Monday, January 27, 2014

Review ~ Unspoken by Dee Henderson

Book Blurb

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.

441 pages from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



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My Review

***CONTAINS SPOILERS***

When Unspoken came out, I hoped it was going to be suspenseful, gripping, thought provoking, emotionally charged, and keep me on the edge of my seat. Sadly, none of those were there for me. I was sorely disappointed and bored out of my gourd with the endless rare coin information. Not to mention that the heroine, Charlotte Graham, who survived being held captive by kidnappers for four years as a teenager, has been bequeathed an eight billion dollar inheritance (yes, you heard that right) by her grandfather that includes several hundred millions of dollars in rare coins (perhaps billions even), and no one knows about them. I think if there were that many rare coins in the possession of one man someone would know it. It just seemed too far-fetched for me to even believe a little bit of the story. The kicker is she has to marry in a certain amount of time to inherit the full estate. Uh, yeah right. That sounds like something that should be in historical fiction, not contemporary.

Even the hero, Bryce Bishop, was kind of unbelievable. He’s a wealthy coin dealer (of course) who is a Christian. He consistently shows kindness, patience, perseverance, gentleness, humility -- all fruits of the Spirit in his daily dealings with others, especially Charlotte. Not that we shouldn't be this way but he was just too perfect. He has all the right moves, all the right answers, all the right everything. By the end, he is in love with Charlotte and willing to marry her so she can fully inherit.

The best part of the book was seeing Ann and Paul Falcon from Full Disclosure. Honestly, the mystery they were solving in this book was much more thrilling than anything else. The scenes with them were excellently written and captivating!


I appreciate Bethany House providing a copy for review purposes. I wasn't required to write a positive review, just my opinion of the book, which I have done. 

Have you read this book yet? If so, what did you think?


13 comments:

  1. Although I enjoy DH's books, this doesn't sound like one for me. Far too perfect and predictable!

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    1. Hi Barbara! I'm still game for reading the next one that comes out this spring. Maybe it will be like the stories of old :)

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  2. I agree; this book was not as captivating as "Full Disclosure", which as you know, I loved! But honestly, I was a little intrigued, at the beginning at least, by the rare coin scenario, but I kept expecting a climax to the story line and there just wasn't one. But I haven't given up; hopefully book three will come full circle.

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    1. Hey Rebecca, I was intrigued in the beginning but that quickly faded as it got bogged down with all the coin talk...ugh! I'm looking forward to reading the next one too. Just in case....you know :)

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  3. Thanks for your honesty, Anne. You reviews are always great and I look forward to reading them. I must admit that I am on the fence about Dee Henderson's books in general. I have read several, but only a couple have grabbed my attention so she isn't my first choice author.

    Thanks again for a great review. Hugs and blessings!

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    1. Thanks for being so encouraging, Stephanie. There were so many positive reviews about this book but I had to be honest. I'm not sure which ones you've read but I really did enjoy her older books. My favorite is Before I Wake! Wow. Great thriller. {{hugs}}

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  4. I agree with your comments. I did not enjoy this book like I have some of hers. It was just too much detail on coins and never got exciting enough to make me want to keep on reading. I did finish reading it and reviewed in on my blog.

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    1. I agree 100%! I was not compelled to keep picking it up but had to force myself.

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  5. I have not read any of her books, but every author has a dog once in a while. Thanks for your honest review. :)

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    1. Hey Diane, I hope that is all it is and that her next one is better! Thanks for coming by :)

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  6. If you want suspenseful, gripping, thought provoking, emotionally charged, and keep me on the edge of my seat, read http://www.amazon.com/The-Devil-White-City-Madness/dp/0375725601. Sadly, the story is true.

    I often find books published by Bethany House a little too predictable, unbelievable, or wrap up to nicely at the end. I know they are Christian and appreciate some of the junk they don't include, but miss some of the good stuff too.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Rebecca! I'll look that one up. I'm not a 100% sure but I think there have been several books published by the Christian houses this past year with that setting. I don't think any of them dealt with the serial killer angle, though.

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    2. I found the book at the library so hopefully I will be able to start reading it soon!

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