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…
©2013 Dee Henderson. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, © 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love Christian fiction and cozy mysteries. I'm blind now, so I listen to all my books.
I always enjoy the books by Dee Henderson and eagerly anticipate the next.
I enjoyed getting to know Charlotte.
It helps my visualization. Adam also gives extra dimension to all of the story.
Yes, but I also enjoyed the depth and length of the story.
I have read all of Dee Henderson's books. While it does annoy me a bit that she uses such perfect grammar because she is writing lines that a police officer would say, and they don't say things like, "I am going to the store 'via' the lake", or "'Nor' do I"... at least she stopped saying "cellular phone". lol!
Other than the grammar issue, she is a wonderful story teller and this is a really good one!
The narrator was good, but the voice he used for Paul Falcon was a bit goofy, so I only gave 4 stars on the performance. He did very well on everything else.
I think that I selected this book too much in haste. Had I known she was a religious writer, I would not have made this selection. The presentation of faith is a little heavy handed. Her characters have a crisis of faith...which is not a problem. However, she stops the action for a prolonged "wringing of hands." After the first time, this is a bit annoying.
The main female character is a basket case. It does not make sense that someone is so fragile, that everyone around her has to have kid gloves. In addition, she is somewhat seductive and has a spine when we first meet her....yet becomes helpless as the narrative continues. By the end of the book, I almost wished that she had been abducted again.
The information about coins was interesting. Her slant on philanthropy is appealing.
The secondary and tertiary couples were not used enough or correctly. The police couple were a device to advice the mystery. I would have loved to see them in action. The security man took on more of a policeman role. I expected more action from him as well.
If you are going to be a mystery or thriller....be thrilling. This was a bad soap opera.
I would suggest more of a pause between change of scenes.
I've been listening to experiential writing lately, which is difficult to listen to at time. This had more of a linear narrative, so it was easy listening....especially when doing computer work.
I've already listened to the book three times and am still not tired of it! Though the story is unlikely in parts (Spoiler alert!: Like the fact that she and Bryce marry simply b/c of the trust), the story actually makes it seem plausible. Even though the book leaves a lot of things unanswered, the ending is very satisfying. It answered everything that needed to be answered without tying up every single question with a bow, making it more realistic.
Yes! The book kept me on the edge of my seat just as Charlotte kept Bryce guessing with every turn.
This was a very good book. It twisted & turned & you had to stay on top & focused to understand what was going on but I thoroughly enjoy the series.
I'm amazed that this boring book found a publisher. The premise had potential - girl kidnapped at 16, held for 4 years, finally rescued but in danger from a mysterious third man who escaped. However, there is little suspense until the last quarter of the book, little information given about the horrors of her confinement and only a vague sense of the trauma such an experience would engender. I cannot imagine what it must be like to endure such an ordeal and then return to the world - if this book is any indication, neither can the author. Instead, she gives us endless descriptions of everyday minutiae, in particular the buying and selling of rare coins (Charlotte has inherited millions). When there is finally some action, it is reported at a remove rather than taking the reader directly into it. The "romance" that develops between the two main characters is stiff, the dialogue stilted and unrealistic. Yes, I know that Charlotte has been wounded by life and Bryce is handling her gently, but one would at least expect an undercurrent of restrained emotion since they do fall in love. At the end of the novel, I was annoyed with myself for bothering to finish it.
I am a glass artist and while I create, I listen to books. each creation has memory of one listened to. I love Jesus and my family.
This book was good. It kept me intrigued and thoughtful. I enjoy all of Dee's books and this did not disappoint.
I really didn't care for Adam Verner. The narration of the different characters sounded unnatural. In the past I have really enjoyed Dee Henderson ie. the characters in the Malory series but this is the second book by here that I have not been thrilled with.
I will really have to see what the reviews are saying. Although this book got decent reviews.
there wasn't a lot that I liked about the performance. I didn't like his voice selection for the male characters. He did a decent job at the female characters.
If you like coin collecting ... that would be a plus. Even though I thought the leading male character was implausible It was a good correlation to the patience of God when it comes to wooing us out of a place of hurt.
I specifically look for Christian authors because I like how they show what faith looks like in different walks of like and in a variety situations. The book didn't even have much of that. I felt that it left a big whole when it comes to the really tragic things that happen in this world.
Example - God promises to never leave us our forsake us... He does NOT promise us a life with our adversity, quite the contrary. HE DOES say that He will make it up to us.
There is no mystery. Well, yes, there is; why did this book show up in the mystery and thriller list?
I have rarely read/listened to a book that was so sexist (after all, women can't do anything for themselves) and over-the-top LOVE GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.!
If you want a looooong drawn out melodrama with limited drama and character development, humor, and plot, this is the book for you!
The author even threw in a bunch of details that has nothing to do with the book at all.
Hurray. It's done. Yes, I listened to the entire thing sure that there would be a mystery or thriller, but no.
I never knew in which direction the story was going, kept me interested.
The main character, he was the MOST patient man EVER!! He really cared for the female lead.
Be patient with this one, it takes a while to get going, all that talk about coins!! It's worth it.
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