Phew. I am glad this ride is over. “Taken” by Dee Henderson is going to be a book you are going to love or thoroughly hate. I’ll admit I had some difficulties with it here and there but I was bound and determined to power through it just because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Shannon once her family found out she was alive and coming home.
I am not sure if it was the title that set me off, but as I read this book I imagined the former FBI agent turned PI, Matthew Dane, to be a lot like Liam Neeson…only younger.
An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand,
and his new client, missing far too long…
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 might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.
When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn’t mean her troubles are over. 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.
The book is good. My only complaint is that this book was over 400 pages and I felt it could easily have been condense to about 300 and we’d still get the same story.
As a writer I have often been referred to by my English and Creative Writing teachers and professors as a Hemmingway-type because I get right to the point. I guess that is why I do much better with short story writing than I do 50k word novels. And that is ok. I am blessed to even have a gift of words even if I don’t always see it. But, because of this, I do a lot of scanning in books that are starting to slow down or lack important elements.
This was one of those books.
Despite that I really enjoyed the read. I’d say if you like “Die Hard” movies you should pick up this book. There isn’t gunfire and shootouts, but it’s pretty well action packed when it comes to unraveling the secrets of Shannon Bliss’s disappearance and return home. Plus, the ending is a nice twist for a book like this.
Disclosure: I was given this book for free from the publisher as part of a review program. I am not being compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions are 100% my own.