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.
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!
I am a huge fan of Dee Henderson’s books, but this was disappointing.
Yes it was interesting, more at the beginning, then I just wanted to end it... it got to be the same thing happening through the whole book... Shannon sharing with Matthew during the LOADS of alone time they had while he was very protective over her and taking care (and noticing) her every need.
No action, just an intriguing story line, and not quite wrapped up at the end.
This is another great book by Dee Henderson.
I have to admit that the way the story flowed in this novel was not what I expected. I’m used to Dee’s books having a lot of suspense and danger for the main characters. That said I also have to state the fact that I loved this book as much as her others. There were a lot of twists and surprises throughout the story. I never really knew what to expect to have happen or to be revealed. I did know all along that I was not going to be able to give up on the story. I needed to follow it through to the conclusion.
Shannon Bliss and Matthew Dane are the main characters and they are both incredibly well developed. I really enjoyed the way that they are presented in layers as the story progresses. Some books with well developed characters they are just put before you and their personality and characteristics are dumped on you right at the beginning and the rest of the story you see how they deal with what comes. I find it much more realistic to meet someone and then as time passes to learn a little more about them through each scene and each interaction with them. This is how Dee has chosen to develop these wonderful characters.
The other thing that I really enjoy about Dee’s books is the fact that many of her characters from previous books make an appearance. They keep showing up and using what they learned from the book centered on them to help the new characters in the new book. I find this to be a delightful way to keep up with their lives.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.