“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! ***
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!