The Devil You Know by Trish Doller | Mini Book Review

June 5, 2015 Book Review, Young Adult 5 ★★★★½

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller | Mini Book ReviewThe Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on June 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
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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.

I gobble up mysteries and thrillers like the best of ’em, so I was all over The Devil You Know as soon as it arrived on my doorstep! Road trip + mystery + suspense + a little romantical intrigue and I was sold. And honestly, I loved it! I read it in one day because I was so creeped out that I worried I would not be able to sleep if I did not read the resolution and the wind-down of the story. The Devil You Know was exhilarating and refreshing and reminded me why I love reading so much.

Cadie, in an almost rebellion against her typical life and her typical self, daringly sets out on a road trip with two total strangers, doing many stupid and reckless things along the way. How could she NOT expect to end up in a boat load of trouble, unsure about who to trust? I mean… oh the scary. I kept wanting to tell her to stop! Go home! But the thing is, teens do this. Teen Jana NEVER would have, but I know teens who have done things like this, so I believed everything even though I was so flabbergasted that it was happening. I can only describe it as watching a train speed towards the end of the track with nobody in control. You know something is going to happen and you can’t do anything about it. This is the kind of thriller I love! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

This is my first book by Trish Doller, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of hers. I loved her writing style in this story, and her ability to completely transport you to the scene at hand. No matter what was going on in the story I was on pins and needles. There is this underlying feeling of discomfort that envelopes you from beginning to end, which is why I honestly could not stop until things were over. The characters are not the most important part of the story, and that shows. And it’s fine. Trish really focuses on feelings and settings and events more than the people involved, which actually made me feel even more nervous. The boys are both mysteries, and Cadie is a normal girl that I think most readers can relate to in some way or another. I felt like I was Cadie, and that I was the one in danger. The entire story is incredibly well done, and I continually think about it even though I finished it months ago. I really hope Trish writes more thrillers!

 

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5 Responses to “The Devil You Know by Trish Doller | Mini Book Review”

  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I can’t wait to read this book!! I have loved all of Trish Doller’s books so far, and this sounds like a book I would like anyway. I was SO that teen you talk about who does dumb things and just thinks things won’t happen to her. On multiple occasions I met up with boys that I didn’t know all by myself without ever telling anybody where I would be. I also put myself in really shady and dangerous situations for the sake of maybe seeing a boy I liked or just for the sake of alcohol and partying. Very dumb of me. I’m glad I made it out alive!! I hope this character does too!!
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    • Jana

      Haha. So glad you made it out of your teen years alive, too, Michelle! When I look back I did a few things I’ve chewed myself out about since. I guess that’s what being a teen is all about. I hope you get to read this one soon! I’m looking in to Trish’s other books. :) Which one of hers is your favorite?

    • Jana

      Thanks, Emma! I agree with you that the book took a little while to sink in, and my love for it definitely grew as I had more time to think about it.

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