The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know

by Trish Doller


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From critically-acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a powerful new psychological page-turner perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and Sara Zarr.

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 turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681190228
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 486,188
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Trish Doller is the author of Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine. She's a former newspaper reporter and radio personality who now works as a bookseller at the Ft Myers B&N. She lives in Fort Myers, Florida, with her two mostly grown children, two dogs, and a pirate. (For real.)


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The Devil You Know 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
The Devil You Know is a three year old novel that I’d never heard of before, but when I read the synopsis I was intrigued. Small town girl Arcadia has had to grow up fast when her mom dies and she ends up taking care of her father and little brother. She meets two cousins at a campfire party and she and a friend decide to take off with them on a camping trip into southern Florida. Of course, things start to go wrong and Cadie ends up fighting for her life. This one was a thrill ride! At 257 pages it definitely wasn’t a long book, but I think I read it in two or three hours? I sat down to start it and didn’t get up until I finished. I liked Cadie, even though I couldn’t identify with her at all. Yes, she was a burned out 16 year old having to take care of her family at a young age. Yes, she just wanted to have fun for once. But, who leaves for a camping trip with a couple of strangers? When her friend doesn’t end up going, she still goes! Not something I would’ve done at that age, so I kept reading. LOL. This is a thriller and it was definitely creepy, which makes this review a little hard to write. I don’t want to give away anything. I will say that there were a few surprises, and I liked how Cadie got herself out of this mess. Other than that, I’m just going to say that if you are looking for a quick read that may be a few years old, I think this one was fun! It’s not Pride and Prejudice or anything, but it was an escape from reality and I enjoyed it!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the opportunity to read and review The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. This young adult thriller is the perfect horror story with just the right amount of suspense. Trish Doller brings the characters to life and makes them believable. Cadie is a young woman in need of a break from taking care of her father and younger brother. She has kept their household together since her mother passed away from cancer, years earlier. All she wants is a little adventure for a few days, but she gets so much more than she expected! I read this book straight through because the writing flows well and the suspense pulled me in. I was right alongside the characters, rooting for Cadie! I highly recommend this book for any reader that wants a bit of scare - 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I had been eager to read author Trish Doller’s The Devil You Know ever since I had read the novel’s synopsis. A murder mystery taking place out on the open road? Definitely sounded like a story with the potential to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I saw a lot of mixed reviews but decided to find out just what The Devil You Know was all about. Ever since her brother was born, Arcadia—Cadie—has been acting as his sole caregiver. Missing time off school regularly and doing just about everything in her power to give him everything he needs, nobody can blame her for wanting some time to herself. So when Cadie meets cousins Noah and Matt who offer to take her and a friend travelling all through Florida, she happily accepts. Both cousins fight for her attention and affection but something’s not right. When Cadie’s friend claims to have left to return back home nothing adds up. Cadie receives phone calls from people telling her things that all beg the question: who exactly are these boys she’s travelling with? And is it possible that they might just pose a bigger threat to her than she knows? I was a big fan of Cadie’s character throughout reading The Devil You Know. While I did find that she was very naïve throughout the novel, her character held certain personality traits that I admired. They’re traits that I think plenty of readers will be able to relate to and find themselves able to place themselves in her shoes with ease. Cadie is an older sister in every sense of the word. Having raised her brother since he was a baby, Doller does an outstanding job of getting it across to the reader the lengths that Cadie would go to for her brother. Even after leaving him to go off with Noah and Matt, there is still that lingering thought in the back of her head that is oriented towards her brother. It was definitely what kept me inside of Cadie’s head and what kept me interested in her character. While Doller’s protagonist was exciting, I found it difficult to stay invested in the storyline as the novel progressed. It was definitely a story that would hook you and then leave you waiting for that next hook. That being said there were plenty of instances reading where the novel would grow exciting and fast-paced and well written and then (after reaching a climatic/expository moment) stop. Having to constantly wait for those moments did leave me bored from time to time and often wondering if something good would happen next. I had very high hopes for The Devil You Know and hoped that I would be faced with a plot twist that would leave me with my jaw dropping. The entire road trip that the novel is centered on is eluding towards a big reveal that I personally saw coming from a mile away. It was a bit disappointing but perhaps for readers who aren’t well-versed in reading between the lines, they’ll be hit with a surprising twist as to who the novel’s big bad really is. I do think that The Devil You Know is a novel that readers who are just getting into YA will be interested in. It’s a story that has its grittier moments and is definitely good to test the thriller waters with. Readers who are fans of murder mysteries and thrillers will have a fun time reading The Devil You Know. Readers who are looking for a novel that holds romance elements should also give it a go.
WildfireBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Including sleeping, it took me all of about 12 hours to read this book. I know, that doesn’t sound that impressive like “Lacey, this book was 250 pages…” I know, I know but I’m usually a pretty slow reader and there are some things in a book that will make me read even slower because they drag my interest in the book out of it and make me not want to keep reading so I sort of have to force myself to and it makes the book take longer to read. Things like: A main character who is really mean to people like her family and friends for no reason or a reason that they made up in their mind to excuse their bad attitude A main character who has no common sense and makes really really bad decisions Being able to see the twist that’s coming from very, very early in the book Technically, this book had all of those but it was such an enjoyable read and the writing was so engaging that none of them really bothered me. I’ve never read another book by Trish Doller before this, but I was looking forward to this one for a really long time and I’m excited that she will be included in the upcoming book, Violent Ends which totally fills all those things I mentioned wanting in another semi-similar book so I can’t wait for that, and I have to say this was a really good one to start with. This book is about a girl named Arcadia “Cadie” Wells who lives in Florida with her dad and her younger brother. Arcadia’s mother died recently and her dad has been really depressed about it which has left Arcadia raising her brother basically because her dad hasn’t been particularly capable because he’s been so stuck in his grief. This has left Arcadia pretty bitter and she really wants to be a normal teenager, which is totally reasonable right? Wanting to just be normal and not have to take care of your younger brother like he’s your child and have a life instead of going from work to taking care of a kid? While I totally understand that in the never-been-there-but-I-get-it way, I felt like she was really rude to her dad in a way that put me off a little and I felt bad for him. It seemed like she was more invested in being bitter and selfish than understanding where her dad was coming from either and I didn’t really like that. In her need to be a normal teenager, Arcadia goes to a party. And that party is where this all goes wrong and my initial slight annoyance with her attitude disappears because I was so focused on what was gonna happen next that I didn’t even care about how much I disliked how mean she was to her dad. At the party, she sees her ex-boyfriend who is rude to her and plays a prank on her but she focuses more on the new guys she meets: Noah and his cousin Matt. I forgot to mention up there that another thing I hate in books is instalove. But, once again, Arcadia’s immediate obsession with Noah was a little annoying to me at first but I very quickly got over it because I was more focused on the mystery elements of the story. This book follows as Arcadia, her friend Lindsey, and the boys she must met, Matt and Noah, go on a road trip together after camping out the night of the party that’s supposed to last for just the next day and then just for the day after that and then just for the weekend. The road trip turns bad pretty fast and this book was a really creepy read from that point all the way through the end. The twist at the end was definitely predictable and I wasn’t really surprised by it but I didn’t mind that because I really enjoyed reading this
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
WOW! Yes, I definitely need more books like this in my life. When I first started reading in my teens, I read a lot of murder mystery type books. Mostly James Patterson. I loved the intense and gripping nature of those stories. Then I started reading YA and really got into it. (When I was a teen, we didn’t have a YA genre like we have nowadays. Yes, now I feel old… lol!) I haven’t come across too many YA thriller’s that really had me hooked. So when I stumble across one, I find myself completely engrossed and unable to put the book down. Which is exactly what happened with The Devil You Know. I would have devoured the entire book in one sitting if I had been able to. I ended up forcing myself to go to sleep, and I finished the remaining 50 pages as soon as I woke up the next morning. IT WAS SO GOOD!! Arcadia is a struggling teen who’s having difficulty feeling stuck in the life she’s living. After her mother’s passing, she became the primary caregiver for her younger brother, and basically took over the mother role in the family. Her father was overwhelmed and basically became non-existent, causing her to grow up more quickly than planned. Now that she’s been doing this for four years, she’s getting worn out and decides she needs some time off. That is, against her father’s wishes. She uses the old “I’m 18, I can do what I want.” bit, and her father is left taking on the parenting role. Arcadia goes to a beach party on her “night off” where she meets a few new friends, and decides she wants to go on a road trip with a set of handsome cousins. Very different, yet equally intriguing, Arcadia finds herself drawn to both cousins. The adult in me kept questioning her every move, while the kid in me was eating it up!! I was a very naive and play-by-the-rules type of teenager, so I love reading about adventurous, acting-on-the-moment type of teens. Still, I kept questioning, “Cadie, is this really a good idea? Are you sure you want to do this? Do you know these guys enough to trust them?” Oh man, it was so intense. I love how Trish Doller’s books have such wonderful father-daughter relationships. Getting to see a strong parental presence is always a plus, since we don’t see that enough in YA books. I also love the friendship aspect, having each other’s backs and always being there when needed. The relationships Trish builds in her books are always so strong and influential. If you’re looking for a quick read to keep your attention and read in one sitting, grabbing that book and unable to put it down, shocked and questioning every mood, yet eating it up at the same time, and fighting off the chills throughout, this is a book you will want to read. I loved it so much. I first fell in love with Trish’s Where the Stars Still Shine, and now I’m eager for her to write more! This was exactly what I had hoped for. I have Something Like Normal on my Kindle, and I WILL be reading it very soon. (Thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy!)
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Having really enjoyed Trish's contemporaries, I was excited to see she was writing a thriller! I really enjoyed The Devil You Know and I absolutely loved how fast paced it was. I was completely engaged from start to finish and really enjoyed how Trish's writing completely pulled me in and didn't let me go until the very end! Cadie was definitely an interesting character. I really liked her, but man did she make some poor choices in this book. I understand her need to experience freedom, especially since she has been the caretaker in the family for years now. She hasn't been able to be a normal teenager with all the responsibilities she carries, so it makes sense for her to want to seize an opportunity like the one she has. She ends up meeting two good looking cousins who are camping from out of state and after spending time with one of them, decides to go with them on their road trip to check out some other camping spots with her old friend Lindsey. While this isn't entirely safe, given she's only known them for a night, she desperately craves the attention and wildness this situation offers. I get it, I do, but man was I nervous from the start. And from the summary of this one, I had good reason! However, from an adult standpoint, I have to say I'm glad any teen that reads this can see there are consequences to this type of behavior and that stranger danger is a very real thing- no matter how sexy and charming people can be. There's not much I can say without giving the book away and I definitely don't want to do that because I really enjoyed it. I like trying to figure out books and Doller does a good job of keeping you guessing, making you suspicious of all parties. It's kind of funny that I was holding my breath towards the end because I was so afraid of something happening that I wouldn't have been able to recover from. Thankfully it wasn't the case. Whew. The suspense is woven into this one so subtly though and I thought that was cool how it creeped up on us and all of a sudden things were NOT ok. Overall, I wish I could tell you more, but I just can't. You're just going to have to read for yourself!
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
I will read anything Trish Doller writes, and yes, I read this one in a day. It's hard NOT to. This is was so well done as far as thrillers go AND it would make a great movie. Did I have a hunch who the villain was, yes, but Trish Doller did a fantastic job of keeping me on my toes and second guessing myself so it didn't bother me. If anything, it made it impossible for me to stop reading until I was 100% sure my prediction was correct. This also meant I didn't get to bed until well after midnight. Thanks for that, Trish! ;) One of the things that Trish Doller gets right in every single book (at least, in my opinion) is the father-daughter relationship. Not only are her dads present, they're involved in their daughter's lives. They CARE about what's happening, who they're friends with and who they date. Cadie, like all the rest of Trish Doller's female MCs, has a good head on her shoulders. She's intelligent and strong, loves her family and cares about the people around her. Life has caused her to make a few detours off the "normal" teenage path, so I was not at all surprised to see her jump at the chance for a little rebellion and an adventure. I did arch a brow over one choice in particular, but I don't want to spoil anything. The end was really gratifying and I can't wait to see what Trish comes up with next! Favorite Quote(s): "He doesn't smell like citrus or a pine forest or any of those things boys smell like in books." "And you haven't really lived until you've experienced the Ring of Fire." "On the other hand, I haven't really died, either."
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog The Devil You Know by Trish Doller Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids Publication Date: June 2, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I feel like this book was good, or could have been better, but it didn't leave up to its fullest potential. I'm not sure what it proved, in the end. This book was too short for me to be satisfied, but not in terms of the story, but in terms of the character development. I feel like this book could have been more developed, and at least one hundred pages longer in story. I thought it was a good story, but it could have been better. Not my favorite of Doller's books, but I'm glad I read it. Cadie wants to have fun, but she's tied down by responsibility. She works and goes to school (sounds like yours truly, except in college - bigger bills), but has to take care of her four-year-old brother because her father just doesn't do the fathering thing anymore. Her mother died from pancreatic cancer, and her father hasn't been able to move on. When Cadie goes out one Friday night (for the first time in forever), she meets handsome cousins. They agree to go on a road-trip for the next few days, totally spontaneous, with strangers. But the trip turns dangerous and deadly very quickly, and Cadie doesn't know how to trust or where to go. So many three-star reads lately! This week, I challenged myself to read all contemporary novels. Monday through Friday, five contemporary novels. So far, three of the five of them have received a 3-star rating. But I have high hopes for the remaining two. I had high hopes for this one too! I loved Doller's Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine. This one didn't impress me. I definitely could connect with Cadie on a certain level - I feel the same way that she does. Bogged down with responsibilities and obligations, especially financially, to your education and your family. Never having fun, never having time to have a serious committed relationship. I understand her desire to get out, to be spontaneous, to live a little.  Cadie goes a little too far, in my opinion. She meets Matt, and thinks he's cute. Then she meets his cousin Noah, and the two of them hit it off immediately. She goes too far when she agrees to go on the road-trip with him and Matt (they're not from the area, just passing through). Tell me who does that?! With random strangers?! More on that later. The story itself is very intriguing and creepy! Holy crap, I was totally creeped out at multiple parts of this book. Job well done, Doller. The psychological thriller part of this book is well written! In general, Doller is an amazing writer. I personally think there should have been more to this book, but the structure was good.  The ending is expected, in my opinion, and things wrap up way too fast. See below! What I Did Not Like: Woah this book was short. This bothered me because the story could have been so much more! I felt like an element of the story was missing. I couldn't say what should have been added and whatnot, but this book felt way too short. Not in the omg-I-need-to-read-more way, but in the where-is-the-rest-of-this-it-doesn't-make-sense way. Well, the story flowed and made sense. But I felt like the story did not live up to its fullest potential. There could have been more, another layer to the story, more creepy strikes from the killer. Instead, this story came off as a bit cliche, because it was a very basic story. If that makes sense. I feel like I've read this story before... because this one felt like the skeleton of something bigger and more developed. I didn't really connect with either male protagonist. There really is only one - Noah - but I connected with neither him nor Matt. I expected to at least connect with Noah, to be rooting for him or something, but I didn't really feel much towards him. I mean, I guess he's an attractive and totally swoon-worthy love interest, but that is really all that he is.  The background of Matt and Noah didn't really impress me or shock me. I just didn't care at that point. I raised an eyebrow and was like, really? Okay. I don't know what I was expecting but I wasn't impressed by what I got.  The murder and the creepy stuff was very creepy and chilling. At the same time, they seemed very random and not coordinated? Meaning, the acts seemed scattered and not well linked together. I guess this could be a good thing or a bad thing, but I didn't really like it. The romance was... weird. I think I liked it? I have no idea. I'm all for feminism and the empowerment of a woman's decisions when it comes to intimacy and partners and whatnot, but I don't necessarily agree with Cadie's actions. I personally don't hook up with strangers, or take things further with a person I've known for a day or two, but that's me. Not trying to say she's wrong, but I wouldn't do those things. I don't really understand the point of this book. What did Cadie learn? Is she satisfied from her adventure time? Has she learned to be more cautious? Or to take even more risks, after this experience? What changed for Cadie? I don't understand the character development. And then the ending itself - it was predictable, but then it wrapped it so quickly! There was one event that was SO coincidental, I totally squinted at the book in irritation. Also I didn't really get a feel for the aftermath of the climax, like Doller felt the need to end the story as fast as possible, in five pages. Unnecessary, as this book is like, 250 pages long (i.e. very short). I think nearly a year passes after the climax, in the last chapter, and I didn't really pick up on this. Why does so much time have to pass? The climax just happened.  So I had issues with the book. It didn't feel complete, though I could see that this is a great story. I know Doller can do better! Would I Recommend It: Eh, no. Three stars is okay but I'd recommend Doller's first book, Something Like Normal or Where the Stars Still Shine, before recommending this one. I like how Doller incorporates mental and emotional trauma and issues in her books, but I wasn't impressed by this book. I'll still be reading any of Doller's books in the future, of course! Rating: 3 stars. Another three-star read - I feel like nearly all of my last two or three weeks of books have been three star reads. Hopefully tomorrow's read - another contemporary - will be better! I have high hopes for Gina Ciocca's Last Year's Mistake.