FBI agent Dave Richman from Danger in the Shadows is back. He’s about to meet Kate O’Malley, and his life will never be the same. She’s a hostage negotiator. He protects people. He’s about to find out that falling in love with a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another! Introducing the O’Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O’Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational suspence novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.
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This book was quite unlike any I have read before. Reading the blurb and first chapter, I had no idea that the story would pan out like it did. I would best describe this book as having “absorbed me” and I’ve found it rare for fictional books to have that level of effect on me. 😄
Dee Henderson writes in a way that just makes it a pleasure to read. In fact, most times I didn’t feel like I was reading, but observing. The characters were so alive and I found myself so interested in their lives. However, it was a bit disappointing that the characters and their situations weren’t more realistic. There’s no mistaking that it’s fiction, that’s for sure.
Kate and Dave have great dynamics and it’s so enjoyable to read them having their witty conversations.
I was unaware as I read this book (#1 to the O’Malley series) that there was a #0.5 instalment which precedes this one, about Sara, Dave’s sister. Without having read that background on Dave, I still feel that this book succeeded in introducing him and I felt like I knew him fairly well.
I don’t know what I was expecting this book to be, but it quite surprised me as I was whirled into a mystery. I haven’t read many mystery books, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I imagine this is a good one. I was completely enamoured by the story.
Another downside to this book was the confusion of suspects. It all worked into place in the end, but as investigations were underway and names of suspects were thrown into the mix (often names not yet mentioned) I found it easy to get lost amongst it all.
Something I quite admired about this book was the fairly accurate impression of a negotiator’s lifestyle. Now, I barely know anything about negotiators, but I found myself hoping that Dee didn’t just brush over the impact that such a tough and mentally-draining job would have on someone’s mental health. This was not overlooked and it felt real and relatable.
I’m so glad that this was one of the first mystery books I’ve read, as I enjoyed it so much that it has given me a good opinion of mystery books. Perhaps I’ll now look into them more. 😉
1) Did this book inspire me?
2) Was this book humorous?
Just the interactions between Kate and Dave are humorous enough. Have an O’Malley get-together and it’s a struggle not to smile!
3) Did this book make me cry?
4) Would I reread this book?
5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
Have you read any books in the O’Malley series? Do you like reading mystery books?