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.
Henderson goes back to the well of abduction (after Unspoken, which dealt with similar themes) in this suspenseful tale centered on Shannon Bliss, a woman missing for almost a dozen years, whose escape and emotional recovery both bring about justice and uncover deep family secrets. In her quest to return to her family and normal life, Bliss seeks help from retired cop Matthew Dane, whose own daughter had been kidnapped and returned alive. Dane uses his law enforcement network to provide help; his faith and experience allow him to provide a listening ear as Shannon discloses her story, piece by suspenseful piece. Christian faith plays a big background role in the story, as do characters from Unspoken. Henderson is a master of dialogue and pacing; the story comes out in addictive dribbles of information. There's something off, though, about romantic tension between Dane and Bliss. Dane is older by 13 years, and parallels between Bliss and Dane's daughter skew his motivation in a creepy paternal way. That's unlikely to bother fans of Henderson, whose suspense element is strong.
Dee Henderson never disappoints. Her characters are real and having favorites from other books make it a great read.
Wow! What a complex book. So many twists, turns and curves! Loved it from the first page to the last. Definitely a keeper. I've read all of Dee Henderson's books and think each book is my favorite until I read the next one. It was nice to see she brought back some of her previous characters and let us have another peek into their lives. Such a talented author! Looking forward to the next book!
And a bit corny, actually. Disappointed.