Review: The Devil’s Song by Lauren Stahl

Posted January 10, 2018 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: The Devil’s Song by Lauren Stahl The Devil's Song by Lauren Stahl
Genres: Crime and suspense, Mystery
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Kaylie Jones Books
Format: ARC
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1617755966
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Minx's Rating:

Kate Magda, an up-and-coming prosecutor and the privileged daughter of the politically connected President Judge Tommy Magda, has been given the assignment of a lifetime--lead prosecutor on a string of murders rocking Mission County, Pennsylvania. Kate views the assignment as her chance to not only convict a serial killer, but to make a name for herself--one other than "the judge's daughter." She is determined to show her boss, her family, and the public that she is more than her father's shadow.

As Kate delves into the case, she becomes convinced that she shares a personal link with the killer, who seems to know intimate details about a tragic childhood event Kate suffered--an event she thought she'd left in the past. It's the way the victims are being posed--naked and dumped in open graves. Paranoia sets in, the night terrors return, and Kate has an imminent sense that she's the killer's next victim. Kate no longer feels assigned to the case...she is the case, and solving it is her only chance for survival.


When I picked up this book, The Devil’s Song, I was intrigued with the story from the start. I immediately wanted to find out what had happened in main character Kate Magda’s past. Her memories gripped my imagination and I needed to know more. Kate was an assistant district attorney and she was completely committed to her job as a prosecutor. She also deeply desired to be a part of the case that was currently baffling the local law enforcement but because of her father’s connections she knew that she would be denied her wish unless he granted permission first. Kate knew though that her father, President Judge Tommy Magda, would never allow her to be on this case but that was only because he would never want her near a case that seemed so linked to her past.

There had been two murders that were grisly in nature and seemed to be targeting women with red hair just like Kate. Kate wanted to be a part of the team investigating these murders because it would be great for her career, but more than that, it was because she felt deep down inside that these murders were somehow connected with her and her cousin’s past. At the crime scenes, there were clues left behind that seemed to be sending a clear message to Kate, clues that could not be known to others outside of the person who was responsible for her childhood trauma. It seemed that the nightmare from her past had come back to find her and finish what was once started.

When the first chair assistant district attorney had to step down from the investigation and Kate was chosen for the position, she knew that her father was giving her this chance and she was going to run with it. As she delved into the case it became clear to Kate that these murders were indeed somehow connected to her past and that in order to stop the murders she must first figure out the connection. Figuring out the connection was only a part of the mystery, there was also a matter of unexplained betrayal from a person close to Kate. Though, before she was able to make much headway in the investigation the stakes increased and Kate knew that in order to save her life and the life of someone she loved, she must find out who the killer was before time ran out.

The Devil’s Song was an intriguing story. My favorite part was Kate’s history, that I wanted more of. The pacing for this story was steady and I wish that at times it would have picked up a bit. I did not feel like I was reading a thriller but it wasn’t just a mystery either. I liked all the characters in this story and they were nicely developed. I would say that I was committed to the story because the snatches of Kate’s past kept me glued to the pages. I wanted to know the whole story, the connection to the present. There were twists and turns that didn’t turn out as expected which was nice too. Overall, I felt that The Devil’s Song was a solid story from a first-time author and I will look for more from this Author in the future!

*Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Akashic Books for this complimentary copy of The Devil’s Song*


About Lauren Stahl

Author Lauren Stahl

LAUREN STAHL began her legal career as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting felonies with a focus on SVU crimes. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law and received her MFA from Wilkes University. Stahl resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and a giant but sweet mastiff, Myra Ellen. The Devil’s Song is her debut novel.

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