UNSPOKEN by Dee Henderson was an interesting read, but might be a little slow or too bogged down with details for some readers.
Charlotte Graham has survived one of the most notorious kidnappings in Chicago history. After being held hostage for four years, Charlotte was found, but remained completely silent about her ordeal. She now enjoys a life of anonymity and views the mass fortune left to her by her grandfather as a burden she wishes she didn’t have. When Bryce Bishop, a coin dealer comes into her life, things take a subtle shift. Charlotte is extremely private and slow to let Bryce into her world, but the more it becomes necessary, the more Charlotte realizes he is a man she can trust.
Bryce Bishop has no idea his introduction to Charlotte Graham is going to forever change his life. A business relationship soon turns to a very guarded personal relationship. Her true identity shocks Bryce, but also makes him even more committed to being a person she can rely on.
When a reporter decides to revisit her case, and has been able to identify her, Charlotte has no choice but to work with the reporter in exchange for her life of obscurity. But when the only outstanding assailant from Charlotte’s kidnapping resurfaces, and is a possible threat to her family, Charlotte puts everything on the line in order to have her ordeal finally over and protect those around her.
I did enjoy UNSPOKEN, but felt some of the in-depth descriptions and dialogue surrounding coin collecting and selling was more distracting then profitable. Charlotte is a hard character to feel attached to because of her much guarded persona. There is very little warmth emanating from her as a person. Bryce on the other hand, is the epitome of a modern day prince charming. The other characters of John, Ellie, Paul, and Ann are very anchoring to the story. And it was fun to revisit Paul and Ann from FULL DISCLOSURE.
Overall, I liked UNSPOKEN. Because I am a true fan on Dee Henderson’s I was willing to trudge through the slower sections. I do wish Charlotte and Bryce’s relationship was more developed at the end of the story, because I don’t feel the content at this point garners the description ‘romance’ book. While Bryce was the consummate romantic, we never were allowed as a reader to get into Charlotte’s mind or heart to see if her attachment to Bryce was more than her guarded psyche would allow.