The Devil's Daughter by Katee Robert
Series: Hidden Sins #1
Published by Montlake Romance on January 24th 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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 voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
When your mother is the leader of a cult, there aren’t many choices to make. You either fulfill your destiny (the one your crazy mother dictates) or you get the hell out of dodge. And that’s exactly what Eden did 10 years ago, never looking back.
What every town’s sheriff wants is to have a whacky cult amidst his people, not. Then young girls start to go missing only to later show up dead in what seems to be cult rituals. As much as he doesn’t like Eden coincidently showing up to offer her help with the investigation, she’s his only in with the cult.
The more they investigate the more Zach and Eden’s feeling begin to get involved. When the killer begins to escalate and everything points to Eden being in the middle of everything, their connection will be tested.
Zach was one sexy lawman. He had a military past he was dealing with and he really cared about the well-being of the people in his town. Eden brought all his protective instincts into overdrive and that was some seriously hot shit.
I must confess that I ended up a little bit disappointed in Eden. I did like her and thought it was a miracle she was a functioning adult. It was a testament to her fortitude that she dedicated her life to saving people from cults like her mother’s. But she got her ass kicked so many times during the investigation that at some point I was yelling “WTF woman?!! Didn’t you get any training at all at the bureau?”. This could have been mostly that I read FBI agent in the blurb and I was expecting a totally kick ass woman.
While Zach and Eden had some serious chemistry, I can’t say I totally connected to either of them. I felt that the main focus was on the cult and the mystery, and their romance took somewhat of a back seat to it. Which is actually not a bad thing, but whilst the suspense was really good, the conclusion of the mystery behind the killings felt a bit rushed.
With crazy cult people, creepy cult politics, a hunky sheriff, and some sexiness, as well as a great mystery The Devil’s Daughter was a somewhat disturbing but entertaining read.
Rating: 3.5 “Crazy-Creepy Cult” Stars
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