The Devil Inside by D.L. Hicks: Your Preview Verdict

The Devil Inside by D.L. Hicks: Your Preview Verdict

Our Preview readers were blown away by this debut novel by D.L. Hicks. It was described as being addictive, brilliant and thrilling.

See some their highlights here:

Oh my gosh what a fantastic read. It started out a bit slow, but once it really got going, I couldnt put it down. The characters drew me in and I loved the way the story was written from multiple perspectives including the killer, even if you didnt know who it was. But the best was the ending. The last two chapters left me blown away. For a first novel, this was absolutely fantastic. – Kirstie, WA, 5 stars

Wow! This book I could not put down. I loved the tale of sister cop and brother priest caught up in numerous murders of woman. Such a perfect timing in light of the recent Royal Commission into the Catholic Church. What this book did for me was to humanize the issue of sexual abuse in the church and the effects it has. This was such a great thriller with twists and turns that weren’t predictable! – Katarzyna, VIC, 5 stars

I really enjoyed this murder mystery book set in a quite coastal town is where the murders take place, Charlotte is the lead detective who has her own **redacted** problems ( no spoilers ) great book from start to finish with an ending I definitely never saw coming – Deborah, NSW, 5 stars

What a great read! Addictive and totally unputdownable with some serious plot twists. Loved it! – Rachel, QLD, 5 stars

From the get go, I knew The Devil Inside was going to be a book that I loved and I wasn’t let down. I could empathise with Charlotte going through such an emotional time personally while trying to put on a happy face at work. I enjoyed trying to figure out the whodunnit part of the story and must say I was blown away after finishing reading the Epilogue. A great first novel by DL Hicks. 5 stars – Natalie, NSW, 5 stars

DL Hick’s The Devil Inside is a gripping tale woven through themes of family, community, religion and mortality. It keeps you guessing throughout, and even when you think you’ve worked it out, you haven’t – not until the final paragraph punches you in the chest! Highly recommend! – Imogen, VIC, 5 stars

The bodies of fit and healthy young women are being found in Gull Bay, a small Australian coastal town. Callously murdered, no DNA at the scene, the only clues are biblical quotations left with the corpses and the only commonality their membership at a certain gym. Detective Charlotte Callaghan seeks assistance from her beloved step-brother Joseph, the local parish priest, in decoding the messages. **Redacted due to potential spoilers** With twists and turns and secrets galore, D.L.Hicks had me riveted to discover who was ‘The Devil Inside’. The ending was bittersweet. **redacted due to potential spoilers** – Anita, QLD, 5 stars

Thank you very much for allowing me to review this book. Being a crime and suspense novel it focuses on some dark, sensitive and disturbing themes though despite this I was engaged and engrossed from beginning to end and I applaud the author, it was written brilliantly. In terms of the characters, they all had their demons, secrets and battles and the author really keeps you guessing with who the murderer is. The ending makes for a real firecracker too. – Danielle, VIC, 5 stars

Wow, what a page-turner! A tenacious female police detective, a small coastal town, a string of brutal murders and evidence pointing towards the local parish priest, who happens to be the cop’s brother. A tangled web indeed. A gripping, thought-provoking debut from D.L. Hicks that will keep readers guessing to the final chapters and the chilling last line. – Marianne, NSW, 5 stars

Ok I have another favourite crime writer author. Bigger bonus D.L. Hicks is Australian and ‘The Devil Inside’ is his first novel. So looking forward till his next. D. L. Hicks you kept me up all night to finish reading ‘The Devil Inside’. Oh I so loved the main detective Charlotte. The obstacles she had to go through day to day and do her job, while keeping **redacted due to potential spoilers** a secret, what a trooper. Plus, she wasn’t an alcohol addicted, depressed detective which you find in most crime books. If you like a crime book with a serial killer on the loose, the church, and flashbacks to the pass, ‘The Devil Inside’ is for you. A book I couldn’t put down. – Maria, SA, 5 stars

FIVE well deserved big shiny stars for this debut novel The Devil Inside by Australian author D.L. Hicks. This is crime fiction at its best, dark and disturbing. From the first page I was hooked and loved every second of reading this book. Detective Charlotte Callaghan is investigating the murder of a young woman in the small coastal town of Gull Bay. The victim is found with a biblical note clutched in her hand, the only clue found at the scene. The investigation heats up when another woman is found brutally murdered along with her dog, coincidentally a biblical note is found on her also. Both women appear to be attractive and fit looking but there doesn’t appear to be any motive for their deaths. The investigation becomes personal for Detective Charlotte Callaghan as she desperately tries to hide a secret of her own during the case. Filled with many red herrings and explosive secrets you may find yourself unable to put this book down! The story may make you feel uncomfortable and sickened but it’s well written and so damned good. The ending is epic, what an emotional shocker! Recommended read for devoted fans of crime thrillers. – Gloria, SA, 5 stars

WOW!! This would have to be the most impressive debut novel I’ve read. Fans of crime/mystery thrillers will love this book, and even if you don’t normally love this genre, I encourage you to read this one – it won’t let you down. When a woman is found murdered, local detective Charlotte Callaghan is placed in charge of investigating the case. The victim is holding a religious quote which draws the detective’s brother, Father Joseph Callaghan, into the investigation and members of his congregation soon become possible suspects. I love Charlotte’s character as the lead detective, strong, but also vulnerable, with her own secrets to hide, she stops at nothing to solve the mystery. She discovers her town of Gull Bay is a community hiding many secrets and betrayals, soon she doesn’t know who to trust. As a side note, I love that the author is a police officer, this fact really adds credibility for me, I completely trusted that every passage regarding crime scenes, forensics etc was accurate. This book is hard to put down and will take the reader on many twists and turns, with a huge shock near the end, which will have you thinking for days after you’ve finished it. I highly recommend this book and eagerly await the author’s next novel. Thank you Better Reading and Pantera Press for my advanced copy, I thoroughly enjoyed it. – Kim, VIC, 5 stars

The Devil Inside by D.L. Hicks is an excellent debut novel. When bodies begin to pile up around detective Charlotte Callaghan with religious implications, she turns to her brother, Father Joseph Callaghan for advice. But as her investigations proceed, she ends up finding out far more than she ever bargained for. The interplay of the narrators between chapters made for an enthralling read, and one cannot help but assume amateur detective status to try to piece together the clues. The way the narrative culminates in such an explosive ending… what an exceptional ride! An excellent read for crime fiction fans; D.L. Hicks is certainly one to watch! Thank you Better Reading and Pantera Press for the advanced copy. – Sarah, VIC, 5 stars

This book had me up till the wee hours of the morning, I couldn’t put it down! I needed to see what the twists and turns led to. I highly enjoyed trying to solve the mystery of this brilliantly written book! – Jessie, VIC, 5 stars

The Devil Inside is the first novel by D L Hicks and this is a truly absorbing, on the edge of your seat thriller. The story outlines the brutal murders of women which attend the local gym and church. The author includes narratives from the killer, the investigating detective Charlotte, Charlottes step brother Joseph, the local clergyman and a boy from 1987 who describes his interactions with the clergy. The book is fast paced and Hicks encourages the reader to take a guess who the perpetrator is as the book twists and turns as more murders occur. I give the book 5 stars…an excellent debut novel! – Brenda, NSW, 5 stars

An utterly astounding debut novel, The Devil Inside is filled with plot twists and red herrings that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat until the very final page. Wonderfully written with a structure that keeps the pace at the perfect speed, and showing a great depth of procedural and boots-on-the-ground experience without being dry or instructional like. And those final two chapters! No spoilers here but wow! Five stars, going to be a smash hit for sure – and I’m sure this wont be the last we see of DL Hicks! – Angela, VIC, 5 stars

The Devil Inside, written by D. L. Hicks, is a fast-paced, gripping crime novel that you will not want to put down. The story is primarily told from the perspective of Charlotte Callaghan, a gutsy, determined, smart police detective who is tasked with apprehending the killer stalking young women within her community. Interspersed throughout the book are chapters from the perspective of the killer, whose identity is not revealed until the end of the book. I really enjoyed the structure of the book, with chapters alternating between the perspective of Charlotte and the anonymous killer. The book was very suspenseful and full of smart twists that were genuinely surprising to me. The writing is excellent and perfectly paced; the story is also told in such an impressively authentic way that I was not surprised to find out that the author himself worked as a police officer. Although there are some difficult subjects addressed in the book, they are dealt with in a sensitive way. I highly recommend this thrilling book and I am looking forward to reading more books written by D.L. Hicks! – Amanda, QLD, 5 stars




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          Publisher details

          The Devil Inside
          D.L. Hicks
          Crime Fiction
          04 February, 2020


          Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Revelation 2:10In 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.
          D.L. Hicks
          About the author

          D.L. Hicks

          D.L. Hicks is a police officer with the Victorian Police. In his twenty-five years of service he has been on the frontline of everything from drug busts to serious collisions and all manner of violent crime. His debut novel, The Devil Inside, examines the line between good and evil and how circumstance can alter a person’s life in the blink of an eye.
          He lives in Geelong with his family.

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