Unspoken, by Dee Henderson: A Book Review

9780764211713Charlotte 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…

My Review: I received this book at exactly the same time we discovered that we were moving, which made it challenging to find time to read. Even more challenging, I found this book very hard to get into. For the first half of the book I was bored and did not connect with the characters. The fact that this is a fairly sizable book, (448 pages) made it difficult to continue reading.

However, I am ultimately glad I did. Once I got to about the halfway point, the book started to pick up some momentum and I began to connect with the characters and feel interested in their story.

This book explored all the repercussions that a traumatic life event can have on a person, and how much that extends into and affects every area of a life that has been broken by horrific circumstances. This book is also about choices. Deciding what you are going to do with your pain. And, decisions others will make to help the one in pain. It’s about sacrifice, healing, trust, persistence, brokenness and a myriad of other things.

This is a very emotional book, once you get into the heart of the story. It becomes gripping and has a depth that extends beyond the final page.

If you can be patient, and perhaps are a person who enjoys a slow starter, it would be worth giving this book a chance. I’m glad I persisted through.

Dee Henderson

Dee Henderson is the author of eighteen novels, including Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story, New York Times bestseller Full Disclosure, the acclaimed O’Malley series, and the Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois.
Learn more at www.deehenderson.com.

* I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Baker Publishing.

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