Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Q: Do you read thrillers?
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Survive the Night
Riley Sager
Pub Date: 6/29/21
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A college killer on the loose! Striking randomly every couple of years. I was always scared of being the random girl having said the “wrong” thing to the wrong person, especially if alcohol was involved. This happened in Napa one Halloween, it ended up not being random but we were scared for months after that.

This was told in multiple POV which still had me guessing since I couldn’t exactly tell their motives even from their own inner dialogue. Their roles weren’t explained until the end when everything was falling apart.

But let me just tell you, you do not want to do a rideshare from a rideshare board in the dorms in the 90’s,  oh wait isn’t that like an Uber now. hmm. Well those are random .. still…   This had the Craigslist killer/Santa Barbara Killer written all over it. I will tell you I could’ve done without the killer’s POV. Just Saying, YIKES. 

The whole book took place over one night. I thought the epilogue was interesting as it had a movie adaptation that was nothing like what actually happened (isn’t that always the way) just to make it more entertaining or scary and kind of had a normal ending.

I enjoyed this one cause I will tell you I have those damn movies in my head- if you add alcohol or any drug to it then I am having a movie marathon. One time I thought I ate some tylenol which happened to be shrooms, I thought they would look different and I ended up running through a hall with drapes billowing in from high windows like I was in a castle then someone talked to me and I asked where we went. And they said nowhere.🤔😵

Also, us poor hallucinating people are easily gaslit. Especially if you hold up shiny pretty things we will forget the last 30 minutes of conversations or arguments. None of this was about the book, this is def a Monday review. Sorry.

Moral of the story: Walk in pairs, don’t befriend misogynist incels and take your medication.

Thank you  Duttonbooks and Net Galley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

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Synopsis:

It’s November 1991. George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. There’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t seem to want Charlie to see inside the car’s trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlie’s suspicion merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination?

What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse played out on night-shrouded roads and in neon-lit parking lots, during an age when the only call for help can be made on a pay phone and in a place where there’s nowhere to run. In order to win, Charlie must do one thing–survive the night.

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