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  • Great introduction to a new series

    Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham Heather Graham has been a go-to author for me for some time and this book, dealing with cults and a horrific ritualistic killing sounded like a good read…and it was. This is a great introduction to what will be a four-book series starring Amy and Hunter and I am eager to read them all. What I liked: * Amy Larson: Special Agent for Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), newer at the job than some but not a novice, bright, dedicated, an artist that makes drawings at the scene of crimes, capable, thinks on her feet, from a family in law enforcement, likable. * Hunter Forrest: FBI Special agent, ex-military, knowledgeable about cult and ritualistic murders, mid-thirties, well known on the job, intelligent, interesting backstory, likable. * The slow development of the relationship between Amy & Hunter – can see them together on the job and off and am looking forward to seeing them together as the series unfolds. * The side/back story and how it played into the overall larger story. * The supporting characters: CSI, ME, her FDLE partner-John, FBI agent assigned to assist, others * The dark, gritty aspects even though the crimes and cult and all the rest were as horrific as expected…and perhaps a bit more. * Not knowing for sure which characters were good/bad * It was believable * That both main characters came from loving families * That Amy and Hunter seemed balanced people and that they didn’t come into the story with a lot of baggage that drew away from the plot. * Looking forward to what will happen next What I didn’t like: * Knowing that cults exist and are as bad as or worse than the one in this book * The baddies I was meant to dislike * Having to wait till book two is published to find out what will happen next. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Mira for the ARC – this is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

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  • Linear, uncomplex plot

    For previous crime thrillers I have examined how a book manages to either steer clear or fall into the well-worn traps of the over-saturated crime genre. I will do the same with this cult-based crime thriller: Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham. My first criteria is to have an intriguing and interesting crime. Here I believe Danger in Numbers passes with flying colours. There are two main crimes which have a biblical element and are suitably gory in nature. There’s also a progression based on the four horseman and Revelations with the agents knowing what might come next and acknowledgement that the interpretation could be taken in any direction. The second potential pitfall is the main characters. I have often spoken about the trope of ‘DI OldSchool GrizzleMan and his partner DC Woman WithIssues’ and I was a little worried at the beginning of the story that this would be the case here. However, very early into the book ‘DI OldSchool GrizzleMan’ is swiftly replaced by ‘FBI Agent Hunk McHottie’. This was a nice plot twist and kept Amy Larson on her toes whilst working with someone new. I liked Hunter Forrest’s (what a name!) backstory which is slowly explored throughout the book and makes him interesting and driven. Amy however, is less a woman with issues as she is a woman with no personality. She is good at drawing, which was a nice feature, although she seemed to be over-talented with a realism that felt forced (being able to accurately guess what someone looked like with hardly anything to go on was done far too often for my taste). She’s also a strong female character who can hold her own in a fight, however she didn’t seem to have much of a personality or backstory other than ‘that FBI guy sure is hot’ which was a shame. The third pitfall is giving the series somewhere to progress – just enjoying the crime or the characters isn’t always a guarantee that a reader will invest in future books. The book felt like it played its hand a little too early here with Amy and Hunter together from halfway through the book. This takes away the ‘will they, won’t they’ element which is popular in other crime novels and would have been nice to include in future books. The little twist at the end set up a sequel but seemed to come out of nowhere and left me a bit confused. My next criteria is a new one that I have included for this novel and that is the plotting of the story itself and here I saw the book very much fall down. With crime thrillers I’m very used to there being a big twist, a betrayal and a few red herrings which makes everyone a suspect and really challenges you as a reader. About a quarter of the way through, a character suggests a suspect who we have never met and doesn’t seem to be linked to any of the crimes, and then… that wild assumption ends up being correct. We only meet him right towards the end and they even start referring to him as the bad guy from around halfway through the novel. This was such a simple solution and was really disappointing. There’s a slight betrayal from one character but it was someone we weren’t overly convinced was on our side anyway. There’s also a missed opportunity with a hint that someone in law enforcement was helping them which sadly went nowhere. I was very much expecting the younger member of the FBI who kept being pointedly referred to as enthusiastic and diligent to be revealed as a member of the cult. This would have been a really nice twist and was sadly not used. The author just telling us who probably did it without introducing the reader to them or giving us a chance to be suspicious of them for ourselves didn’t make for a fun read. Overall, Danger in Numbers was an ok read for me; there’s a nice set of crimes but two dimensional characters and a linear, uncomplex plot. Thank you to NetGalley & Harlequin – MIRA for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Graham strikes gain

    The story moves smoothly and keeps the reader cheering for the good guys

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  • Gripping & Enthralling

    My first read of a thriller written by Heather Graham was a huge success. Right from the start, I was gripped by this enthralling mystery. I love a spooky, dark crime novel and this did not disappoint. Well written and chock full with twists and turns it will keep even the most exacting of readers entertained. The cult aspect was well orchestrated as were the FBI elements. I was kept guessing throughout and I highly recommend Danger in Numbers so grab yourself a copy. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing /MIRA via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Good story

    Great read! Very true about cults in this world unfortunately.

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