Review: The Devil You Know

May •  15 •  2015

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: The Devil You KnowThe Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Young Adult-Adventure/Thriller
Pages: 256
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley

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.

So as I began this book I really wasn’t sure what I was in for. I expected a good mystery but not like this. Once I began the story, I was hooked.

Plot: This is about a girl who meets two boys and then decides to go on a road trip with them. (I’ll get to more of that later.) During this trip, Cadie realizes that something is off. As she gets further and further away from home, Cadie soon discovers that the boys she met are not all that they seem. So this plot is very intriguing in a, dumb kind of way. I mean, why would you go on a road trip with TWO boys you just met? I get that she wants freedom/space. I get that her life has been hard, but I gritted my teeth when I realized that she made her final decision. And like the good reader I am, I followed her into the unknown.

Road trip: Unbeknownst to her, Cadie begins to learn more about the boys. The boys are Noah and Matt, who are cousins, clearly running from stuff as well. I love the slow build up of their stories, the missing persons, the drive further away from home. I have to admit that at time this story gave me anxiety.

The devil you know: Of course the title is right on. Most of the time, danger is right there underneath your nose. You just haven’t noticed it. I thought for sure I knew what was happening, but that small twist at the end had me gasping,” No way!” I kept reading and loved the way the story came together.

Once again, Ms. Doller created such a imaginative, amazing story. My only gripe is that not so smart decision to go on a road trip. But then again, if Cadie didn’t jump we wouldn’t have the story today. If you are into mysteries, definitely get this book.



  1. Wanda
    May 15, 2015

    I have this book and I love Trish. So I can’t wait to read this. Lucky for us we have more common sense than to get in a car with strangers. My story would be boring. Lol

  2. Oh I haven’t heard of this one and I may have to read it. It sounds entertaining and I love that it had you saying, “No way!” 😀