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The Devil’s Daughter
(Hidden Sin #1)
by Katee Robert
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Expected Release Date: 24 January 2017
Available Formats: Digital and Paperback
Print Length: 316 pages
Growing up in a small town isn’t easy, especially when you’re the daughter of a local cult leader. Ten years ago, Eden Collins left Clear Springs, Montana, and never once looked back. But when the bodies of murdered young women surface, their corpses violated and marked with tattoos worn by her mother’s followers, Eden, now an FBI agent, can’t turn a blind eye. To catch the killer, she’s going to have to return to the fold.
Sheriff Zach Owens isn’t comfortable putting Eden in danger, even if she is an elite agent. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to be so attracted to her. As calm and cool as she appears, he knows this can’t be a happy homecoming. Zach wants to protect her—from her mother, the cult, and the evil that lurks behind its locked gates. But Eden is his only key to the tight-lipped group, and she may just be closer to the killer than either one of them suspects…
This was all connected, though she hadn’t
quite figured out how.
The details were too vague, the evidence not adding up
to any specific conclusion.
This quote effectively describes the investigation for most of the book. They had circumstantial evidence but no direct evidence and were unable to figure out the killer’s motives. However, no matter how many circles the characters seemed to have run in the book, I still found myself immersed in the book.
In The Devil’s Daughter, there is a killer on the loose in Clear Springs and he has already claimed his first victim. Another girl has been abducted and it is Sheriff Zach Owens’ job to track down this killer before he strikes again. Enter Eden Collins, an FBI agent who is back in her hometown due to some pictures of the investigation that were leaked to her. But that isn’t all there is to her. Eden is actually the daughter of the local cult leader and she has seen something in the pictures that made her believe her mother’s cult has something to do with the killer.
This was a character-driven book. My curiosity towards the mystery wasn’t as strong as my attachment towards the characters. I only liked the mystery because of how hopeless it seemed but other than that, there wasn’t much that intrigued me. However, adding in the in-depth exploration of the character’s feelings—Zach’s guilt for not being to find the killer sooner, Eden feeling oppressed due to the pressure her mother applies on her—and you have a story that’s much more human.
Zach and Eden’s relationship wasn’t all smooth-sailing. He certainly didn’t welcome her with open arms and tell her, “yo welcome to the club. today’s activities include: catching a highly elusive killer. also, the more the merrier, ya know.” Instead, there was distrust. The fact that the local cult leader is Eden’s mother was more than enough to invoke prejudice from any of the townspeople. It was also more than enough to make her an easy suspect for the case. However, after a background check and several meet-ups between the two, they gradually started to find comfort in each other.
The cult, Elysia, isn’t your run-of-the-mill “hail Satan” cult. It is distant, secretive, and it hides in broad daylight. It is a force people avoid head-butting with, not because it is a cult, but rather because of the person who leads it.
This is truly an unputtable down book which you will find yourself loving either the mystery, characters or both.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
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