Friday, June 23, 2017

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW BY TRISH DOLLER - BOOK REVIEW

Despite the mixed reviews I've seen with this one, this book was exactly what I was looking for right now and I devoured it!

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is The Devil You Know by Trish Doller.


The story follows Arcadia or Cadie as people call her. After the death of her mother a few years ago, she has taken over those responsibilities she left behind - maintaining the house and taking care of her four-year-old brother and bereaved father. On her one night off, Cadie goes to a party where she meets two cousins, Matt and Noah. While she meets Matt first, she is immediately drawn to Noah. When the guys invite Cadie and her friend Lindsey to continue on their road trip with them, Cadie jumps at the chance to have an adventure, even if she isn't sure it's completely safe.

I can definitely see how some people wouldn't love this book. This kind of book has been done before and done better before, but I was in the mood for it and it really clicked with me. The relationship between Noah and Cadie gets hot and heavy fast and while I think Doller does a good job of writing this instant infatuation and lust, I could see where some people would be turned off.

I was concerned I wouldn't like Cadie. She takes off, without really telling her dad where she is going. It's a dumb move and while she doesn't recognize it at first, she does eventually. She doesn't come across as annoying like I was afraid she would, ready to cut loose and ignore all consequences. She just needs a break and I respected that. Did she cross the line a bit? Maybe. But she knew what she was doing.

The way Doller sets things up, we know one of the guys was going to be the 'bad' guy. Noah has a dark past and Matt is his sweet counterpart. But Cadie seems to know Noah better than Matt. The obvious choice is Noah, but then maybe Doller isn't going with the obvious choice and picks Matt as the bad guy. Or is that just reverse psychology and maybe it was Noah all along. The whole story you are trying to figure out which way she is going with things. In the end, there came a point where I knew something was up with one of the guys and guessed correctly.

I really enjoyed the Florida setting for this book and although I don't really know a lot about Florida outside stereotypes, I loved how Doller incorporated so much of the wilderness into the book. Obviously, with the camping and road tripping, there was going to be some nature, but I really liked how she added parts about the alligators and the swampy waters. I felt like I was right with the characters in the boat.

I wish we got to see a bit more of Cadie's home life. I think that would have made for an interesting addition to the story. We see a little bit at the beginning and the end, but in the middle, it seemed like her family life just dropped off.

I don't think this is the most literary book and sure Cadie makes some dumb choices, but I wasn't reading it for her intellect, I was reading it for a quick, fast-paced, sexy, YA thriller and that's exactly what I got. If you get too nit-picky about it, it's going to fall apart. But if you take it as a book with a character that makes a couple dumb choices and hang on for the ride, I think you'll enjoy it.

Overall, a pretty good read!