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

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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bridgett Brown
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.I really was excited to read this book. It started off so good. This look liked it was going to be a fast paced YA thriller. BUT it started to go down hill about half through. It started great, A girl is found on the side of the road. She has a pentagram burned into her back. She's been abused by a satanic cult. A psychiatrist who works at the hospital brings her home to her family, hoping to help the girl....
  • Jenn Lopez
    I hated the first line in the book about the tan cornflake. The "prologue" should be chapter 1. It pulls the reader in. I liked the story behind this book, I feel it wasn't executed to it's full potential. I feel some of the characters weren't developed enough, like Isaac, he was her best friend, then got ignored though most of the book, only to return to help save the day. I liked the ambiguous ending, I want to go back to see if there was a clu...
  • Katie
    *Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.I was really intrigued by the summary of this book, but ultimately I was a little disappointed. The characters didn't seem fully formed and I didn't have much emotional investment in any of them. It was a fantastic concept for a story and I liked Polatin's writing style, but the story didn't have as much depth or was as well executed as I would ha...
  • Samantha Smith
    Devil in Ohio was definitely an interesting book although my main criticism is the way in which the book ended. I'm not sure if Daria is planning to write more but if she is not then the ending leaves a lot of people unsatisfied and searching for more answers.The book was descriptive and well written in places however at times it was hard to tell who's perspective the current chapter was being told in whether it was the main character Jules or th...
  • 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...