Title: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Genre: YA Thriller
Synopsis: 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 say this often and I mean it–I love thrillers. There’s something about sussing out a high-stakes mystery that makes me flip rapid-fire through a book. Needless to say, I was very excited to pick this one up. Southern thriller, yes please. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, good and bad, but it was one I finished quickly.
What I liked: I’m a character driven reader. Not only do I have to feel a connection but I need to understand the stakes. With Cadie, I understood her motivation. I mean her actions are damn stupid, but I totally get it. She’s the epitome of stuck. Stuck in a small town, stuck with a family she didn’t ask for, stuck watching her ex move on. Girl has issues, so it makes perfect sense that she decides to rebel. Doller’s characters feel like real teens. Heck, she even bring disapproving parents into the mix. Frankly, it’s refreshing to read something where teens are just teens. Cadie goes off with two guys and boy do things heat up. Besides great characters, I love a steamy romance and this one gets steamy. Spoiler alert: Sex in a graveyard. Weird, yet when running away with
What I didn’t like: There are a lot of wholes in this story. A lot. I can generally suspend disbelief, but there were moments when this was just a little too much for me. Cadie comes off as a mostly smart young woman and while I understand the events that lead her on a road trip with two strangers, I also wanted to be like “really?” My biggest issue with this book is that nothing really happens. It’s short. The action is brief and the stakes don’t really seem that high. There’s maybe 20 pages of real action before boom done, bad guy taken care of, and the damsel saved.
Overall, this was a fine enough read. There’s not a great deal of build up but the steamy romance saves it. If you like your romance lite with serial killers than you’ll enjoy this well enough. 3/5