by Trish Doller
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Publication Date: June 2nd 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery-Thriller
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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. (Goodreads)
I really liked Cadie as a main character. She was smart and a bit snarky, and knew she wanted more from life in her future. The girl had more responsibilities on her shoulders than any teenager should have to have, and for that, I can’t really blame her for wanting a little adventure in her life. However, I found myself wishing that she had gone about things a bit differently. Some of the decisions that she made throughout the story really had me shaking my head. (Yes, I do realize that if she hadn’t made these decisions then there wouldn’t be a story. Wink.) Thankfully Cadie is a really smart kid, and managed to hold her own throughout the story.
The romance in the novel is a bit of insta-lust, but Cadie acknowledges it for what it is throughout the book. That being said, the sexy-times in the novel were pretty steamy, and there is a bad boy in the book who is super swoon-worthy. If you don’t already know, I have a thing for bad boys with tattoos. ;)
I figured where the storyline was going pretty early in the book, and I’m thrilled my observation skills were right on about it as well. I have to admit, there were some parts of the book that had me really creeped out! I don’t usually like books that creep me out, because I’m a big chicken, but this one was too interesting to put down. I read this book in just a few hours time.
Overall; The Devil You Know was quite a fascinating read. While I found myself wanting to shake some sense into Cadie more than a few times in the novel, I still enjoyed this book so much. Now I’m ready to read more books by Trish, hopefully as soon as possible!!