Is Riley Sager’s Survive the Night worth the read?

Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Survive the Night? More like Survive the Book…

Riley Sager is one of my favourite authors. I’ve read all his books. I’ve enjoyed all his books and look forward to reading them. Hell, I’m looking forward to reading his next release too.

This book, though…

Survive the Night Synopsis by Riley Sager

Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Charlie Jordan is being driven across the country by a serial killer. Maybe.

Behind the wheel is Josh Baxter, a stranger Charlie met by the college ride share board, who also has a good reason for leaving university in the middle of term. On the road they share their stories, carefully avoiding the subject dominating the news – the Campus Killer, who’s tied up and stabbed three students in the span of a year, has just struck again.

Travelling the lengthy journey between university and their final destination, Charlie begins to notice discrepancies in Josh’s story.

As she begins to plan her escape from the man she is becoming certain is the killer, she starts to suspect that Josh knows exactly what she’s thinking.

Meaning that she could very well end up as his next victim.

Survive the Night Review Riley Sager

Fuck am I ever glad this is not the first Sager book I have read.

First off, I would have DNF’d it for sure. Second, I never would have bothered with another of his books.

As I said, this is not my first book by Sager, and you can check out my opinions on his other books here. I was thrilled with the concept of Survive the Night. I remember the days of no cell phones, hitchhikers & serial killers. With the atmosphere Sager was going for, I was ready to be creeped the fuck out.

Instead, my boyfriend listened to me bitch about the whole thing for the four hours it took to read.

I can’t even bring myself to write a full review. There was literally nothing I liked about the story.

Thoughts on Riley Sager’s Survive the Night

Twenty Thoughts I had While Reading Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Ok then, I’m already tired of Maddy

I’m going to go ahead and say Charlie will be driving by the end of the night.

Digging the Star Wars references. I have never seen Jaws, though.

So, I like Josh?

OMG Cassette’s

Alright, Josh/Jake, you can’t even play 20 questions; I doubt your killer instincts.

Nice window trick, Charlie.

Ok, so did they or didn’t they play 20 questions? I dissociate to Charlie, but wtf man?

For the record, Depersonalization and Dissasociation are not fun. I get where he’s going adding this element into the story…

Why are these books so much shorter than Fantasy? Actually, this one seems exceptionally short.

So Josh/Jake is the Campus Killer? I don’t think so..I mean, already? There’s a lot of book left…

Where are we going with this? Jake’s just going to leave Charlie at the diner? There’s no way this dude is some serial killer…I get that the heat is on, but come on.

Alright there Marge

Wtf am I reading? This has got to be one of the worst books I’ve ever read

Marge, I thought you were an ally?

Everyone follow Marge now, stay in line. Careful now, so you don’t get lost.

A lot to go through to have a convo about your granddaughter there, Marge.

The fuck Josh? Er, Jake?

At least one of these people turned out to be the Campus Killer. Jesus Fuck.

Glad that’s over with.

Rating Survive the Night

★ Rating ★

On the plus side, Sager’s writing was good. It always is. In many ways, the story was creepy as old fuck. I understand what Charlie was going through, not knowing what was real and what was just in her head. Also, the atmosphere of the early 90s; driving across states with a stranger, no way to contact anyone. But, unfortunately, the plot just well sucked.

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