Devil in Ohio

Devil in Ohio

A strange, damaged girl lives with a family after escaping a cult in this debut YA suspense/thriller that was inspired by true events.When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl, her mother explains that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But shortly after, Mae is wearing Jul...

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Title:Devil in Ohio
Author:Daria Polatin
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Edition Language:English

Devil in Ohio Reviews

  • Michelle

    I loved reading this book! Devil in Ohio follows the story of a teenage girl Mae, who escapes from a satanic cult. Mae moves in with her psychiatrist and family, where Jules, our other main character, takes her under her wing at home and school. But Jules starts to get weirded out by strange things that keep happening to her and her family now that Mae's around. And Mae keeps stepping into Jules social world, where it almost seems like she's trying to edge Jules out. The situation forces Jules t

    I loved reading this book! Devil in Ohio follows the story of a teenage girl Mae, who escapes from a satanic cult. Mae moves in with her psychiatrist and family, where Jules, our other main character, takes her under her wing at home and school. But Jules starts to get weirded out by strange things that keep happening to her and her family now that Mae's around. And Mae keeps stepping into Jules social world, where it almost seems like she's trying to edge Jules out. The situation forces Jules to take matters into her own hands... The mystery of Mae and where she came from kept me speeding through the novel. I also really loved the main character Jules, and how honestly she shared her feelings, even if they weren't always flattering. I'd recommend this book for age 13 and up, as the subject matter is a little dark. Overall a fun, sometimes scary, addictive read!

  • Abdi Nazemian

    DEVIL IN OHIO will grip you with its frightening twists and turns, but it is its tenderness that will stay with you. Daria Polatin brings humor and heart to a story that shines some much-needed light on the darkness of our world. Read this book!

  • Mira Gibson

    I am not a "YA" reader, but this particular book was recommended to me since I love and eat up mystery novels. First off, all I can say is I loved "living" in this world and I wish the book hadn't ended, it was that good. As far as I'm concerned it surpassed whatever "Young Adult" as a 'genre' is supposed to mean, because I'm an avid mystery reader and Devil in Ohio quenched that thirst. What I'm about to say might at first blush sound like a criticism (harsh perhaps) but that's not the case...I

    I am not a "YA" reader, but this particular book was recommended to me since I love and eat up mystery novels. First off, all I can say is I loved "living" in this world and I wish the book hadn't ended, it was that good. As far as I'm concerned it surpassed whatever "Young Adult" as a 'genre' is supposed to mean, because I'm an avid mystery reader and Devil in Ohio quenched that thirst. What I'm about to say might at first blush sound like a criticism (harsh perhaps) but that's not the case...I was sucked in--phenomenally sucked in to this story!--and had to keep flipping the pages, because the story was so intriguing that I needed to know what happened to Mae. This YA novel is told from Jules' perspective--a teenaged, self proclaimed "average" girl. I love that about this novel. But Jules isn't the intrigue, Mae is. Mae is a cult survivor who is "taken in" by her psychiatrist, the teenaged daughter of which--Jules--is tasked with "helping her fit in". Devil in Ohio is a success of suspense and intrigue that transcends genre--again, I'm no "YA" fan, I just love a good page turner with mystery!--because the story is told through Jules' teenaged eyes, a story that centers on the enigmatic Mae, a cult survivor, but is shared so thinly, so slightly, because it is a teenaged girl--an average girl--who tells the tale. What I love most about how Polatin tells this--brace yourself, it's a true story!--tale, is that she keeps the narrative grounded in the teenaged girl's perspective. Honestly, as a reader and ***ahem, LOVER of mysteries***I was dying to read a chapter from Mae's perspective. Show me the darkness of the cult, show me the perversions! But Polatin was perhaps braver and smarter than that and refused to "sensationalize" the "cult culture". Instead, she dropped harrowing glimpses of this world that Mae--thank God!--escaped, and let the reader draw their own conclusions. Oh, the conclusions I drew! At the end of the day, this was a book that had an effect on me, the kind of book that left me thinking--stewing in fact--once the final page had been turned. I personally feel that this is the mark of a great book. I loved "living" in this world with the characters and I was sad when it ended. I highly recommend anyone read it, regardless of their preferred genre--hell, I love me a mystery and never thought twice about "YA" but this book blew my preconceived notions out of the water!--It's a fast and fun read. Go for it! Polatin delivers in a way few do!

  • Amy's Book Reviews

    3.5 STARS

    Jules is used to flying under the radar in her family and in school. Then her psychiatrist mother Suzanne brings home Mae, a girl who escaped a satanic cult. Soon Jules and Mae popular, but danger lurks around the corner. Has Mae been found by the cult? Or is she not as innocent as she seems.

    Add Suzanne to the list of unintentionally horrible mom’s in YA lit. Psychiatrists aren’t allowed to take patients home. Egad! The longer Mae stays, the deeper Suzanne seems to be pulled into an obs

    3.5 STARS

    Jules is used to flying under the radar in her family and in school. Then her psychiatrist mother Suzanne brings home Mae, a girl who escaped a satanic cult. Soon Jules and Mae popular, but danger lurks around the corner. Has Mae been found by the cult? Or is she not as innocent as she seems.

    Add Suzanne to the list of unintentionally horrible mom’s in YA lit. Psychiatrists aren’t allowed to take patients home. Egad! The longer Mae stays, the deeper Suzanne seems to be pulled into an obsession with the girl, neglecting her marriage, kids and job. Hello, unresolved issues. Suzanne, abused as a child, clearly hasn’t done enough work on herself, nor does she understand the concept of countertransference. The plot lost me when Suzanne insisted Jules drive her to the murderous cult to find Mae, with no regard to her own daughter’s safety. Worst. Mother. Ever.

    The ending seemed to open up more possibilities of danger, so I’m not certain whether there will be a sequel and if not, why such an ending.

    Why the bump up to 4 stars? I truly loved the reading experience of DEVIL IN OHIO. I liked Jules and had a lot of empathy for her struggles. Daria Polatin structured the story that most chapters were in Jules’s voice, with some third person POV chapters about Suzanne and her work with Mae. I wish the chapters had been labeled on in a less random order. One minute I’m reading Jules, the next chapter I’m not sure right away.

    THE DEVIL IN OHIO is more fun than an example of literary prowess, which is okay with me.

  • Stacee

    This was rather underwhelming.

    I liked Jules and her family well enough. At the beginning they had a great, supportive dynamic. There were several secondary characters, yet no one really stood out.

    Plot wise, it had a lot of promise. It started out intriguing and it was a quick read. Sadly, everything quickly turned to drama drama and more drama and coupled with Jules’s mom’s obsession with Mae’s well being, it got rather boring and felt repetitive. Plus the ending felt rushed and unresolved.

    Over

    This was rather underwhelming.

    I liked Jules and her family well enough. At the beginning they had a great, supportive dynamic. There were several secondary characters, yet no one really stood out.

    Plot wise, it had a lot of promise. It started out intriguing and it was a quick read. Sadly, everything quickly turned to drama drama and more drama and coupled with Jules’s mom’s obsession with Mae’s well being, it got rather boring and felt repetitive. Plus the ending felt rushed and unresolved.

    Overall, there were some creepy things, but the story lacked the tension a subject like this requires.

    **Huge thanks to Feiwel & Friends for providing the arc free of charge**

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