Devil in Ohio

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Pub Date 15 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 10 Oct 2022

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THE HAUNTING NOVEL BEHIND THE NEW NETFLIX SERIES #1 WORLDWIDE

Joining a cult is dangerous. Escaping one can be deadly.

When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen, her psychiatrist mother reveals that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But soon Mae is wearing Jules's clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and flirting with Jules's crush. And Mae has no intention of leaving.

Then things get weird: Jules discovers that Mae is a survivor of the strange cult that's embedded in a nearby town.

And the cult will stop at nothing to get Mae back.

'Devil in Ohio kept me up until 3 a.m. with the lights on – in a good way. It's a haunting thriller for readers who like fear, humour and heart in one package’ – Meredith Goldstein, author of Chemistry Lessons

THE HAUNTING NOVEL BEHIND THE NEW NETFLIX SERIES #1 WORLDWIDE

Joining a cult is dangerous. Escaping one can be deadly.

When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl...


Advance Praise

'Gripping, urgent and addictive Devil in Ohio balances the dark exploration of cults with a compelling and often humorous take on teen social dynamics. This is the debut you won't want to miss’ – Aditi Khorana, author of critically acclaimed The Library of Fates and Mirror in the Sky

‘Polatin weaves a thrilling and suspenseful story in her debut, inspired by true events. Jules Mathis' life is thrown into turmoil after her psychiatrist mother invites Mae – a patient, cult survivor and troubled young girl with a pentagram carved into her back – to stay with their family … Eager readers will keep turning pages to discover Mae's secrets and her connection to the Mathis family’ ― Booklist

'Gripping, urgent and addictive Devil in Ohio balances the dark exploration of cults with a compelling and often humorous take on teen social dynamics. This is the debut you won't want to miss’ –...


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When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen, her psychiatrist mother reveals that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But soon Mae is wearing Jules's clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and flirting with Jules's crush. And Mae has no intention of leaving.
Then things get weird.
Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, startled to see: a pentagram carved into Mae's back. Jules pieces together clues and discovers that Mae is a survivor of the strange cult that's embedded in a nearby town.
And the cult will stop at nothing to get Mae back.
Couldn’t put it down really enjoyed this book totally recommend
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Daria Polatin's "Devil in Ohio" is a gripping, immersive and haunting debut novel. This book had my entire attention from page one. Inspired by true events, this book explores the power of cults, social dynamics, and relationships. Jules Mathis' life is "normal", a social wallpaper whose life is turned upside down when her psychiatrist mother, Suzannah, invites Mae to live with her family. Similar in stature, Mae wears Jules' clothes and slowly seeps her way into Jules' family and school life. As Mae and Jules bond, the latter realises that she's a cult survivor with physical and mental scars. Mae's decisions have a far-reaching impact on the Mathis family and become a target. The cult will not stop at anything to get its young member back. Jules Mathis is a well-crafted character whose observations, thoughts and feelings shine throughout the book. Daria has not only presented an intriguing plot but has balanced this with incredible pacing. I couldn't predict the ending and devoted this book in one go. I highly recommend this read if you enjoy suspense and teenage dynamics. A 5-star read!

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This was a great book, there was definitely a lot of mystery in it, Mae is such a creepy character but you can’t help but feel for her at the same time. Jules was slightly annoying but I can also understand how frustrating it must have been for her. The writing was really good, I love a book that keeps me guessing all the way through and this book definitely did that.

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This is a gripping read that is dark and creepy and has a hauntig atmosphere running right through it. Well written, riveting and well developed characters that really helped shape the atmosphere of the book. I loved it and can't wait to watch it on netflix.

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Thank you for NetGalley for providing me with this book for review. So I read this book with an open mind and I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. But I will give warning that this isn't a book to read alone late at night.

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When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen, her psychiatrist mother reveals that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But soon Mae is wearing Jules's clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and flirting with Jules's crush.

We soon find out that Mae is a member of a near-by cult who was abandoned on the roadside to be taught a lesson - but the cult members want her back and to keep their secret lifestyle to themselves.

This book is a ride - I struggled to put it down and stayed up far too long one night to finish it. It is captivating, page turning and really lets the reader sink their teeth into the different forms of social dynamics that exist. I felt that Jules' character could have been more developed, and the mother's backstory brought to the front earlier rather than being hinted at - there was no real logic to keep that as one of the secrets we find out.

One of the best YA thrillers I've read.

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Quick and easy read with some excellent examples of realistic teens and an intense and dark cult. Hooked from the first page where a young girl is admitted to hospital with a pentagram carved into her back after being found by the side of the road. The ending felt a little rushed and empty, I expected more from the cult and the repercussions they would experience from finally being caught, that plus the oddness of the new foster parents which went unexplained is the reason it’s not a five stars read for me.

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Wow…. It had me hooked from the start, it’s not a normal thing for me to devour a book in two days! It’s well written and a great read. Just started watching it on Netflix…. Not a patch on the book, but isn’t that the great thing about books!? 😊😊😊😊😊

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