Girl Gone Reading: Survive the Night


I'm stumped.


This is my first experience reading a book by author "Riley Sager "and I'm not quite sure what to think. I didn't love Survive the Night, but I also couldn't put it down.


Note: "Riley Sager is the pseudonym for Todd Ritter. He is an American author of thriller novels, who has also used the pseudonym Alan Finn. He is from Pennsylvania and previously worked as a journalist, editor, and graphic designer." - Jules Buono


I think this book may be a tad less frightening for younger generations - ones that grew up with cell phones and iPads in their hands before they were five. For me, I could imagine every moment of being in a car with a stranger and no way to contact anyone if shit goes sideways. And shit went sideways more than a few times as I continued to read.


If you follow GGS on Facebook, you'll have seen the story's premise:


"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.


A game of cat and mouse is about to play out. In order to win, Charlie must do only one thing . . . survive the night." - Amazon


As with several books I've reviewed in the past, providing a detailed review is providing you with spoilers - and I'm not going to do that. What I can say is if you went to college in the 90s like I did, you'll want to read this.


Claire, the main character, makes some pretty bad decisions and the problem is I could relate (ha!) I wasn't at my smartest while in college so even though my GenX brain is screaming "No" I understood more than a few of her decsions.


I also had many cringe moments where I thought this is too much. There's no way a woman would do that. There's no way she would do that. It's obvious this was not written by a woman because that would not happen.


But as I said above, I couldn't put it down even though I was left scratching my head a few times. I am recommending you give it a shot, but I've given you fair warning!


Pick it up for your Amazon Kindle for $14.99 if you want to take a ride with Josh...