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The Devils' Cradle a book

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A thriller by Darcy Daniel

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, … see full wiki

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A Very Intense and Well Written Thriller!

  • Feb 24, 2014

I received a reviewer copy from the author but this review is totally my own.

Every once and a while I come upon a book like this that is so well written with a story so compelling that I want to finish it in one sitting!  Nina Holt is an abused woman being held and tortured by her husband Michael and his very "dark" brother Greg.  Greg is high up in the Tasmanian police force and Michael is a high level politician. Even Nina's son Sam is against Nina as he has been influenced by Michael to think of her as less than a servant.

As the book opens the two are eliminating one of Michael's political rivals and burying the body on Michael's property.  Nina happens to see them from her bedroom window and remembers a time a few years back when Greg was bringing something onto their property late at night.

The other main character is Case Herder, a former detective who was forced off the police force when his wife was found murdered.  Having been brough in for questioning (as the spouse of a murder victim usually is) he was disgraced by the press and forced out of his job.  One day Case is looking through his wife's things and comes across a "throw away" cell phone that he knew nothing about.  Case checks the texts on the phone and finds that she was texting back and forth with someone named Greg.  The only Greg that Case knows is Greg Holt, who was Case's rival for a promotion at the time that Case's wife was murdered.

Case immediately thinks that Greg murdered his wife and looks to obtain more evidence to prove his theory.  He ends up spying on Michael and Greg and learns of the abuse they are inflicting on Nina.  Meanwhile Nina is planning an escape with Sam and during her attempt at getting away from Michael and Greg she encounters Case.

The author builds up tremendous tension as Case appears powerless to do anything against Michael and Greg as Greg has the power to control the police and the avenues of escape out of Tasmania are quite limited (there are only two commercial filghts out of Tasmania daily and a single boat off the island).  Additionally, the author does a great job developing the characters and they deal with their emotional issues and each one emerges from their own mental silos. 

I finished this book in just a few sittings and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great thriller!

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