In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

April 25th, 2017 Kimberly Review 53 Comments

25th Apr
In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle
In Safe Hands
by Katie Ruggle
Series: Search and Rescue #4
Narrator: Rachel Dulude
Length: 10 hours and 20 minutes
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration: 4.5 cups

As a member of the Field County Sheriff's Department, Chris Jennings is used to having it rough. The Colorado Rockies aren't for the weak-of-spirit, but he's devoted his life to upholding the law-and to protecting the one woman he knows he can never have. He'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world . . . until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good.


I loved the Search and Resue series by Katie Ruggle and quickly dove into  IN SAFE HANDS, the final book. Once again, I listened to the narrations of Rachel Dulude as we meet Daisy Little an agoraphobic as Ruggle brings this exciting series and murder-mystery to a heart-pounding conclusion.

Trust me when I tell you that if you haven’t yet done so, you will want to read this series and do so in order. The murder-mystery case is cleverly woven throughout each story despite the different characters, romances, and circumstances. It was brilliant and each couple was memorable.

IN SAFE HANDS picks up right after GONE TO DEEP whose draw dropping reveal in the last paragraph had me immediately grabbing my earbuds. I needed answers.

I immediately identified with Daisy Little. While the outside world is a tad too people-ly for me and I could happily live within the confounds of my home, a horrific and tragic incident has left Daisy a complete agoraphobic. She lives in her father’s home with a series of fail-safes and relies on him bringing in fresh groceries and purchasing flea market finds that she restores and sells online. Chris Jennings, a member of the Field County Sheriff’s department knows what Daisy experienced that day and is her closest friend. He wants more but is content with protecting her.

Being trapped in your home with a father who travels can get lonely and as a result, Daisy people watches. As in her neighbor’s comings and goings. When a sleepless night has her witnessing a crime at a vacant home across the street things turn deadly.

IN SAFE HANDS delivered an addictive story line.  We know who the killer is and it amped up the suspense as the killer was one step ahead of Daisy and Chris. I loved how Ruggle introduced Daisy to the characters from the previous book. It all worked seamlessly from discussing the murders, stalking and more. Chris was such an incredible sweetie. All of the men in this series have been strong, faithful and honorable. It was so refreshing. I loved the interaction between him and Daisy. This was a true “friends to lovers” romance that was sweet, awkward, funny and passionate.

The mystery and reasons for the murders were solid and Ruggle delivered a non-stop, hold your breath action packed ending!

If you haven’t started the series, I highly recommend the audios. Rachel Dulude was perfect for this series and captured the perspective of each character. Her pacing and tone added an additional layer of suspense. Her voices for the male characters were exceptional.

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53 Responses to “In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle”

  1. Cyn

    This sounds like a great combination of romance and muder mystery, plus small town too! I’m definitely intrigued. I’ll have to check out Ruggle soon. Glad you enjoyed this so much! Awesome review, Kim!

  2. Lily B

    I have not read this yet, I really want to it looks fantastic. I think I have this book, not sure I have the first, will have to look it up.

  3. Katherine

    Good to know these are best read in order. I’ve been wanting to read this series and I’ll definitely remember that. I love the sound of this one. Daisy sounds like an interesting character and I’m always intrigued by agoraphobic characters for some reason.

  4. Melanie Simmons

    I loved the ending to this series. It was so much fun. I loved Daisy. I also love how Lou just forces her way into another friendship and brings the entire gang and that not one of them gives Daisy any crap for being scared and are very supportive when she starts to show progress. My review will be posting soon.

  5. Michele

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I haven’t heard of this author or series, but this installment sounds like my cup of tea! I really love the sound of the storyline and the characters; I’ll be adding this one to the TBR pile 🙂

  6. Heidi

    Interesting knowing who the killer is up front. I would be curious to see how that all works.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      We discovered that at the end of book three made for one intense read. I cannot say why because of serious spoilers…but OMG!

  7. Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

    Wow. Sounds like it was an amazing ending to the series. I love that it had you on the edge of your seat the whole time. I’ve only read the first book in this series but I will have to read the others soon.

  8. sherry fundin

    Funny…I am reading a search and rescue book right now…The Darkest Thread by Jen Blood. I picked it up for free on Amazon. Is it still free…maybe.

  9. Angie

    Wow! It’s clear how much you love this series. I haven’t read this author yet, but I do have an upcoming book of hers on my review schedule. I’ll have to check this serious it, too.

    Great review!

  10. Tanya

    The agoraphobic character really attracted my attention and her involvement in the case would be really interesting. This sounds like a great series!

  11. Geybie's Book Blog

    I want to read this book. I’m in the mood for a good romantic suspense. Sounds great. Have you read the book version? I might give this audiobook a try.
    Awesome review, Kim.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No, there are only a few books like the Other series where I listen and then read. I am quite confident the books are just as good, but these lent themselves well to audio.

  12. Ethan

    I really like the idea of the mystery being played out over the course of the series.

  13. Nadene

    I have been remiss in not starting he series, given that I have all the books. I need to get on these asap. 🙂

  14. Ailyn Koay

    tried audio but not a fan, considering how badly i need it .. my pronunciation is horrendous. I would totally swoon into that pair of arms though

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It takes a few tries and the right narrator. I remember when I first started, I would sit quietly and just listen for no more than 20 mins. Now I multitask and listen for hours. Try obtaining a few from the library and practicing,

      • Ailyn Koay

        I am still waiting for Lauren Graham’s audiobook from my library though.
        4 hours is … too much. prince brat would never let me in peace for 20 minutes

  15. cindy

    I do love a murder mystery! This series sounds good. I will have to look into putting this on my to read list. Great review thanks for sharing.

  16. Sophia Rose

    Yes, it had that whole Hitchcock Rear Window vibe and I loved it as the finale. But that reveal on the murderer, I think I died a little- that was utterly unexpected.

    Great review, Kimberly!