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Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

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The Devil You Know
     by: Trish Doller

Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Thriller
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Physical ARC provided via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 256 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

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.

Having really enjoyed Trish's contemporaries, I was excited to see she was writing a thriller! I really enjoyed The Devil You Know and I absolutely loved how fast paced it was. I was completely engaged from start to finish and really enjoyed how Trish's writing completely pulled me in and didn't let me go until the very end!
Cadie was definitely an interesting character. I really liked her, but man did she make some poor choices in this book. I understand her need to experience freedom, especially since she has been the caretaker in the family for years now. She hasn't been able to be a normal teenager with all the responsibilities she carries, so it makes sense for her to want to seize an opportunity like the one she has. She ends up meeting two good looking cousins who are camping from out of state and after spending time with one of them, decides to go with them on their road trip to check out some other camping spots with her old friend Lindsey. While this isn't entirely safe, given she's only known them for a night, she desperately craves the attention and wildness this situation offers. I get it, I do, but man was I nervous from the start. And from the summary of this one, I had good reason! However, from an adult standpoint, I have to say I'm glad any teen that reads this can see there are consequences to this type of behavior and that stranger danger is a very real thing- no matter how sexy and charming people can be.
There's not much I can say without giving the book away and I definitely don't want to do that because I really enjoyed it. I like trying to figure out books and Doller does a good job of keeping you guessing, making you suspicious of all parties. It's kind of funny that I was holding my breath towards the end because I was so afraid of something happening that I wouldn't have been able to recover from. Thankfully it wasn't the case. Whew. The suspense is woven into this one so subtly though and I thought that was cool how it creeped up on us and all of a sudden things were NOT ok.
Overall, I wish I could tell you more, but I just can't. You're just going to have to read for yourself!

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  1. I read Something Like Normal at the beginning of this year and LOVED IT! I need to read more by her and I'm glad that you enjoyed this thriller.

  2. Awesome review, Jessica! I agree that while Cadie wasn't the brightest crayon in the box, her story will definitely teach a valuable lesson to other teens. And I actually guessed the twist early on, but the tension still made it an epic climax. So glad you ended up loving this--I'll have to give Trish's other books a shot soon. <3

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

  3. This book has been getting quite a bit of hype, so I am curious. I don't typically love thrillers, but I may have to give this one a shot since so many people are liking it. Great review!

  4. I know Nick liked this one a lot too, I want to read this but since my reading is so slow, I'm planning on getting the audio instead.

  5. I have seen a few mixed reviews for this one. It sounds good to me. Thank you for reviewing it.


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