The Devil's Daughter

The Devil's Daughter

by Katee Robert

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“…a captivating read, made all the more rewarding when good triumphs.” —Washington Post

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…

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ISBN-13: 9781531868833
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Series: Hidden Sins Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa's knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and never looked back. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her little ones.

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The Devil's Daughter 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
FBI Agent Eden Collins left her her hometown of Clear Springs, Montana 10 years ago. Nothing, but nothing, would induce her to return ...except someone sent her a picture of a dead girl. The girl has been beaten, strangled, and more importantly, she has tattoos. These are identical to the tattoos that Eden carries. Eden's mother is a cult leader. All her followers carry the same tattoos...except Eden has one that no other has. Even though she knows she's being manipulated into returning to the cult, she can't just ignore a young girl being murdered by a member of her cult. Sheriff Zach Owens has his suspicions about this FBI Agent who just happens to be on "vacation" and has ties to his town. But then another girl goes missing and another body is found ... same marks, same tattoos. They are going to have to work together to stop this killer ...and Eden is going to have to push herself to deal with her mother ...and her followers .... again. And the longer she stays, the more danger she's in .... and it's far closer than she knows. This is a new author to me, and I was pleased to find a well-written Romantic Suspense. The premise is a good one, with some twists and turns and an ending that really surprised me. The characters are thoughtfully defined. Eden has a lot of issues to deal with, but she seems to fight her way through them. Zach is highly attracted to Eden and very protective. The author has several books out there, so if you're a fan of Romantic Suspense, you might want to check her out. Many thanks to the author / Montlake Romance / Netgalley for the digital copy of this book. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
This is a great romantic suspense story and just shows how versatile a writer Katee Robert really is. This book brings Eden back to her hometown and the cult she escaped when she was 18, lead by her Mother. When someone leaks a photo of a young girl murdered and ties to the cult, Eden now returns to that hometown to bring it all down. Eden is now an FBI agent. There she meets Zach, ex Marine, now Sheriff of this quiet small town, just the way he likes it. He has little trouble with the cult as they keep mostly to themselves. He's suspicious of Eden when she first arrives until he understands what's going on and they start to work together. The storyline and suspense just build from there. This is light on romance I would say, and more real story than Katee's usual but again I point to her versatility as an author. She wrote a great story here. Plotline, character depth and the damnedest twists and turns. Kept me on the edge on my seat a few times. If anyone can 180 a story, it's Katee. This book gets 4.5 from me. I loved it and highly recommend. **arc from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for a fair review**
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Devil's Daughter by Katee Robert Book One of the Hidden Sins series Publisher: Montlake Romance Publication Date: January 24, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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… What I Liked: Katee Robert does it again! I'm convinced there is nothing she can't write. I've read most of her steamy, sexy adult romance novels, her dark crime/mafia adult romance novels (O'Mallley's series), and now this series, featuring murders and cults. I knew this wasn't specifically a romance novel (though there is romance in it), which is different from what Robert usually writes. I'm really happy that I loved this story despite the usual heavy-romance expectation being taken out of the story. Sheriff Zach Owens has a dead body to identify and a missing girl to find, within days of each other. The first instinct would be to point fingers at Elysia, a cult group run by religious fanatic Martha Collins. But with no evidence, he can do little more than ask questions. But things change when Eden Collins, daughter of Martha Collins, shows up in the precinct with a photo of the dead girl's body. Someone sent Eden the photo, and Eden believes whoever sent it is trying to draw her back to Elysia. She vowed she'd never come back, but now she is involved, even if she's not back in Clear Springs on official business, as an FBI agent. Zach doesn't like the idea of involving Eden, for her safety, but he has no other options when it comes to Elysia. Zach and Eden are determined to find the killer, before more girls are taken and killed. There is such a dark, creepy tone underlying this story, which is probably Robert's intent. I'm assuming that's the case, and I must say, Robert did an excellent job building up the creepy factor. Chills and goosebumps were definitely present as I was reading this book. There is something about cults that has always freaked me out, but add raped and beaten murder victims with ritualistic patterns to the murders, and the creepy factor is significantly upped. Like I said, Robert really did a good job with setting the tone. The world-building is well-written too. I don't think I've read many novels set in Montana, but here we are, with a story set in Clear Springs, Montana. I've always thought Montana was creepy, but this novel sort of seals the deal. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Crack this one open and prepare to hang on! The mystery of The Devil's Daughter kept me guessing, right up until the big reveal. I had an idea about one of the antagonists--though that one felt like an outside chance--but the other one took me by complete surprise. The suspense was well-written, keeping the reader right on the edge for the entire book. I've never been so glad to have one last weekend before classes start up again, because it was going to be next to impossible to put this one down for more than a few minutes at a time--fortunately, I didn't have to :) I liked how Eden's mother used a hybrid blend of the myth of Persephone, Demeter, and Hades and other similar world myths to base her "religion" on--the creepy practices of the people of Elysia, combined with the way the killers twisted them to their own purposes gave me chills. Every time that Zach glanced up toward where the cult's compound was, even when he couldn't see it from where he was in town, I swear it gave me the chills. I can't wait to see where Ms. Roberts is going with this series! My only complaint is that the romance here really takes a back seat to the suspense part of the story--understandable, since there's so much going on, with dead bodies and more lives at stake and all--but once the mystery is solved and the antagonists are dealt with we're left with more of a HFN than a HEA--the specific "hows" of their relationship are very much still up in the air. Hopefully, that's because Ms. Robert is going to give us (a lot) more Eden and Zach in future books; I definitely want to see more of these two together, watching them grow as a couple. (subtle hint) Either way, though, sign me up for book two! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The Devil’s Daughter had all of the great elements that I like to see in a romantic suspense. The major characters were likable but flawed. The romance was a good distraction from the horrors that occurred but wasn’t the main attraction. And, it wasn’t until the very end that the true villains were revealed. All in all, Katee Robert has weaved together an excellent tale that illustrates how it’s not easy to keep your past in the rear view mirror no matter how much distance you create. Eden Collins was born into a Montana cult that was created and ruled by her mother Martha. Eden had to endure some unspeakable acts well before she became an adult. When she was old enough to leave the cult, she got as far away as possible and joined the FBI. She used her own experiences to help take down other cults. Eventually, the murder of a young girl dangerously close to her mother’s cult lures Eden back to town to assist the local Sheriff Zach Owens with the investigation. To further complicate things, the body count starts to increase and the familiarity of the murders make the hair on the back of Eden’s neck stand up. She is confident that her mother is directly involved but she tries desperately to keep her own emotions out of the investigation. That becomes even more of a challenge as she also attempts to deny herself of having a relationship with Zach. She can no more deny her attraction as she can deny the connection to her unfulfilled prophecy regarding the cult and her role as Queen of the Underworld. I was very pleased with the misdirection that plays out throughout the investigation. Small town investigations are always tricky because everyone likes to get involved with the investigation. Once you throw in the defiant attitudes of cult members, everything becomes more complicated. I felt sorry for Eden as she tried to exact information from her mother while trying to maintain her distance. As a cult leader, Martha was truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing. On the other hand, Zach was a diligent and persistent investigator who took all of the crimes personally and felt that it was his responsibility to keep his citizens safe. Eden was strong, resourceful, and brave as she attempted to slay the demons of her past. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. **Received a copy from Montlake Romance and reviewed voluntarily.**
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
Mystery suspense is my fav genre, toss in a little romance and I'm in hog heaven. Since my early days of reading Nancy Drew, I've always enjoyed a good the murder mystery. With the addition of a possible cult, Greek mythology and FBI's BAU unit, it ranked right up there with the best of Criminal Minds. Robert keeps you guessing right up until the end as to the WHO but in thinking back she left enough breadcrumbs to give you a hint but not enough to spoil the ending. Eden and Zach were characters that you could pull for and even though there wasn't a lot of info on their backgrounds, you felt like you knew them. I can't imagine how anyone growing up in this cult mentality and brutality could ever learn to totally trust another human being but hope that Eden and Zach's romance continues to grow and flourish in the upcoming books in this series. This is so unlike other books I've read by Robert but she did a heck of a job and look forward to more in this genre. She definitely has me as a follower.
KaraS More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a typical Katee Robert book, but it is by far my favorite of all of the ones I’ve read. This is unlike most novels and is full of mystery, intrigue, as well as the steam you come to expect from Katee’s stories. Eden Collins, current FBI agent and former, reluctant cult member (only because her mother ran the cult) and sexy Sheriff Zach Owens meet when Eden reluctantly returns to Clear Springs, Montana when a young girl’s dead body surfaces with ties to her mother’s cult. There might be a serial killer on the loose and Zach knows he is going to need Eden’s help to find him/her. The trauma that Eden endured in the name of Elysia and its teachings are truly horrifying. The drama is well played out and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The chemistry between Zach and Eden is understated, but steamy! However, theirs is not a textbook romance by any stretch and it rings true due to the difficult nature of the case and both of their professions. I have to say – although I suspected part of the ending – there was a twist you will most likely NOT SEE coming! I love that in a story. This novel ends on a hopeful upswing, but it doesn’t tie everything together in a nice pretty bow which was refreshing. There is enough pain and torture that it wouldn’t be fitting for everything to work out perfectly. If you enjoy “Criminal Minds”, you will LOVE “The Devil’s Daughter”. Received copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
The Devil's Daughter by Katee Robert......This book kept me guessing and flipping pages, while on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved watching this story be told between Eden and Zach. You will get a thrilling fast paced story with some romance. I am so excited to read the next book in this series. If you are looking for a story to suck you in this one is for you. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER is the first installment in Katee Robert’s contemporary, adult HIDDEN SINS romantic suspense crime series. This is FBI agent Eden Collins, and Clear Springs, Montana sheriff and former Marine Zach Owens’s story line. Told from several third person points of view THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER focuses on a serial killer with possible links to a local Clear Springs cult known as Elysia, and their leader Martha Collins. With one girl missing, and another found dead sheriff Zach Owens struggles with a lack of DNA, clues and access to the Elysia compound. Enter FBI agent Eden Collins, the prodigal daughter of Elysia’s founder Martha Collins, and a potential victim given the nature of the crimes and the belief system of Martha’s followers. What ensues is the search for clues as the who, what and why, as Eden’s attempts to retrieve information from a compound she once called home. Ten years earlier, Eden Collins left Clear Springs, Montana and the Elysia compound behind hoping never to return but a familiar tattoo and a series of ‘ritualistic markings’ brings Eden back home to a town frightened by the Elysia cult. Sheriff Zach Owens had hoped not to call in the FBI but Eden’s appearance coincides with the missing and murdered girls leaving our heroine the number one suspect early in the investigation. The relationship between Eden and Zach is one of mutual attraction but Eden has no desire to lose her heart to someone back home. The romance is limited as the majority of the story line focuses on the search for the missing girls, and the clues that lead back to the Elysia compound. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including FBI agents Vic and Britton: local law enforcement and Sheriff’s deputy Chase, coroner William Reynolds, and several members of the Elysia cult. We are introduced to Eden’s mother and the leader of the cult Martha Collins, as well as her inner circle –Lee, Joseph and Abram, Beth and Jon. THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER is a story line that ventures into Greek mythology-Demeter and Persephone- and the cult-like belief system of one woman and her tight knit band of followers. The premise is intriguing and suspenseful; the final reveal is surprising; the characters are colorful and captivating; the HEA is open ended.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
I've been eager to read something from Katee Robert for a while now and The Devil's Daughter was definitely the right choice! Mystery and romantic suspense blends into a read that will keep readers up all night. The first novel in the Hidden Sins series is a showstopper. Eden Collins returns home to help, unofficially, in a case that is sure to lead back to her mother's cult. As an FBI agent she's willing to put her experience and skills to use. Sheriff Zach Owens is at first suspicious of Eden, thinking maybe coming back to Clear Springs, Colorado is part of an elaborate ruse to deflect his attention away from Elysia. Eden escaped the cult as soon as she turned 18 and is less than enthusiastic to relive the horrors of her childhood. But, young girls are showing up dead and it may be the killer's way of drawing Eden back to Elysia. The Devil's Daughter is one thriller that you do not want to miss. Between Zach and Eden I don't know who made the story the most appealing. They both had dominant personalities that made the other think differently and both had pasts that forged the strength readers will see. Not only is the mystery complicated enough to keep you guessing, but the depth of darkness will drag chills down your spine. Just when I thought I knew who the killer was, the story takes me by surprise. That's always a plus in any book! I'm so happy that this is only the beginning of a series. I can't imagine what comes next, but I look forward to reading more from Katee Robert! *ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
This was a huge departure for Katee Robert, but it was very well done! This story focused 95% on the mystery/thriller aspects, and maybe 5% on romance. Eden escaped the cult she grew up in, and her mother who created it, as soon as she turned 18. That was 10 years ago. She's become an elite FBI agent with the Behavioral Analysis Unit, and she's built a brick wall around her emotions to protect herself. Zach is the sheriff in the small town where the cult resides. He grew up there and left for a while when he joined the Marines, but he always planned to return. Usually the cult doesn't cause him any issues, and mostly keep to themselves. But, a local teenage girl has been found murdered, and now he has to figure out if someone from the cult is involved. Eden returns to the town where she grew up, to try to help. Someone sent her a leaked photo of the dead girl, and there are some things in the photo that tell her the cult is involved. She takes some personal time from work and shows up in town to help Zach. Of course, he's very suspicious of her at first, but then he realizes he really will need her assistance. The mystery aspects of the story were great! It constantly kept me guessing, and I had no idea who the killer was for sure until it was revealed. It was very thrilling, and quite upsetting at times. You were really put in the dead girl's shoes, and it was quite disturbing, and drew you even further into the mystery. Also, the psychological aspects of what Eden and Zach were both dealing with from their pasts really wrapped you up and got you invested in them as well. I truly wish there had been a *little* more focus on the romance. I know it's not exactly the ideal circumstances to start a relationship, but I really would have loved to have seen more of them in that context. I also would have liked to see more of them after it was all over. I know she's planning a second book, but I have no idea if the same characters will appear. I really hope we see more of Eden and Zach in the future! Overall this book was fun, scary, suspenseful, and spooky, with a little sexiness thrown in. I'm very much looking forward to what's next! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. OK! SO! You know how..... Nope, no, not right at all!! Deep breath, and lets try that again, shall we?? You know how, sometimes, when you are reading a book, thoroughly enjoying said book, you got it all worked out?? You picked up the clues, and put the whodunnit together waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before it was revealed in the book?? And then.....AND THEN!!! THEN you get to 91%, about 20 minutes left in the book and you got it so very VERY wrong!!! I mean, I was really REALLY sure whodunnit, and I was waiting to see how Eden managed to get away, and then....AND THEN!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I can't word this right!! I was way off base, totally shocked by that revelation, and I did NOT see that coming. I freaking loved that!!! I loved that even Eden did not see that one coming! I'm sorry. Its taken me three days to come down enough to write this review and its not really making any sense but I really cannot word how much I LOVED this book! It's dark, its so very deadly, and devious. It has love too, for Eden and Zach, Sheriff in Clear Springs where Eden's mother has her cult. Where the girls are going missing from. Where Eden has to return to. This is the first book of Katee Robert's I've read. I hope it's not the last. This book is billed as Hidden Sins #1. I so really REALLY need to read the next one! Because it took me three days to write this, because I screeched at work (where I was reading when I got to THAT bit) because...because...because.... 5 stars. (I am sorry this review isn't up to my usual standards, but I really did struggle to word how I felt other than I FREAKING LOVED IT!!!) **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Booklikes, Netgalley,,, Kobo and Barnes and Noble**