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This is my second try at a book from Dee Anderson and definitely my last. Lots of people love Dee's style of very clean christian writing but the style is not for me.
From the back cover blurb and the reputation of the author, I expected this book to be exciting and suspenseful. I was disappointed. The pace was extremely slow and there was no excitement at all. The only reason I kept reading was to see what would happen. And nothing did, at least not "on stage." All the excitement was behind the scenes. We never find out what happened to Shannon while she was in captivity, how exactly she got free, what was in her diaries, etc. All we get is the POV of the retired cop who tells us what Shannon is thinking, how she's going to act. what will happen long-term. There are no surprises and the story line is a bit unrealistic. Shannon shows no fear, just anxiety. She's extremely sure of herself, which I find strange from a victim. She does not fear retribution. And besides that, she takes her photos to an art dealer and finds out she is an instant millionaire. How believable is that? The book is at least 100 pages too long. The author could have eliminated all the descriptions of what and then they ate, which seemed to be all the time, and left out descriptions of setting. What happened to the conflict in the story? Everything goes so smoothly, it's boring and noneventful. I hate to give a poor review, but I was extremely surprised by the lack of many elements of a good book in this one. I kept waiting for something to happen and nothing did.
Adam Verner's skillful narration of the book was the only reason I finished the book.
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Dee Henderson is a very good author over all. This is a story that can help an average individual understand the reprecussions of abuse on a large scale. Do not expect this story to move fast because you will be greatly disappointed. Shannon's story of captivity for 11 years is difficult to comprehend, but the author addresses her story with great compassion and sensitivity toward her time of recovering a life again. This story also speaks to how God is a rock to lean on during times of trial and shifting sands. Matthew Dayne is a sensitive man that understands from his own daughter's story how difficult it is to put away a troubled past. Not that I am criticizing the author here, but as a single woman I want to know who she based Matthew's character on and how can I get his number. The other characters we meet in this story are also men of great sensitivity and character. I do have to wonder after a while how many men out there are really like this? And where can I meet them? But seriously, this is a well rounded novel and I appreciated the story very much. as for the narrator Adam Verner, I found his narration to be over all fine. I do not know if Mr. Verner read this book specifically intending the gentle controlled emotional tone in production. To a certain extent it fits with the story because every time Matthew speaks to Shannon he is trying not to give off a lot of emotion. But I do think some may find that emotional control to be annoying by the end of the book. Some may call it a monotone and emotionally neutral speaking voice . As a result , others may find it difficult to stay awake for the audiobook. Make sure you listen to the sample and ask yourself if you can handle that same effect for 12 plus hours. I give this story an overall 4 stars. I will look up other Dee Henderson books in the future but I do hope if Adam is narrating that he shows more emotion in other books.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This was an enjoyable story even though it is every parents nightmare. However, the story develops in a way that doesn't keep you submerged in terror, but more focused on the puzzle of Shannon's plans to bring everyone to justice that she and Matthew (the former Cop she sought out for help) pretty much do. There was a lot of sifting through the past and help from God and an unlikely hero of sorts.
All in all this was a well written, slightly suspenseful book to listen to.
Dee Henderson involves YOU in the lives od hwe characters and they are woven so tightly into an beautiful Tapestry. . .it makes a place in your heart for some time...reflecting back on scenes so real. Well done...even thw really HARD subjects, namely because God is ALWAYS the Solid Rock that the characters turn to and can rely on! Thanks Dee for your attention to detail!
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