Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.
The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.
She’s never said a word—to the cops, to her doctors, to family—about those four years.
A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.
Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate—and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor—she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.
Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter. . .
Wow! Doesn’t that just reel you in?
I must admit, this isn’t the first time I’ve read Unspoken by Dee Henderson. But after re-reading it recently, I wanted to review it here for you, dearest readers!
Dee Henderson has been a favorite author of mine since the later years of grade school. Her novels are written for an adult audience, but let’s just say I was a precocious child with an advanced reading level and leave it at that. 😉 I fell in love with her O’Malley series, and then all the rest of her books kept me hooked.
I won’t include a summary since the book blurb earlier pretty much covered it, but here’s my review:
This novel is full of mystery and a ‘whodunit’ element that keeps you turning the pages into the wee hours. I loved it the first time I read it, and even more as I read it again this time. I empathized with Bryce as he worked to get to know Charlotte and understand what drove her. I followed Charlotte as she struggled with her faith and who God was. (Her faith journey is one of my especially favorite elements in this novel.)
Recommended for: Mature readers who enjoy faith, romance, and suspense all stirred together. This story includes some elements that are better suited to adult or at least more mature readers. Clean language and story lines. On par with Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason, and Irene Hannon.
My rating: 5/5 stars