Evie is self-aware which makes her fun even though she’s in the middle of a very not-fun situation. She has a thought pattern that I think is common in news. We have to rationalize things to not become severely depressed. Evie thinks things like, “I haven’t run a stats analysis on this, but I can tell you just by eyeballing it, having a boyfriend who hits you makes you way more likely to get killed.” Things like that help her get sleep.
The Devil You Know builds slowly with much of the opening chapters establishing background, but then Elisabeth de Mariaffi brings in the significance of the title. From there, the pacing picks up as Evie begins to take action instead of just doing LexisNexis searches. The ending was a bit unexpected and not quite as satisfying as the ending I imagined de Mariaffi was setting up.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Touchstone.