The Devil’s Daughter by Katee Robert

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…

Titles in the Hidden Sins series include:  The Devil’s Daughter – The Hunting Grounds – The Surviving Girls –

Title:  The Devil’s Daughter
Series:  Hidden Sins #1
Author:  Katee Robert
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  January 24, 2017
My Rating:  4.5 stars

The Devil’s Daughter captured my attention from the first page and didn’t let up until the final period.  The characters are totally believable in their roles whether hero or villain, the pace is steadily growing in intensity and the reveal caught me by surprise… although there were breadcrumbs on a trail that I didn’t follow.

As the daughter of a known cult leader in the small town of Clear Springs, Montana, Eden had gotten out as soon as she possibly could.  She took her future into her own hands in a direction as far from her mother’s path as humanly possible.  Yet, she also followed a career where she could keep an eye on the cult’s activities and be ready to step in when the time was right.  When someone emailed her a leaked photo of a very dead girl with tattoos to match Eden’s, well, it was now time to return home.  One dead girl wouldn’t be the end of it, that poor girl’s death would only be the beginning.

I really liked Eden.  As an FBI agent working in the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) she’s more than capable in her chosen profession.  She’s smart, strong and able to take care of herself in normal circumstances.  What she finds when she returns home is far from normal, and the closeness to her mother’s cult headquarters is taking a toll on Eden.  She knows the connections, she’s convinced her mother or her mother’s people have something to do with murder but proving it before another death happens  isn’t going to be easy.

While I enjoyed the brewing romance between Zach and Eden, it wasn’t the driving force of this story.  There are twists and turns, unexpected developments and enough breadcrumbs to lead off on several trails.  For me, I wasn’t following the trail that lead to the reveal which made it even more enjoyable for me.  I don’t spend time worrying if I got “the bad guy” right I just enjoy the story.

I would definitely recommend The Devil’s Daughter to any Romantic Suspense reader – and I’m now off to pick up The Hunting Grounds to continue this series.

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