Tuesday, May 26, 2015

*Book Review* The Devil You Know by Trish Doller (YA Thriller)

Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Source: NetGalley
Format: E-book, 256 pages
Genre: Young Adult / Thriller

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.

18-year old Arcadia "Cadie" Wells lives in the small town of High Springs, Florida, not far from Gainesville. Cadie hopes to one day go on her own adventure once she has enough money saved up. She's mapped out every place she wants to go, and things she wants to see. What's keeping Cadie held back, is that ever since her mother died 3 years ago, she's had to work in her father's struggling grocery store, while taking care of her 4 year old brother Danny, and generally doing all the work that needs to be done around the house while her father is missing in action.

After making a snap decision, Cadie joins her former friends and soccer teammates for a night of partying and skinny dipping at the lake. Cadie later agrees to go on a road trip with two strangers, cousins Noah and Matt who she just met and felt connected to. Cadie is a girl you can connect with in the beginning. You understand that she's yearning for something new and different and a change from the mundane of work, work, and more work, while her father is out doing heaven knows what. 

During the trip, Cadie realizes that something isn't quite as right as they appear. Someone isn't who they say they are, and in trusting the cousins with her safety, she's put her future in their hands as well. But, Cadie continues to follow along as if nothing is wrong, while making some really stupid and head shaking mistakes. I do realize that making stupid choices is what being a human being is all about. We live and learn with the choices we make every single day of our lives. For Cadie, her choices are nearly costly because of her desire for adventure and excitement and perhaps a bit of romance as well. 

The Devil You Know is the first novel I have read by Trish Doller. Doller's story is fast paced, and wraps up fairly quickly. You can feel the undercurrent that something creepy and disturbing is happening right under the surface of the story. You can pretty much guess who the bad guy is, even though each has made some pretty dumb mistakes. I'm always intrigued by stories that take place in Florida, but this one takes a bit of letting your imagination flow free for it to make sense. Getting from High Springs to the Everglades isn't as easy or fast as it is made by Doller. But, then again, this is fantasy, so let your imagination run free.   

**I received this book for free from (Bloomsbury USA Children's) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


  1. OOh nice review! I keep debating over this one myself! I enjoy a good thriller every now and then and this one definitely sounds like my kind of thriller read! Great review!