The Devil’s Daughter (Katee Robert)

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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…

I don’t know if many of you are familiar with The Devil’s Daughter. I hadn’t come across any reviews before I decided to read it myself. As soon as I read the blurb, I knew it would be an ideal choice for me. The plot was beyond intriguing and focused on one of my favorite themes ever: CULTS. I thought Elysia was fascinating and Martha, the leader, too. I’m always attracted to stories about manipulation and cult following, as well as ritualistic killings (such a romantic, I know) and this one had it all. And the prodigal daughter returns home…

I really liked Zach’s character, he was the classic tortured sheriff (yes, I have a weakness for stories about sheriffs and small towns) and he was very protective of Clear Springs’ citizens. I thought his character was easy to identify with. The mystery was compelling enough, although there aren’t too many suspects, so you can probably guess the culprit in the end. Still, I thought it was a captivating story and I was able to read it in just one day.

So what didn’t work for me? The romance. As simple as that. It’s not that I hate romance, in fact, I read a romantic suspense series not so long ago and I absolutely loved everything about it (The Gates of Evangeline), but here, I just couldn’t connect with their relationship at all. And I believe the book would’ve worked better without it. When a character that it’s supposed to be a fierce FBI agent and around 30 years old starts thinking stuff like: “He’s so attractive I can barely make eye contact”, I lose my patience. And the romance was so sudden and unnecessary that I wish it hadn’t happened. And it’s a pity, since everything else was right up my alley.

Anyway, The Devil’s Daughter is still a worthy book if you love cults and romantic suspense. I’d love it if the author decided to focus completely on the creepy side of things.

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Netgalley, Montlake Romance, 2017

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

21 thoughts on “The Devil’s Daughter (Katee Robert)

  1. I’m really interested in cults, brainwashing etc. too so this may be one that I would like.
    I know what you mean about unnecessary romance. Those times where it feels like the romance was almost an afterthought, like they felt it had to be in there.
    Great review!

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    1. I think the issue here was that the author is a romance writer… but I thought the mystery part was good and it was creepy enough. It certainly didn’t need the romance! And agree about cults and brainwashing haha

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  2. No for cults, I have a hard time buying stories like that.. it goes into the fantasy pile for me ;-). I can’t connect with people in cults or follow their reasoning and I would be irritated by their way of thinking probably so I’m just going to skip this one. I’m also not too fond of that teenage feeling of falling for someone, especially in a book like this ;-).

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  3. I was sold as soon as I saw Cult! lol, like you I am so fascinated by them and everything twisted that comes with it! I’ll have to check The Devils Daughter out! Your review was fantastic :).

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  4. I was ready to instantly add this to the good ole’ TBR when you mentioned cults! I am fascinated with them (in the most healthy way I promise).. but then the romance entered. How heavy is it? I really struggle with heavy romanced based titles.

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  5. I do like stories with cults. This one sounded very promising until the romance bit. It sounds like the cheesy kind of romance. I am still intrigued by everything else in the book though so I will check it out when I get the chance.

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  6. Even in the book synopsis the romance stuck out as “one of these things is not like the other.” I don’t like that this woman can’t do her job without having to tell a man to get out of her way and LET her do her job. Insta-love isn’t cute in YA, and it’s not cute in adult fiction, either.

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  7. “I’m always attracted to stories about manipulation and cult following, as well as ritualistic killings (such a romantic, I know)”

    Haha I lol’ed at this. Sorry the romance came up a little flat for you, but it sounds like this one got the cult culture aspects right?

    There is something so eerily fascinating about cults…. like a bad accident you can’t look away from. Where you the one who recommended The Singing Bone to me? I *think* it was you. I still need to read it, but I did see it was available through my library’s digital database for audiobook, so I think I will give it a go.

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