The Devil You Know
by Trish Doller
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.
This book definitely had me hooked from the beginning to the end – mostly because Arcadia managed to be so dumb in every situation!
So far Trish Doller’s books leave me with a lot of mixed emotions. They’re definitely interesting, to the point where I can sit there and read them in one sitting because they’re so damn entertaining. It’s action-packed, there’s always something happening or something just about to come.
The thing about ‘The Devil You Know’ is that it’s just so unrealistic – the twist I had already predicted and Arcadia was just so stupid. The book is filled with YA cliches. Arcadia is all like ‘I’m not pretty, I’m just plain,’ but throughout the story, she just happens to have two incredibly hot guys fawning over her. Like, GIVE ME A BREAK. As well as that, who just hops on board with two guys you’ve just met on some road trip just because you feel some sparkly connection whilst leaving your single father and little brother by themselves with no previous warning??!!! TALK ABOUT UNWISE DECISIONS.
Her romance with one of the guys, Noah is just so filled with so much lust that I began question if it was even love. They’re definitely attracted to each other and they blah all their secrets to each other but one single touch, I could already sense the sexual tension exploding. It was less ‘aw, we understand each other’ and more like ‘I need my hands on him!’ Plus, she has sex with him UNDER DURESS. Noah is all like ‘I’m not pressuring you or anything but you should have sex with me,’ and you know what, Arcadia falls for that!!! Stand your ground for what you want, woman! Everything about this chick is so frustrating!!!
The story moves fast. The characters are introduced as efficiently as possible, the romance develops very quickly and so does the building tension of the inevitable. I SAW THAT ENDING FROM MILES AWAY. I’m not spoiling anything but if I could see it, Arcadia could see it. Come on, it was as clear as daylight! From Lindsey’s disappearance, she should’ve been able to pick up on the clues. The ending is heart-stopping and just plain creepy but it’s just that which grips you at the edge of your seat.
All in all, I’m not quite sure if I liked this book. It was definitely entertaining pastime. It’s like watching The Bachelor – it’s completely stupid but you just can’t stop watching. That’s the best comparison I’m making. If you enjoy the Bachelor, you’ll definitely love this read!