Taken by Dee Henderson


Plot:  Matthew Dane is just returning to his hotel room after speaking at a conference and finds a woman waiting for him.  She claims to be Shannon Bliss, who was kidnapped 11 years ago at the age of 16.  She wants to go home, and because of complications (secrets she’s hiding and the fact her brother is a well known politician running for governor), she needs Matthew’s help to do so safely.  As a former cop and the father of child who was kidnapped and returned to him, Matthew has the skills and knowledge to help her make the transition.

First thoughts: I started reading this book without paying attention to the back cover blurb. When I got about a third of the way into the story and not much had happened, I read the blurb and was surprised to learn things that hadn’t been revealed yet.  Talk about a major spoiler!  Several of Henderson’s books have been about kidnapped women, and they’re all starting to feel like the same story over and over.

This whole story was rather disappointing to me.  I’ve been a Dee Henderson fan since I read Danger in the Shadows, but I felt this one fell short on the suspense.  So many details were taken care of by Matthew making a phone call that I felt too far removed from any danger or action.  A large portion of the story was dialog.  I kept thinking that soon they’d reach the point where they had to go do something, but it never really happened.  Matthew and Shannon did spend some time traveling to retrieve different items, but they never ran into any danger.

It was interesting watching Shannon’s story be revealed to Matthew and the book did hold my attention.  Henderson does have a great attention to detail in the story and it’s well written, just not my cup of tea.  This book is a stand alone, but there are a lot of characters from previous stories that show up.  However, you get enough background on those characters, that you don’t need to read the other books to enjoy this one.

Recommendation: I can highly recommend Henderson’s earlier books.  I’ve loved the O’Malley and Uncommon Heroes series, but her more recent books have been slower moving with lots of details.  This is probably my least favorite of Henderson’s stories.  If you’re looking for action, this probably isn’t the book for you.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars


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