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The Devils' Cradle

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On Australia’s island state, more than one species of Tasmanian Devil exists...

Beneath the surface of Nina Holt’s perfect marriage lurks a life of terror inflicted upon her by her politically powerful husband Michael and his brother Greg, a sadistic detective. For over a decade they have managed to keep Nina imprisoned, using her to satisfy their every whim. ...more
ebook, 474 pages
Published January 4th 2014 by N L Lamont
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Pat It points to the potential for a happy ending. But from the tone of your question, I would not recommend you read this as its pretty bleak and cruel…moreIt points to the potential for a happy ending. But from the tone of your question, I would not recommend you read this as its pretty bleak and cruel in parts. Not really a romance per se.(less)

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Karla

4.5 Gripping Stars!! Excellent psychological thriller! Bravo Darcy Daniel!

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* A copy of this book was provided by the author via The Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review*
✿Nancy✿
DING DING DING!!! WE'VE GOT A WINNER HERE!

Finally, Finally a book I love. I have been having horrible luck thus far. So happy to have read a book that truly deserves ALL THE STARS! I recommend this book to anyone who isn't faint of heart for it does have dark subject matter.
Kathy Cunningham
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Darcy Daniel’s THE DEVILS’ CRADLE is one sizzling novel, with great characters, a break-neck pace, plenty of sex and romance, and a pair of villains every bit as depraved as Hannibal Lecter.

The novel begins with two separate stories, which quickly merge into one. First, Nina Holt wants desperately to escape her abusive husband and his brutally vicious brother, both of whom have been holding her a prisoner in her own home for over a decade. Husband Michael Holt just happens to be the Premier of
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Julie
This novel rocks along at turbo speed from beginning to end and had me holding my Kindle with white knuckles. A word of warning though, this story is not for the faint of heart. It is very dark and there are several disturbing passages that were difficult to read, so viewer discretion is advised. I love it when a woman finds the strength deep inside her battered self to pull herself up and do whatever she must to save herself and her child. I also love a strong man with a strong definition of wh ...more
Pamela
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KathyAnne
This story was so good! I've had this book sitting in my review pile for a while and when I finally dove in I just could not put it down! It is a long book but it didn't feel that way at all... a real page turner, very engaging, and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.
Remember that movie "Sleeping With the Enemy" with Julia Roberts?? This had that kind of feel to it... Nina was very much the trophy wife to everyone looking in but the truth behind what was really going on was a well hidden
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Dennis Cardiff
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Devil's Cradle by Darcy Daniel is a thrilling suspense novel. The reader is drawn into the plot by the fact that Nina Holt has been held prisoner in her own home for ten years. Previous escape attempts led to brutal punishment by her husband Michael and his brother Greg.

A second plot line develops as Case Herder, an ex-cop, discovers a lead in the two year old murder case of his wife. This lead involves Nina's brother-in-law Greg. Herder wonders if Nina can provide answers to som
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Anna
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
And I thought my family was nuts! :)

Michael Holt, wealthy Tasmanian Premiere, has a secret. Or four. He and his older brother Greg, a highly positioned police inspector, are both killers. Only that isn't the worst thing they are guilty of. They both abuse and hold Michael's wife, Nina, against her will. The breaking point for Nina is when she realizes her 9yo son, Sam, is turning into a monster like his dad.

Case Herder, a former police officer, has been searching for his
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Rhonda
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read Darcy Daniel’s other book and thought I’d give this one a try even though it’s quite different. Result = I could hardly put it down! It sucked me in right from the start and never let up. I’m a big fan of Sandra Brown and found this just as good as her books. If you love staying awake all night, I definitely recommend this one.
Karen111
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Wow, what a little gem of a read, which I was lucky enough to stumble upon by accident on Goodreads. I would describe this book as a romantic thriller, but is equally dark and disturbing, with lots of twists and turns.

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Nina Holt is being held captive in her own home by her husband (Tasmanian Premier) Michael, and is used and abused by him and his even more vile brother, Greg (a local detective). Nina and Michael have a nine year old son together, Sam, who Michael schools daily about how useless women are.
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Star
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nina Holt didn’t start out life as the polished and poised woman she appears to be today. She was a runaway junkie thief who was caught by the wrong man – Michael Holt. He decided to take his new find and mold her into his perfect slave. A man high on the political totem pole, Michael is above suspicion, even if not everyone agrees with his politics. His brother, Greg, is a high-ranking police officer. Yet the Holt brothers are so much more – sadistic manipulators and criminals. Nina’s only ligh ...more
Myeve123
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I hesitated to give the book a try because a) the cover could use some work and b) I wasn't sure I could handle the level of violence the book promised. But something about the premise compelled me, so I read it and it didn't disappoint.

All the elements in this story work together to form a cohesive and gripping story. I root for Nina, the wife of an abusive politician. At first I didn't understand why didn't she run from him. And then I knew, the person she loves is the one who ties
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Belynda
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall a good book and a great story line! I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I do find it hard to believe that a held, abused woman for 10 years, would have sex and love on her mind while on the run from her husband (captor) and his brother. While this does not deter from the story, it was always in the back of my mind. I will look for other books by Darcy.
Linda
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Katelyn Hodge
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book.

Fantastic book.

It was absolutely amazing, I had trouble putting it down. It is definitely a book that will stick with you for a good long while.
ctrothschild
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read!

Thanks to Nina's boldness and faith in herself she changed her world for the better! Of course Casey & Sam helped!!!
Heidi
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own-kindle
I love suspendeful thrillers and this one was great, but not for the faint of heart. I found myself sucked into this while I should've been doing homework or sleeping! 😜
Mary
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well paced easy book to read. Like other reviews, I would have been happy without the romance storyline but the author maybe felt it was natural to allow the story to go in that direction. It also appeals to a greater audience when you add the romance bit. It's definitely entertaining but not exactly thought provoking.
Sharanya
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrifying and Emotional!!!

The Devil’s Cradle by Darcy Daniel narrates the brutal tale of Nina Holt. To the outside world Nina leads the perfect life – a world of immense comfort, wealth and luxury as she is the wife of the Premier of Tasmania, Michael Holt. But the truth that is reveled to us is much more torrid and brutal. As a teenager Nina had run away from home and gotten hooked on drugs. To fund her habit, she and her boyfriend began to steal from wealthy people’s home. When sh
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Lisa
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Holy Snaps!!!!! Awesome book! Let me just give you the ending!!! Best ending ever!! "The End..........But,"

Come on with book 2, I can't wait".
Joyce Ortis
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful

I could not put this book down. I liked all the twists and turns. Two really bad guys and a wife seeking justice. Excellent reading. Read the whole book in one day.
Pat
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a long book but it had me gripped throughout. Nina is married to Michael Holt, Premier of Tasmania (a state of Australia and the Premier heads the government of that state). She has a 9 year old son, Sam, and life is good - yeah? NO! Michael is a sadistic woman hater and sexual abuser, aided and abetted by his police Inspector brother, Greg. They "discovered" Nina when she was a drug addicted teenager robbing houses to score her next fix. Her gang had targeted Michael's house thin ...more
William Davis
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a chance on a $.99 offering of The Devil’s Cradle. Boy, am I glad I did! This was a great thriller with a compelling plot and characters that you’ll get to know in depth. The heroine and hero are truly admirable and courageous. The villains are utterly despicable.

Rescued off the street from a life of drug addiction and prostitution, Nina is saved by a powerful man who makes her his wife. But does she live happily ever after? Not hardly. Nina becomes his slave and an object of
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Steph Atchley
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic

Couldn't put this book down! The storyline was fast paced and I stayed up all night reading it. Will be looking for more books by this author!!!
IndieHeart
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off -- this book does not pull punches with the graphic content or "bad language". Scenes of violence and sexual abuse of women are graphically depicted. If this kind of content is upsetting for you, you don't want to read it.

That said, this story of a woman (Nina) trapped in an extremely abusive marriage who finally finds the courage to try to run away when her 9 year old son begins to be exactly like his father. Her husband, the Tasmanian Premier, and his equally psychopathic
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Romina
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the outside you’d think Nina Holt’s life was perfect, married to a politically powerful man, a young son and a beautiful home in Tasmania.
Behind closed doors she is terrorised by Michael Holt her Husband and Greg his equally sadistic Brother.
They seize every available chance to abuse her and force her to obey their every whim.
An abuse she suffers away from the gaze of her son, who dotes on his Father.
Kept away from everybody she has nobody to turn to, she begins to p
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I was thoroughly impressed with this book. I have read various thrillers by different authors like James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, et al.

This book definitely stands out as one of the best of the genre I have ever read. The author manages to avoid so many of the cliche tropes that big-name authors fall into, and the plotline itself also has more originality than many thrillers I've read (despite the main character being an abused housewife)
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Victoria Rainey
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romancebookworm
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Nina Holt’s life and marriage seems picture perfect from the outside. However, inside, Nina lives a life that can only be called hell. She is cut off from the world around her. She cannot even watch TV, read the news or even leave the house. Her life is cooking, cleaning and taking care of her son, Sam. Nina endures thinking she is giving her son the best life she can. It also leaves her scared about the world beyond the walls of her home. How can she cope wi
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Alfred J. Coscia
GOOD LUCK PUTTING IT DOWN

I love any book that can really engage me and this book delivers! I finished this book in one sitting (Well, sometimes I was cooking or doing laundry while reading. You know how we bookworms are ;).

First, I will tell you that I just do an over-all analysis of the experience I had reading a book to help others choose. So, no spoilers. The plot was admirably well-crafted. The storyline pulled me in right away. Each chapter added to my curiosity and kept me fli
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Laurie
This book contains some graphic violence and disturbing sexual situations. The spousal abuse is abhorrent. I was easily sucked into Nina’s story and became invested in the outcome early on. Nina has been living a nightmare for years; alienated and confined with virtually no hope for escape, she impulsively grabs her nine-year-old son, Sam, and takes off without any real plan for the future and just a small cache of savings. From the start her journey is filled with mishaps, distrustfulness, and ...more
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