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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  5,140 ratings  ·  515 reviews
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 eviden
Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jennifer Yes, this a is part of a series. It can be a stand-alone book, but if you read the books in reverse order, you already know (to an extent) what happen…moreYes, this a is part of a series. It can be a stand-alone book, but if you read the books in reverse order, you already know (to an extent) what happened previously with some of the other characters. I found this out the hard way, as I ended up reading this book first because none of the books say they are part of a series. I'd suggest reading them in order.(less)

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Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dee Henderson has written some phenomenal books and I highly recommend her O'Malley series and Uncommon Heroes series. However, her last couple of books have all been really flat to me. Almost devoid of emotion. It's all dialog, but very structured dialog at that. All the characters are very controlled. So much of this book is the characters saying what they are going to do while all other characters agree with each other and saying "I trust your judgment". There was no suspense or action. Simpl ...more
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
DNF - 11%

Not my cup of tea

Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You'll find that there are some mixed reviews out there about Taken. Readers either love it or...well, don't. I think the thing you need to understand before diving into this read is that this isn't your typical, heart-in-your-throat, page-turning suspense. This story deals with the aftermath of an eleven year long kidnapping. And as Shannon deals with the fallout, we learn about those years. The suspense is subtle -- the slow reveal of the pieces of her life over the past decade. And while I wa ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely hard to put down when I could get my hands on it!
It started off a bit on the slow side and a few times I felt that there were an awful lot of details that were not necessary to the storyline and drug the story out much longer then it needed to be, but overall I really enjoyed this book! I was intrigued from the first page.
One thing that was strange for me was the romantic interest between the two main characters... I just couldn't feel it. It didn't feel right to me, bu
Sarah Grace Grzy
So good! Can Henderson write a book I won't like? I think not.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abduction, tn-reads, fbi
Absolutely loved this book. Intelligent! Not the action packed suspenseful dramas Dee Henderson usually writes, more dialog, but I really liked that about this story. It’s a piecemeal storyline controlled by a young woman who can only get out small portions at a time, both from trauma and need to protect others.
Will work on more of a review on my flight to Texas in the morning.


Taken By: Dee Henderson
Main characters:
Matthew Dane: Private investigato
Denise Hershberger
Dee Henderson has been my favorite Christian Fiction author for as long as I can remember. I first fell in love with the O'Malley's and then read every single one of her books. When there was a six year break between books before Full Disclosure came out in 2012 I was admittedly concerned she wasn't going to write any more books! But Full Disclosure and the other books that have released since have been more than worth the wait and Taken is no exception.

Henderson writes with great attention to d
Shannon Bliss was kidnapped and held for eleven years. Now she is free and wants to "go home". She seeks out private investigator and former cop, Matthew Dane, whose daughter was kidnapped and returned.

I have mixed feelings about this one. It was fairly good but not a romantic suspense like I expected. In fact I could argue on whether it qualifies as a romance at all. It was more about Shannon coming to terms with her past and the friendship/bond that developed between her and Matthew. There is
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It's an original mix of suspense that is both relaxing and yet so very engaging.

Shannon Bliss was abducted at the age of sixteen. Now eleven years on she has escaped from her captors and is ready to put her life back together. And Shannon has found the man she wants to help her through the transition: Matthew Dane, former police officer and private investigator whose own daughter was kidnapped. Taken, at its heart, is a book about a victim of a tragedy returning home, t
Nora St Laurent
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully layered story with Characters I instantly cared about. Powerful, moving story, I'm still thinking about. I'm amazed at the attention this author gives to detail without bogging the reader down. She pulls readers into her stories, tugs at their heart strings and gives them a new perspective on the situation at hand. AMAZING!

I highly recommend this as a great read and one that would be wonderful for a book club pick!
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Taken is about what happens AFTER a kidnap victim is free. The premise of the novel was good. Unfortunately, the delivery didn't keep my interest.

I found the first chapter to be strong when Shannon found ex-policeman Matthew and shared who she was and asked for assistance. After that, my interest fell off and I never connected with either character.

Claire H
Jun 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
The story of a man without a personality who falls in love with an emotionally vulnerable woman 15 years younger than him as they wander around the country opening safety deposit boxes and finding nothing in particular.

If you thought that was tongue-in-cheek, you're wrong.
Kelly Bridgewater
When I think of romantic suspense, I think of Dee Henderson. She was the first author I was ever read who combined my love of mysteries and Christian fiction into one genre. I discovered her O’Malley series when I was working at a local Christian bookstore (they allowed us to check out the books on the shelf—great gig!), and that and her Uncommon Heroes series really set my personal standard for romantic suspense. But recent books haven't hit the same mark for me, and sadly, that includes Taken. ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
This book had me on the edge of my seat right from the beginning and kept me trying to unravel all the mysteries behind Shannon's disappearance right along with Matthew. Ms. Henderson, with the help of Shannon, fed us just enough information to keep us intrigued (though at times on the edge of frustrated lol) and engaged, anxiously waiting for the next stash-point, the next diary, the next piece of information she revealed in conversation. Yet, she graciously left some parts of Shannon's history ...more
May 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Labeled as Romantic Suspense, I have to seriously disagree with that. There is no romance, and there is no suspense. When I read the back cover I got really excited. Sounds great, doesn't it? Except nothing really happens in the book that I would term a climax, or even a conflict really. The whole book is kind of like the resolution and we missed out on what makes a great suspense novel full of suspense.

And romance wise there was a lot of weirdness going on. First, Matthew is 15 years older than
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love love love loved this book! It reminded me of the famous Patty Hearst case from 1974 and 1975. This was the first book that I have read by Dee Henderson but now I am hooked. Mysteries and suspense novels are some of my favorites to read and this one also had a nice element of a "hint of romance". I hated having to put my kindle aside and stop reading to walk the dogs, wash clothes, etc today. I was very anxious to know what was going to happen next for Shannon. Shannon and Matthew are charac ...more
Alice Stanford
Unfortunately I could not get into this book. I found the plotline and the characters far too unrealistic for my liking, they acted in ways I found impossible to fathom.
As some one who works with children as has done a lot of safeguarding training I was surprised that this book was packed full of safeguarding issues.
The fact that the two main characters were staying in hotels together was completely unrealistic, and certainly in the uk, would never be advised or allowed. When the relationship be
Allison Tebo
This could have been a new favorite book. Compelling set up, amazing attention to detail.

Cons: Too much attention to detail, this book should have been cut in half. This book was really belabored, and the details got so excruciating, the whole thing began to drag.

The book seemed to be climbing towards some kind of amazing end finale (she HAD escaped from the Mob) but nothing ever happened. There wasn't any action, just a lot of talking.

There was a big twist at the end, that I really disliked a
I received an advanced reader copy from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I fell in love with Dee Henderson’s storytelling through reading her O’Malley series. I’ve read most of her other books as well. They have been more hit-and-miss for me. So I was anxious to read her latest book and see where on the spectrum it fell.

The Dee Henderson books I gravitate towards enjoying the most are the ones filled with suspense and action. Taken missed the mark on that for me. It
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taken by Dee Henderson is a stand alone novel with mentions of other characters from her last three books. This book was better than the last one I read, Unspoken, but was still a far cry from her earlier books. I do think I should read, Undetected because it sounds the most like how she used to write. I would like to compare that to others to really know if her writing has changed. What I do know is that the last couple of stories have been too long, drawn out and boring, and they repeat a lot ...more
Tamara Tilley
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, dee-henderson
TAKEN is captivating, in a slow, methodical way.

After being held against her will for eleven years, Shannon Bliss has gained her freedom and is looking for someone to help her traverse the road from victim to survivor. Shannon carefully chooses Matthew Dane. Matthew is an ex-cop turned private investigator who has a lot of experience dealing with a kidnap victim—his own daughter. Matthew’s daughter was kidnapped when she was young, and it’s that fact that drew Shannon to Matthew. She knows he’l
Lisa Johnson
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Taken
Author: Dee Henderson
Pages: 432
Year: 2015
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Matthew Dane is a private investigator with a past that includes his daughter being kidnapped but eventually returned to him. With that experience under his belt, he is uniquely qualified to act as liaison for his new client, Shannon Bliss. She also is the victim of a kidnapping 11 years ago and has escaped her captors. He understands how overwhelmed Shannon is going to feel once
Joanie Bruce
This book is fantastic! I love everything Dee Henderson writes, and this book is no exception. She has a writing style that is unique and fresh, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

What I liked: The characters have a likeable and easy-to-get-to-know style. The way they interact with each other is genuine and frank, and the dialogue is loose and authentic. The love story unfolds gradually and realistically, and the way the plot ambles along is satisfying. I like the spiritual thread that r
Kristine Morgan
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Dee Henderson has written a stunning book. Taken is written in the same style of her earlier books, the ones we all fell in love with. It is good to have her writing the unique mix of suspense, romance, and love of G-d all in the same storyline. Everything flows together into a smooth cohesive story.
Matthew Dane and Shannon Bliss are totally real. I was involved with the story and could not wait to see what was coming next. Dee handled the details so well that I found myself caring what h
Elizabeth Johnson
As a generic "book," this was an enjoyable read. As a Dee Henderson story, it lacked something.

The characters were pleasant, but they did a lot of talking and not much else. There was very little action, other than what was spoken about being done, and barely any suspense. There were painful elements, shockingly horrible aspects of Shannon's story, but they were glossed over so smoothly that you almost miss them. In fact, Shannon's behavior seems more like someone who was away on a adventurous t
K.M. Weiland
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henderson’s recent books have all been “problematic” for me, for lack of a better word. They’re very methodical, almost the point of plodding along. The characters are all logical to a fault, almost emotionless, which inevitably renders them pretty flat. The plots are intricate in their detail and obviously have a ton of (fascinating) research behind them, but they lack any kind of real tension or conflict in either the suspense or the romance department. Still, there’s something about them that ...more
The idea behind the story was great, unique in that it focused on the victim’s first days after escape instead of the chase to find the perpetrator. I just think it could have been carried out differently. It was VERY heavy with dialogue- I didn't mind it in the first half or so, but then it made it drag on a little. Based on other reviews, it seems like this wasn't the best book to introduce me to this author, but I still thought it was okay.
Laurie DelaCruz
Dee Henderson used to be one of my favorite authors, but this book...I had to force myself to finish reading it. It's completely unrealistic. Every character has made such perfect plans, thought out every possible scenario and taken precautions to prevent's not real life, esp if you are dealing with a crime family. Virtually no character development. Each dialogue could have been said by any one of the characters.

Very sad, because I miss the old Dee Henderson!
One should “never judge a book by its cover”, I know, but I needed to learn that the hard way on this one. This cover displays SUSPENSE. Then you read the back cover and guess what, it describes what one would expect to be a SUSPENSEFUL novel! Unfortunately, there was zero suspense in this story. I thought this would be about Shannon finding/keeping her freedom. Instead it was really a story about her healing process with romance thrown in. As much as I like romance themes in novels, the lack of ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, christian
In "Taken" Dee Henderson explores the restoration of Shannon Bliss who was abducted at sixteen and lived in captivity for eleven years until she was able to escape. With the help of Matthew Dane, a former Boston detective she begins to piece her life together, wanting freedom from the dark memories of her past. Added to Shannon's dilemma is a brother running for governor, a crime family who will want to silence her if they discover she's alive, and a mother who may have been instrumental in her ...more
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Dee Henderson is the author of 24 novels, including Immortality, An Unfinished Death, Taken, Unspoken and the acclaimed O’MALLEY series. Several titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list; Full Disclosure has also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her books have won or been nominated for

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