Award-winning Publishers Weekly Best-selling Author

Taken by Dee Henderson

What would you do if you turned around and your child was gone? We’ve seen this in movies, but it’s beginning to headline news reports. It’s real. It’s scary.

It happened to Shannon Bliss at the age of sixteen in Taken. Eleven years later she turns up at Matthew Dane’s door asking for his help. Why him? His daughter was also taken but found alive years ago. He’d been through it all and survived the agony. Plus, being a private investigator and a retired cop was an added bonus.

Where had Shannon been for eleven years? Abducted by the Jacoby family and coerced into helping them in their criminal activities. She finally found a way to escape without getting anyone killed. Little by little, Shannon takes Matthew to places where she’d hidden journals, photos she’d taken, or clues to help trap the Jacoby family.

Matthew knows not to push Shannon or he’ll lose the trust he’s gained, so he lets her take the lead carefully guiding her as the story unravels.


Dee Henderson is an effective storyteller. She’s proven that with all of her books. However, I have to be honest. I wasn’t taken with Taken. I found it slow and long. I believe Ms. Henderson could’ve condensed a lot in the beginning and still told the story effectively.

I kept waiting for the suspense that was unfolding in the background to come to the foreground, but it didn’t. Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy the characters and the storyline. Shannon is a survivor and I loved seeing it develop even further. I kept reading because I had to find out how it ended. I just found myself wanting more.

So in a nutshell, here’s what this book isn’t . . . a suspenseful sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat read. What is it? A book about trust, survival, and a beautiful growing relationship (I won’t spoil anymore).

I’m giving Taken 3 out of 5 stars.

The reviews are mixed, so you may be taken with Taken.🙂

**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


I would like to give away my copy of Taken. The contest rules are simple—leave a comment on the blog and you will be entered. Bonus entry– if you leave a comment AND share this post on Facebook you will get two entries (tag me on Facebook or let me know in the comments). Contest closes Saturday, July18th at midnight. Enter now! (Open to residents of the USA and Canada only.)

1 Comment

  1. Diane Spearing

    sound like a great book… Love your blog Dar.


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