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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Ten years back, a girl named Mary was kidnapped. During her captivity, she developed Stockholm Syndrome and fell in love with her kidnapper, Michael. By the time Detective Steven Bullard arrived to rescue her, things had turned dramatically bizarre. It appeared she had been brainwashed to the extent that she believed her captor to be the Archangel Michael. Steven's failure to protect Mary sent him down the path of self-destruction. After many years, someone was again kidnapping, abusing, and brutally murdering girls. Steven swore that these cases had an uncanny resemblance to Michael and Mary's case; however, his seniors did not agree. When another girl, Ariel, goes missing, Steven vows to go above and beyond to save her from the monster. Lying with the Devil: Redemption by Lana Lindemann follows the detective as he tries to redeem himself. Time, however, doesn't seem to be on his side.
The dominant emotion in this thriller is obsession. For some reason, both the killer and the detective are obsessed with Mary. Indeed, the killer's infatuation is downright psychotic. Lying with the Devil: Redemption thrives on his disturbing mindset to be with Mary. The audience witnesses his brutality and shivers at his insane fantasies. Lana Lindemann has created a perfect monster, whom everyone will love to hate. There is an undeniable urgency in the plot that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The characters have a fire inside them that shines through this dark story. Even after finding herself at the mercy of an outrageous psychopath, Ariel doesn't give up. Her fighting spirit both terrifies and inspires the audience. As the investigation proceeds, readers cheer the detectives to nail the devil. Despite one or two loose ends here and there, I found myself completely invested in this thriller. Lying with the Devil: Redemption by Lana Lindemann is a quick read for the pleasure of a psychological thriller.