Sunday, March 21, 2021

Review: Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham

Danger in Numbers
by Heather Graham

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  On the edge of the Everglades, an eerie crime scene sets off an investigation that sends two agents deep into a world of corrupted faith, greed and deadly secrets.

A ritualistic murder on the side of a remote road brings in the Florida state police. Special Agent Amy Larson has never seen worse, and there are indications that this killing could be just the beginning. The crime draws the attention of the FBI in the form of Special Agent Hunter Forrest, a man with insider knowledge of how violent cults operate, and a man who might never be able to escape his own past.

The rural community is devastated by the death in their midst, but people know more than they are saying. As Amy and Hunter join forces, every lead takes them further into the twisted beliefs of a dangerous group that will stop at nothing to see their will done.

Kritters Thoughts:  A combination of a dramatic story about cults and religion mixed with a murder mystery - Amy Larson is a Special Agent and this case is going to take her to a few small towns in Florida as they track ritualistic murders of young females.  

I enjoyed combining two interests of mine - cults and murder mysteries!  I am weirdly fascinated by the sociology of cults and how one person can influence a group and have them "buy what they are selling."  Add in some murder and this book was in my wheelhouse.  

Even while enjoying the book, there were a few moments in the book where either the story stalled and the pacing wasn't working OR I completely predicted the next moves.  Both of those instances are frustrating in a murder/mystery where pacing matters to keep the reader on the edge of the seat and as a reader I don't love finding things out too early and it loses value when the reveal actually happens.  

This was my first Heather Graham read and she has quiet the backlist, where should I go next if I liked this one?

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 24 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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