In Harm's Way by Irene Hannon
I'm going to cut to the chase with this book. I read it in a day. It drew me in and I was hooked...
Writing: I haven't read the previous two books in this series. It is a stand alone book. Irene Hannon is a gifted writer and I did enjoy this book.
Story: The plot drew me in and had great twists and turns--many predictable, but still good. The story centers around a woman my age, 35, who finds a doll in a snow drift in the parking lot of a restaurant. It gives her a physical reaction when she touches it. She takes it to the FBI and meets a dashing FBI agent in the process. Normally, I wouldn't include that description of the agent, but in this case it gives you just a taste of what this book is like.
Plot: A child is missing and the doll is linked. Are there any other connections? Of course! There wouldn't be much of a story without them. This is truly a romance novel that is also a suspense novel. It is the suspense and plot that made it an enjoyable book for me. I wish the romance had been more realistic. An example of what I mean might be using the words "attractive" or "appealing" instead of "tantalizing".
Concerns of mine:
This book is a romance novel. I continue to long for realistic romance novels, but this one doesn't fit that bill. I have not known a man who would describe how he sees a woman he is attracted to the way Ms. Hannon describes it in her book. This book is written from a very feminine idea of romance and physical attraction.
Conclusion: I know that most people who read this book will find exactly what they were looking for--a well written romantic suspense novel. And for it's genre, I think it is a good one. It will draw you in and make you want to sink into a comfortable chair for a few hours. But, would I recommend this book? Is it the first book I'd recommend if I were asked? No. I've tried to think of another way to say it and I simply can't. Because the romance is so unrealistic to me in this novel, this novel isn't one of the first I'd recommend to someone.
Please note that I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Revell Books for review.