Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Review: Unspoken by Dee Henderson

By Dee Henderson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Published: Oct. 1, 2013
ISBN: 9780764211713

Amazon Synopsis:

Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history. 

The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She's changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life. 

She's never said a word--to the cops, to her doctors, to family--about those four years. 

A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn't find the full truth, or break her silence about what 

happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years. 

Bryce Bishop doesn't know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather's estate--and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor--she's decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she's willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She's not giving him much of an opening to work with.

Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter...

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My Thoughts:

This was a fascinating novel. It held my attention throughout because I wanted to know what it was that had happened to the main protagonist Charlotte Graham, and she was so traumatized by something awful in her past that she wasn’t able to speak about it.

Charlotte seemed to be such an overwhelmingly sad person much of the time. It was obvious that she still had not healed from whatever the trauma was that she had suffered almost twenty years before. We never find out the full details of what happened to Charlotte, but we do learn enough to understand how traumatized she must have been.

This book seemed to have two mystery cases going on at the same time. Bryce and Charlotte friends Paul and Ann are working a cold case about a child kidnapping gone wrong and as they get closer to solving this case we see the impact of it on their friends.

What I loved the most about this book was the romance. When Bryce and Charlotte married, neither of them could truly say the words, “I love you”. However, I think that Bryce was already living those words towards Charlotte. And his ability to love Charlotte in a Godly manner, allowed her to come to love him as well. Without that kind of love and patience, she would not have been able to heal.

I also liked that Charlotte had trouble with her faith. I think that many people who have been through some tough times do have trouble with it and it is good to see that portrayed in books, and to see her work through her struggle.

Ms. Henderson has done a wonderful job of intertwining multiple storylines and themes into her novel. The pace is excellent and there are enough twists and turns to keep the interest up.

I gave this book a very solid 4 stars. I would recommend it to any mystery/suspense fan out there.

Thank you to the publishers, Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest book review. I was not required to give a positive opinion. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online.

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  1. This sounds really good! Thanks for the review, I'll definitely check it out.

  2. I think you'll really enjoy it. I'd love to hear what you think of it when you do read it.