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The Devils' Cradle [Kindle Edition]

Darcy Daniel , Timothy Poulton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Life or Death
"Life or Death is a nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. [Michael] Robotham is an absolute master." — Stephen King

Book Description

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.


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"Set in Tasmania, this modern thriller chilled me to the bone and - natch - the 
character work was nothing short of brilliant. The script was a page-turner with 
unexpected emotional depth and - well, it's just disturbing as heck." - Julie Gray
The Just Effing Entertain Me contest, after selecting The Devils' Cradle 
screenplay as winner of the horror/thriller category.


"The Devils' Cradle by Darcy Daniel is an amazingly well written thriller. Aptly named, 
the book holds your attention until you finish reading it. The various twists and turns in 
the plot make you restless to learn what happens next. This is one of the most exciting
 books I have read in the recent past. I would highly recommend grabbing a copy to all
 the adrenaline junkies out there. The characters are well etched and one actually feels 
all the emotions while reading the book. All in all, a highly satisfying read." Reviewed by 
Dr. Olivia Dsouza for Readers' Favorite. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 990 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: N L Lamont (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HL74LJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and graphic but a great read January 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off -- this book does not pull punches with the graphic content or "bad language". Scenes of violence and sexual abuse of women are graphically depicted. If this kind of content is upsetting for you, you don't want to read it.

That said, this is the story of a woman (Nina) trapped in an extremely abusive marriage who finds the courage to run away when her 9 year old son begins to be exactly like his father. Her husband, the Tasmanian Premier, and his equally psychopathic brother, a powerful member of the police force, have been abusing her physically and sexually for years. She receives some unexpected help in her efforts when a man who believes the evil psycho brother murdered his wife offers to help her. He needs her help to find out the truth about his wife. Of course, he doesn't tell her that right away, so his motives aren't entirely pure.

I liked the author's writing style: the book was easy to read and had good flow without being simplistic. The author did a great job with the psychological motivations of each of the characters, and the situations and people felt real, which makes this book top notch.

At times the relationship between Nina and Case got a little too romance-y for me. They were, after all, hiding out hoping not be killed which definitely wouldn't make me feel amorous. However, I liked that the book did not shift full focus to that relationship and instead remained with Nina's growth, increasing courage and strength, and her efforts to heal the emotional damage done to her son because the author really had me pulling for Nina learning how to make it on her own.

A note for American readers -- the author is Australian, so you will see British spellings such as "tyres" for "tires" and "mould" for "mold". These are not typos! There are also a few Aussie slang words but you should be able to pick those up from context.

I recieved this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbingly, well-crafted thriller! February 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Ms Daniels delivers a cleverly-crafted and skilfully executed psychological thriller - ending each chapter with a cliff-hanger that catapults the reader further into the next chapter. Saved from a life on the streets - beautiful Nina Holt has it all… trophy wife of the state premier… adored by her nine year old son. On the surface, a perfect life… but nothing could be further from the truth. Psychologically disturbed and affected by his twisted childhood, Michael doles out physical and psychological abuse on a daily basis, making Nina a prisoner in her own home. As if that wasn't despicable enough, she must suffer being raped by her diabolical brother-in-law Greg… consequently delivering a further blow to Nina's fragile state of mind and any chance of escape. To top it off, Michael grooms their son to abuse Nina too, drawing her further into his control. The reader can't help but root for Nina AND hope against hope she'll escape her living hell.

(I was provided a copy of this book for review; the opinions expressed here are my own).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down. January 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is GREAT. Dark, yes, almost what we in the States call "soft porn" Obviously not for youngsters (Although they probably know more than the adults now a days!) . It RACES.. it's long and yet, doesn't seem to be. Hard to put down. Good characters and the author gives them all the background they need to be who you see on the page. The flow of the narrative is amazing. It never drops or drifts into something that doesn't move the story along. She doesn't miss a beat when your characters "do" something, as in "turned and picked up the keys" or " closed and locked the door" Nothing is left out of the narrative yet it is still fast paced. Amazing. I did question the fact that someone could be "caught" like our female character Nina is but then I also remembered how often just such a thing has happened over and over again here in the "states". Women being held for years.. producing children. Horrifying things. So the story is quite plausible. Especially as the location is in an area not easy to escape with two "upright" citizens being her captor's. The story is extremely well written but to me, but the best part is the flow.. it moves like a racing river, never letting any extraneous plots, get in the way of the story. (Which I see LOTS of in most the books sent to me from new authors.) I am excited to see her next effort.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Darcy Daniel's THE DEVILS' CRADLE is one sizzling novel, with great characters, a break-neck pace, plenty of sex and romance, and a pair of villains every bit as depraved as Hannibal Lecter.

The novel begins with two separate stories, which quickly merge into one. First, Nina Holt wants desperately to escape her abusive husband and his brutally vicious brother, both of whom have been holding her a prisoner in her own home for over a decade. Husband Michael Holt just happens to be the Premier of Tasmania (the Australian equivalent of a state Governor in the US) and his brother Greg is Detective Inspector (pretty much the Chief of Police), which means they're both powerful and influential enough to keep Nina in check. But when she sees her nine-year-old son Sam behaving in ways that mirror his abusive father, she knows she must risk everything to escape.

The second story revolves around ex-cop Case Herder, who is determined to solve his wife's two-year-old murder. Julie's blood-soaked car was found abandoned along a deserted road, with no sign of her body. The detective in charge of the case just happened to be Greg Holt, who went after Case as the prime suspect. As the novel begins, Case comes across evidence suggesting Greg may have been involved in what happened to Julie. He and Nina eventually join forces against Michael and Greg, although both are keeping secrets, and neither is aware of how dastardly the Holt brothers actually are. Case, investigating Greg and Michael in pursuit of the truth about his wife, just happens to show up in time to help Nina and Sam. They form an uneasy partnership, one that slowly develops into romantic feelings both Nina and Case try to deny. And through it all, they are pursued by an enraged Michael and a depraved Greg.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bring us more, Darcy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars mature audiences great read
This is a great read--entertaining and suspenseful, but too short. Like it's missing several chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written
Though this is fiction, people do live under these deplorable conditions in real life. Oh how humans mess themselves up! Great read!
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Darcy Daniel loved reading from an early age and fell in love with many genres, but was drawn most of all to thrillers and romances, leaving her elated when she won the Charter Oak Golden Acorn Excellence in Writing contest for Best Contemporary Series Romance.

​She lives on acreage in a cottage with her family and energetic dog. With friends and family close by, she enjoys country life in the picturesque, small historic town of Windsor in Sydney, Australia.

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