Monday, June 1, 2015

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Title: The Devil You Know
Author: Trish Doller
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Classification: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley
Read: May 2015
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.

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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

WOW! I really enjoyed reading The Devil You Know. The story kind of blew me away! It was captivating and so addicting. It was so easy for me to become completely wrapped up with what was happening!  I couldn't put the book down. 

Cadie is longing to do something fun and adventurous. She is tired of the pressure and responsibility of working, school, and taking care of her family. So Cadie decides to go to a party down by the river, a good time for a break and have some fun. At the party, Cadie meets two charming cousins that are stopping through on a road trip. After hanging out with them for the night, they invite Cadie and her friend to join them. Cadie decides that a road trip is just the thing that she needs to let go and have some fun. But she discovers that the road trip isn't exactly what she thought it would be. And one of the boys isn't quite who he claims to be. Cadie's road trip has turned into a dangerous trip. 

I think the writing is beautiful and the story flows so well. There is suspense, intense moments, mystery, and is very entertaining. There were twists, surprises, and heart-pounding mystery. Though the final reveal didn't catch me completely off guard. I really liked that I found myself second-guessing my theories while reading. I wasn't completely sure about what the outcome would be. 

There definitely were creepy parts. And parts where I felt like I was watching a horror movie, I just wanted to yell: "NO!!! Cadie don't do that!!!" I became really invested in Cadie and was fearful for her. 

Yes, it isn't exactly smart to take off with two boys you hardly know and go on a road trip. But I think she did it because it was a spontaneous, fun, and daring decision that she got to make for herself. She was just tired of how much she had to do all the time and needed a break.

I really liked Cadie as a character. She really has been through a lot and has a ton of things that she is responsible for. I could understand why she was exhausted and needed adventure and change. It was easy for me to care and worry about her. I especially loved how much she cared about her brother and the friendship with Duane. 

My Recommendation:

I really loved reading this story. It was hard for me to put it down. I definitely recommend reading this book if you love reading thrilling stories that suck you in and have you second guessing your theories. Read it! 

My Rating:


  1. So many mixed reviews for this one. It definitely appeals to me and your review makes me want to read it even more. I was recently told not to go into with the primary goal of a good suspense. The characters sound awesome.

    1. Yeah, I did really enjoy reading it, and there were some things that surprised me, but the big reveal didn't really. So I think I would agree with not going in thinking that the suspense and reveal will be mind blowing. But I did really enjoy the story and the characters.

  2. I really enjoyed this one too! I couldn't believe how fast I flew through it! I liked Cadie's character too, even though like you said- she didn't always make the best choices. But I do get it, considering the way she had to live her life.

    1. I flew through it too. So hard to put down. I am so glad you agree with me, she didn't, but I get it too, she had a lot of stress and stuff going on in her life. I am so glad you enjoyed reading it! :D


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