Review: The Devil You Know

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the devil you know

Goodreads Summary:

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 isn’t something I would usually pick up, so the 365DaysofYA Challenge gets another feather in its hat for making me step outside of my box. This book wasn’t anything fantastic or profound, but I was entertained while college football games droned on in the background, because that’s about as long as it took to read this – a football game.

The synopsis was intriguing but the thrills were suspended until the last 40 pages or so. I felt like the central theme of this book was more a journey of self-discovery through a stint of possibly earned rebellion. Cadie forced herself to shirk what was expected of her and to listen to her intuition – to see what she was capable of without the weight of her normal responsibilities, and I can respect that.

What she does is so beyond stupid though. Even though we all know this, and she knows this, Doller is still able to play execute this adventure without the normal clichés, making it a fast and entertaining read. The romantic element I think was well balanced; there was an obvious connection between the two characters, but it was never chalked up to love or fate or any of the YA tropes we see relationships take on in this genre most of the time. And overall I felt it was pretty responsible between the characters, they understood the levity of their decisions when it came to their involvement and in the end it was a bit more established.

Beyond the self-discovery of this novel though, I felt a bit let down. The thrills promised with this malevolent character were pretty non-existent the whole time. While hints at the terror were obvious to everyone but Cadie, emphasizing a naivety on her part. Also, for anyone who has watched a serial killer/profiling show (Dexter, Criminal Minds, etc.) it was glaringly clear who the killer was from the start. That was the biggest let down of this book, the utter obviousness of it all.

It was an enjoyable enough afternoon read, but by no means the dark, twisty, exciting story that was promised.

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