Book Review of Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Survive the Night by Riley Sager

336 pages

Publication date: 6/29/21 by Dutton Books

ISBN: 9780593183168

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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“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.”

Since this isn’t a finished copy, I’m not able to post a first line.

Thank you to Dutton Books and NetGalley for the early digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I guess I’ll start with what I actually did like about this book.

I enjoyed the uneasiness this made me feel in the beginning. I thought Josh was such an odd character. He definitely served those serial killer vibes. He seemed almost robotic and cold. I actually loved his character when I first started the book.

I can also say that it’s very fast-paced. I probably could have read all of it in one day if I didn’t work all the time.

Okay, that’s about all for the pros.

I don’t want this to be super negative because I respect Sager as an author. He definitely has some great books, but this one just didn’t work for me.

This gave me I’m Thinking of Ending Things vibes when Charlie first got into Josh’s car. Obviously they’re not in a relationship, but it was the uneasy driving scene that made me think of it. This book just didn’t deliver the craziness that is Reid’s book.

I really, really didn’t enjoy the ending of this one. There was so much going on that I just didn’t care. I didn’t predict it, but at one point it all clicked in some weird way.

I don’t want to give any spoilers, so that’s about all I have to say. Even if I did spoil it, there’s not much to the book. It’s mainly one long car ride with some flashbacks and movie-filled daydreams. I just didn’t find the story thrilling in any way. I wouldn’t recommend this to Riley Sager fans or anyone in between.

Riley Sager is the award-winning pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he’s not writing, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is “Rear Window.” Or maybe “Jaws.” But probably, if he’s being honest, “Mary Poppins.”

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I have seen this tag around YouTube, and I thought that it would be fun. It made me a little sad because my reading this year has not been great. The quality has been sub-par and the quantity hasn’t been up to my standards. It’s been a tough year so far, but I am hoping that the last half of the year will be better!

  1. Best book you have read so far in 2019? I haven’t read a lot of books that have blown my mind. There are a few I rated highly, but now I question if I actually liked them that much. It’s either Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, or All Systems Red by Martha Wells. 
  2. Best sequel you have read this year? Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells. 
  3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to? There are many. Recursion by Blake Crouch, Middlegame by Seanan McGuire, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. 
  4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year? Lock Every Door by Riley Sager or Regretting You by Colleen Hoover. 
  5. Biggest disappointment: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I have not given anything written by her less than 4 stars. I ended up giving this one 3 stars. 
  6. Biggest surprise: Not a lot has even surprised me. I’m surprised I started reading romance. I’d say the biggest surprise is either The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, or Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. 
  7. Favorite new author (Debut or new to you): Martha Wells or Madeline Miller. 
  8. Newest fictional crush: Pike Lawson from Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas.
  9. Newest favorite character: Murderbot in the Murderbot Diaries series. 
  10. Book that made you cry: The only book that was even remotely sad was Radium Girls by Kate Moore. The Test by Sylvain Neuvel was also quite sad.
  11. Book that made you happy: Filling out this tag makes me realize how 1) little I have read this year, and 2) how poor the reading quality has been. I keep answering with the same books. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. 
  12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year (or received): Any book I bought from Book Depository written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 
  13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year? Too many! Here are a few:
  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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Current Anticipated Releases for 2019!

I did not realize how many anticipated releases I had until I made this blog post. Some of these are ones that I have already been approved for on Netgalley. These particular books are the anticipated releases that I have not read yet. An example of one I was anticipating but have already read is: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. All of the links will go to their Goodreads page in case you want to know what they are about. Without further ado, here are my anticipated releases for 2019!


Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

  • Pub date: 5/7/19
  • ISBN: 9781250195524

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

  • Pub date: 5/7/19
  • ISBN: 9781984853752

The Naked Truth: A Memoir by Leslie Morgan

  • Pub date: 5/21/19
  • ISBN: 9781501174100

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

  • Pub date: 5/28/19
  • ISBN: 9781982106980


The Hiding Place by Aimee Molloy

  • Date pub: 6/4/19
  • ISBN: 9780062881939

Recursion by Blake Crouch

  • Pub date: 6/11/19
  • ISBN: 9781524759780

After the End by Clare Mackintosh

  • Pub date: 6/25/19
  • ISBN: 9780751564945


Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

  • Pub date: 7/2/19
  • ISBN: 9780062679130

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

  • Pub date: 7/2/19
  • ISBN: 9781524745141

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess

  • Pub date: 7/9/19
  • ISBN: 9781250225474

Buried (Agent Sayer Altair #2) by Ellison Cooper

  • Pub date: 7/16/19
  • ISBN: 9781250173867


The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang

  • Pub date: 8/6/19
  • ISBN: 9780062662637

What are some of your anticipated releases for this year? Let me know down in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019 (1/8/19)

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme that anyone can participate in. If you want to see how to get involved go ahead and check out → That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m playing around with the new layout WordPress has implemented. Please work with me through the many changes that my posts are going through. I hope you all enjoy! 

*All photos were taken from Goodreads. 

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (2/5/19)
House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler (3/12/19)
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (1/8/19) 
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (3/5/19) 
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (5/2/19) 
Dig by A.S. King (3/26/19)
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas (2/12/19)
We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels (1/1/19) 
The Editor by Steven Rowley (4/2/19)
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (5/7/19)

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