This is my 2nd Trish Doller book, the first one being Where the Stars Still Shine. I had mixed feelings about that one, and I'm kind of in the same boat here. I almost feel like WTSSS was better thought out, but the romance in TDYK was much more tolerable. This story is definitely more of a thriller type of book. Not completely because we really don't get the intensity until right at the end. Although, I knew with her going off with 2 strangers something bad was bound to happen.
I liked the set up of the book. It really made Cadie's questionable choices a lot more understandable. After her mother dies of cancer, Cadie's been helping to hold her household together. She's basically been raising her baby brother, while also doing most of the house chores, AND working in her father's struggling grocery store. All the while, her dad doesn't talk to her about things, like her mother's death for example, and just expects she will be responsible. I can totally see how someone with a life like that would just want to break free and do something a little crazy. And if I'm being honest, when I was Cadie's age I totally would have gone with Matt and Noah without a 2nd thought. I always felt I could handle myself and that nothing bad would ever happen to me. Basically- I was stupid and lucky to make it out alive.
There is a romance in it, and it was an okay part of the book. It was insta-lovey at times.... for instance:
"The state park has regulations about dogs being on leashes, but Molly rarely ventures away from Noah. I mean, who can blame her? I've only known him a little more than a day, and I want to follow him everywhere."
Yeah. Umm you've only known him for a day, calm down. But asides from a few small moments like that, I enjoyed the way Cadie and Noah were. I also liked the way the sexy-times were thought about in Cadie's mind. It felt really positive to me. Another high point was the way Cadie, Noah, and Matt got along during their road trip. All 3 of them had good chemistry and it kept it interesting.
The Florida setting made things a lot more creepy, especially with the alligators swimming in all the rivers they were paddling in. They did a lot of water activities in this book, so the fact that there always seemed to be a presence of something deadly in the water added to the atmosphere.
The part I wasn't wild about was the ending. I figured out who the bad person was right off the bat. I mean, it was pretty obvious. And I wanted there to be more of a twist than just that. I kept waiting for that 2nd surprise to blow me away (like Dangerous Girls), and that never came. There was also a really sappy ending chapter that I really didn't care for or find realistic. I think I would have liked it better if the romance wasn't pushed as hard.
OVERALL: A fun mystery/thriller book that I was halfway into. It definitely took me back to my Fear Street days in a way, but I wanted more surprises than what I got. I don't think it's something I will remember 5 books from now.
This Book Contains:
- Road trip!
- A '69 Cougar
My Rating: 2.5/4
Date Published: 6/2/2015
How I got this book: Bought it