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Daughter of Belial


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Juvenelle's exemplary character development effectively complements the storyline evolution, allowing for a powerful buildup of tension.

Jennifer Juvenelle’s Daughter of Belial follows Sophie Greer, a seemingly ordinary young woman. At first oblivious to Edward Hughes' (and his family's) peculiar fascination with her, she does not even begin to suspect that she is one of the most crucial and best-kept secrets of the mysterious Order of Belial. Following betrayal, heartbreak, and deception, Sophie is kidnapped while on a business trip and is subsequently sucked into the unquestionably dangerous underworld of crime and malice. 

Juvenelle’s exceptional character development and story building allow the reader to follow a clearly defined plot that lacks confusion or what is commonly known as ‘plot holes’, wherein the author, whether purposefully or not, leaves out certain pieces of information that make the story appear poorly edited. The story comes to a natural and well-executed climax that is thoroughly enjoyable. 

Readers will particularly enjoy multiple moments throughout the novel, namely those with rapid character development, such as the ones described in the chapters following Sophie's kidnapping. The lovable, mildly naive character is faced with external circumstances that cause her to grow up mentally in a matter of a thousand words. Such cases of fast-paced plot progress not only showcase the author’s skill and literary range but also are a welcome contrast to the environment's evolution. 

Overall, the story is tailor-made for those who enjoy fast-paced yet well-developed fiction that focuses on the complexity of human emotions, actions, and their consequences, without being overly philosophical. The gripping psychological thriller incorporates the everpresent themes of betrayal, familiar love and loyalty that, in the end, turn out to be one of the many 'fatal flaws' of the Order. By incorporating the subtle yet undeniable aspect of Greek Tragedy, Juvenelle makes Daughter of Belial a likely classic. Wonderfully executed characters, vivid imagery, suitable location choices, and plot development make Daughter of Belial a must-read. 

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About the author

JENNIFER JUVENELLE is a Native American/French author born in Hollywood, raised in Detroit, and fashioned in France. She lives in a seaside village with her Aussie husband and adorable young son. Jennifer splits her time between motherhood, writing, personal development and energy work. view profile

Published on October 10, 2022

150000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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