Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's on June 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: A surprisingly good read that I devoured in a few hours.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
This is actually my first Trish Doller book and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. You all know how hard it is for me to get into YA contemporary, and it’s even harder for me to really like a thriller/suspense, but Trish did a great job with this one. Sure, I totally saw everything coming, but I tend to do that regardless. Trish still wrote an engaging and entertaining story that kept me glued to the pages.
I’ve read quite a few books where the protagonist is from a small town, trying to get out, and they’re basically on the cusp of adulthood. They’re usually just okay for me, but something about this one stood out for me. I really liked Arcadia. She’s basically had to manage her dad’s grocery store and take care of her younger brother ever since he mentally checked out after her mother died. Ever the responsible teen, it’s understandable she wanted a night out to be carefree and reckless. Sure, the thought of traveling with strangers on a whim was insane, but it fit with her wanting to “live” and I’ve seen people do worse. I think she should’ve been a little more smart about it (i.e. her cell phone and paying attention to her friend), but people do crazy things when they’re desperate and she was desperate for an adventure.
The thriller aspect was pretty good. It’s very subtle, but not at all boring, despite the answers being RIGHT THERE. The bad things happen sporatically throughout the book, but at key points that help you easily figure out who the killer is, but it could also have you second guessing yourself. I liked the little twists and turns Trish placed in as the story progressed. I also liked how she wove romance into the book. It’s pretty heavy, but in a believable way. I was totally rooting for Noah and Cadie the whole time and it was fun watching them stop and go and develop as the book progressed.
I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was about this book that had me flipping the pages, but I guess it was more of an overall thing. All the pieces worked well together and blended into a great story with intriguing characters. I’ll definitely be trying out more of Trish’s books in the future.