Title: The Devil’s Daughter
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Hidden Sins #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Pub Date: January 24, 2017
My Copy: Courtesy of Montlake Romance and Netgalley
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 a great romantic suspense novel. I totally found myself enjoying this story. The two main characters Eden Collins and Zach Owens are two people who want to find answers as to who is committing murders in Clear Springs. Eden and Zach also have amazing chemistry together.
One of the things that I love about this book is how it starts with a mystery. We learn that someone is stalking and killing young women in Clear Springs. Zach Owens has to deal with some serious things as when the first young woman’s body is discovered, he thinks it’s another girl that has gone missing and finds it is someone else. So this is a horrible discovery. Someone enters the information into the criminal database and Eden Collins looks at it and knows this could be related to the religion or cult that she grew up.
Her mother, Martha Collins is a leader of a religion or cult that follows a weird religion based on Persephone and Demeter. Plus all the female followers of this religion have a tattoo on their foot. She has it as well. For Eden, she knows that she has go back to a place that is hard for her. We learn that her mother’s power and reach has grown since Eden left 20 years ago. They have to deal with the fact that someone possibly in Martha’s religon/cult may have done this. So both of them begin investigating these disappearances and then more girls start to die. Eden thinks she may be the unsub’s target eventually.
This book had some crazy twists. I totally enjoyed the romance between Eden and Zach. Both of them are very strong willed, yet are willing to tell people some hard truths, even if people don’t want to acknowledge it. I like how Zach defends Eden when people accuse her and her mother of doing this, when there is no concrete evidence of them murdering anyone. Plus it doesn’t help that Martha’s group/religion has members that have shady pasts. I thought that Eden and Zach make a good team. Plus when they have setbacks, they comfort each other. I totally love the chemistry that both of them have with one another. They both know that their relationship might not last more than the duration of this case, but neither of them can let go.
The twists and turns of this book were really interesting. I totally love how everything goes back to someone you don’t expect. I also like how everybody has something to lose. Martha doesn’t expect that someone would be so blatant and we get to see Martha help Zach when Eden is in danger. We also learn the identity of the murderer and it definitely is surprising because it’s someone who was once close to Eden. I totally found the people who are responsible are doing this because they like it and they want to take power away from Eden’s mother. I love how everybody works together to rescue both Eden and Rachel, who was recently kidnapped.
This was an excellent book. I love how the mystery unfolded. Definitely will be looking forward to more books in this series.