The Devil's DaughterSeries: Hidden Sins #1
by Katee Robert
Published by Montlake Romance on January 24th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
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.
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!