Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin

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 Jules’ clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on t...

Details Devil in Ohio

TitleDevil in Ohio
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews Devil in Ohio

  • 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 rep...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    3.5 STARSJules 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 st...
  • 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 tryi...
  • 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 cri...
  • 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!
  • Eric Zuckerman
    This book hooked me from the opening chapter and I flew through it. The hidden world of devil worshippers it exposes is fascinating, but what is even more impressive is how spectacularly it captures adolescence. The lead character, Jules, makes some decisions which made me cringe, but mostly because I know I might have done the same in my youth. Daria Polatin finds a way to keep the reader on Jules' side even while we're yelling at her to stop be...
  • Alexander
    Fast-paced, funny, heartfelt and suspenseful! Immediately, I felt for Jules. Her family dynamic was relatable and once Mae comes into her life and starts wearing Jules' clothes and falling for her crush, I was locked in.Who is Mae? That was the driving force of the novel and it kept the pages turning. Devil worshipping? Cults? I had to find out! (I ended up staying up past my bedtime to keep reading.) The level of detail was incredible (the ritua...
  • Megan
    I really loved reading this book. It appeals to a wide range of readers, because it is more interesting and has more depth than a lot of young adult novels out there. I really like the characterization of the main character, Jules. There are so many fun details about her love of photography, her hatred of mushrooms, and her perspective on the world. I think the way the teens are written is very smart, as they all have unique voices. They’re not...
  • Joe
    I received an ARC from Netgalley for an unbiased review.Jules' mother, Suzanne, is a doctor who has become extremely close with her last patient. Mae has a scar of a pentagram on her back and Suzanne as well as the other doctors are baffled about why this happened. meanwhile Jules is starting high school and is trying to get a spot on the school paper as a photographer. When Suzanne tells Jules and her two sisters Dani and Helen that Mae is going...
  • Theresa
    I wanted to give this book to my friend's teenage daughter for Halloween, as always I read them before I pass them along, right from the beginning it grabbed my attention & kept me reading. It's a fast paced story, which I enjoyed up until the last chapters, maybe it's the "Mom" in me, but I couldn't imagine putting my teenage daughter in danger the way this Mom did, even if all odds were against me. I also, thought the last few chapters, kinda w...
  • Beth
    Underwhelming to say the least. Just a teenage girl whining while all the interesting stuff happens around her. The story could have been told from anyone else's perspective and it would have been more bearable. Horror not so much. Horrible? Yeah.
  • Myles Reid
    This story moved fast and had a surprising sense of humor. I think I read it all in two days. I liked how even though Mae had big problems, we saw them through the eyes of a normal high-schooler. And then there was some great social commentary in how everything that you'd think would make Mae a recluse at school ended up making her seem cooler. I liked it a lot.
  • Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
    Well, that was a major disappointment. It was a fast read but I expected for this book to have lots of suspense. Instead, it was mainly about a girl's daily teen drama. Then when it finally got to the ending, it was so rushed. I wanted more answers and I just feel so underwhelmed. Oh well...
  • Stefani Sloma
    I wanted this to be creepier than it was. And I was hoping to learn more about the cult in the story. There was definitely some suspense and drama and the book hinted at some creepiness, but overall, the story was just okay.
  • Georgia Meagher
    Two stars is being generous. I think this book had a lot of potential, and I chose to write a report on it for school because it perfectly fits with what we are learning (I’m taking a Satan in pop culture and literature course) and I chose to do a close analysis on this book, because of the content. I’m going to get a lot of use out of this for my paper, even if I’m going to bash this book. I guess I’ll start with the things I did like-wh...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineJules tries to quietly get through high school in her vintage clothes with her friend Isaac by her side, but when her mother brings home a patient from the hospital psychiatric ward where she works, things get complicated. Mae has been abused by her family in the nearby town of Tisdale, Ohio. A sign of Satan has been carved on her back, and the sheriff has come to the hospital looking for her, which is why J...
  • Nicki Gee
    When I first picked the book up at B&N, the summary sounded exciting to me, just the kind of book I love to read. I gravitate towards horror, it's probably my favorite genre, so when I saw the cover of this book (I know don't judge a book by it's cover, lesson learned) and read the blurb I was fully ready to take this book on. It sounded like it was sure to have some supernatural elements, demonic possession, haunting, or if not that, Mae's chara...
  • Amit
    What the hell? Seriously? It was totally ridiculous at the end. Still couldn't believing myself. While I started reading this book it feel really awesome to read. I mean it. It was a promising start. The kind of story I do love to read. The concept was so good that I couldn't stop myself but kept reading. I was even thinking to give it a excellent review after reading it but the ending ruined it all...A girl named Mae who freed herself from a sat...
  • Stephanie Schwartz
    *shivers* This book gave me the creeps. Literally everything Mae did scared the bejesus out of me. I know she’s a sweet kid who had terrible things happen to her and it’s not her fault, but...*shivers*Jules was a cool character. I liked how she was relatable and yet quirky.Mae was sweet. I felt bad for her (and like I said, everything she did creeped me out), but I can’t blame her for that. She was abused and lived in extreme circumstances ...
  • Sara
    Professional Review written for WASHYARG:Jules is relatively happy be in the middle. Middle sister. Not popular, not unpopular. Unnoticed. However, when Jules’s mother (a psych doctor at a local hospital) decides to take in a troubled patient, Jules starts to have trouble staying in the middle. Mae, her new temporary foster sister, is odd. She is quiet and brooding. She recites ominous incantations to the full moon at night. She has a recent sc...
  • Beth
    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a review copy of this book!I started this book and was fascinated with it. It starts out so strong, and I really enjoyed the format of: story, then counseling sessions, then more story. I seriously could not put it down and then the ending came...sigh...It was rushed and fell flat for me. I was even a little confused by the very ending of the book. I probably would give this book 2 to 2.5 stars, but si...
  • Laura Hall
    LOVED. THIS. BOOK. it was such an unique and interesting plot that just had you reading until the end. Also interesting since this is based off a true story, which is a little crazy to think about considering some of the things that happened to the character of Mae and what this town was all about. In this book there is a girl who comes from an unknown town that worships the devil. She is punished for leaving so one of the nurses at the hospital ...
  • Kitkat
    I didn’t really get to know the characters. The characters were just there and I never knew much about the sisters. Also the cult was really vague and the friends were unknown. I didn’t really know much about the book. I wasn’t in love with this book and I’m disappointed.
  • Carolyn
    rating: 3.5 out of 5 starsI was not expecting to enjoy DEVIL IN OHIO as much as I did!! There were a few things in this book I didn't like but overall the plot was very engaging-- hence why I finished it in just 3 days. Now thoughts:• The plot was super suspenseful. I couldn't put this down!!• The ending was... interesting? I'm really not sure how to feel about it. But I definitely kept thinking about it for a while since it's so open-ended....
  • Creatyvebooks
    So I read this book pretty early in the year because I was intrigued by synopsis but unfortunately Devil in Ohio was a bit of a disappointment for me. One being the main character Jules. Yes I understand she's a teenager and are prone to stupidity and jealousy but my goodness this girl was just too much. Seriously she lacked in my opinion empathy for Mae, who happens to be an abused victim of an insane cult. This is shown early in the book. But q...
  • Valentine
    So, I had one of the strangest experiences with this book. From the beautifully creepy cover and equally thrilling summary, I was expecting a COMPLETELY different story. Turned out I was both unsettled and disappointed. Let me explain. From what you can read in the summary, it's the story of Jules, a 15 year-old girl. One day her mom, a psychiatrist, brings home a patient, Mae, and slowly this one - who is precised to be strange and creepy as h...
  • Kat
    This book was interesting.Going into this one, I wasn’t expecting it to be as disturbing as it was. Devil in Ohio does surround references of heavy physical and some sexual abuse, so if you are sensitive to either of those topics, this may not be the best book to pick up.But I have to say that I rather enjoyed reading it. The prologue definitely drew me into the plot line and made me want to know more about what is going on. Because like always...
  • Karen Abbott
    Jules and Isaac have always been best friends and as they start the school year, Jules has high hopes of joining the school paper as a photographer so that she can work with the boy she has a crush on, Sebastian. On the first day Sebestian lets her know that the current photographer will not be replaced and they don't need another photographer--but he has been thinking about a photo column on the back page. It looks like things are going her way ...
  • Cherlynn Womack
    Inspired by a true story. Life changes for the Mathis family when Dr. Suzanne Mathis brings home a broken young teenage victim from a Satanic Cult in Tisdale, Ohio. Jules, the middle Mathis daughter who is Mae's age, has agreed to share her bedroom with her sister Dani so Mae can have some privacy while she stays in Jules's bedroom. Dr. Mathis does not tell her children what all Mae has endured & promises her family that Mae will stay with them f...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Polatin, Daria Devil in Ohio, 336 pages. Feiwel and Friends, 2017. $18. Language: R (30 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (sexual references); Violence: PG-13 (satanic cult rituals).Jules, 15, feels like the odd one out in the middle of her perfect sisters in her perfect family. Then one day her mother brings home a badly injured girl, Mae, from the hospital where she works as a doctor – a girl who escaped, or was thrown out of a local ...