Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Source: Library
Pages: 256
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Series: Standalone
Verdict: Borrow

SummaryEighteen-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.

Review: I had seen this book floating around the Internet for awhile, and when I saw it at my library on the main shelf, I thought, it's meant to be. I soon realized, however, that it was not meant to be.

This book is a bit of a combination of thriller, adventure, romance, and, do I dare say it? STUPIDITY. I've never come across a main character that I disliked so much. Cadie seemed sweet at first, but as I read on, I discovered that she was a bit bratty and idiotic. 

I understand that her situation isn't exactly ideal and that she wants something new in her life, but why can't that something new be something more realistic and practical and safe and smart? Her something new is something that I found to be extremely idiotic and careless. 

She meets two very attractive guys and finds them to be exciting and fun. In my opinion, this is where you decide if you want to hang out again in a public and safe environment. This is not where you decide that you want to jump in a car with two almost-basically-pretty much strangers and go on a little road trip together... all the while not notifying anybody of your true whereabouts. I just couldn't wrap my mind around how someone could be so foolish and naive. 

By doing so, she put herself and others in danger. Now, the two boys were a bit of a situation. They seemed a bit odd and moody, but very, very intriguing... at least to Cadie... And also to me as well... They really were something else.

I really don't have much to say, at least in terms of positive things, because I almost didn't finish the book because of all the idiotic and fatal decisions made by Cadie. The romance part was just too much in my opinion and it got a bit gross and scary at some points. 

The violence and disaster that occurred just wasn't my idea of enjoyment in a book. Now, I do like fast-paced, exhilarating, and suspenseful books that contain thrill and scariness, which this book was. However, I like well-created ones, and this book just didn't do it for me. 

When I am constantly screaming WHYWHYWHY, I know that something is wrong. The only positive part was that the ending, even though predictable, did not happen in the most expected manner. That's all I can really say. Other than that, I truly disliked how The Devil You Know turned out, and I now know that it truly wasn't meant to be. 

Never again


  1. Yup. I had the same issues. There were a few things that I liked, but I could not connect with Cadie because her life choices are so, so dumb. I can't even think of a good word to describe her - idiotic, like you said. Bah. I love Doller's first two books - but this one flat on its face for me - and you too, it seems to be. Hopefully your next read is amazing!

    Fabulous review, Grace :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. It's so hard to relate and connect with the book when you can't relate and connect with the main character because everything she does is everything you would never, ever, ever think of coming close to doing!

      I'll have to give Doller's other books a try at some point, but it might be a little while. Sorely disappointed with how this book turned out. I'm not a fan of characters that lack common sense!

      Thank you so much, Alyssa!

      -Grace :)