Sunday, 24 November 2013

Unspoken by Dee Henderson

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

The FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, and rescued her, but it took four long years. The fact that she was found just three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She's since 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 her family - about those four years.

A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago, where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. Her options are limited: either hope the reporter doesn't uncover 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 Charlotte's past; he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather's estate - and that the FBI director in Chicago made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But she's decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she's willing to forgo 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 the cops thought was solved has only opened another chapter...

Review: I have been a huge Dee Henderson fan for years, but the last book I read from her fell a little short and I almost didn't read "Unspoken". I am so glad I did. This book has reminded me why I fell in love with Dee Henderson's writing in the first place.

Charlotte and Bryce are down-to-earth, real people. While they deal with problems that are bigger than a lot of issues you or I will ever face, their faith, their love, and their fears are tangible and oh so relatable. I really appreciated all the characters in this book, but especially Charlotte. I was thoroughly attached to her within the first few chapters and followed Charlotte through the pages almost protectively, while watching Bryce, the unsuspecting hero, try and earn her trust. She is such an amazing young woman, and I can see why Bryce worked so hard to be by her side.

Although this book focuses mainly on the relationship building between Bryce and Charlotte, there is still a lot of clever outside drama that kept me thoroughly hooked. There is a family fortune that brings a lot of complex problems and scenarios to the forefront, there are multiple secret identities - and not just Charlotte's, and then there is the crime. Brilliant, unpredictable, and captivating, the crime in this story keeps you flipping the pages wondering what on earth happened and trying to piece it together alongside the characters.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was great. Good job, Dee!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

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