As expected, I thoroughly enjoyed Survive The Night by Riley Sager. I’m always down for a good psychological thriller and this one did not disappoint.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: “It’s November 1991. Nirvana’s in the tape deck, George H. W. Bush is in the White House, 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 shocking 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.
The longer she sits in the passenger seat, the more Charlie notices there’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t want her to see inside the trunk. As they travel an empty, twisty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly anxious Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlie’s jittery mistrust merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination?
One thing is certain—Charlie has nowhere to run and no way to call for help. Trapped in a terrifying game of cat and mouse played out on pitch-black roads and in neon-lit parking lots, Charlie knows the only way to win is to survive the night.”
There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book. First, the fact that the entire story was based on one night. This made it more fast-paced and exciting to me, and I was constantly trying to figure out what would happen next. Second, while I didn’t particularly love any of the characters, I was captivated by all of them and enjoyed picking apart their actions to figure out their true motives. I was most intrigued by Charlie’s paranoia and the “movies in her head” that made it hard for her to differentiate between reality and imagination. This made it frustrating, exciting and challenging at times to figure out what was actually happening in the book. Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed the 90’s setting.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, whodunnit psychological thriller, this is definitely a book worth checking out!
BEER RECOMMENDATION: Survive The Night by Riley Sager is best paired with Bunk Beds by Aslin Beer Company 🍻