‘Devil in Ohio’
In addition to its wonderful rhythms, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Christabel” has a seductive, eerie fairytale feel (thanks to the accentual metrical system). The poem is a marvel of an uncommon device, and it is once more purported to be a fragment like Coleridge’s Kubla Khan. It narrates the tale of a noblewoman named Christabel who, in spite of unsettling omens and Geraldine’s unusual wound, lets a strange woman named Geraldine into the castle.
The parallels between a romantic ballad penned in 1816 and a play from 2022 are startling to anybody asking what the relationship is. The 2017 novel Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin, which is based on it, follows the tale of a psychiatrist named Suzanne. Suzanne is captivated by the young woman when she is taken to the hospital with a horrific cut on her back.
Mae, the girl, has escaped both her Amontown neighbourhood and her parents, Malachi and Abigail. To the dismay of her husband Peter, children Helen, Jules, and Dani, and the hospital and foster homes being filled, Suzanne brings Mae home.
While Mae appears to be the victim of menacing Satanists, it is also clear that she has her own purpose. She has infiltrated the family by pretending to be helpful while simultaneously undermining everyone else. Following each character’s development makes Devil in Ohio very intriguing.
Real estate contractor Peter makes the decision to start a business and invests all of his funds, including the daughters’ education fund, in the endeavour. Peter is left with a stunning home he cannot sell and a mortgage he cannot pay when the buyer abruptly withdraws.
Shy Jules feels betrayed by Helen’s obsession with her new lover Teddy. Isaac, her only buddy, is ignored as Mae seductively charms Jules’s crush, Sebastian. Dani longs to participate in the school play. Helen appears to have her life under control, yet she still has uncertainties. Suzanne needs to accept the trauma from her early years.
The case’s lead detective, Detective Lopez, had just been moved from Chicago. Despite his unwavering tenacity, every lead he pursues runs into obstacles. In addition, he is divorcing his ex-girlfriend, and they are splitting custody of their golden retriever.