Monday, September 12, 2016

TRISH DOLLER'S "THE DEVIL YOU KNOW": WILL CADIE MAKE IT OUT OF THE FLORIDA WOODS ALIVE?

There has been a bit of a pause in my report of reading material because I have actually been doing real work instead of fooling around with all this imaginary nonsense with books.  I had school start and I had to get all these forms filled out and make sure the kids were in the right places. 

Now that's done, here we go.  I am now going to talk about Trish Doller's "The Devil You Know."  The reason I became interested in this book is because I was doodling on Twitter and happened to see a remark by Ms. Doller that she was trying to get on a plane with the manuscript of her most recent book and it looked like it was too big and she would have to check it in.  I had a big anxiety attack on her behalf, and then I said: who is this dedicated individual who won't even travel without taking her manuscript along with her?  

I then went to my customer service desk at my local Barnes & Noble and asked for a copy of her last book which turned out to be--you guessed it--"The Devil You know."  

As I purchased it, I was joshing the cashier about the book's large print and short page length--only 241 pages.  What a relief the large print was on my eyeballs when it comes to an old lady like me.  But now you'll ask why was a 60 year old lady reading a YA romance thriller book?  

Don't ask me--look at the headline on my blog which says: "Various and sundry observations on all the books we find fit to read, no matter how junkie." The royal "we" of course, is me, and "we" find "The Devil You Know" fit to read, no matter how junkie.

So there.

When I said no matter how junkie, I meant, no matter how junkie. I read literally everything when it comes to books without regard to subject matter or quality. However, to backtrack, I did not find this book in the least bit junkie, except insofar as it was very, very addictive, and I will admit that I read it at one sitting in the evening and enjoyed every moment of it.

I don't know, if I enjoy it, does that make the book junkie? Do I have to suffer for a book to be considered "good"?

Take a look at the book cover for this book. What do you think? Would you stop for that book? I would. The loud red print and that brash V in the word "Devil" hit my brain like a jolt of whiskey--and that single hand reaching in to touch it lightly is even more intriguing. I will say, on a more down note, that at least 15 other people wrote books with that title. It is hard to distinguish your book if other people are using the same title. For me, I wouldn't even consider using a title if even a single other author was using it. That's how picky I am with my work. I'd be interested in knowing what the thinking was with Trish and her editors on that point.

After book cover, I then turned my attention to the author who had been so fond of her work, she couldn't let it go, even to board a plane.

Once this is done, I will post an older interview that Trish Doller did which I think gives you a good feeling for Trish the person. She seems like a warm, intelligent, good hearted individual. For further information on who she is and her other books, take a look at her website at: www.trishdoller.com.

I am now looking at this website. Seriously, Trish, I love you, but you have to get yourself a new picture! The one you have makes you look like your pet guinea pig just died. Someone needs to try again to take a better picture of you, and when he does think: I am a happy published author and one day I will make millions! That might cheer up the look. Just saying! Not meant to be mean.

This is the low down on Trish Doller from Trish's very own website. Trish has been writing for a long time now, and at one point worked as a journalist. She was born in Germany, which is pretty unique, grew up in Ohio, and obtained her B.A. in journalism from Ohio State. She is now living in Florida with her wonderful husband and kids. I believe for her latest book, Trish has switched from Bloomsbury to Simon Pulse, the same publisher as Jeffry W. Johnstone of "The Truth." All I can say is that Simon Pulse is making some really excellent choices of authors at this time. It is my feeling that Trish Doller is an exciting, intriguing, and talented writer who has considerable potential to do more outstanding work for the future.

What is this book "The Devil You Know" about? The main character, Arcadia "Cadie" Wells has been doing all the right things since her mother died of pancreatic cancer a few years ago. This meant giving up the high school soccer team she loved, as well as her boyfriend Justin, and then seeing him quickly replace her with another girl. Not only that she's pretty much taken on the role of Mom to her four year old brother, Danny (Daniel Boone as he likes to call himself) and housekeeper and co-worker to her father at the small, local grocery store he runs. Everything is pretty much hard work, self sacrifice, and devotion to duty.

However, after graduating from high school, Cadia has pretty much had enough with doing everyone's bidding. Along with her girlfriend, Lindsey, she takes on a proposal to go on a road trip with two really good looking cousins she's never met before. But from the beginning, incidents take place that put Cadie on alert that all is not as it appears with these young men.

Halfway through the trip, Lindsey disappears leaving a text message that she had to go home because of a family emergency. As tensions mount, and Cadie finds herself falling in love with one young man, yet still attracted to other, the reader asks, will Cadie make it out of this situation alive?

Read to find out!

Now you can see why I had trouble putting this book down!

The major challenge in this book was to find out who was the devil you didn't know. I read some reviews that said the outcome was predictable--I don't think that is at all true. I was guessing all the way to the end, and I'm your average, reasonably alert reader. I think people like to claim more capability in book reviews than they actually have-its an ego thing.


Special note: I was touched by the description of the off beat character Jason and the compassionate response Cadie had to him. These are the kinds of interactions with characters that I feel make Trish Doller a very sensitive and insightful writer.

Also, just as an alert, I will say that I did not find this book offensive in any way when it comes to the issues of sexuality or drugs and alcohol. So for scrutinizing Moms like me who are considering purchasing this book for their daughters, you don't have to worry about content.

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