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The Devil's Daughter

(Hidden Sins #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,682 ratings  ·  295 reviews
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 th ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Montlake Romance
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The Devil's Daughter is Katee Robert's brand new romantic suspense following Eden Collins as she returns to her hometown. For her it's not a happy visit and all the town of Clear Springs brings her are bad memories. Now an FBI agent, Eden has returned to finally expose her mothers cult as the evil it really is and prove that the cult had something to do with the disappearance and death of two young women. With the help of the towns Sheriff, Zach Owens, she sets of
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
***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

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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 viol
WOW! If you enjoy romantic suspense, look no further, this story epitomises the best of the genre. It is a fast paced, action packed story with characters it is easy to relate to and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing till the dramatic conclusion and is complete with a side serving of romance!

Eden Collins escaped from Clear Springs, Montana a decade ago, becoming an FBI agent. Her mother, Martha, is the somewhat charismatic leader of a cult, loosely based on the story of Demeter and Pe
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of Romantic Suspense and this is a new author to me. I know she writes straight "romance" but I have never read any of her books. Saw a lot of good reviews for it and the premise sounded interesting. I am sorry to say, it fell a bit flat for me. I couldn't connect with either character. I thought their "romantic" relationship progressed a bit too quickly. I couldn't buy that Eden would return to her home place. I saw the bad guy coming almost straight away. It wasn't a surprise to m ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really pulled into this story initially and liked the plot and the characters. Eden's character was a little stand offish, but it fit her role as the daughter of the head of a cult. I liked that she was strong enough to escape the lifestyle her mother created and then went to work for the FBI to help profile these types of individuals.

What didn't work for me is that once she has to put her skills to work in regards to her mother's cult, she doesn't seem to be able to do anything profession
Linda Strong
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 cu
Carmen Rae
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
As soon as I read the blurb for this the grabby hands came out and I was dying to see how Katee Roberts was going to go on her first foray into romantic suspense. I mean it’s no surprise I love her contemporary romance novels; I can’t get enough of her writing style. That said everything I love about Katee’s books wasn’t included in this one but I enjoyed it so much I didn’t even notice until I had put down the book and sat down to review it.

That’s probably because I was so absorbed in the susp
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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A deeply harrowing intense thriller that is interlaced with mystery, suspense, and intrigue. If you are familiar with Katee Robert, then you are all aware that she has this ability to pull in readers to get lost in her story and in the case of The Devil’s Daughter, Katee went beyond the hearts and flowers that we are used to but instead gave her readers a story that will leave chills as she explores the hidden secrets of a cult.

The D

No one beats Persephone indefinitely. Not Demeter, not mankind, and sure as hell not Hades.

That my friends was a goose bump moment.

Eden Collins swore that she would never go back to Clear Springs and the cult Elysia where she grew up with her mother being the cult leader. She against her will has been lured back to a murder where the victim looks similar to her in so many ways. Now a strong, sassy and independent woman she has been working for the FBI specifically the BAU.

Zach Owens former Mari
Sandra Hoover
*Many thanks to the author, publisher, and Netgally for this book.

FBI Agent Eden Collins never expected to return to the home she escaped years ago - the small town of Clear Springs and Elysia, a cult led by her mother Martha Collins. Eden still has nightmares of growing up under the power and control of a cult that did not provide the simple, happy life it promised. Eden knows the evil secrets concealed behind those walls all too well as she still bears the ritualistic cult tattoos upon her ski
Elle G.
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Genre: Mystery and Suspense

This is a really good book, one that I really enjoyed because it kept me interested the whole way through. It's got a great mystery that will causes goosebumps to cover your skin, and very intriguing (and sometimes scary) characters. What I also found interesting about this story is the past that essentially consumes the main characters - this was not only unexpected, but a fantastic plot point-. I have to hand it to the author, she ce
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**


The Devil's Daughter was a very suspenseful read that had me guessing throughout the book. I love it when the author spins a very intricate story and has me on the edge of my seat. What I enjoyed most about this book was the setting of the story. I am a huge fan of books that focus on cults, because they are forbidden and mysterious and add something extra to the story. I was constantly trying to figure out what role the cult members
Shay Williams
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It seems to be a theme with girls escaping their small towns and coming back as women when tragedy hits. THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER adds to that theme with Eden being the daughter of the local cult leader. Some of the things that Eden reveals that were done to her was enough to make me shudder.

Ms, Robert has done a great job of ratcheting up the tension right off the bat and then backing off a bit to give the reader some breathing room and time to get to know the characters. And I did enjoy getting
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Ok I have to admit it... this book was saved by 1 star rate in last chapter.

But let's talk about the others chapters.

The book began with a strong story. A missing child and a murder. Credits for that.
So the first 5% was full of interesting, agony and with good prospectives...
And then... nada... nothing... pause...
It was like someone speed the car with 200km/h and suddenly drops the speed to minimum...
What sense was give me this book... Thoughts, thoughts and thoughts.
There was Eden, a special
D.B. Reynolds
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The police procedures are a little weak, and I doubt the main characters' eventual HEA, but it's an engaging story nonetheless. ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, gr2017

What a great romantic suspense!

Eden Collins grew up in the cult her mother created. Life was filled with abuse, rules and a mother who is excellent at manipulation. And ten years ago Eden ran away, determined to never return. Her upbringing gave her insight and understandings of cults and she uses that knowledge as an FBI agent. But when a girl is found murdered back in her home town and a picture is sent anonymously to Eden, she knows she can’t just ignore it, that she needs to return home an

Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Favorite Quote: “Into Hell I go.”

FBI agent Eden Collins vowed never to return home to Clear Springs, Montana. Growing up the daughter of an infamous cult leader, her childhood was not pleasant. When Eden receives an anonymous picture of a homicide victim who has tattoos similar to those of her mother’s followers, Eden knows it’s time to head home to confront her past and hopefully catch a killer.

Sheriff Zach Owens is in over
I've given this a B at AAR.

Katee Robert is probably best known for her sexy contemporary romances. With The Devil’s Daughter, she’s moved into romantic suspense territory, and has done so with a reasonable degree of success, penning a well-paced and gripping tale that kept me eagerly turning the pages.

Sheriff Zach Owens, a former Marine, saw enough killing, bloodshed and violence during his various tours of Iraq to have made him want to leave it behind him and settle down in the relatively quiet
Ivy Deluca
QuickShot Review
It was an ok read. This was an ARC that took me a loooooong time to get through (dude five months!) and that was due to the pacing. It’s a fairly standard romantic suspense, but so much time is spent in the individual character’s headspace that it was easy to get distracted and put down. Over and over, I put it down and moved onto another book. The pace picks up only at the end, as if the author realized she was running out of time. Once that ball starts rolling though, the last
Yesenia Gonzalez
oh man, what a story!
Eden Collins is known in here small town not because she did something good or something back she just had a mother who is a cult leader. Eden might have grown up in the cult but she was nothing like those who followed her mother as soon as she was old enough she left and never looked back soon became an FBI agent. Sheriff Zach has been in the kill Zone in the military and when he returned to a small town he wasn't expecting to go against a murderer. Zach just wants his town
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Unlike Katee Robert’s other books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, ‘The Devil’s Daughter’ is mystery-driven, set in the suffocating confines of a small-town that sits in the shade of a cult whose influence is larger than perceived. It’s a book that’s very different from what I’ve come to associate with Robert and not knowing what to expect, I find myself firmly caught between giving a 3- and 4-star review. There’s a guess-the perpetrator, whodunnit question throughout and the cult, built a ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I have to say that I am really loving this side of Katee Robert. Most people read her more contemporary romance books, but I am absolutely loving her romantic suspense side. And this book is definitely more thriller and suspense than romance, but there is a tiny bit of it.

So if you read the synopsis (which I would assume one has) then you know that Eden has returned to her childhood town, one she vowed never to return to. However, it’s the circumstances that has her more on edge than just being
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I was a mystery reader before I was a romance reader, and I love that one of my favorite authors just took me on a rollercoaster of a story that kept me guessing. I thought I knew who had done the very bad things in this book, but I might've been wrong. There's a little bit of sexy times and romance, but it's the thrill of a good mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A great start to a new series, and I'll be waiting (im)patiently for the next one! ...more
This made for a decent read. I liked the "cult" like elements. I did feel as if the connection/romance between the hero and heroine was a bit lacking. It just had too much of an "insta-love" feel to it. The storyline was predictable and the characters pretty bland. It wasn't bad, but it wont be one I'm recommending. At least it was offered as a kindleunlimited. ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, for-review
I don't normally read suspense/mystery/romance types of books but when I saw that Katee Robert was coming out with one, I thought I'd push my boundaries and take a chance.  I had enjoyed reading her O'Malley's series so why not?  The writing and character driven romances appealed to me and even those had elements of suspense in them.

I might not be the best person to review the suspense genre but I'm going to give it a try.  Just keep in mind that I'm a "virgin" to the genre.  Be gentle...

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This was more mystery suspense than romantic suspense for me. Eden got away from a bad, bad place only to be drawn back after a murder happens. Zack wanted something low key to stop being haunted by the demons of his past. Eden and Zack work together to solve what is going down in this sleepy town of secrets and the past. I don’t know that I felt their sexual chemistry but there was some connection. It kept me intrigued throughout the story and I can't wait to read the other standalone books in ...more
I'm not actually 100% sure if this was supposed to be romantic suspense, because the mystery element is much stronger than the romance, but since the author says she writes it, that's what I'm going with.

The heroine bugged me at times because she was making poor choices--choices I totally understood based on emotion, but she is an FBI agent and I expected a little better? But it was fine as a suspense novel, the cult was vaguely terrifying.
This book started so strong, I loved the heroine and hero, the set up was great and the cult aspect was super interesting. But the reveal of the killer just didn't work for me. There was ZERO foreshadowing, and it felt to me as if the killer was a random secondary character pulled from a hat. The explanation as to how this person went from a seemingly good person to a serial killer baffled me. ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Ya'll know I will read anything Katee Robert writes. She can write some awesomely dirty and hot heroes. She makes you love the crap out of her characters. Guess what?! her romantic suspense writing is just as engaging!!! I couldn't stop turning the pages! I thought I had it figured out, but was surprised at the end. Eden and Zach were great together!! ...more
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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her child ...more

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