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Danger in the Shadows (O'Malley 0.5)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  8,010 ratings  ·  470 reviews
The award-winning prequel to the o'malley series.
Published January 1st 2002 by Multnomah Publishers (first published July 28th 1999)
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Amanda  Nemec
Nov 22, 2011 Amanda Nemec rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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I loved the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson so very much, but I never read the prequel about Sara (Dave's sister) and Adam. I'm so glad I chose this one for one of my challenges this month.

Sometimes it's nice to read a story where I don't have to substitute words in my head for every bad word I read, and when people say God, they are actually talking to GOD. I love Dee Henderson's books because she takes Christian principles and places them so perfectly within really great stories about regula...more
Kelly Aley
Well, this book was fairly painful to read. I don't know what it is about "Christian" books that make them synonymous with "poor writing," but this book does nothing to break the stereotype. Here are some examples p 73 "The reception area was a profusion of flowers and fauna." Did the author not know that fauna refer to wildlife of which there was none in this particular office area? Or what about the tedious types of sentences like this one on page 170 "The oven timer went off. Sara helped set...more
My mom told me years ago that her friend's daughter wrote books and gave me one to read. Her friend's daughter was Dee Henderson. Over the years, I've read most of Dee's books and have decided to start rereading them. Her novels aren't the squeaky clean, perfect charactered, sugary, romance novels some Christian women authors write that I just can't stomach. They are in depth novels you want read almost in one setting, and yes, even reread. I like the fact that the romance thread is there but is...more
Diane U
Feb 02, 2011 Diane U rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All my friends!
Recommended to Diane U by: Amy from work
Shelves: contemporary
Sara lived in a world with constant security around her. She was being protected from the kinapper who took her and her twin sister Kim 25 years ago. This man has been in contact with her and invades her privacy causing her to relocate frequently. One day, she meets Adam Black, a handsome retired football player, in an elevator where they get stuck together and alone. Their lives crossed paths for a reason and things will never be the same. Sara is selective at revealing the secrets of her past...more
I really liked this book, but I have one SERIOUS qualm with it. The author must have done a lot of research about childhood trauma and PTSD, because Sara's response to her situation seems relatively realistic. BUT! Near the beginning of the book, Adam--a man she just met a day or two ago--tries to comfort her with a hug, she recoils, and he HOLDS ON. When she says, "I don't want this," he says, "Tough. You need this," and holds her until she relaxes. THIS IS NOT OKAY. Maybe it's the hyper-awaren...more
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How has this author written so many books and I have never heard of her???? A friend lent me this book (as well as the whole O'Malley series) and I could NOT put it down. I read the whole book in a day. My friend characterized it as a Thriller/Romance book. I would call it Thriller for sure, but it was so much more---mystery and crime and living a life of faith applied. As for romance, it's true romance without the steamy scenes (which I appreciated!) So, here's the ridiculously brief synopsis.....more
Wendy Sparkes
Dee Henderson is a favourite author in our house & we really enjoy her O'Malley Series, of which this is the prequel.

25 years ago Sara Richman was kidnapped along with her twin sister Kim & held for ransom. 9 days later they were found, Sara alive, Kim dead. One of the kidnappers was found & jailed. The other has been stalking Sara ever since. Her older brother Dave has trained as a FBI Special Agent & is lead on her protection detail. A life of anonymity is one Sara has to lead...more
This was a recommendation from a good friend. The protagonist is basically in constant hiding as in a sort of witness protection because she and her twin were abducted as children and held for ransom. Her sister died. The man who took them has hunted her since childhood, leaving notes and presents on holidays and birthdays. Her brother works for the FBI or something, so they have a ton of secret service men at their disposal all the time. A little into the book you learn that she is an ambassado...more
D.I. Telbat
Every once in a while, I read a romance. I've been hesitant to read anything but historical fiction—-but I won't hesitate any longer with Dee Henderson's modern day suspenseful romances, like Danger in the Shadows.

Sara, the main character, has a dark past involving a stalker. Her protective FBI brother is all hero, and the developing love interest keeps the fast-paced plot multidimensional. Great character depth!

The chapters flew by for me, and the realistic conflict shown through the character'...more
Mary Arkless
The story is a woman was kidnapped as a little girl, with her twin sister. The sister died and the woman was simply very lucky to have survived. The main culprit was never caught and is still stalking her. Her brother is her main protector, so it is very handy that he is a crack FBI agent.

The thing that really bothered me was how strong Sara had to be simply to survive, but just because someone who fancied her was persistent, she kept giving in. {{{{{Spoilers}}}}} Looking at it objectively, one...more
For the last twenty five years, Sara Walsh has been hiding from a man who is obsessed with finding and tormenting her. As a child, Sara was kidnapped for ransom, and though she was eventually recovered after a traumatic experience, one of the kidnappers escaped with the ransom money and has been hunting her ever since.

Trained to keep a low profile and to be consistently cautious, Sara is both delighted and horrified, when she captures the attention and affection of former pro-football player Ada...more
Danger in the Shadows is the prequel to Dee Henderson's well-known O'Malley Series about seven foster children who grow up and create their own adopted family. Dee Henderson writes wonderful Christian suspense. The protagonist, Sara Walsh, lives in constant hiding from her childhood kidnapper. The man who kidnapped her never completed his mission. She is his only loose end. Sara lives in constant fear of the little presents and letters left by her childhood kidnapper. Afraid of the dark and fear...more
The book is considered the Prequel to the O'Malley series.

Sara and her twin sister were kidnapped when they were young. After 9 stressful days, Sara was rescued but her twin Kim died. There were two kidnappers, one was caught but one has been on the loose for years.

Sara now in her 30s is being protected by her brother Dave an FBI agent. She is an author - she writes and illustrates children's books and is also an author or thrillers.

A chance meeting in an elevator during a power outage with Ada...more
Feb 22, 2009 Joyce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who can read
I honestly think this series of books are about the best I have ever read. They make you stop and think about life and how you are facing the trials in your life. It encourages you to work on strengthening your own faith and closeness to God. I have read the whole series several times already and ejoy them just as much the second, third and fourth reads as I did the first. In some ways even more as I seem to get more out of the book each time I read it. She is living her life under very difficul...more
I usually really enjoy Dee Henderson's novels and I usually find them engaging, thrilling and fun to read. Not so with this one- though the plot was well thought out, I found the characters uninteresting and I didn't really believe any of the motives or actions behind the story line. While Sara was an interesting character I thought she was a little too flawless, which Henderson tried to balance out with the crummy things from her past, but I thought she failed to succeed in making her female le...more
The best part about Danger in the Shadows is the religious premise that God is in control and that we must learn to trust Him to have peace in our lives. The story itself is okay, but it's so far from reality that it feels more like a romance than a thriller in some ways.

The overriding message in this story is that love and trust are critical in any relationship, and most importantly in our individual relationships with God. Overcoming the past and learning to trust after we've been hurt is what...more
Christina Tang-Bernas
I enjoyed reading this book very much. It's definitely a page-turner. However, the plot gets a bit repetitive, the characters can be a bit too defined by one-overlying characteristic, and the ending a bit abrupt for me. It's also a Christian romance. This is great for me, because I am a Christian and I like how it's not all about sex but actually people thinking about relationships that are realistic. If you aren't a Christian, this could be a bit too overt for your taste. For a quick entertaini...more
A coworker recommended this series. A light, easy read.
Heidi Smith
Sadly, I really didn't feel like Adam and Sara's relationship went anywhere. I didn't really get the feeling from her that she loved him. Adam seemed too pushy and unrealistic. Oh and I thought the brother was FAR too involved in the whole thing. I was expecting cheesy romance, but this bordered on boring and awkward :/ I also expected Bible references, not a freaking sermon. Um smart Adam could have been smarter and saved the woman some dignity and rummaged through her purse for her ancient cel...more
Nicky Macaskill
This was my second time reading this book and I couldn't finish it because it was too corny. The romance between the two main characters is unconvincing. Adam finds everything about Sara perfect and thus her character becomes almost a hyperbole. Sara is the worst flirt in the world and falls in love too abruptly and the book doesn't seem to explain the process satisfactorily. Even by extension, Adam and brother Dave's relationship is too perfect as a way to make Adam (or Sara?) more perfect in h...more
Rachael Marsceau
"That's what she was. Petrified. As she curled into a ball, hugging her knees close to her chest, she wondered if she would ever be anything else."

Okay, you know what? After 158 pages, that's what I'm wondering too, sister.

Prepare yourself for some rants. I did not expect this, my first impression of Dee Henderson, to be so absolutely awful.

This book fits every lukewarm stereotype of Christian romance fiction. Lack of character development and plot is shoddily attempted to be patched up by dai...more
Lesley Nowlin
Jan 20, 2014 Lesley Nowlin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery, suspense, romance, Christian Fiction
I ordered this book based on the novel Full Disclosure. The author advertised her other books in Full Disclosure. Full Disclosure painted a different story of Sara and Adam. So, I was expecting the story of Sara and Adam described in Full Disclosure. Danger in the Shadows was good, but not the story I expected.

This book reminded me of Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson. Yes, I'm fully aware that I can expect similarities, but the main characters in these novels were so close. Both suffer from nigh...more
And here I thought it would be predictable... and then it just isn't!
I remember reading the O'Malley series in junior high or high school and decided recently I wanted to re-read them. I thought I had read this prequel back then too but as I read it the last week, there was a lot I didn't remember. Nevertheless, I was reminded why I used to love Henderson's books. The characters are always just normal people facing intense or complicated situations and you can't help wanting to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I loved watching Sara and Adam's...more
Danger in the Shadows is the Prequel to Dee Henderson's O'Malley Series.

From the back of the book:

Her life is not her own... The bureau owns her. Under FBI protection, Sara isn't even Sara Walsh anymore. Her name is what they tell her. Her home is where they send her. And she's never there for long.
A stranger owns her. Though faceless, he haunts Sara's dreams. He's the man who abducted her as a child and continues to stalk her. He's the one who is determined to end their connection - and Sar...more
I have this in book format as well as on the Kindle.

I read 66% of this book and gave it up.

Twenty-five years after Sara was kidnapped and freed, she's still lying low, keeping away from being recognized by the one remaining kidnapper who is not in jail. She writes best-selling children's books and best-selling adult mysteries. She's gorgeous and does all things well.

Her FBI brother is the best at what he does and is assigned as her head security along with others in his charge. Other than the f...more
Erika  Badass
2.75-3 Stars. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. I'm not a religious person persay. I believe in something higher, but at this point in my life I am not sure what it is. I question why we are here. What is the point of the human race. What happens when you die. Questions like that, but I have a hard time with one person being the "be all, end all". Now that that is out of the way, Sara and Adam were likable enough. I would have liked to know a bit more about what Sara endured during her captivi...more
Unlike some, I have no problem with the concept of a prequel. I have long been a supporter of reading books in the order that they were written. Thus, I read Danger in the Shadows after Stephen's story, The Rescuer. I was hoping to read more about the background of the O'Malley's at Trevor House or something that went back to their earlier days of forming their own family unit. This one didn't really connect to the rest of the series that way, so at first, I was disappointed. Instead, this book...more
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Award-winning novelist Dee Henderson excels at creating believable, challenging characters. Dee is the author of two series: the Uncommon Heroes series and the O'Malley series of romantic suspense novels. Her books have won a host of awards, including the prestigious RITA Award, Bookseller's Best Award, and Nati...more
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I need the reminder that God loves to make detailed and beautiful things, and that act of creation is itself a sufficient reason to make them. These flowers will live and die here, the majority of them never seen, even though a busy road is less than a mile away.”
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