Dee Henderson’s Taken


51TrBiSXi4LDee Henderson‘s latest novel, Taken, tells the story of Shannon, who was kidnapped at age 16 and has recently escaped her abductors.

Shannon is now 27.

Where has she been for the last eleven years?

Shannon approaches Matthew, a former cop with some experience in missing persons cases. His own daughter was kidnapped and recovered years later. He’s finally helped his daughter return to a regular life and is hoping to settle back into a semblance of normalcy, when Shannon appears.

Shannon’s hesitant to share where she’s been and what she’s been doing for the last eleven years, but she wants to go home. First, however, she has to escape the danger she’s still in. If her captors find out she’s alive, not dead like they believe she is, Shannon won’t be able to stop running.

Taken maintains the same standard of excellence found in Henderson’s previous novels, and it’s a HIGH standard. The romance elements are very low-key in this one, though, as much of the focus is on Matthew helping Shannon resolve her case and then return to her life. The romance is hinted at throughout once Matthew and Shannon get to know one another, but Henderson leaves it – for now, anyway – to be imagined for the most part.

Additionally, this book is written entirely from Matthew’s point of view, unlike the rest of Henderson’s work, which usually shares both protagonists’ perspectives. An interesting authorial choice, to be sure, but it doesn’t negatively impact the story. We get the impression that Shannon is still struggling to figure out who she is after being held captive for so long, and that comes through clearly despite only seeing through Matthew’s eyes.

If Henderson holds to her recent pattern, we’ll be seeing more of Matthew, Shannon, and their burgeoning relationship in her next few books. I, for one, am eager for their arrival!

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Recommended For: fans of Dee Henderson’s novels; mature readers of Christian fiction who can handle themes of abduction, crime rings, murder (nothing grotesque or overt), and recovering abductees; readers of inspirational suspense; fans of Irene Hannon, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason.

Go ye forth and read!


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