Book Review: The Devils' Cradle by: Darcy Daniel

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: N L Lamont

Publication Date: January 15, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: 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. 

Worse still, the only light in her life—her 9-year-old son, Sam—considers Michael a hero. When Sam imitates Michael’s violence by lashing out at her, Nina knows it’s time for both of them to escape before Sam truly turns into the monster Michael is grooming him to become. 

After crashing her car in her haste to escape, kind motorist Case Herder offers her help. Unaware that he has his own plans for her, Nina accepts, igniting a deadly game of cat and mouse as they flee across Tasmania with Sam. 

As Michael and Greg relentlessly hunt them down to Cradle Mountain, Nina finds herself with nowhere left to run. Cornered, she has no choice but to face evil head-on.

Review: 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 light in her life is her son, Sam, but Michael makes sure Sam knows his mother’s (and every other woman’s) place in the world. When Sam starts to take after his father, Nina knows it’s time to leave and hope they make it out there. Enter Case Herder – Nina’s erstwhile rescuer who has his own grudge against Greg Holt. When the chips are down and Nina’s cornered, will she make the right decisions to save herself and her son?

Set in Tasmania, THE DEVILS’ CRADLE is a story of revenge, redemption, and a mother’s strength. Nina Holt has been abused within an inch of her life by the one person who should love and cherish her – her husband, Michael. Michael knows his political power holds him above the law and when people get too close his brother helps him do the dirty work. Michael and Greg are pieces of work (to stay PG) who have had no one to check them since adulthood. The author made them so despicable and easily hated that even when the reader finds out how they became that way, there is no sympathy. Case Herder, on the other hand, is a very sympathetic character even with some of the choices he’s made. The only thing which stood out with me for Nina was her deep and unconditional love for her son and her commitment to do whatever it took to keep him safe. She did do a lot of growing during the story and seeing the positive changes in Sam was uplifting. THE DEVILS’ CRADLE is a taut and graphic psychological thriller which will have you looking over your shoulder and reading with the lights on!

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  1. The story line is very good but I don't think it is for me.

    1. There is going to be trigger content in this book for some readers, definitely.


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