄ Taken By Dee Henderson – 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 k 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 timeWhen Shannon contacts private investigator and former cop Matthew Dane to help her navigate her reentry into society she uickly 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 herIf 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.

10 thoughts on “Taken

  1. Allison Allison says:

    Dee Henderson has written some phenomenal books and I highly recommend her O'Malley series and Uncommon Heroes series However her last couple of books have all been really flat to me Almost devoid of emotion It's all dialog but very structured dialog at that All the characters are very controlled So much of this book is the characters saying what they are going to do while all other characters agree with each other and saying I trust your judgment There was no suspense or action Simply a story meandering on it's way It's a good story and a great plot idea and there are parts that are very deep spiritually that I appreciated I just miss the Dee Henderson who wrote characters with so much emotion and passion

  2. Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger says:

    DNF 11%Not my cup of tea

  3. Kav Kav says:

    You'll find that there are some mixed reviews out there about Taken Readers either love it orwell don't I think the thing you need to understand before diving into this read is that this isn't your typical heart in your throat page turning suspense This story deals with the aftermath of an eleven year long kidnapping And as Shannon deals with the fallout we learn about those years The suspense is subtle the slow reveal of the pieces of her life over the past decade And while I wasn't jumping out of my skin or nervously looking over my shoulder all the time I was still riveted I don't think there's anyone who can build a slow romance out of friendship like Henderson can I love the deliberate care she takes with relationships It's almost understated but so important to the depth of each character The author does an admirable and realistic job of meshing Matthew and Shannon's lives given the circumstances that surround them There's kindness and patience and such tenderness that it made my heart ache but honestly they're just at the beginning of something wonderful by the time the book ends I appreciated the realism though other reviewers found the romance lacking Another interesting aspect of this book is that it is written completely from Matthew's point of view That took me by surprise at first and I kept waiting for the POV switch that never came But honestly I don't think Henderson could have written it any other way since Shannon is at the core of all the suspense and it wouldn't do for the reader to be party to her inner most thoughts and impressions However that doesn't mean I didn't feel a connection with her I did And seeing her through Matthew's eyes only discovering the nuances of her character at the exact time he did actually sharpened my impressions of her And at the same time deepened my understanding of him There's also some thought provoking discussions on God and where He fits into the grand scheme of our lives especially when bad things happen A great starting point for discussion or private contemplation So would I recommend Taken? Absolutely A compelling read that totally captured my imagination and still lingers with me after the read is over Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf Martin Communications Inc

  4. Stefanie Stefanie says:

    This book was definitely hard to put down when I could get my hands on it It started off a bit on the slow side and a few times I felt that there were an awful lot of details that were not necessary to the storyline and drug the story out much longer then it needed to be but overall I really enjoyed this book I was intrigued from the first pageOne thing that was strange for me was the romantic interest between the two main characters I just couldn't feel it It didn't feel right to me but that could just be me

  5. Sarah Grace Grzy Sarah Grace Grzy says:

    So good Can Henderson write a book I won't like? I think not

  6. Joleen Joleen says:

    Absolutely loved this book Intelligent Not the action packed suspenseful dramas Dee Henderson usually writes dialog but I really liked that about this story It’s a piecemeal storyline controlled by a young woman who can only get out small portions at a time both from trauma and need to protect others Will work on of a review on my flight to Texas in the morning Taken By Dee HendersonMain characters Matthew Dane Private investigator Becky Matthew's daughter abducted at 8 and rescued at 16 Shannon Bliss Taken at 16 allowed to escape at 27 Jeffery Bliss Shannon's brother never stopped looking for her Ann Silver Retired cop Paul Falcon Head of FBI Chicago office Ann's husband Charlotte Graham Ex abductee artist Bryce Bishop Charlotte's husband Flynn part of the kidnapping family Shannon's friend Jacoby family Thieves and kidnappers kept Shannon 11 yearsA reverse story of an abduction beginning with the kidnapped victim's escape and desire to go home Shannon had been missing 11 years age 16 to 27 In that time she was captive but not isolated She had become aware of Matthew Dane's story of his missing daughter her rescue and of the long journey they traveled together to reach her healing He was the one she chose to trust tracking him down in Atlanta to smooth her way back to ChicagoHis job was to listen when she chose to talk He needed information and asked often but when she wasn’t ready to open up he allowed her that freedom Their journey together back home was one of surprises heartbreaking truths and triumphs throughoutEngaging dialog between all players in Shannon's journey FBI agents trusted friends and coworkers in Matthew's detective agency other abductees and police Their common goal was seeing justice for Shannon and others taken and to bring down this unknown but highly dangerous ring of criminalsI loved how her relationship with the Lord strengthened her as she continued to trust Him throughout her ordeal And how Matthew wrestled with what happened to Shannon but could see how the Lord faithfully worked through his daughter's kidnapping and rescue as preparation for just this sort of missionOne of my favorite Dee Henderson's books yet

  7. Denise Hershberger Denise Hershberger says:

    Dee Henderson has been my favorite Christian Fiction author for as long as I can remember I first fell in love with the O'Malley's and then read every single one of her books When there was a six year break between books before Full Disclosure came out in 2012 I was admittedly concerned she wasn't going to write any books But Full Disclosure and the other books that have released since have been than worth the wait and Taken is no exceptionHenderson writes with great attention to detail As I read Taken I can tell that every single line is well thought out and even impressive is the massive number of characters she writes about throughout all of her books I loved opening Taken and running into many of my favorite characters again Somehow she is able to weave all of their stories and careers together and it provides such a wonderful level of continuity in her books even if they aren't part of a series Between the detailed characterization and descriptions I also love the ability she has for such complex plots It is impossible to get bored in Taken because you are truly discovering new parts of the story up until the very endI really loved Matthew and Shannon Shannon's tenacity bravery and memory were astounding I was eually impressed with Matthew's patience and wisdom This book does not have the level of romance that some Henderson books have but I wasn't at all disappointed This book would have been ruined by any higher level of romance and I'm glad she didn't force the issueTypically in Henderson books one character comes to Christ and the book is a great testimony to the power of prayer and witnessing but Taken is written from a different perspective In this case all of the main and secondary characters are strong Christians already but Matthew and Shannon have some very deep discussions about God giving us free will They also talk very frankly about how God is always with us I really appreciate how Henderson never minces spirituality in her books She could write excellent non Christian books but chooses to make her books a powerful influence in people's lives for ChristTaken will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time From the very first pages to the very last pages you are in suspense I don't know how she does it but she manages to take a plot line and perfectly space it out over than 400 pages I really loved how Shannon fed Matthew information a little at a time without making it seem too spread out Shannon's story is truly amazing and while it is a heartbreaking story Henderson handles it beautifully giving readers just enough information to be intrigued without being morbid or overbearing with kidnapping theft and murder involved throughout the bookThese themes may have been used for countless books in the past but only Dee Henderson can take a book about a kidnapping and bring it to this level I was amazed at how many of her previous characters reappeared in this book and cannot wait to go back and re read their storiesAnyone who has ever read and loved a Dee Henderson book needs to read Taken I would also recommend her books to people who enjoy Irene Hannon and Dani Pettrey's books I'm still holding out hope that someday someone will make a movie out of one of her books but until then I'll just have to settle for reading them over and over againNow that I've finished Taken I'm feeling uite depressed that it is over I cannot wait for what Henderson will come up with nextBethany House provided me with a complementary electronic advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  8. Pamela(AllHoney) Pamela(AllHoney) says:

    Shannon Bliss was kidnapped and held for eleven years Now she is free and wants to go home She seeks out private investigator and former cop Matthew Dane whose daughter was kidnapped and returnedI have mixed feelings about this one It was fairly good but not a romantic suspense like I expected In fact I could argue on whether it ualifies as a romance at all It was about Shannon coming to terms with her past and the friendshipbond that developed between her and Matthew There is a lot of dialogue but very little actionI don't regret reading it It really wasn't a bad story but it wasn't what I expected and I feel let down

  9. Madison Madison says:

    I really liked this book It's an original mix of suspense that is both relaxing and yet so very engagingShannon Bliss was abducted at the age of sixteen Now eleven years on she has escaped from her captors and is ready to put her life back together And Shannon has found the man she wants to help her through the transition Matthew Dane former police officer and private investigator whose own daughter was kidnapped Taken at its heart is a book about a victim of a tragedy returning home trying to put her life back together balancing the memories of the past with dreams for the future as well as finding justice for those responsible Taken is written from Matthew's perspective which gives the book a very interesting angle While the focus of the book is on Shannon's journey because it is told through Matthew's point of view it is also about how to best help survivors of tragedy and because of his policing and investigator background managing the legal and justice side of the case The reader learns about the case and Shannon's abduction as Matthew does although we never really get a whole lot of details about Shannon's time with the kidnappers I would have liked to hear a few details instead of it just being alluded to how terrible it was but it does work as it isTaken is a layered story Initially the focus is on how to move forward with the investigation and then it becomes about Shannon her life and how she copes with the first few weeks of freedom It's about relationships faith in hard circumstances and surviving There is also some romance although it really is a few sweet moments and a beautiful friendship that gradually becomes I liked Matthew who is steady and strong as all Dee Henderson's male leads tend to be I would have liked to read a little of his backstory particularly details about how his daughter was kidnapped when why and how she was returned The reader also gets to see some familiar faces including Ann and Paul Bryce and Charlotte and even Rachel and Cole those who have read all of Dee's previous books will understand who I'm talking about Taken is a standalone although with all the familiar characters it does feel like a continuation of a series although the plot is completely separate Now let me address the uestion long term fans of Dee's writing will be asking Is Taken like her old books or her new ones? Taken is written in a similar style to Dee Henderson's latest books I know that some people who loved Dee's O'Malley series and Uncommon Heroes series have not to the same extent enjoyed her new style of writing that began in Full Disclosure and has continued through Unspoken and Undetected The former certainly were action packed suspense novels with a strong emphasis on romance while the latter had all the same elements of suspense family relationships and romance but seemed longer reads with details slower plot lines and in some cases less emphasis on uick resolutions I personally love both styles and all of Dee Henderson's books I can hear Dee Henderson's artistic voice in both styles however I can note that they are different Taken continues in the new style with characters who are elouent thoughtful and reflective The plot reads at a slower pace although the topic is that of suspense mystery action and crime solving and so there is a fabulous balance of edge of your seat tension that is extended over the whole book in an extremely engaging mannerI really enjoyed Taken It was refreshing renewing and highly enjoyable As always I eagerly await Dee Henderson's next book The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  10. Andrea Cox Andrea Cox says:

    by Andrea Renee CoxShannon Bliss was abducted eleven years ago but now she leans heavily on retired cop Matthew Dane to help her find her way homeTaken was a disappointing read to me With such an intriguing premise I expected Dee Henderson's latest book to be saturated with action and tension Instead it was a slow journey with no interaction with the bad guys It also had two random POVs one time each whereas the remainder of the book all took place in the lead male's POVThe thing that irritated me the most was how controlling the male lead was and it was often said this behavior was him being nice Having broken out of controlling situations myself this behavior really bothered me There is nothing nice about dictating what other people are or are not allowed to do Therefore I had no sympathy for the lead male nor the lead female for putting up with his controlling behavior To me it seemed like she escaped from one controlling situation and eagerly stepped right into another oneI'm still a huge fan of the O'Malley Chronicles the Uncommon Heroes series and Kidnapped all by Dee Henderson but I'm having trouble connecting with and adjusting to her new writing style as it's vastly different from that of those books I just mentionedI received a complimentary copy of this book by Netgalley in exchange for my honest review

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