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  • The Devil Inside

  • By: D L Hicks
  • Narrated by: Ric Herbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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The Devil Inside

By: D L Hicks
Narrated by: Ric Herbert
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Publisher's Summary

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Revelation 2:10.

In a peaceful coastal town, a young woman is found brutally murdered, a piece of Scripture held tightly in her hand. Local detective Charlotte Callaghan is put on the case, and she’s glad for the distraction - Gull Bay can be a hard place to keep a secret, and she’s holding on to a few. After Charlotte asks her brother, Father Joseph Callaghan, about the verse, her suspicions fall on his parishioners. Then a second victim is found, along with another biblical message. A dark betrayal is concealed within the small community. For Charlotte, there’s something personal about this case, something that threatens the very core of her beliefs. Can she unravel this mystery before it tears her town apart?

A gripping crime novel about murder, betrayal and the monsters who hide in plain sight.

©2020 DL Hicks (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“A world where evil begets evil, none of the good guys can trust each other and the bad guy has a hell of an axe to grind.” (Jack Heath, author of Hangman)

"Hicks leads the reader on a dark and darkly compelling journey that builds to a thrilling, breath-holding climax.” (Christian White, author of The Nowhere Child)

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Bit predicable and I only just made it to the end

Disappointing 3/4 through the story which almost made me stop listening... I skipped forward to get to end, which had intriguing finish. Well narrated though.

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Good

Good story though I think it could of been improved with a voice actor with more of a range of voices. A lot of the time it was hard to distinguish between between characters

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Couldn't finish this

Tried this as I like Australian writers, but I couldn't finish it. It may turn out to be a good plot.. I was a little less than half way through when I gave up; the writing was just too amateurish. If a book makes me cringe, it's time to give up. Reasonable narration.

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Brilliantly captivating

Not a book reader, but I could not stop listening to this. Brilliantly written, storyline and perfectly narrated.

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Engaging. A great road trip book.

A brilliant story that kept me wanting more .
I enjoyed how the detective’s story and the killer’s story was told in parallel
I look forward to your next edition Mr Hicks .

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Overly fraught dramatisation

I love thrilled mysteries and can suspend disbelief to be taken along by the ride. But I found myself getting frustrated with every character for being so idiotic and doing things that no normal person would do and with everyone else for acting like it was perfectly OK. The tense scenes just played out like overwrought melodrama and I couldn’t engage with any of the characters because they felt like such caricatures.

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very poor

I knew the ending from the start. Very self conscious writing. Yet I continued

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Unrealistic crime story

Very unrealistic plot, contrived and derivative. Nothing about it was believable, the police laughable and the main villain was so predictable and clinched. Unfortunately I couldn't give less than 1 star

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I struggled through not great

I had lots of issues with this book I’m afraid it didn’t do it for me. Love Australian authors but this one was disappointing

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  • 10-05-2022

predictable and boring

this was a waste of time. I persisted because I wanted to know if I was right. I was. Picked it from the start and there was no character development or connection.

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