The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Published July 1, 2015 by Bloomsbury
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 stars
From the blurb: 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.
The Devil You Know is Trish Doller's third novel, and one I was thrilled to read because Trish is one of my favourite authors. Set in High Springs, Florida, we meet Cadie Wells. Ever since the death of her mother, she's been caring for her younger brother, Danny. Her father doesn't seem to notice that Cadie is holding them all together, and while she loves Danny, she's starting to feel resentful. She jumps at the chance to do something different and attends a lake party one night, meeting a pair of cousins, Noah and Matt McNeal. When they invite her on a road trip, she says yes.
Cadie is the sort of character that a lot of readers will be able to relate to. She's kind and caring, but she's put up with a lot since losing her mum three years ago. She feels unappreciated and as though her dreams don't matter. It was easy to see why she would enjoy taking the night off from her life, and playing a more confident and outgoing version of herself. And why she'd say yes to road tripping with two strangers.
Recently I've read a couple of YA books labelled thrillers and found myself underwhelmed. I'm happy to report that this story is thrilling and suspenseful. The setting of the lake and the idea of a road trip helped that atmosphere along. And even when I was picking up on the clues quicker than Cadie was, I was still enthralled until the chilling ending.
The Devil You Know is an intense, suspenseful story of a girl from a small town looking to change her life. It's atmospheric, captivating, and also tinged with hope.
Ableist language: insane, crazy, lame.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for my review copy.