Devil in Ohio

Daria Polatin

Joining a cult is dangerous. Escaping a cult can be deadly.

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 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.


ISBN: 9781800751378

Published: September 15, 2022


ISBN: 9781800751385

Published: February 3, 2022


Reviews for Devil in Ohio

‘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, humour and heart in one package’ – Meredith Goldstein, author of 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

‘Polatin weaves a thrilling and suspenseful story in her debut, inspired by true events. Jules Mathis’ life is thrown into turmoil after her psychiatrist mother invites Mae – a patient, cult survivor and troubled young girl with a pentagram carved into her back – to stay with their family … Eager readers will keep turning pages to discover Mae’s secrets and her connection to the Mathis family’ Booklist


Daria Polatin

Daria Polatin is an award-winning playwright, television writer and author. She is of Egyptian heritage, grew up travelling on five continents, loves hiking and inventing recipes, and lives in Los Angeles.