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Danger in the Shadows (O'Malley 0.5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  11,760 Ratings  ·  637 Reviews

Sara's terrified. She's falling in love. And if that's not bad enough, it's with former pro football player Adam Black, a man everyone knows. That fact could cost Sara her life. Sara has been invisible, hidden away in a witness protection program from the man who kidnapped her and her sister twenty-five years ago, who caused her sister's death, and who so traumatized Sara

Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 17th 2002 by Multnomah Books (first published July 28th 1999)
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Carly This is a Christian Romance book. So, maybe an older teen say 16-18.

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Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my kind of Christian Fiction. I love that this book has flawed characters who can own their mistakes and occasionally struggle with their faith in a very realistic way. The mystery/suspense elements are pretty good too. It was every bit as good on a second read through as it was the first.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Review of the audio book

Dee Henderson has been one of my daughter's favorite authors for a very long time, but I had never had any interest in reading her stories. A few days ago I noticed I had this book on my audible shelves and decided to give it a listen.

I'm glad I did!

Ms. Henderson is a popular Christian Romantic Suspense author whose stories are part thriller, part mystery, part romance, and always inspirational. She takes the readers deep inside the minds of the "victim" and/or the lead
Amanda  Nemec
Nov 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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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
Andrea Cox
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
by Andrea Renee Cox

Fear. It’s a driving force that freezes us in our tracks. I’ve experienced it in several different ways in my life, and I’m guessing you have too. But what would it be like to live in constant fear for your life?

Danger in the Shadows tells the story of a woman who was held captive for years by the fear that her sister’s killer would come back for her. Sara longs for freedom, but her past demands tight security surround her at all times. When she finds herself stuck in an eleva
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
It has been to long since I read a Deen Henderson book. I picked this one up last night, telling myself I would only read the first couple of chapters...

I finished the book and 12:30 a.m. if you were wondering.
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Diane U
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All my friends!
Recommended to Diane U by: Amy from work
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
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sherry Fundin
Are you afraid of the dark?

Sara is terrified!

The suspense is high from the opening pages of Dangers in the Shadow by Dee Henderson. Romance is budding…and the mystery of her stalker hangs over her head.

Imagine…security, changing your routines every time you walk out the door,constantly looking over your shoulder, wondering if today would be the day…

Dee Henderson’s writing makes me able to see and feel Sara’s terror. I love that she also writes lovely picture books for children and is a bestselli
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
My first experience with Henderson was with one of her more recent novels (from 2012) and then a couple other recent ones. I have to admit, I haven't been a fan. But. So many people have mentioned the O'Malley series and that they are her best. A friend from book club let me borrow her copies, so I thought I would give it a try, but y'all, I'm thinking Dee's books are just not be for me. This one had too many unbelievable pieces to make it believable, many things that happened were a bit much an ...more
SUMMARY: Sara is terrified. She's doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with former pro-football player Adam Black, a man everyone knows. Sara's been hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible—and loving Adam could get her killed!

Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malle
Mrs. 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
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
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
I am a big fan of Dee Henderson's gift for writing suspense and telling a story that touches the heart and let's you know there is no situatioin or person who is hopeless.
Danger in the Shadows is a prequel to The phenomenal The O'Malley family series. Each member of this "family" is there first and foremost b/c they were abandoned or orphaned as a teen. The O'Malley family is a "family" by choice and commitment to one another. They are close, unique and very loyal. The O'Malley series is the st
D.I. Telbat
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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'
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
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
4.5 stars
When I picked this up in March, I didn't know anything about the author or the series, except that my CFD group here on Goodreads was doing a group read of this book. I grabbed it on impulse and got around to it in a couple of weeks. I've only just begun reading a lot of Christian romantic suspense this year, and this one is excellent. I have been working my way through this series ever since and really enjoying the characters.

One of my favorite things was Sara's life as a writer, and h
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
I read this book many years ago, and I'm pleased to say that re-reading it was just as fun as reading it the first time. This book had me turning pages late into the night (which hasn't happened in quite a while!).
Angela Watts
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AHH! I love this author I love these characters I'M GETTIN' TEARY EYED WITH HAPPINESS. ♥
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I love this series so much! Why on earth did it have to end? :-( :-)
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book overall and I especially liked the FBI involvement. While some parts were unrealistic, i.e. Dave being the head of Sara's security detail, I felt that they benefited the storyline and made nice additions. My one issue was Adam. It didn't make sense to me that Sara would fall in love with him. Their whole relationship just didn't seem natural and felt rushed. He was annoyingly protective at times, even when she had her own FBI security detail! I guess that's just me and my di ...more
Victoria Lynn
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspence, mystery
I think I thought it was a bit slow at times, but overall, I liked it.
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Awa
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Other Books in the Series

O'Malley (6 books)
  • The Negotiator (O'Malley, #1)
  • The Guardian (O'Malley #2)
  • The Truth Seeker (O'Malley #3)
  • The Protector (O'Malley #4)
  • The Healer (O'Malley #5)
  • The Rescuer (O'Malley #6)
“She wasn't a cowardIf she were she would have retreated back into her shell years before and pulled back entirely from life. She was a fighter. Life knocked her down, and she coped by getting up and moving on.” 14 likes
“(Why flowers are so important to the main character)
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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