Credence by Penelope Douglas // Book Review

About The Book

Title: Credence
Author: Penelope Douglas
Publisher: Self Published
Published: January 13th, 2020
Pages: 485
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Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.


TW: consent issues

Credence follows Tiernan who goes to live with her step-family after her parents pass away. Jake is her step-uncle. Noah and Kaleb are his two sons. When Tiernan first arrives, she’s quiet and doesn’t really care about anything. She only meets Jake and Noah at first, Kaleb arrives later.

This really just follows Tiernan getting close to her step-family. I’m going to keep on bringing up the fact that they’re not blood related because Tiernan gets really close to all of them when they get stuck on the mountain during the winter. For months.

This book was super taboo and trashy. Did I love it anyway? Yes. I read a huge chunk of this book in one day. This book is chunky too.

This is the first book of Penelope Douglas that I did not give five stars to. There was just an issue with consent with one of the guys in this book and it really bothered me. It wasn’t discussed at all in this book and Tiernan just basically says it’s okay because he had a traumatic past. I don’t care, there should have been some kind of apology and there wasn’t any.

I could not give this book a five star rating because of this.

4/5 stars