"Devil in Ohio kept me up until 3 a.m. with the lights on–in a good way. It’s a haunting thriller for readers who like fear, humor, and heart in one package."—Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist and feature reporter for The Boston Globe, author of upcoming YA novel Chemistry Lessons.
"Gripping, urgent and addictive, Devil in Ohio balances the dark exploration of cults with a compelling and often humorous take on teen social dynamics. This is the debut you won’t want to miss."—Aditi Khorana, author of critically acclaimed The Library of Fates and Mirror in the Sky
When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen, her psychiatrist mother reveals that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But soon Mae is wearing Jules’s clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and flirting with Jules’s crush. And Mae has no intention of leaving.
Then things get weird.
Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, startled to see: a pentagram carved into Mae’s back. Jules pieces together clues and discovers that Mae is a survivor of the strange cult that’s embedded in a nearby town. And the cult will stop at nothing to get Mae back.
THE TAN CORNFLAKE LOOKED LIKE A LONELY ISLAND in the translucent sea of 2 percent milk. As I watched it drift across the screen from behind my phone, I wondered why, as soggy as the flakes got, they never seemed to sink.
Praise for Devil in Ohio
"Between the danger Jules’s mother brings to the family and the cringe-worthy cult rituals described, this story is sometimes difficult to read—but sometimes the most important stories are the most challenging."—VOYA
"The seclusion of the cult makes its practices all the more horrible as they operate outside the normal structures of legal accountability; the police’s frustrating refusal to engage and the mild narrative scolding of middle-class privilege play to readers who want to explore questions of heroic good versus supernatural evil in realistic fiction. A titillating ending suggests, however, that Mae’s immersion in cults may not be over."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books