Cadie wants to see her hometown in her rearview mirror. She’s tired of her life in a small Florida town, working at her father’s store, and being a mother to her four year old brother. So when she meets cousins Matt and Noah, she jumps on their offer to spend a few days camping in the Everglades. But her fun comes to a screeching halt when she realizes one of the men is not what he seems and that he has no problem with murder.2
This book is fun thanks to the narrator, Cadie. She’s equal parts honest, naive, and normal. Her decision to go camping with Matt and Noah makes logical sense for her character, even if it goes against everything every teenager is told about trusting strangers. That gave me the reader a chance to explore that avenue along with Cadie.
And her choice was just one of many that move the plot forward. Cadie acts upon the plot, and not the other way around. She chooses Noah and Matt over her home life for a few days. She chooses where they go on their trip and makes conscious decisions about her relationship with the love interest. It makes her such an active character that’s jumping in on her own. Facing situations of her own making.
Her whirlwind romantic relationship worked, too. Cadie approached it with the understanding that it would only last a few days, something I don’t often see in books with romance. Plus her love interest successfully walked the line between being damaged and devoted. He could very well have been a hero in a traditional romance novel.
The Devil You Know is an engaging read for anyone looking to check out a realistic YA thriller with a dash of healthy romance.
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller will published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books as a hardcover on June 2, 2015.
**I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for an honest, unbiased review.