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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  14,361 ratings  ·  637 reviews
Librarian's Note: Alternate-cover edition for ISBN 0553294903 / 9780553294903

A decade ago, sculptor Clare Kimball fled Emmitsboro, Maryland, to take the art world by storm. Now she’s celebrated as the artist of her generation. But no amount of success can eclipse the nightmares that haunt her—or the memories of her father’s suicide. Just as her star is shining brighter tha
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Mass Market Paperback, 568 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Bantam (first published September 1st 1992)
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Jonetta
Clare Kimball is a sculptor whose work has gained notoriety and success in the art world. Just as she should be basking in the acceptance of critics and buyers, Clare abruptly decides to leave New York and return to her Emmitsboro, Maryland, her hometown and site of so many painful memories. After having worked as a detective in Washington, DC, Cameron (Cam) Rafferty has also returned to Emmitsboro as the sheriff, escaping to a much quieter life on the streets and in his home. Neither Clare or C ...more
jenjn79
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kathrynn, Auntee - you guys might like this one
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
There are quite a few negative reviews for this book - which surprises me a little, but at the same time, I can also understand. Divine Evil is a rather atypical for Roberts as its much more descriptive and gruesome than her other books. The plot deals with a Satanic cult that abuses and tortures young women/girls and Roberts is surprising graphic in her detailing of those situations. It creeped me out a bit, but not nearly enough to stop reading the book or to refuse to read another Nora Robert ...more
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
What a book! What a book! I can't sleep because all I'm thinking about is what happens next!



Clare is an artist living in New York, she is a successful sculptress, from a little town called Emmitsboro, 28 years old redhead and haunted by weird nightmares of her childhood, she is messy, smokes, lives in her own head and tries to move away from her past.



In Emmitsboro, a cult is murdering again and cop Cam is on it!

Obsidian
This was so long and tedious. Also there's barely any romance and what there is you quickly forget about it when it comes to reading about the group sex, rapes, murders, and animals being killed. Heck we even get a scene of a man being beaten to death which actually turned my stomach. I don't think the main characters or secondary characters were very developed. And there's a topic of racism introduced and dropped quickly which was odd. The ending was a total nonstarter. I can see if Roberts had ...more
Crystal Anne
May 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!!!
Shelves: nora-roberts
I am a huge NR fan, but I never did like this one. It's conclusion was very disturbing to me, and I actually had nightmares. I am very against disposing of books in general, but this one hit the trash bin with amazing speed. I'm just glad it didn't turn me off of her writing for good, and I still collect anything and everything else she's written, even when they aren't my favorites. I definitely would NOT reccomend this book to others. In fact, I usually tell people to stay away from it.
Blacky *Romance Addict*

A sect of Satanic worshipers who rape and kill women in a small town in the middle of nowhere.

Not my thing. This book is too disturbed for me :(

But it is shockingly similar to the movie Hot Fuzz :DDDDD
Barbara
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
B+

Forgettable? Probably. "Divine Evil" kept me entertained throughout and there was never really a dull moment.

I'm still not sure why this wasn't a 5 Star for me...it might have been the characters (or maybe just my personal lack of connection with them), or the fact that the "cult" killed and raped for more than 20 years and no one in this teeny/gossipy small town noticed. WTH?!

Even after my negatives this was still a great summer read and I really enjoyed it. Nora never lets you down (well un
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Cindy Newton
Nora Roberts' books are my go-to guilty pleasure books, but this one did not work for me. This is one of her older works (early 90's), and it shows. The characters smoke like chimneys, for one thing. I don't keep up with trends in romances, but I would think that is unusual these days.

The whole cult thing was just so melodramatic and over-the-top. I know there are active cults in our country and that Satanism is a thing, but really? (view spoiler)A secret Satanist cult that lit
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Emily
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This is my mums book. I ran out of books to read so she lent it me.

I really enjoyed this book. I found it hard to put it down. The story was really interesting and mysterious. At first, I was a little shocked at how dark it was. The plot is a lot darker than the blurb lets you believe.

I liked the characters, including Clare and Cameron. I liked reading their relationship and liked how it progressed throughout the book. My favourite character has to be Annie though. She was so sweet
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Miss Kim
Emittsboro, MD, is a small town where every body knows everybody and their business. But this town holds a dark secret.

Clare iss now a successful artist that has been living in New York City. She has now come home to Emmitsboro to settle her past. She's been having recurrent nightmare about her father, and something she saw as a small child.

Cam is a former bad boy that left town to become a DC detective. He too has come home, but he is running from a horrible memory in DC. He's now the sheriff o
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Chris Snider
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have not read ONE Nora Roberts Crime Thriller that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. She always finds a way to give you a lovable heroine and a charming Male protagonist. This was a great story about hoe darkness can lie in any small town. By the end of it you knew pretty much everything going on, so there was no real "AH HA!" moment. However the closing scene did throw in a nice little twist. Highly recommended for Crime Thriller lovers.
Thenia
A book that reminded me of Brotherhood in Death which I read recently and also involves a (view spoiler).

Clare, an artist famous for her dark work, returns to the town where she grew up in order to face the nightmares of her past that include her father's suicide. There she reunites with Cameron, a bad boy of their high school days who is now the town sheriff.

The two share some pretty intense attraction and soon start a relationship, that eventually help
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
So I had another deja vu moment with a NR book. Pretty sure I read back in 2010 before GRs for me. Anywho, so many years in books between, I wasn’t certain of the story and still enjoyed.

I did dislike Cam’s mom and Claire at times. The whole head in the sand routine plucked my nerves, especially Cam’s mom and all of her actions.

Claire at least saw reason.

Overall good book. Good narration.
Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)
This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger br>It's not often when I come across a Nora Roberts novel that I haven't read. When I first discovered adult romance, Roberts was one of the first authors I ran across. I found out I loved her work, and basically read any and all of her books that I could get my hands on. I purchased Divine Evil in a used bookstore and thought I hadn't read it, so I snatched it up. About half way in, I realized I had read it before, but it didn't stop me ...more
Rebecca
3.5 STARS

I found the audio version while cruising OverDrive and couldn't resist. This is by far the darkest book I've read from NR. It wasn't bad but definitely dated. I probably would have enjoyed it much more 15 years ago.

Audio - Katie Firth is an excellent narrator. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to her again.
Stephanie Tracy
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great (and seriously creepy) Nora Roberts book! Wow. Especially for being one of her older publications, I'm surprised to have loved this as much as I did. I usually don't like her 80s and 90s books as much - they feel too dated, and her heroes are typically too alpha for my liking. Not the case here! A perfect story to have finished on Halloween - with a really eerie/evil story line, and an open-ended, unsettling ending.

The romance played second fiddle in this novel about a quaint littl
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Gabriela Araujo
I had some troubles with this book, some of them can be found in other Nora's books, even though I am a huge fan of hers.

The romance was was pretty much typical of her stories; Clare really got on my nerves most of the time with her attitude and her insistence in keeping important things (regarding the satanic ritual which was responsible for killing all people in the book) from Cameron. I understood it was kind of a big deal because of her father, but come on, women were being kidnapped, raped
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Cyndi
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I usually adore the great NR, But, for this one, the heroine kept ticking me off. Seems Cam wanted a girl like his Mom, the ostrich type. Everyone knows about the cult thing, but Claire, who actually saw it, and has been having nightmares her whole life. She says "pfft" and hides her head. Nora usually writes great heroines, but this one jumped around so much in personality, I kept wanting to slap her on the back of the head and yell, "wake up, idiot!"
Kj
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
2.5 stars. Claire is an absolute idiot. I couldn't stand her. In fact most of the women in this book are unbearably stupid and/or horrible people. The plot wasn't bad and I liked Cam but overall I have to give it a thumbs down
Tanvi
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Initial Thoughts
I knew before going in that it won’t be a typical romantic suspense read for me – it’s not fantasy or paranormal but it deals with ‘evil’ powers and Satanic cult stuff – makes me feel a little uneasy/weird. But it’s a Nora Roberts book and I was going to pick it up and read it.

The Writing
The writing was dark – very dark – and intense at times, slightly repetitive but that was required to set the scene and establish the patterns for the rituals. It was just a b
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Jake Jarvi
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Man, I was glad when this thing was over. Clare was so overdramatic about everything and Cam was way too alpha male.
Sheery
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I wasn't happy with the odd ending and that's what keeps it from being 4 stars for me.
Anita Burns
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read Nora Roberts in many years but found myself in a "Friends of the Library" bookstore and discovered a nearly complete collection of her works in hardback. I chose one at random that I was pretty sure I hadn't read. Wow! I loved it. Fast moving, great characters, tight story line, and the romance was just enough to make it "real."

My only criticism is that the main female character seemed a bit weak. Often whiney, petulant, and a bit naive for a New Yorker. I guess I prefer my heroine
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Mariazita
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais um livro que gostei bastante, é assim que eu gosto da autora, mistério, crime, romance.Este é bem pesado em que a autora não poupou na descrição dos horrores passados nos rituais satânicos passado numa pequena povoação em Maryland em que todos se conhecem e que não acreditam no que esta-se a passar com estes crimes violentos que estão a acontecer.
Um livro muito bom, que faz com que eu continue a ler Nora Roberts.
Elaine
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
It has been a long time since I read Nora Roberts. This one was too creepy for me. I finished it but I was tempted more than once to not finish it. Rape, murder and satanic worship was too much for me. I would not recommend it.
Inge van weegen
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
dit is een Nora Roberts zoals je die nog nooit hebt gelezen. Koude rillingen, verbazing, luguber en een zeer verrassend einde. En natuurlijk ook wat liefde en romantiek
Anita
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-la-city
Nora takes on the subject of perfect daddy and satianism. It was a good read, even though I figured it all out half way through.
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Maria
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have put off reading this book for years because of the title. Evil is something I find difficult to read about. Finally I decided to give it a try, and it is about evil, but no worse than some of Ms. Roberts' In Death books. Clare nearly drove me crazy with her forgetfulness and casual treatment of her possessions. She reminded me of an ostrich, always with her head buried in the sand rather than facing her problems head-on. As for the plot, every time a woman entered the story, I froze until ...more
Jennifer
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
It was a little hard for me to suspend my disbelief about a devil worship cult as the cause for the murders in a small town. That theme kind of dated it as from the 90s, as did the amount of smoking! :p However, I did like the way in which it illustrated the secrets that even people in small towns can hide, pushback against change, and desire to maintain the idea of their home as an idyllic small town. The thing that I enjoyed most about this novel was that Nora Roberts explored the the feelings ...more
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