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The Devil You Know

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  3,543 ratings  ·  583 reviews
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 sh ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Maybe I should be more afraid. I had sex with a guy I barely know. Followed him into the middle of nowhere because of it. Even after I found out about the gun. Even after Lindsey didn’t go home. He swears he won’t hurt me, but his past tells a different, violent story, and I don’t know what to believe. I rationalized everything, telling myself that I earned this time away from home. But now, with too much time to do nothing but think, I wonder if I was just plain selfish. Just … stupid.
Wendy Darling
Strong 3.5 stars Cadie does something incredibly stupid--she goes on a road trip with two boys she's known for half a day (and a distant friend). I also think it's almost too easy to guess the culprit.

And yet because the writing and characterization are strong, and because the thriller aspects are largely plausible, this one works. And works well. What makes this truly worth reading, however:

-- reaaaaaallly great chemistry. You'll wanna grab somebody and make out with them while you're reading t
Aj the Ravenous Reader

The devil we commonly know looks like this...

But the devil we don’t know can look something like this...

This is the genuine purpose of the story-to remind us the most basic lesson which we tend to forget- looks deceive.

I've seen many negative reviews on this book because of the main character, Arcadia or simply “Cadie” because of her rash actions and foolish behavior. I admit I strongly disapprove of...well almost everything she did during the first half of the story. My motherly instincts (ev
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good rant. Buckle up kids this might be long (and it’s guaranteed to be super spoilery and extra giffy). The Devil You Know is the story of Cadie who is just a small town girl, living in a lonely world. Since Cadie’s mother died, she’s been responsible for going to school, helping to raise her little brother, and working at the family-owned grocery store. She finally decides to take a night for herself
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Adventure? A fun, sexy journey? Murder? Hell yes this book has it all! Unfortunately, I wouldn't go as far as to call it a favorite of mine. It was a quick, easy to read thriller, but it wasn't as intense as I wouldn've hoped. Hold on, let me explain.

This book was fun. We have a heroine who set out to do fun teenage things. She might not be the brightest crayon in the box in terms of wise decision-making, but she felt like a genuine character most of the time, so I'm gong to forgive her for bein
Initial reaction: Are you freaking kidding me? What part of this was a good book, I'd honestly like to know. It was incredibly awkward, lacking suspense, and I hated the main character's complete senselessness and stupidity. I can understand characters making stupid decisions, I can also understand that the character is a teenager who may be completely oblivious to the scenario around her, but ye Gods, this was just...a complete waste of time.

Full review:

I was going to wait a night to write this
Jen Ryland
Feb 10, 2014 added it
Shelves: june-2015
I'm a big Trish Doller fan. I usually love the way she mixes tough, imperfect girls with romance, but this just hit some wrong notes for me.

The overall premise of this book was quite similar to Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. All the twists in TDYK were pretty easy to spot -- Black Ice was better plotted -- but the characterization was stronger in this one. In both books I struggled with the juxtaposition of a swoony romantic vibe with some very disturbing violence, but maybe that's just my issu

3-1/2 stars, rounded up.

Wow, I just zoomed through this without taking any time off for updates. A couple of the twists were a little predictable, but the story is done so breathlessly and mostly believably that I didn't care. I'll try to get to a proper review later today, but the capsule is, I really enjoyed this book, even with its very disturbing underbelly.
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me the chills. I don't normally read stuff that creeps me out, but my goodness, the attention to detail in this story will suck you in and make it hard to look away. Definitely add this one to your TBR list and look for my full review closer to publication date.


When my friend, author Trish Doller, told me she was working on something a bit different, naturally I was intrigued. I might be biased in saying that I love everything
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Another 2015 book reviewed (only half finished by the way--what's up with that) posted in 2019.

Definitely not a bad book, but one of those small town thrillers is more like it. You could blame the fact that I didn’t connect with it on the fact that I hate road trip books. Detest them, personal reasons—things like hygiene, the reception, the I want to escape my small town vibe that I, more often than not, get.

Which isn’t a bad thing. The escape my town trope that is. I get it, sometimes things
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hello people!
If you'd like to read a novel about a very silly, stupid and selfish girl, this is your book. A novel about a girl who makes fat ass mistakes, by walking straight into traps, by trusting the wrong people and in the end, saving the day by her own self. This novel will show you how ridiculous people can be. This novel will show you how some people absolutely ignore warnings and get into trouble because they are just that fed up with life. But the good thing about this novel is that i
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Trish Doller is an author I consider a favorite. Her contemporary novels are some of the best I've ever read because of how emotional they can be. With The Devil You Know, she dove into YA mystery territory. I struggle with YA mystery books quite a bit, but I was still looking forward to reading this one. While it isn't my favorite Trish Doller book, I still had a good time reading it.

Trish Doller always crafts these unlikeable main characters who you eventually wind up enjoying. She explor
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it

”Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.”

Is that true though? My first thought upon hearing that phrase is always the same –it’s the devil either way.

Arcadia (Cadie) Wells is a small town girl. Born and raised in Florida. She’s smart, strong, and kickass! I liked her instantly. After her mom passed away, Cadie took on the responsibility of raising her little brother along with trying to graduate high school and work shifts at the family store. Where did her carefree days go? In a bre
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars

As soon as I saw Trish's name attached to that premises, I just knew I had to read this.

I have always said that there needs to be more thrillers and mystery reads in the YA genre and this is one of those that was so well done that you can't help but want others to read it.

The characters were engaging, the plot line terrifying, and the premises one that we don't like to think about, but that sadly, happens more often than we want to believe. A young girl, bored with her life, making stup
Paige  Bookdragon
Mar 13, 2015 marked it as think-about-it
Shelves: 2015-toberead
Isn't it just plain stupid to go on a road trip with someone you just met just because they're handsome? Whatever happens to "common sense and vigilance" ? ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Compared to Trish Doller's previous novels, this felt weak. Nothing much happens but, I will give Doller props for incorporating feminism wherever she possibly could. I really enjoyed the discussions and mental thoughts about how wearing certain clothes or choosing to have sex at a certain time didn't change the essence of who you were as a person. For that, this gets 3 Stars. Otherwise, though, this was just a reasonably good pass-time read. I didn't love the characters, romance, or plot and pe ...more
One big fat DNF.

I shoukd have read more reviews of this book before ordering it from the library. The writing is just awful and what's her name is such a stupid idiot. And a selfish bitch.

I just can't continue.
Jaime Arkin
Arcadia has had to give up just about everything since her mom died… her boyfriend, soccer… and her free time. Any time she thought she had for herself was quickly replaced with time spent raising her younger brother.

When she decides to finally have a night to herself, she heads up to a local campfire party and meets two guys who are definitely NOT local. She decides this is her chance to have some fun and takes it.

Heading out on a road trip is exactly the kind of fun she’s been looking for.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first it's all like "oh I know what a Trish Doller book is like this is intense and steamy and complicated and so good lalalala" and then BOO OMG IT GETS SO UNEXPECTEDLY CREEPY AND DOUBLE THE AWESOME. This book freaked me out and I loved it. #trishdollerfan4life ...more
Doller's third novel is a departure from her previous two, in that it leans far more thriller than solid contemporary realistic novel.

Cadie has a pile of responsibilities in her life. After her mother died three years ago, she took on a lot of the car for her younger brother, and she works at the small store her father owns that's been having a bit of trouble keeping up with the big chain grocer. School is just about over for her, and while she has no illusions of leaving her small Florida town
Mara YA Mood Reader
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s been a while since I’ve had a 4 star review. This was an awesome little fast paced thrill ride. I almost read it straight through in one night, it was that hard to put down!

At less than 300 pages (which I really liked for a change) we jump straight to the point and into the action. I found Cadie, the mc, relatable to my own teen self. I was irrational, wild and took unsafe risks and ran off with boys I only just met. So I can see this is where many readers may feel put off by Cadie’s choice
Suzanne Young
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and atmospheric--I don't want to give anything away, but I'll be thinking about this book for a long while. ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I honestly really enjoyed this book! I loved the characters, the suspense kept me going throughout the entire novel, and never once was I bored! The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars was because the ending was a little silly not even predictable just silly. I loved this book so much, it was a wonderful surprise!
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bloomsbury
Ever find yourself internally yelling at a character? RUN YOU STUPID GIRL! Yeah, this book is it. Cadie is an oppressed eighteen year old who has found herself raising her brother since her mother passed away. Her father runs the local supermarket and involves himself in everything apart from the lives of his children, and it's left to Cadie to run their household, giving up the best of her teen years to do so. So when the opportunity arises to escape the
Jenna D.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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It’s Trish-fricking-Doller. You know, Something Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine? With that being said, maybe I should just end this post here.

This book is a PAGE-TURNER. It may have the most riveting plot out of all of Trish’s books, as well… and it’s a THRILLER. Trish can do thrillers, and do them well. Even if you think you know what’s going on – and who’s done what – there are plenty of unexpected surprises in store than just the “whodunnit”. I don’t know ho
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, print-arc
4.5 stars!

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 c
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kimberly Wilder
Women’s Lit
September 28th, 2016

“The Devil You Know” by Trish Doller (copyright 2015) is a suspenseful love story leaving you in curiosity throughout the story. This story is about a young teenage girl named Arcadia who has to raise her younger brother Daniel Boone due to her mother passing and leaving their father in mourning. “Me and Daniel Boone are practically orphans” (7). At such a young age to take care of her little brother it restricted Arcadia from going out
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
ARC via ReadingTeen Blog
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“Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t” (ARC).

Confession: I want to love thrillers. Or at least find them thrilling. This novel is set up as a heart-pounding, blood- racing, keep-you-guessing kind of book. As are most thrilled preached as such. Cadie wants to live the life of a teenage instead of a mother to her younger brother (who is seriously adorable) because her father c
Laura (Booksforbreakfast)
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-purchase
This book was an enjoyable read! The writing was really great, flowed nicely, and definitely left me wanting more. I was able to complete the book in a day. I personally thought the ending was a tad predictable but it was still fun. The characters were likeable and I enjoyed Cadie's character very much.

My main gripe with the novel is they seriously had a major case of insta-love. Holy smokes! I get it was part of the story, but I felt it could've been done a bit better and not as cheesy. The oth
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