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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 cr 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. Doomsday preppers and small-town secrets collide in this sultry, twisty page-turning thriller.


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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 cr 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. Doomsday preppers and small-town secrets collide in this sultry, twisty page-turning thriller.

30 review for Danger in Numbers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Special Agent Amy Larson has to be strong of stomach when she approaches the crime scene of a ritualistic murder. Accompanied by her partner John Schultz, both of them agents for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, they can tell right away that this case is going to be very difficult. While at the crime scene, Special Agent Hunter Forrest of the FBI joins them. Amy is annoyed right from the outset. This is a local or state crime, so why is a federal agent coming into the picture? As things Special Agent Amy Larson has to be strong of stomach when she approaches the crime scene of a ritualistic murder. Accompanied by her partner John Schultz, both of them agents for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, they can tell right away that this case is going to be very difficult. While at the crime scene, Special Agent Hunter Forrest of the FBI joins them. Amy is annoyed right from the outset. This is a local or state crime, so why is a federal agent coming into the picture? As things unfold it proves to be the case that Hunter has a special interest - and past - in a case that proves evidence of a dangerous cult operating in the rural Everglades there in Florida. John is beset with heart difficulties, leaving Amy and Hunter now as partners in this gruesome case. While the community is no doubt devastated by this murder, the deeper Amy and Hunter probe, the more secrets they begin to unfold. Amy spotted something at the crime scene that laid the groundwork for investigation into a dangerous cult that proves that more bodies will fall. All the while, Amy and Hunter begin to draw closer together. They are are both skilled in the art of investigation and their unique skills play well off of one another. Amy has an amazing talent as an artist when it comes to drawing crime scenes and Hunter's perceptive skills play into his past, a past that is utterly chilling. The people behind the murders are horrid, to put it mildly. So some of the scenes are rather difficult to read. Then this this fabulous story combines fast-paced action with a developing romance. Factor in all three of these things, as well as the fact that dangerous cults do indeed thrive in some environments makes for this read by Heather Graham to be a captivating story that was impossible to put down. Many thanks to MIRA and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Great story with a gruesome crimes and fast paced action. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’m not sure what it was that captured me about this book. Maybe it was the setting. Maybe it was the uniqueness of the crimes that were being committed. The extreme detail. The grit and gruesomeness of the crime. Whatever it was, Graham has stepped it up a few notches with this captivating release. In this book, she dives into cults and what people will do in terms of mind twisting and the religious fanaticism. The setti Great story with a gruesome crimes and fast paced action. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’m not sure what it was that captured me about this book. Maybe it was the setting. Maybe it was the uniqueness of the crimes that were being committed. The extreme detail. The grit and gruesomeness of the crime. Whatever it was, Graham has stepped it up a few notches with this captivating release. In this book, she dives into cults and what people will do in terms of mind twisting and the religious fanaticism. The setting is creepy and perfect for the plot. She adds in the right amount of pacing and ties in a romantic interest that I felt was well placed but a little downplayed. The character development was good, with plenty of questionable characters to keep you guessing along the way. The suspense level was just right and she captured me completely in this story. I could not stop reading! Loaded with gripping detail and police procedurals that keeps you on your toes, Danger in Numbers balances the crime, heightened tension, and even ups the anxiety levels as you go through the story for a well developed and twisted read! Plus, the ending was awesome with a lead in to a future story. Hunter was an excellent character and I hope to see him in future reads! Well Done! * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/danger-in-nu...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    3.5 stars, actually. After having read and enjoyed two of the author's other books, I have to say that this one - while enjoyable in many ways - doesn't quite measure up. The subject matter - ritualistic murders and a secretive religious cult - always makes fodder for a good story, and this is no exception. The main characters, though, just seem a bit too "perfect" to be totally believable - the budding relationship between Florida State Police Special Agent Amy Larson and FBI Special Agent Hunte 3.5 stars, actually. After having read and enjoyed two of the author's other books, I have to say that this one - while enjoyable in many ways - doesn't quite measure up. The subject matter - ritualistic murders and a secretive religious cult - always makes fodder for a good story, and this is no exception. The main characters, though, just seem a bit too "perfect" to be totally believable - the budding relationship between Florida State Police Special Agent Amy Larson and FBI Special Agent Hunter Forrest was a forgone conclusion from the moment she met and disliked him. While it in no way factored into my rating, I confess to being very bothered by the frequent and glaringly incorrect references to the Bible book that's the basis for the cult's beliefs. It is "Revelation," not "Revelations" (plural). Although I'm reading a pre-release galley and a few errors can be expected - publishers almost always contend these things will be caught and corrected in the final version - but this mistake is so pervasive that someone should have caught it long before this. If it hasn't been fixed before you get a copy, well, you read it here first. All that said, this is still an engrossing story, with twists and turns that held my interest all the way to the end. It begins with the exceptionally gruesome murder of a young woman that clearly has religious overtones. Amy has been called in, and she's surprised when Hunter - a Fed - shows up unannounced (and, as far as she's concerned, unauthorized). Despite her wariness, they manage a truce of sorts; as the investigation moves along, the truce begins to turn to trust. And time is of the essence when suspicions turn to what's outlined in that Bible book - predictions of four murders - one by sword, one by starvation, one by disease and one by animal attack. Given the nature of this murder, could it represent the first of four? If so, can Amy and Hunter and members of their teams find who's behind it before he or she strikes again? The chase takes the pair through some of Florida's most remote parts as they meet up with some small-town locals who put a very different spin on what faith is all about. The search continues right up to an action-packed ending that makes the whole thing well worth reading. Thanks very much to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATNG: 2.5 STARS 2021; Mira/Harlequin I have not read Heather Graham in awhile, but I enjoyed her paranormal suspense series set in New Orleans and a standalone novel, so I decided to try Danger in Numbers. Serial killers, cults, FBI...what could wrong? The hero and heroine in this novel lack chemistry, and were a bit bland on their own. The story was okay, but wasn't anything exceptional or suspenseful. I am trying another book by Graham later this year Witness to Death so will keep you posted. ** RATNG: 2.5 STARS 2021; Mira/Harlequin I have not read Heather Graham in awhile, but I enjoyed her paranormal suspense series set in New Orleans and a standalone novel, so I decided to try Danger in Numbers. Serial killers, cults, FBI...what could wrong? The hero and heroine in this novel lack chemistry, and were a bit bland on their own. The story was okay, but wasn't anything exceptional or suspenseful. I am trying another book by Graham later this year Witness to Death so will keep you posted. ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  5. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    This one gets an ‘okay’ from me. While I enjoyed the cult aspect of the story and trying to figure out why the murders happened, the romance in this romantic suspense was a little ho hum. I mean…our two leads were…perfectly nice people. Yep. That’s it. Perfectly nice people. The way everything ended was…fine. Okay, honestly? There was just nothing standout about this one. This is an okay read populated by okay characters who solve an okay crime in an okay way and I want to read something else now… This one gets an ‘okay’ from me. While I enjoyed the cult aspect of the story and trying to figure out why the murders happened, the romance in this romantic suspense was a little ho hum. I mean…our two leads were…perfectly nice people. Yep. That’s it. Perfectly nice people. The way everything ended was…fine. Okay, honestly? There was just nothing standout about this one. This is an okay read populated by okay characters who solve an okay crime in an okay way and I want to read something else now…okay? *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    DANGER IN NUMBERS is the first book I’ve ever read by Heather Graham but it certainly won’t be the last! Once I started reading, the twists and turns kept on coming and I could not put it down. Heather Graham has a talent for creating gripping plot lines and books that practically demand to be read in one sitting –and DANGER IN NUMBERS is no exception. I took my time with this amazing and mind blowing story as I wanted to make it last. Heather reels in her readers with quite a hook. I am kicking DANGER IN NUMBERS is the first book I’ve ever read by Heather Graham but it certainly won’t be the last! Once I started reading, the twists and turns kept on coming and I could not put it down. Heather Graham has a talent for creating gripping plot lines and books that practically demand to be read in one sitting –and DANGER IN NUMBERS is no exception. I took my time with this amazing and mind blowing story as I wanted to make it last. Heather reels in her readers with quite a hook. I am kicking myself for not reading this story the minute I received it! She starts by putting the reader on a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions. DANGER IN NUMBERS flows smoothly between present and past. I was quickly caught up in the story-line and found it difficult to put down. This book just flew by! DANGER IN NUMBERS was such a thrilling ride for me! This story is filled with mystery and many secrets. Your heart will be in your throat throughout most of this gripping story and you won’t believe how it ends! That’s all I’m saying about that! DANGER IN NUMBERS had me yelling at the characters in the book over and over again! My emotions were all over the place and just when I thought I had it all figured out, Heather Graham showed me just how wrong I was. DANGER IN NUMBERS is crazy good and everyone should read it! I am now on a quest to read all of her previous books and can totally understand why so many of my reading friends love this author so much! DANGER IN NUMBERS is a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down until I knew what had happened. Fans of psychological mysteries will enjoy this one. DANGER IN NUMBERS is so well written, that even though it jumps back and forth between the present and the past, it is still easy to follow. DANGER IN NUMBERS is a suspenseful tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final pages. I highly recommend DANGER IN NUMBERS! This book is a well written novel that hooked me from the very first page. I do not want to tell too much because I don’t want to give anything away, but while reading, I felt every possible emotion I could think of and loved every minute of it! There is so much going on in this story, but Heather Graham does a wonderful job of weaving all the pieces together. I received a complimentary copy of this book from MIRA through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The beginning of Danger in Numbers hinted at nefarious cult activities in 1993 . Fast forward to current year, the discovery of a gruesome ritualistic murder has Florida State Police Special Agent Amy Larson and her partner investigating. The sudden appearance of FBI agent Hunter Forest and his interest in what she considered her case sets her on edge. Forced to I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The beginning of Danger in Numbers hinted at nefarious cult activities in 1993 . Fast forward to current year, the discovery of a gruesome ritualistic murder has Florida State Police Special Agent Amy Larson and her partner investigating. The sudden appearance of FBI agent Hunter Forest and his interest in what she considered her case sets her on edge. Forced to work with Hunter when her partner suffered a heart attack did not bode well with her, but the murders needed solving.     The investigation had me on the edge of my seat. I wondered how the events of 1993 tied with the current situation. Well, as the story developed the connection became clear and what a revelation. The mystery surrounding the person involved in the murders proved disappointing because of the ease with which I figured it out. The events leading up to the capture of the perpetrators made up for the disappointment. Despite Amy’s initial misgivings about Hunter, they made a great team. I loved how the author slowly brought Hunter’s past to light. I thought Amy’s character could have been better fleshed out. The author provided a few details about her background, but it was not enough for me to connect with her. I found I had a better connection with Hunter as I learnt what inspired him to become an agent. The romance was a slow burning one and developed as the story progressed. It did not overshadow the murder investigation, which was not an issue for me. The villains of the story were manipulative, dangerous, greedy and warped in the head. The murder scenes were not for the faint of heart. In summary, Danger in Numbers proved to be an engaging read. Fans of romantic suspense who appreciate graphic scenes should add this to their reading list. This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading

  8. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    enjoy Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series, so I picked up Danger in Numbers, a romantic suspense thriller set in Florida. Cults, ritualistic murders ,and sizzling chemistry kept me flipping the pages. This was good even without the paranormal woo-woo I am used to reading with Graham’s novels. The author pulls you right in with an intense escape from a cult. Then we flip to a crime scene near the Everglades in Florida and meet Special Agent Amy Larson of the Florida State Police. Amy and her partner enjoy Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series, so I picked up Danger in Numbers, a romantic suspense thriller set in Florida. Cults, ritualistic murders ,and sizzling chemistry kept me flipping the pages. This was good even without the paranormal woo-woo I am used to reading with Graham’s novels. The author pulls you right in with an intense escape from a cult. Then we flip to a crime scene near the Everglades in Florida and meet Special Agent Amy Larson of the Florida State Police. Amy and her partner are at the scene of a murder where a young woman has been staked to a cross. As Amy sketches, Special FBI Agent Hunter Forrest, arrives on the scene. He is a specialist in cults, and it seems the murder resembles another. I loved the meet and greet between Amy & Hunter. You can tell Amy is a little put out and doesn’t want the FBI taking their case, but the two quickly join forces. Graham delivered a suspenseful case. We’ve got ritualistic murders with religious elements dealing with the four horsemen and the end of times. This provided foreshadowing as the agents pieced together what would happen next. Hunter and Amy worked well together and slowly built up trust. The romance was a slow burn that quickly ignited. I enjoyed getting Amy’s perspective on things and liked that Hunter kept her on her toes. The author focuses on Hunter’s backstory and his chosen career path with a tie in to the murders. I was a little disappointed with the whodunit as I figured it out early on, but we had plenty of suspects and secondary characters involved with lots of danger that kept me engaged. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donnap

    This was a real eye opener about cults. I had never realized like this, to How a person could get so caught up in something so bazaar. To let someone mess with your mind and your beliefs just blows my mind. This was a thriller to the end,

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality I got sucked into Danger in Numbers from the first page, but there were two things that I admit it took me a while to get. The first was that the story reminded me of something but I couldn’t put my mental finger on exactly what for the longest time. (Surprisingly, it’s Faithless in Death by J.D. Robb. Humans are still screwed up and still falling for stupid stuff even in the future.) The second was that the title is a play on words. That hit me upside the h Originally published at Reading Reality I got sucked into Danger in Numbers from the first page, but there were two things that I admit it took me a while to get. The first was that the story reminded me of something but I couldn’t put my mental finger on exactly what for the longest time. (Surprisingly, it’s Faithless in Death by J.D. Robb. Humans are still screwed up and still falling for stupid stuff even in the future.) The second was that the title is a play on words. That hit me upside the head somewhere in the middle and just didn’t let go. Neither did the story. At first I thought this might be my second serial killer story in a row. Then I realized it was way more gruesome than that. One person, or even two people, who have gone bloodily off the deep end is horrible enough. But the idea of dozens or hundreds being brainwashed into evil by a cult and its charismatic leader – and we know that it does happen in the real – is on a completely other level of insanity. FBI Special Agent Hunter Forrest rushes from Micanopy in north Florida to the edge of the Everglades – most of the way down Florida the long way – because he’s dead certain that the horrifically dead body that the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) has just discovered is related to the murder he’s investigating at his end of the state. He’s sure because he’s seen it before. Not just because he’s made a career out of investigating cases like this one, but because, once upon a time, he was inspired to join the FBI because of a case much too much like this. The land around the Everglades is a patchwork of federal, state, private and tribal land. The towns that are near its edge are too small to have much in the way of police forces of their own, and this case is already too big and too sensational for local cops to handle, leaving the FDLE in a slightly uneasy partnership with the FBI to locate and catch the killers. Because this isn’t the work of an individual or even a gang. It takes an entire town – or an entire cult – to plan and carry out this kind of murder as well as an entire town – or cult – to provide both the reason for it and the means to pull it off and cover up not the crime – because they want that to be found to send a twisted message – but to hide or obscure the identities of the perpetrators. FDLE Special Agent Amy Larson is going to have to work WITH the FBI whether she – or Forrest – like it or not. Her senior FDLE partner is in the hospital, the murder site is on disputed land, and as good as the FDLE is, the FBI is better. Larson doesn’t like the feds moving in on the FDLE’s case. Forrest isn’t sure that Larson, still in her 20s and with only four years at the state bureau, is up to the task. And neither of them can resist the pull between them – no matter how much they try. While the cult – and the man behind it all – is after both of them. Escape Rating A-: I slipped into this book easily because we spend the story following Hunter and especially Amy. We don’t get into the minds of the cultists, nor is the cult either glorified or sensationalized. We follow Amy and Hunter and their cause is righteous. There’s a lot of understanding on both of their parts but particularly Hunter’s, on how easy it is for people to get sucked in and how practiced the cult leaders are at finding and sucking in the desperate and the easily swayed. There is, after all, just a hint of truth at the heart of the very big lie that the con artist cultists are peddling – just as there is at the heart of all “Big Lies”. It helps that Amy and Hunter are both interesting characters, who are good at their jobs and keep their focus on the victims at all times. They are in this to help people and it’s easy for the reader to be on their side from the beginning, even as they wonder whether they can manage to be on the same side without friction – of one kind or another. I liked them both as investigators quite a bit, but I have to say that the romance that develops between them just didn’t feel necessary. I expected it but would have liked the book just as much, or maybe a bit more, without it. A part of the story that I personally found fascinating was the location in Micanopy. I lived in Alachua County for three years so the area felt familiar. The only thing missing from what I remember of the town is that there was still quite a bit of memorabilia around town from the filming of the movie Doc Hollywood in 1991. Nevertheless, the familiarity made the location easy to visualize. While the fact that Hunter and his family had been part of a cult very much like the one they’re tracking felt pretty obvious from the flashback start even though the family was not named, something that took me completely by surprise was just how well the title’s play on words worked in the story. “Safety in numbers” is a catchphrase that comes up all the time – and it even does in the story as Hunter and Amy and the members of their team try very hard to not work by themselves on this case. The times that Amy is in direct danger are the few times that she is alone. But there is also a danger in numbers. In this story, it’s the danger of numbers of people big enough to become a cult, or a mob, or the perilous combination of the two that is at the center of the series of ritualistic murders and a whole lot of broken lives and families. Alone, most of these people would have been harmless – or more likely whining complainers or even argumentative blowhards. Even if they had succumbed to their own personal dark sides their crimes would have been, at least in comparison, few and most likely much harder to cover up. Together they make a self-righteous, self-feeding, murderous mob. There’s another danger in numbers. Even though it’s clear that the “Divine Leader” will face justice the last page turns, he’s left behind entirely too many true believers who will carry out his mission either for the promise of eternal glory or the filthy lucre of leading a gigantic con. The cult members were following a plan to either court or appease the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to bring about the End Times. As the story ends, the cult is one horse down – and three to go.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elli (Kindig Blog)

    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 th 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. For more of my reviews check out www.kindig.co.uk

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: March 18th 2021  "Someone with the ability to charm and manipulate others and make them do his bidding - no matter how cruel or irrational - most probably has a very personal agenda for power." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and MIRA in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I knew that I wanted to read Danger In Numbers as soon as I read the blurb. I always love a good crime thriller, and the mention of a cult element Finished reading: March 18th 2021  "Someone with the ability to charm and manipulate others and make them do his bidding - no matter how cruel or irrational - most probably has a very personal agenda for power." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and MIRA in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I knew that I wanted to read Danger In Numbers as soon as I read the blurb. I always love a good crime thriller, and the mention of a cult element as well as a FBI angle made me even more excited to read this story. As a whole, I definitely ended up having a great time with this story! Danger In Numbers isn't afraid to go dark as it dives into a violent and disturbing cult world... And you will find plenty of suspense along the way. The strength of Danger In Numbers is without doubt in this cult element and how it is incorporated into the plot. While it is pretty obvious quite early on what is going on and who might be behind it, as a whole the plot and twists are entertaining enough to keep reading. Add multiple murders, a violent cult angle and a federal investigation that takes the two main characters all over Florida, and you will find plenty of action along the way. The 1993 flashbacks were a nice touch, as it helped giving insight in the cult world from the very start and added a dose of suspense and intrigue as to how Sam fitted into the present timeline... The present itself focuses on different characters to help getting to know the characters as well as to show what is happening in different places. As for the characters... I do have to say I would have liked to see more development, as both Amy Larson and Hunter Forrest felt a bit flat and cliche as a whole. They weren't exactly unlikeable and I did enjoy seeing them investigate the case, but more fleshing out might have made it easier to connect to them. That said, I wasn't a fan of the introduction of the romance angle at all, and I felt it undermined the strength of the rest of the plot. This romance element didn't add anything substantial to the plot, and I would have much preferred the story without it. In short, while there were certain things that didn't work all that well for me, as a whole there is no denying that Danger In Numbers is an entertaining and suspenseful crime thriller with an intriguing cult angle. The ending might be a bit bland, but the plot itself most definitely wasn't! (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: December 4, 2020 Publication date: March 23, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book fro Date reviewed/posted: December 4, 2020 Publication date: March 23, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. 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. Doomsday preppers and small-town secrets collide in this sultry, twisty page-turning thriller. 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. Doomsday preppers and small-town secrets collide in this sultry, twisty page-turning thriller. I love a good, spooky, darkly weird crime novel and this did not disappoint: it was well written and full of enough twists and turns to keep the pickiest reader entertained. The cult aspect was well presented as was the FBI side of the book - it will certainly keep you guessing. Heather Graham is a master at her craft and if you have not read her books before, be sure to pick them up - they are just excellent and spooky as heck. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    A horrific, ritualistic murder, a cult, and a pair of law enforcement investigators sifting through small towns and Florida backcountry for the truth. I had never read this author's books before and have wanted to for some time so I jumped at the chance. Danger in Numbers opens with the gruesome death that brings Florida State Police Special Agent Amy Larson and her partner in on the investigation, but soon she is antagonized by the arrival of FBI Agent Hunter Forrest. She must join Hunter when h A horrific, ritualistic murder, a cult, and a pair of law enforcement investigators sifting through small towns and Florida backcountry for the truth. I had never read this author's books before and have wanted to for some time so I jumped at the chance. Danger in Numbers opens with the gruesome death that brings Florida State Police Special Agent Amy Larson and her partner in on the investigation, but soon she is antagonized by the arrival of FBI Agent Hunter Forrest. She must join Hunter when her partner suffers a heart attack and she learns that Hunter's knowledge of similar murder and cult crimes will give them the edge. The antagonism de-escalates and they become a great investigative team. Her drawing talent and investigative skills and his experience lead the way through potential suspects and delving into a dangerous cult. Their partnership becomes something more even as things build to a suspenseful climax. I enjoyed the way the author built the setting and situation while getting my attention with that grisly death. I loved the rural Florida backdrop and the feeling that something is seething and everyone seems to know something. Between the preppers and the cultists, this was one fulminating area and ripe for the crime setting. At first, I was a little leery of the main character, Amy. She got all bent out of shape when Hunter showed up and I didn't want a bunch of law enforcement rivalry drama-ing up a good thriller set up. But, she lowered her hackles and got to work after a brief time of showing her displeasure. I was really glad of that because Hunter was the one with the expertise in this type of crime and had the past crime to help solve this one. He also was the character I was most drawn to with his slowly emerging background and the way he did his job. In truth, I felt I knew Hunter much better than Amy. Her background was never drawn as well as his though she was a likeable, capable woman who had a talent for drawing the crime scenes. The romance was mostly background for this book and I was actually fine with this. I think it was the brutal killing up front and the potential for worse. If they had been spending all their time and thoughts on their attraction when so much trouble was happening, I would have seen them as unprofessional and worse. But, that said, they were both great people and I was happy to see them forming more than a working partnership by the end. As to the mystery, I had no idea who did it. I pointed the finger a few times, but, honestly, I couldn't have figured this one out. The how, yes, but the rest was too ambiguous until late right about the time of the reveal. I even saw betrayal and conspiracy where there wasn't any. Definitely one of those where I could only follow along at the pace of the story. All in all, this was a solid murder thriller and I enjoyed the author's writing. I definitely want more and I need to go and get her backlist from others series, too. Those who enjoy romantic suspense with emphasis on a gritty, engaging suspense should definitely pick this one up. My thanks to Harlequin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: Danger in Numbers Author: Heather Graham Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for sending me an ARC. Well, this is another one of those books that I thought was going to be a four or fives star read, but ended up being disappointed. I really was interested the whole idea of a cult and people being killed rather awful ways. I liked that idea and really thought that this was going to be something different form the normal thrillers that I read. However, I Book: Danger in Numbers Author: Heather Graham Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for sending me an ARC. Well, this is another one of those books that I thought was going to be a four or fives star read, but ended up being disappointed. I really was interested the whole idea of a cult and people being killed rather awful ways. I liked that idea and really thought that this was going to be something different form the normal thrillers that I read. However, I found that as the book went out, it kind of lost all its’ momentum. Let’s start there then….The beginning of the book was really solid. I found myself flying through it. I was fully invested in the characters and trying to figure out just what was going on. Heather did a great job of hooking me right from the first words. We have this cult that no one seems to be know about and now young women are showing up dead. Their murders are just terrifying. There also seems to be a biblical motive behind all of them. The very idea about a cult and religious murders just makes me a little uneasy and I had to keep reading. I had to find out what was going to happen. The sense of mystery and the unknown in the start of the book was a solid five star read. I felt like I was pulled in and trying to figure out what was going on. The fact that these events are things that could very well happen in the real world just adds another level. Not to mention that Heather’s writing was kind of on the spooky side. Then, we got to the halfway point and I just felt like all of the magic from the beginning of the book was gone. It felt like the author just decided to go off in a completely different direction. There was a romance thrown into the mix and I did not like it. Normally, I am not someone who is bothered by romance in books, but this one, just did not work. It felt like the romance was thrown into the mix just for the sake of having a romance. It seemed like once the romance started, there whole thrill was gone. It felt like we were solving the case for a while. Yet, the romance just seemed to overtake my reading experience and I could not move past that. I just don’t know what to say. Once the romance started, the book kind of lost its speed for me and I found myself no longer caring about what was going on or even if they actually solved the case. It seemed like that once the romance started, we kind of ended up losing the characters as well, like I said earlier, I was very interested in the characters at the start of the book. However, as the book went on, I just found myself no longer caring about what happened to them. it was almost like we started out with these complex characters in the beginning of the book, but ended up with flat and uninteresting ones by the end of the book. I just don’t know what else to say other than this started out great, but fell apart for me. Anyway, this book comes out on March 23, 2021.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elliot A

    Thank you to the publisher, Mira Books, for providing me with an ARC of Danger in Numbers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Gist I have been on a little book review hiatus. And the first review I get to write has me staring at my trusted little laptop screen. I don’t know what to say. Well, I do know what to say, I just don’t know how to say it without sounding like a complete jerk. What the heck?! Here it goes: I thought this was really not that good. Wow! Can I be Thank you to the publisher, Mira Books, for providing me with an ARC of Danger in Numbers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Gist I have been on a little book review hiatus. And the first review I get to write has me staring at my trusted little laptop screen. I don’t know what to say. Well, I do know what to say, I just don’t know how to say it without sounding like a complete jerk. What the heck?! Here it goes: I thought this was really not that good. Wow! Can I be any more passive aggressive? But seriously, though. What do you say about a story that felt like listening to nails on a chalkboard? Let me explain. The Details I don’t think Danger in Numbers would have been as bad, had it not been for the writing. But what is a story without the writing? Good question. Not much, I presume. As soon as I started reading Danger in Numbers I could tell that this felt more like a mass-produced book. You know, one of those paperback novels you buy at the airport just to pass the time of your delayed flight? It was a quick read, but mostly because it was just fluff. Badly written fluff. There was no passion or excitement in the writing. I can always tell when a person writes something because they have to, versus when they are excited about telling a story. This story just felt void of enthusiasm for the craft of writing. The grammar was atrocious. The sentences felt chopped and thrown together to just get the point across, regardless of what they sound like as long as the pages get filled with them. I couldn’t stand the characters. I imagined a pursed lip, better-than-thou female detective and a male sidekick, who have such a strong bond they only have to look at each to communicate. That sounds like something out of a day-time television show. Also, I cannot buy the fact that a 50-year-old man has snow-white hair. Sure, it happens that people grey prematurely, but snow-white hair? On a 50-year-old man? Nah. The lackluster writing, the lack of passion, the oh-so-many run-on sentences and unbelievable character descriptions made Danger in Numbers a not very pleasurable reading experience. The Verdict Overall, not even a gruesome murder in the deserted landscape of the Everglades could save this one for me. I am quite aware that this might not be a very popular opinion, yet I’m incapable of sugar coating the facts these days. It’s a hard pass for me on Danger in Numbers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham is an exciting, tense standalone murder mystery. We meet our heroine, FDLA Special Agent Amy Larson, who is on the scene of a gruesome ritualistic murder of a female in the Florida Everglades. The woman was on a pole, with violent slashes across her face and stabbed through her heart. Amy and her partner John, both from the Florida State Police, were disturbed, as well as worried if this was the start of more to come. The murder draws the attention of the FBI, Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham is an exciting, tense standalone murder mystery. We meet our heroine, FDLA Special Agent Amy Larson, who is on the scene of a gruesome ritualistic murder of a female in the Florida Everglades. The woman was on a pole, with violent slashes across her face and stabbed through her heart. Amy and her partner John, both from the Florida State Police, were disturbed, as well as worried if this was the start of more to come. The murder draws the attention of the FBI, and Special Agent Hunter Forrest, who has knowledge of how cults operate. In a short time, Hunter will join the investigation with Amy as his partner, since her partner suffered a heart attack. Together Hunter and Amy made a sensational team, as they are both good at what they do. Early on there is another POV from many years ago, showing a family on the run from a cult and hoping for help from the FBI, leaving us unsure of how this effected the current case; halfway into the story, we do learn what and who was in that POV. After another female is murdered, Hunter begins to see some similarities of previous ritualistic crimes. Amy and Hunter know that someone powerful runs a dangerous cult, and think nothing about putting women through horrific rituals. After meeting all the local churches and temples, they do further investigations on all of them to find clues as to who is the leader; and to find another missing woman before she is killed. But there were so many secrets that hindered their investigation, and because Amy is a woman, Hunter and another detective worry that she is in danger, too. What follows is a tense thriller that will bring them into a commune of dangerous people who are blinded by a leader who will kill at whim. To say too much more would be spoilers, and I would ruin it for you. Danger in Numbers is an exciting, intense, dark story of murder and the cults that brainwash people. Amy and Hunter find themselves in dangerous situations that had us holding our breath if they would survive. Once again, Heather Graham gives us a wild, mindboggling thriller, that kept our attention from start to finish. I did like that both Amy and Hunter started a slow build romance, that hopefully will give us more stories to come. They made a great team and couple. If you like intense thrillers, which is written so very well by Graham, then I suggest you read Danger in Numbers. Barb The Reading Cafe

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    It’s hard to place the defining line between a mystery/thriller and a romantic suspense… and I don’t think that it’s just defined by whether there is a romance in it or not. For me, I think it’s about the body count, or maybe the explicitness of gruesome details, and I think this book falls on the wrong side of the line for what it’s trying to be. It’s a solid mystery thriller… but the romance feels grafted on. There’s more than enough here with the creepy apocalyptic cult, the trafficked young It’s hard to place the defining line between a mystery/thriller and a romantic suspense… and I don’t think that it’s just defined by whether there is a romance in it or not. For me, I think it’s about the body count, or maybe the explicitness of gruesome details, and I think this book falls on the wrong side of the line for what it’s trying to be. It’s a solid mystery thriller… but the romance feels grafted on. There’s more than enough here with the creepy apocalyptic cult, the trafficked young women, and the reveal that one of our main characters actually grew up in a cult, that when the two main characters suddenly start sleeping together it feels like a distraction. I actually love romantic suspense, but the romance should be the main focus if that’s the category you’re putting the book in. Nothing even happens on the romance front until the second half of the book, at which point I wanted to smack both main characters upside the head and tell them to focus on their jobs, because lives were at stake. There’s some fascinating stuff here about cults, with references to real-life ones like NXIVM, Manson and Jonestown built in to the fictional one (and Manson and Jonestown actually name-checked). I definitely bought into the fictional cult in the story taking over a small, poverty-stricked rural town with the promise of a better life for everyone, with the side effect of creating a lethal environment for anyone questioning or trying to stop the takeover. However, with a billionaire running it, one thing I did NOT buy was the assertion that he hadn’t purchased himself any ‘protection’ from tame law enforcement. Indeed, every LEO in the story is portrayed as morally incorruptible, and I think we all know that’s not true. With the kind of money the cult leader had - and having apparently skated on earlier, damning crimes - I fully expected the protagonists to suffer at least one betrayal by someone they trusted. That they didn’t definitely eroded my belief in the story’s credibility. There were parts I liked about this - I actually really liked both the principal characters, as well as the cult story and the mystery - but the romance felt grafted on and there were other things which bothered me. An interesting read, but I found I closed the book feeling quite dissatisfied. I’ll give it three stars. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham is a highly recommended thriller/procedural. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Amy Larson and her experienced partner of two years, John Schultz, are sent to investigate a horrendous ritualistic murder on the edge of the Everglades. The FBI quickly joins the investigation because of a similar ritualistic murder that occurred. FBI special agent Hunter Forrest join the two. Hunter has information and knowledge that will focus the investigation a Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham is a highly recommended thriller/procedural. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Amy Larson and her experienced partner of two years, John Schultz, are sent to investigate a horrendous ritualistic murder on the edge of the Everglades. The FBI quickly joins the investigation because of a similar ritualistic murder that occurred. FBI special agent Hunter Forrest join the two. Hunter has information and knowledge that will focus the investigation as he specializes in ritualistic killings, extremists, and the occult. When John has a heart attack, Amy joins Hunter in investigating the murder. Amy sketches every crime scene and her sketches helped focus the investigation as she often captures subtle nuances that can be overlooked when viewing crime scene photos. Hunter and Amy work together and quickly determine the direction their investigation will take. Hunter is a better developed main character, however Amy is not given the same character development. She is known for her proclivity to draw crime scenes, but her artistic ability seems to be a bit over-stated as a sketch wouldn't necessarily capture everything it is purposed to be able to do in the plot. Ask anyone who actually is talented at drawing. Hunter has a whole backstory to shore up his character and give it some depth. Both characters are portrayed as intelligent and insightful, as well as attractive. While the investigation will hold your attention, there were not the twists or surprises that one expects in a procedural thriller. It is a very familiar plot with no real surprises. The key to enjoyment is simply to read, follow the clues, and reach the conclusion. The fact that a cult is involved does make it more interesting and frightening. The side story set set in 1993 actually raised the rating of the novel for me and added at least something beyond the unremarkable, familiar plot. Honestly, I could do without the partners attraction to each other as I would prefer the investigators to concentrate on the actual investigation. 3.5 rounded up Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of MIRA Books. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2021/0...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tessa (Talks Books)

    Danger in Numbers is a thrilling and gruesome look into a cult's world and answers the essential questions like how and why. I enjoyed the interlude story that the novel starts and ends with and pops up at various points in the story. The interlude story is compelling, suspenseful, and more personal than the main plot, which follows law enforcement officers. Looking at a cult from the inside is scary, but it helped me understand people's choices. I also enjoyed how the story stories came together Danger in Numbers is a thrilling and gruesome look into a cult's world and answers the essential questions like how and why. I enjoyed the interlude story that the novel starts and ends with and pops up at various points in the story. The interlude story is compelling, suspenseful, and more personal than the main plot, which follows law enforcement officers. Looking at a cult from the inside is scary, but it helped me understand people's choices. I also enjoyed how the story stories came together towards the end. It provided answers to questions that may seem inconsequential, as it was in my mind. It turns out those questions are not actually insignificant. The ending unexpectedly left me with an unsettled creepy feeling, and I always enjoy endings like that. It affirms that horrible things cannot be wrapped up with a pretty bow with everybody getting their happily-ever-after. It is the best twist in the story and came about just when I did not think there would be any unexpected twist. I don't often see that in a more police procedural type of mystery story, which made me enjoy it even more. The story is told through third-person POV, which is great for providing that bigger picture view that the story requires for understanding. The interlude story is more of a limited third-person tale, which is essential for understanding the emotions that go along with deciding to join a cult and all resulting decisions. These two closely related POVs worked very well for telling the whole story in a way that I could relate to and understand. What I Wish Character development could have used a bit more attention. The two main characters were a bit too perfect, much like a couple in a romance story where everyone is beautiful and perfect. They are beautiful to look at individually and together, and both are the perfect law enforcement agents. I would just like to have experienced some of the flaws that make characters more human and relatable. To Read or Not to Read Suppose you find cults compelling and yearn to learn more about the mentality behind them. In that case, you won't want to miss this entertaining new thriller by Heather Graham.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Heather Graham's latest novel, Danger in Numbers, is an eye-catching thriller that I am so happy to have read. Special Agent Amy Larson thought she had seen it all – right up until her most recent case. A body has been found in the everglades, and the whole crime scene is a mess. As is the crime itself, if we're being honest. This small town was not prepared for a murder so brutal, and it's going to take everything Special Agent Larson has, as well as the help of Special Agent Hunter Forrest, d Heather Graham's latest novel, Danger in Numbers, is an eye-catching thriller that I am so happy to have read. Special Agent Amy Larson thought she had seen it all – right up until her most recent case. A body has been found in the everglades, and the whole crime scene is a mess. As is the crime itself, if we're being honest. This small town was not prepared for a murder so brutal, and it's going to take everything Special Agent Larson has, as well as the help of Special Agent Hunter Forrest, drawn to the gruesome scene after the fact. “Amy had been called to several murders during her time with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but none so grisly, such a gruesome display.” If you're looking for a well-written story with lots of gruesome details, then Danger In Numbers is the book for you! This novel introduces Special Agent Amy Larson, and she's thrown right into the deep end as she's forced to deal with a cult. The cult was truly disturbing – not just for their brutal actions (though there is that), but for how Graham portrayed them. The mental gymnastics they go through and how they can bring new people into the fold. It was dark and twisted – in all the right ways. There's also a hefty dose of police procedural in Danger In Numbers. Not having read anything else by Graham, I can't tell you if that is the norm. But it did add a level of (horrifying) reality to the story. Last but not least, there's a romantic subplot. It's safe to say that a lot is going on in this novel. But it was a lot of fun thanks to the combination of it all. And the romance helped to balance out some of the heavier moments. I should mention that Danger in Numbers makes frequent references to the bible. I know not everyone enjoys seeing that pop up in thriller novels (for various reasons), so I wanted to mention it. Thanks to MIRA and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own. Check out more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  22. 4 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for DANGER IN NUMBERS on Wicked Reads, which includes a Q&A with the author. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆ 3.5 stars M/F Mystery Triggers: (view spoiler)[ Cult culture (hide spoiler)] Hidden because they may contain spoilers. Small town meets police and FBI. That is essentially what happens right away. A ritualistic murder takes place and everyone in the small town becomes a suspect. Then, when you have someone with a lot of money, that, especial Check out our full post for DANGER IN NUMBERS on Wicked Reads, which includes a Q&A with the author. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆ 3.5 stars M/F Mystery Triggers: (view spoiler)[ Cult culture (hide spoiler)] Hidden because they may contain spoilers. Small town meets police and FBI. That is essentially what happens right away. A ritualistic murder takes place and everyone in the small town becomes a suspect. Then, when you have someone with a lot of money, that, especially in a small town, equates to power. Amy knows that she might be in over her head in this case, but she's determined to figure it out. With the help of Hunter, an FBI agent who knows all about cults, they have to trace the clues to find out how their victims are chosen and why. This is a twisty story about finding who is culpable, who is brainwashed, and who is really the bad guy. Amy and Hunter know that the small town isn't going to like what they find out about their fellow neighbor, but in order for the people to stop dying in this tiny town, the mystery has to be solved. This was a well-developed story, but it was almost too twisty. There are a lot of characters and personalities that you have to figure through. Also, the romance was not very successful for me. It felt forced. This book doesn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, but it definitely sets up the next book. I'm cautiously optimistic about the next book. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    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 dr 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

  24. 4 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com DANGER IN NUMBERS by Heather Graham is the first of a four book series featuring two agents chasing after a multi-tentacled cult based on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This book can be read as a standalone and does not end on a cliffhanger, but it does have an ending that sets up the next book in the series. FDLE Special Agent Amy Larson is studying the horrific scene of a ritualistic murder with her partner when an FBI agent Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com DANGER IN NUMBERS by Heather Graham is the first of a four book series featuring two agents chasing after a multi-tentacled cult based on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This book can be read as a standalone and does not end on a cliffhanger, but it does have an ending that sets up the next book in the series. FDLE Special Agent Amy Larson is studying the horrific scene of a ritualistic murder with her partner when an FBI agent appears at their location without being requested. At first, Amy has reservations about this agent, but soon ends up assisting him when her partner is off the case. FBI Special Agent Hunter Forrest has heard of the crime scene discovered by the FDLE and believes it ties into his current case. He rushes to the scene to see it for himself. He soon proves to Amy that he is uniquely qualified to investigate cults and is impressed with her abilities and knowledge. In rural small town central Florida, women are being gruesomely sacrificed and the crimes seem to be following an interpretation of the white horseman of “Death” in the story of the Apocalypse. The group wants Amy. Will Hunter be able to keep her safe? I enjoyed getting to know these new protagonists and I am looking forward to following them through the future Apocalypse books. Amy was a strong female heroine who did not wait around to be saved and Hunter was her perfect foil. He is intelligent and determined to save people from cults, but he never overshadowed Amy. The romance grows as the two work together, but for me it was a little forced and I would have been OK with it happening later in the series, although I did enjoy the epilogue. The plot moves at a fast pace to the ultimate climax with several twists. All the secondary characters add to the story’s depth and not all are as they seem. Overall, I can recommend this start to an exciting new romantic suspense thriller series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye

    I have read many stories by Heather Graham. This is the best one I have read to date by far. I mostly enjoyed the mystery presented. Amy Larson of the Florida State Police is assigned a grisly case. A woman had been left on a cross and other clues lead to a religious ritual. For once, law enforcement is dealing with a cult. While not satanic, they have taken Revelations and are making effigies of the Four Horsemen. With the help of Special Agent Hunter Forrest, Larson must find this cult before m I have read many stories by Heather Graham. This is the best one I have read to date by far. I mostly enjoyed the mystery presented. Amy Larson of the Florida State Police is assigned a grisly case. A woman had been left on a cross and other clues lead to a religious ritual. For once, law enforcement is dealing with a cult. While not satanic, they have taken Revelations and are making effigies of the Four Horsemen. With the help of Special Agent Hunter Forrest, Larson must find this cult before more innocent women die. The story moves quickly even though it kinda bumbles in spots. There were sections I had to read multiple times before I understood what being convey but I managed to look over those few times and let the story take me away. It was good intrigue with a strong female lead. The story itself is pretty solid. The idea of cults and the research on types and those who join is well researched. But Graham is behind on her Biblical research. One of the characters even claims they read Revelations several times and different versions and not once did they use The White Horse correctly. Death does not ride a white horse. That particular steed belongs to Conquest or in most know terms Pestilence. Death himself rides a pale horse. This is not a white horse either a pale green horse like the look of sickness and death. These things are easy to look up so I'm disappointed in Graham when I found out that being incorrect wasn't a plot point. I'm not sure how the title reflects in the book. I can only guess this was a veiled allusion about cultists and religions. Other than that, the cover is gorgeous and give you a hint about what to expect in the book, In the end, I have mixed feelings about this book, As just a fun tale to relax on the beach? Go for it! I think it's just the kind of book for relaxing. I received an ARC from the publisher; all opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    M. K. French

    Special Agent Amy Larson is called to investigate a ritual murder in Florida, and it's pulling in Special Agent Hunter Forrest, who has experience with violent cults. The local community is devastated by the murder, but people know more than they're saying. The group they're hunting is determined to carry out their vision to the very end. The draw of Revelation in the Bible is that it's so open to interpretation, and many people interpret it in different ways. The women being killed are offered u Special Agent Amy Larson is called to investigate a ritual murder in Florida, and it's pulling in Special Agent Hunter Forrest, who has experience with violent cults. The local community is devastated by the murder, but people know more than they're saying. The group they're hunting is determined to carry out their vision to the very end. The draw of Revelation in the Bible is that it's so open to interpretation, and many people interpret it in different ways. The women being killed are offered up as sacrifices to appease the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the quiet religious town is rocked with fear when the bodies are discovered. Amy and Hunter work together to trace each victim's last moments and uncover the cult that is killing the women. Everyone is a suspect, because the cult members could be anywhere and small towns have their whisper networks. Amy and Hunter are chasing leads, but they're few and far between. The sparks between them fly, especially when they continually have to work together and travel across Florida. We have the story of the agents intercut with a young couple and their six-year-old son escaping the clutches of a cult with the help of the FBI. The cults start with a religious bent, wanting to help followers achieve peace here and in the afterlife. It ultimately involves ceding all property and money to the Divine Leader and all women becoming his "wives." Creepy, and a situation that is eerily being reenacted. There's a reason for it, and it's a taut race to the end of the book. Will they find the Divine Leader in time? Will they save the remaining victim? Who's really involved? All these questions are tied up and answered by the close of the novel, and there's also a potential hook for the future.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon St. Clair

    ***I received an ebook copy from the publisher at no cost*** What a wild ride. Amy is a local police officer. Hunter is an FBI agent. The two end up working a case together after Amy's long-time partner suffers a heart attack. Their investigation centers on a gruesome murder that has cult written all over it. There's a bit of everything in this one—romance, murder, suspense, and mystery. The most intriguing aspect of the book for me was the cult piece. It's clear that the author did a ton of resea ***I received an ebook copy from the publisher at no cost*** What a wild ride. Amy is a local police officer. Hunter is an FBI agent. The two end up working a case together after Amy's long-time partner suffers a heart attack. Their investigation centers on a gruesome murder that has cult written all over it. There's a bit of everything in this one—romance, murder, suspense, and mystery. The most intriguing aspect of the book for me was the cult piece. It's clear that the author did a ton of research, or is very knowledgable on the topic of cults in general. In addition to the cult element behind the murders in the story, Graham gives mention to numerous infamous cults from across the decades. Hunter's expertise on the topic made it feel like he was a real person versus a fictional character. This story takes readers in many directions. There are some past items sprinkled in amongst the present and at first I wasn't sure how these flashbacks played into the present-day events taking place. Graham shows how they connect though, and I was a bit floored when that was revealed. The romance was a slow-burn, which I enjoy. Graham left room for future books if she wishes, but I was satisfied with the ending. I enjoyed this read overall. It's got plenty of twists, the characters are solid, and the plot is unlike anything I've read up until now. Graham knows how to write suspense and thrillers, and if you like these types of books, then Danger in Numbers will be right up your alley. Four stars to this novel!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stéphanie Louis

    This is the first book by Graham I've read, and I must say that I really liked it. I did enjoy the setting, the writing style and most of all our 2 main characters. Amy and Hunter. At the beginning I did have some troubles to get to like Amy but after a few more chapters I started to warm up to her and I definitely liked her thinking. The book was captivating from the beginning and even though I don't know that much about cults, Heather Graham did a great job at describing what happened. The pac This is the first book by Graham I've read, and I must say that I really liked it. I did enjoy the setting, the writing style and most of all our 2 main characters. Amy and Hunter. At the beginning I did have some troubles to get to like Amy but after a few more chapters I started to warm up to her and I definitely liked her thinking. The book was captivating from the beginning and even though I don't know that much about cults, Heather Graham did a great job at describing what happened. The pacing was something in the middle. Not fast but also not slow. And the chapters were unfortunately a tad bit too long. However, as I'm used to shorter chapters in thrillers that's only my personal opinion and has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Which, as I've mentioned before, was quite captivating. The fact that there was also a lot of police procedural made this book even more realistic. Sometimes I felt that there was too much going on in "Danger in Numbers" and it confused me a bit but nevertheless it was still a scary and entertaining read. Which is why I would recommend it to all our crime lovers out there. Especially if you watch a lot of thrillers or read a lot of these books you will certainly also enjoy "Danger in Numbers". *A review copy of this book has been sent to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. This review also appeared on my blog on March 30th, 2021

  29. 5 out of 5

    Avid Reader

    Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham 3.5 stars M/F Mystery Trigger: Cult culture. I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. It was a pre-publish copy and I assume any editing errors have been corrected. Small town meets police and FBI. That is essentially what happens right away. A ritualistic murder takes place and everyone in the small town becomes a suspect. Then, when you have someone with a lot of money, that, especially in a small town, equates to power. Amy knows that she might Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham 3.5 stars M/F Mystery Trigger: Cult culture. I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. It was a pre-publish copy and I assume any editing errors have been corrected. Small town meets police and FBI. That is essentially what happens right away. A ritualistic murder takes place and everyone in the small town becomes a suspect. Then, when you have someone with a lot of money, that, especially in a small town, equates to power. Amy knows that she might be in over her head in this case, but she's determined to figure it out. With the help of Hunter, a FBI agent who knows all about cults, they have to trace the clues to find out how their victims are chosen and why. This is a twisty story about finding who is culpable, who is brain washed and who is really the bad guy. Amy and Hunter know that the small town isn't going to like what they find out about their fellow neighbor, but in order for the people to stop dying in this tiny town, the mystery has to be solved. This was a well developed story, but it was almost too twisty. There are a lot of characters and personalities that you have to figure through. Also, the romance was not very successful for me. It felt forced. This book doesn't necessarily end on a cliff hanger, but it definitely sets up the next book. I'm cautiously optomistic about the next book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Danger in Numbers 5 Stars FLDE Special Agent Amy Larson and her partner are assigned to a murder in a remote part of Florida. While still on the scene, they’re surprised by the arrival of FBI Special Agent Hunter Forrest. Special Agent Forrest connects this killing to one he’s investigating in the northern part of the state and joins the FLDE agents on the case. When Agent Larson’s partner is sidelined in the hospital, her supervisor teams agent Larson up with Agent Forrest to solve the case befor Danger in Numbers 5 Stars FLDE Special Agent Amy Larson and her partner are assigned to a murder in a remote part of Florida. While still on the scene, they’re surprised by the arrival of FBI Special Agent Hunter Forrest. Special Agent Forrest connects this killing to one he’s investigating in the northern part of the state and joins the FLDE agents on the case. When Agent Larson’s partner is sidelined in the hospital, her supervisor teams agent Larson up with Agent Forrest to solve the case before the killer or killers kill again. This is one twisted case, you meander through Florida’s swamps, pass through the amusement park mecca on your way to horse country, all while the FLDE and FBI are trying to stop a cult bent on killing women in their own version of the apocalypse. You think you know all the players, and you might, but I didn’t. There was one I missed. If you like twisted thrillers, ritualistic cult cases, great writing, and strong characters, make sure to check out this novel. It’s a really great read. I read it all in one sitting, I didn’t want to put it down. Didn’t help that I live in the area (Ocala) and before I went to sleep, I had to make sure all the doors and window were locked. Now you know that’s when you hit upon a great book! **I received an ARC copy from NetGalley and the publisher and this is my honest review.

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