Lindlee, who is like Iron Chef RITA Reviews over here, read this novel for the RITA® Reader Challenge. It finaled in the Best Inspirational Romance category.
FBI special agent Nick Bradley has seen his share of kooks during his fifteen years with the Bureau. But Rachel Sutton is an enigma. She seems normal when she shows up at his office—until she produces a tattered Raggedy Ann doll and tells him about a strange feeling of terror it gives her when she touches it. Nick dismisses her, only to stumble across a link between the doll and an abducted child, setting in motion a chain of events that uncovers startling connections—and puts Rachel’s life on the line.
And here is Lindlee’s review:
In Harm’s Way was an enjoyable easy read which is both a good and bad thing. I like a fun, easy read where all the main characters are likable. I just usually expect more intensity from a suspense novel. There are probably not many people more oblivious than myself, and even I saw all of the plot turns about a mile away.
The romance between Nick and Rachel was also low-key. There wasn’t any drama. Both Nick and Rachel were at stages in their lives where they were ready for a long term relationship. I did like the fact that they took a step back when Rachel becomes a part of the investigation of a FBI case. I thought that was realistic and mature.
For me, the best part of the book was Rachel’s reaction to the Raggedy Ann doll. When she finds the doll, she has a strong physical reaction to it. Rachel is not a psychic and has never had an experience like this before. I thought the way this storyline unfolded was very clever. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it was the one thing that I didn’t see coming.
For those curious about the religious aspect of the book, it did not feel preachy and fit into the story naturally. Also, even though In Harm’s Way is the third and final installment of the Heroes of Quantico series, it works as a stand alone.
I would recommend In Harm’s Way but be aware it is more of an easy read than a suspenseful read.