The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Format: eARC, 257 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.
A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
When I picked up The Devil You Know, I was suffering the throes of a severe book hangover. I knew I needed to read something different and my gorgeous signed hardcover had been staring at me from my bookshelves since I met Trish at the Boldly Bookish event. I decided what the heck? Time to jump in. You know, right before bed. (I’d made smarter decisions.) I can’t say I had nightmares, but I definitely had interesting dreams following this book. I might not have meant to read it cover to cover in one night, but I was too sucked in. I couldn’t have put it down if you made me.
The Devil You Know was a great read! I loved that it started off just like your run of the mill (but, you know, better … because Trish’s writing) upper young adult contemporary and then BAM creepy and scary things start happening.
I really liked Cadie. I felt sorry for the situation she was in with her home life. It was less than ideal for sure. She might not have handled things in the most ideal way, but I got it and, better yet, she grew from it. She was a great strong heroine and I admired the strength she showed throughout the book. My old lady self did cringe when she and her friend decided to go on a road trip with guys they just met, but then I remembered some of the stupid things I did in my late teens and early twenties and realized this is probably far more believable then people might want to think. It’s tough to say much about the other characters or the plot without running the risk of ruining the story for you, so I will just say that both Noah and Matt were charming and leave it at that. You’ll get to discover the rest for yourself.
As with any mystery/thriller, I spent a good portion of the book trying to decipher the clues and figure out who was responsible for the horrific things going on. Was it Noah or Matt? Was it both? Were these all red herrings? In the end, I’d figured it out but Trish definitely threw in just enough to keep me second guessing my theories. It was creepy and perfect. And, honestly, even pushing the mystery storyline aside, this would’ve been a fantastic book. Trish can do no wrong in my opinion.
I rarely read thrillers but when I do, I’m always reminded of how obsessed I was with Fear Street and Christopher Pike books as a kid. Those were my jam in my early teens. I wouldn’t want to read a lot of these nowadays because I have an overactive imagination, live alone and value my sleep, but I need to mix it up some. I forgot how much I enjoyed them.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.