A compelling new mystery from Dee Henderson!
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 has enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.
When Shannon contacts private investigator and former cop Matthew Dane to help her navigate her reentry into society, she quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn't mean her troubles are over. For one thing her brother is the leading candidate in the race for Illinois governor, and news of her escape will create a media frenzy. For another the ransom her family reportedly paid years earlier appears to have been a scam; no one knows what happened to the money. And then there's the fact that Shannon's escape involved faking her own death. 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.
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Good Story but don't expect a thrill ride.
- Patricia W.
A Comfort Story Not A Thriller
I was slightly disappointed.
His performance was wonderful. I listened to him for over 12 hours, and it never got old.
This is NOT a thriller - it's only like a very very long hurt/comfort story without any of the hurt actually written in. It's all created in the mind of the reader - like Alfred Hitchcock, or the monster in Jaws, you don't get the details, just that something mega bad happened to the heroine.
It's about a rich girl who was kidnapped at age 16. It's now 11 years later, and she's escaped and has latched onto someone she believes can help her adapt and ease back into real life. This is no girl, she's a grown woman who has problems, but is not a drooling on the floor/nightmares kind of person. She is a very practical and intelligent survivor.
I spent the first 1/3 of the book asking myself "Why are these people making her problems their problems?" and "Who's gonna pay for this?" and "Surely the police are going to believe that she was a conspirator at some point?". Then I just let it go, and said, it's part of the cannon, just believe that the world is aligned thusly.
I read a couple other Henderson novels, and I like her Christian characters, but I missed that this is not a suspense novel. I kept waiting for bullets to fly etc, but after about the 6 hour mark, I signed and resigned myself to the fact that this was probably just a book about emotions. I finished the book and enjoyed it, but it's not my usual cup of tea. Plus, for a 'romance', there was zero and I do mean zero stuff of romance, no longing looks, no denial or self or passionate longings, just a couple of quiet discussions about "Not having an 11:30 moment to regret". They acted honorably, but not like people who are falling in love.
- Monique Atgood