Review: The Devil’s Daughter by Katee Robert

Posted February 2, 2017 in Review / 23 Comments

Review: The Devil’s Daughter by Katee Robert

The Devil's Daughter

Series: Hidden Sins #1
by Katee Robert
Published by Montlake Romance on January 24th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 316
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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 normally read suspense/mystery/romance types of books but when I saw that Katee Robert was coming out with one, I thought I’d push my boundaries and take a chance.  I had enjoyed reading her O’Malley’s series so why not?  The writing and character driven romances appealed to me and even those had elements of suspense in them.

I might not be the best person to review the suspense genre but I’m going to give it a try.  Just keep in mind that I’m a “virgin” to the genre.  Be gentle…

Whenever I read a story that has a mystery, I always go into it looking for the perp (or UNSUB as they called the person in this book) right away.  The Devil’s Daughter wasted no time in allowing me to do just that.  Bam!  Ms. Robert has us in the victim’s point of view in the first sentence of chapter one.  The story flows back and forth between different character’s point of view but it does it seamlessly without any hiccups.  I could easily figure out who was talking.  Sometimes multiple POV stories get confusing but this one was easy to follow.

The majority of the story is told from the point of views of the sheriff Zach Owens and FBI Agent Eden Collins.  Zach is the town’s golden boy who left town to join the Marines.  After the Marines, he came back to his hometown to become their sheriff.  He is definitely protective of “his” town.

Eden is whole other story.  Raised in the commune (read: cult) just outside of the small town where Zach was the golden boy, Eden couldn’t escape town fast enough when she turned eighteen.  Ten years later, the last thing she wants to do is get anywhere near her mother and her mother’s cult.  Unfortunately, a killer is intent on making sure Eden is compelled to come back.  I liked how Ms. Roberts wrote Eden’s character because while Eden is having to relive a horrible time in her life, she doesn’t fall apart and stays pretty put together.  She’s human, she makes mistakes.  But she’s a pretty darn strong human and I liked that.

The rest of the characters were just as well written.  Each served their purpose and did it extremely well.  Martha was a true devil, consistently!!  Abram was the constant soldier – scary!  Vic was scary, too and I really, really liked him!  I’d like to read more about his story because of what happened to him towards the end of the story.  I’m purposely being vague on who is who so I don’t spoil the book for you.  I’m hoping that if you pick up the book to read, you’ll never remember my review 😉

Like I said in the beginning, I had a perp all picked out but then it was leading another way so I kept my options open.  I was still leaning towards my original pick but then Ms. Robert completely surprised me!!!  That’s outstanding in my book!

About Katee Robert

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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23 responses to “Review: The Devil’s Daughter by Katee Robert

    • No cliffhanger but I JUST saw it become a series. I was surprised no one else picked it up but it’s Montlake Romance, maybe they didn’t see it?

  1. Ooh, great review Kristin. I’d seen this around but never really paid attention to it since I wasn’t all that interested but I’m interested now. I’m with Grace, is this going to be part of a series?
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    • It wasn’t a series when I first picked it up and there’s no cliffhanger but it looks like it will be a series now. My guess is Vic will get a story, I’m really not sure. Vic is Eden’s FBI partner 🙂 Not really a spoiler, that one… Hi, btw!!!!!

    • Like I was telling someone else, I’m really surprised no one else in our little hoarde of friends on GR picked this one up. Remember, though, I might be easy on my review.. I’m a newbie to the genre!!!! 😉

    • Who knew it could be painless, right?!?!?! 😀 And there are SOOOOO many books I kick myself over but then I look at my TBR and feel better 🙂

    • Ya know, when Kimba Caffeinated didn’t pick it up, since she’s my go-to for suspense romance, I was a little worried about reading it but I got lucky, that’s for sure!!!! I really want to read more of this genre now 🙂

    • Maybe wait for more reviews b/c if you’re not a fan of multiple POVs to start with, you might be annoyed. Luckily, more the of POVs were the protagonists, though 😀 Just sayin’……

    • Finally!!! Someone else who’ve read this!!!! You read EVERYTHING and honestly, being the romance girl you are, I’m surprised you picked this up! Same here on Katee, too!!! I skipped the 3rd O’Malley book but I did pick up the fourth because I want to see what happens with Sloan 🙂

    • I’ve watched Criminal Minds and still, having seen the word written down, I had to Google the word b/c I was like, “WHAT????” I like “perp” so much better b/c it’s just fun to say 🙂 I think my brain is like yours, the word just won’t stay in there… like most other things…

    • Ya know what’s even better when the perp is a surprise? When the perp is a surprise AND a twist!!!! I didn’t want to say that in my review b/c I hate to set up expectations but it really was a twist!

      Can I use your word “Brilly”????? I lurve that word!!!!