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. – Goodreads
I heard about The Devil You Know quite awhile ago from my friend, Erica. It was described to me as a slow moving horror novel and I could not wait until I could read it. Then, I received an ARC in the mail and was waiting for the mood to hit me. The mood recently hit me and I spent a sunny Memorial Day weekend in the swampy world of a tiny Florida town with Arcadia.
Arcadia is a girl who’s life sucks. She has accepted that it sucks and it is what it is. Her mother died in the past five years, she is being forced to take care of her younger brother, Danny, who likes to be known as Daniel Boone, and her father is there but not really. The family owns a small store that cannot compete against Winn-Dixie and Arcadia’s father is often helping Uncle Eddie with projects. Arcadia isn’t stupid. She knows her father is using this as a coping mechanism. She doesn’t want to be the daughter, sister and mother. Just wants to be just the daughter and sister. She wants to talk about the fact her mom died and that sucks, but life goes on.
I adored Arcadia as a many character. My notes I took on her when I read this was: feminist! Sex positive! And the fact that Doller never talked down to the reader was also awesome.
But I’d rather fight my own battles. I don’t need to be rescued. I do appreciate the shirt, though. —print ARC pg 39.
Pretty sure I’m capable of choosing for myself, instead of waiting around for you guys to decide who get me. So that’s not what you meant by poach right? — print ARC pg 55
This isn’t to say that Arcadia doesn’t make stupid life choices. She does. But that’s what makes Arcadia, or Cadie relateable. She’s a teenager. She gets in a car with two guys she hardly knows because she hates her life and wants out of her small town. All she wants is to get out of this small town. It’s always been her goal. She buys travel guides for countries that no longer exist, she has a map full of push pins for places she wants to go. That’s what these cousins, Noah and Matt, provide for her: freedom.
My grades weren’t great, but good enough to be admitted somewhere. Except Mom left such a hole in our lives that I stopped thinking about college. —print ARC page 162
What Doller does in The Devil You Know is take the reader to swampy, muggy, Florida. I was in the dry desert of Arizona, but while reading this book I could feel the humidity. I could feel the fear that ran through Arcadia. I wanted to hug her and get her out of that situation, but I also realized this was something that she would have to go through herself.
Even though I can justify what I’m doing, it doesn’t keep me from feeling guilty. I’m just getting better at tamping it down. —print ARC page 114
The amount of growth that Cadie goes through in a short period was amazing and made me proud of who she had become by the last line of the novel.