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 the killer, she’s going to have to return to the fold.
Sheriff Zach Owens isn’t comfortable putting Eden in danger, even if she is an elite agent. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to be so attracted to her. As calm and cool as she appears, he knows this can’t be a happy homecoming. Zach wants to protect her—from her mother, the cult, and the evil that lurks behind its locked gates. But Eden is his only key to the tight-lipped group, and she may just be closer to the killer than either one of them suspects…
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 Marine now Sheriff in Clear Springs moved to the small town to get away from the nightmares and enjoy the peace. That is until his deputy finds a dead girl with ritualistic markings on her body.
Against Eden’s better judgement she gets unofficially involved with the investigation and the more they try and find out about it all the more questions arise. It is a game of cat and mouse with the killer being at least two steps ahead of them.
At the beginning they reluctantly work together, Zach can’t quite trust her yet what with the coincidence of a body turning up and then Eden coming into town.
Martha and her inner circle are well indoctrination, religious zealots the whole shebang. There are ties to the cult but Martha is blocking them at every turn.
The author did a fantastic job of spinning a gripping tale of taking a Greek myth the story of Demeter & Persephone and making it the focal point of the cult. Of the fanatical religious zealot with added mystery, suspenseful and had me on pins & needles with horrifying moments that made me want to stop reading.
But I did continue reading and there were times where it was tough going. But in the end? Certainly worth it.
I will read the second when it comes out. Please hurry up.