Friday, November 15, 2013

Unspoken by Dee Henderson {Book Review}

This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here. Bishop runs a successful coin store, and when Charlotte Graham offers him first refusal of a massive coin collection that she has acquired from her grandfather’s estate. Bryce is intrigued not only by the coins, but by the circumstances surrounding the offer.

Charlotte is a very quiet and guarded. Years ago she was the victim of a kidnapping, and though eventually found and rescued, she has never spoken of the events that happened in the years she was missing. Reliving the events proves painful and no one has been let into that traumatic time in her life.

Despite her cautiousness, the story of her kidnapping is being told through the words of a reporter. Charlotte has to decide if she should break her silence or continue to push back the memories that haunt her. In the midst of it all, she struggles to close out her grandfather’s estate and hold on to her guarded life, while so much around her is no longer the quiet life she desires.

The kidnapping story opens up old wounds, but also causes questions to be raised in another crime that was committed during the same time. Charlotte is put in a position of needing to confront her past and possibly shed light on the situation, but will that vulnerability come with too high a price or is it better to leave some things unspoken?

My Thoughts on Unspoken

As with all of the other books I’ve read by Dee Henderson, Unspoken was one that I loved. While not a part of a series, there are characters that pop up from time to time from her other novels - which is fun for fans, but doesn’t lose any meaning for new readers who are picking up the book to read as a stand alone. Meeting and getting to know new characters is always fun, especially when the author does a wonderful job making them come to life on the page. Unspoken does pull in a few of the characters from Full Disclosure as they put together pieces from an unsolved murder years prior as more of Charlotte’s past comes to light.

The relationship between Bryce and Charlotte was slow to develop in some ways, mainly because of her past history and the issues surrounding her kidnapping. But - it was sweet to watch it unfold throughout the pages. While there is so much more that I could say about it, I do love the way that Henderson handled the decisions they made together. {Really, if I said more, it would spoil some things!}

The job Bryce holds as a coin dealer was interesting, although I have to admit that I was floored at the unlimited amount of funding that he seemed to have at his disposal to purchase the coin lots from Charlotte. I’m sure there is a huge market for coins, and it does make me curious to know more about it, but at times my eyes may have glassed over a bit at the description of the rare coins. It’s something I would like to see in person to truly grasp the magnitude of the collection.

Unspoken is a hefty 400+ page suspense novel that takes a little bit more to get into, but once started, it is hard to put down. Just be warned - you may find yourself curled up in a cozy spot and immune to the demands of your family. Overall, the story is one that is filled with the themes of restoration, healing, and patience - and one that I would recommend. 

Find Out More

You can pick up a copy of Unspoken by Dee Henderson via Amazon in either paperback or Kindle. Be sure to visit Dee Henderson's website as well.


This book was provided for review by Bethany House. All opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

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