Review: Know Your Enemy by Tasman Anderson

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Title: Know Your Enemy
Author: Tasman Anderson
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author Tasman Anderson and Odyssey Books.
Nicole is desperate to leave Silverlake, the small town she's spent her whole life in, and her plans for escape and her future career are all falling into place. But when the local heartthrob Aiden points out the one thing holding her back, Nicole’s response sets off a chain of bad decisions that leaves her second guessing everything she ever knew about herself.

Aiden may be devilishly handsome with a scent that gives Nic heart palpitations, but deep down she knows he is trouble. Before long, she finds herself sitting in a stolen Porsche with her hand on his knee and blood on her shoes. Does Nic have what it takes to survive in this unknown world, or is she letting her desires ruin her life?

Know Your Enemy is a gripping story of how one decision can quickly spiral out of control and change your life in a way you never imagined.

Nicole is living in a small town and dreaming of getting accepted to college to escape the quiet life that she's always known. Her dream career is to study crime journalism and she's not going to let anyone stand in her way of being accepted to her perfect university. She soon begins to question her life when the local heartthrob, Aiden, teases her for being boring and allows her best friend to convince her to be more "wild".

Nicole is a little hard to relate to at the beginning as it feels like she is just making a huge mistake by trying to prove people wrong about her in the way that she does, but she is young and going through a rebellious phase which is understandable. Whilst I might not agree with her decision making process, I can understand why she would go down that route.

Aiden is very much the dark and mysterious type. We don't know a lot about him and I was never quite sure if he could be 100% trusted. He is initially presented as the typical popular guy: gorgeous and a bit arrogant.

Little bits of information do begin to filter through and we learn that there is another side to him that isn't always on display. He is definitely an intriguing character and it would be great to discover even more about him in the sequel.

I like that the blurb is quite mysterious, with only a snippet of what happens, as I wasn't expecting the route the plot took. It's a surprise that works well, I think, as the not knowing what's going to happen next keeps the pace fast and exciting. Nicole's decision quickly spirals into a much bigger situation and she gets herself into one big mess with no easy way out. We meet a lot of shady characters and there are plenty of twists to keep you on your toes.

The romance is paced nicely and I liked the background characters too. I enjoyed the style of writing and it flows and reads very well. Whilst I couldn't always relate to Nicole, the plot was intriguing enough to keep me reading and I'd like to see what happens next in the sequel.


  1. I've never heard of this book before but it sounds pretty interesting! Great review, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) in a minute I'll definitely look into picking it up

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    1. Thank you! It was a great contemporary :)