Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's on June 2, 2015
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.
Before reading The Devil You Know, I read a few reviews that stated that the plot of this book was a lot like Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, a book that received a rare one star rating from me. This was a big red flag, because Black Ice was ridiculous and nonsensical and just plain awful. But this is Trish Doller! The woman who wrote the wonderful Where the Stars Still Shine. Surely this book had to be better than Black Ice, and it was. But not by much, although I may be extra forgiving because I enjoyed her previous work.
Arcadia/Cadie is our protagonist, and she starts off likable enough. She’s getting over a break-up, and she meets a hot guy and invites him to a party. Hot guy Matt shows up with his hot guy cousin, Noah. Cadie and her friend decide to take off with these two random guys on a little road trip. Hmmm, what could go wrong? In real life, probably nothing. But with the comparisons to Black Ice, I knew that mayhem was about to ensue. Cadie hooks up with and eventually has sex with Matt while continually insisting, “I’m not that kind of girl.” Can we just get rid of that nonsense? Have sex or don’t have sex, but quit with the, “Well, I’ll have sex, but I’m a virgin, so I’m only doing this against my better judgment and in the most non-slutty way possible.”
By now, Cadie is already grating on my nerves, but the story hadn’t gone off the rails yet. And then…a psychic shows up, and I knew it was all over. Psychics, Ouija boards, and the like just scream desperation on the author’s part to me. And it feels cheap. Of course, every terrible thing the psychic said came true, and if Cadie had ever read a book or watched TV she would have known how this was going to play out. But she makes dumb moves followed by even dumber moves, and I actually found myself laughing at many parts. We know exactly what is going to happen, but dumb Cadie just keeps upping her unbelievable stupidity, all the way up to the conclusion that everyone but Cadie knew was coming.
If you’ve been waiting to read a Trish Doller book, please don’t let it be this one.
Note: This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher.