Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review of The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

The Devil You Know 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.

(Summary from GoodReads)

I loved Trish Doller’s first two books, Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine.  When I requested an ARC of The Devil You Know, I thought to myself, “I’m not usually a thriller person, but this is Trish, whose books are amazing.  I might hate it, but I probably won’t hate it.  Right?!”  I tore through Doller’s book because of its engrossing plot, and I fell in love with her exceptional characters all over again.

Like Doller’s other books, The Devil You Know is set in Florida, and as always the setting felt thoroughly drawn, but it was crafted to fit the different moods of this story.  It’s appropriate to call this story a thriller not only because there are moments when you may find yourself quaking beneath a blanket as you read, but also because for Cadie the adventures and new experiences are thrilling for her.   I personally never quite guessed what the outcome of this story was going to be, and I really appreciated the way Doller tied up the story while still leaving a few loose ends.

The characters are what make The Devil You Know truly exceptional.  Cadie doesn’t know precisely what she wants out of her life, but she does know that she has a desire to live it more fully. A lot of what she goes through will be relatable to teens who feel this exact same thing, as well as to a lot of adult readers.  You can feel the chemistry and tensions that she goes through with Noah and Matt on every page, but her experiences with them never detract from her characterization, and it’s always clear that even if Cadie doesn’t know exactly what she wants, she makes her own choices.

The Devil You Know is the perfect book for teens who love thrillers and strong female characters.  I was impressed by every aspect of Doller’s writing and I absolutely loved the way that Cadie’s character is drawn.  As per usual, I cannot recommend Trish Doller and her books enough.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review, and I loved it so much that I also purchased a hardcover.

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