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Survive the Night
Survive the Night: A Novel | Riley Sager
193 posts | 152 read | 3 reading | 74 to read
Its 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, its 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, its to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine shes named after, Charlie has her doubts. Theres something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesnt seem to want Charlie to see inside the cars trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think shes sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlies 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 thingsurvive the night.
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5feet.of.fury
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Due out 6/21/22 😍 already can‘t wait

5feet.of.fury Pic stolen from Sager‘s Insta 3w
BeeMagical already pre-ordered 😂 👏 3w
DarkMina I heard about this a bit ago when he posted about it on facebook because info about it had been leaked. There wasn‘t a cover yet though. I will definitely be getting it. Love Riley Sager! 3w
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5feet.of.fury @BeeMagical I just did 🤣 something to look forward to, looks like a great summer read for by the water 😎 3w
kplovesbooks Omg. It already has a cover???? 😍😍😍😍 I read his Insta post a couple months ago about his next one being at a cabin on a lake and I thought dude, say no more, we're already in line to buy it!! 🤣 3w
5feet.of.fury @DarkMina @kplovesbooks I‘m so excited for this book and for it to be summer again haha 😆 the cover is gorgeous too! 3w
DarkMina @5feet.of.fury The cover is beautiful! 3w
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AshleyKorinE
Panpan

After Charlie's best friend dies she decided it was time to go home to her grandmother that loves her. The only way to do that was hitchhike her way home, also she sees movies in her mind. Charlie doesn't make a single decision that a woman with a brain would make, she wasn't a well written fleshed out character. The villain, both of them were also shallow and made no sense. The non-villain twist didn't fit the story. Overall the book was bad.

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TamTracy
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Pickpick

This book didn‘t hook me immediately like Sagar‘s other books. I was bored at the beginning then just confused with the MC‘s “movies”. Talk about an unrealizable narrator! Once things got going though it was twisty and shocking. I loved the last third! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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anniebannanie
Mehso-so

I guessed the twist :(

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magyklyXdelish
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Pickpick

Finished yesterday but forgot to post since I was at work! I really liked this one and I actually didn‘t mind the “mind movies” too much, but the dumb choices got annoying after a while lol I also LOVED the ending ☺️ awesome #LMPBC pick

Free Space for #BookSpinBingo
15pts for thriller + 90 for time read = 105 pts for #TeamSlaughter

magyklyXdelish @Clwojick I just got off work so I really need sleep, I‘m hoping it‘s okay if I post my totals when I wake up later tonight 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 1mo
Clwojick Anytime today or tomorrow is fine! We‘ll post the team totals on Wednesday ☺️ 1mo
sharread No rush in mailing it back. I'm behind in my reading anyway. Glad you liked it. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
magyklyXdelish @sharread mailing this out today! 🤗🤗 4w
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magyklyXdelish
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Diving in to the last #LMPBC of the month and one of my most anticipated books of the year 😍

kplovesbooks YES. 🙌 Hope you enjoy it! I loved this one!! 1mo
BeeMagical I love Sager!! Enjoy!! 1mo
sharread Hope you like it as much as I did. 💗 1mo
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tracey38
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Pickpick

Again, I'm behind. I'm sorry. I finished this the week before this past one. This one was good, it truly had me wanting to see what happened. And the twists at the end I wasn't expecting at all. A good October read.

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Eringogreen
Pickpick

My biggest complaint is the number of times “a movie in her mind” was used. Otherwise, this was propulsive and a good thriller.

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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #survivethenight #rileysager #bookbeast #bookjoy #dutton
What are you reading? 😊

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marleed
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Pickpick

Well, include me not among those that solve mysteries earlier than intended by an author. I didn‘t have a clue what was going to happen next. Fun read.

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I never solve the mystery 😂🙄 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Sometimes I would rather not solve it and so purposely don't put the pieces together and just enjoy the ride! 2mo
dainarmb RIGHT? I was nearly bored af by this read til 2/3 of the way in. It escalated wonderfully! 2mo
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kplovesbooks I did figure it out but only because...who else was there?! It eliminated every other character and then I was like "hmmm....?" ? I LOVED this book though! ♥️♥️ 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts @ChaoticMissAdventures @dainarmb @kplovesbooks I‘m always entertained by my inability to solve a mystery. This was a fun one to not solve. 2mo
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jillannjohn
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Breaking it up with something fun…

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dainarmb
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Mehso-so

New #BookSpinBingo board! I finished my #BookSpin read and thought it was a solid 3 🌟 offering. I was bored until the story took turns I didn't anticipate! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
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dainarmb
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Because I'm late again, I didn't shuffle the list (again!) and simply plugged in new books on my tbr list into where the ones I've read were. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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DanaManiac
Bailedbailed

Couldn‘t get into this one at all. There was literally no reasonable explanation for why the MC was even in the situation that the whole book was based on, so I had to jump ship.

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MeJeMiller
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Pickpick

I totally understand the unreliable narrator complaint now. I want to smack that girl. I have anger and love for the ending. I‘m mad I don‘t know what to believe in this book. But I like the author. Totally thought Charlie was the killer for half the book. I mean….serial killer.

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Reynosa8701
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Sending this out tomorrow! #lmpbc12 #groupf

sharread Yippee 🎃🎃🎃 2mo
magyklyXdelish I still haven‘t received this one :( 2mo
Reynosa8701 @magyklyXdelish sorry I‘m sending out tomorrow 2mo
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magyklyXdelish @Reynosa8701 no worries I was late sending mine out this month. I was worried it was the post office :) 2mo
magyklyXdelish Were you able to mail it out yet? 1mo
Reynosa8701 @magyklyXdelish yes you should receive it by tomorrow 1mo
magyklyXdelish @Reynosa8701 hi hi! I got it today! My husband grabbed the package before I could see it. It‘s been sitting on our counter for a day and I didn‘t realize 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ thank you! 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Tgbsfk Cute lights 🤗 2mo
Eggs OMG love everything about this🧡🎃🍁 2mo
Sumi Gorgeous! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tgbsfk thank you! 🧡 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you! It was spur of the moment on my way out of the door this morning 🧡🖤 2mo
DarkMina love it! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DarkMina thank you!! 🧡 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sumi thank you 💞 2mo
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SerenaCrawford
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Pickpick

4 out 5 stars. Definitely a good read. Just when I was figuring it out there were twists. It was a quick read but enjoyable.

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AFrostCauseReads
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Omg I‘m so sorry this is so late, but wow, everything in my #fallingforfallswap #fffs is absolutely perfect 😍 thank you so much @Gaylagal2 🤗 I‘m so impressed by the Poe socks and so happy they‘re bigger than the standard size (finally socks that fit my calves, lol 😅) I‘m ready to cozy up with the blanket, cup of tea, and enjoy some spooky fall reading, thank you!!!
And thank you @Avanders for hosting🧡🍂🍁🍂🧡 (so sorry again for being late 😔)

Avanders Yay!! A great fall package ☺️😍🍁🍂🧡💛 2mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this thriller, like Charlie, I have a love for older films, so I was familiar with most that were referenced. I liked that Charlie was a unreliable not bc of drinking/pills, but because her coping mechanism is to see movies play out. Plus, all the twists!
#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @clwojick #Screamathon @4thHouseontheLeft #ReadLikeHellathon @readlikehellathon #MurderTheyReadathon #BookSpinBingo #TheAromaofBooks #WickedThon @StayCurious

Clwojick Woohoo! 🖤 2mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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Finished Survive the Night right before falling asleep last night, and made progress on my other two books. Ignore the 4rd, it should be the 4th, but I'm exhausted this morning and I'm too lazy to change it, lol.

#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @clwojick #Screamathon @4thHouseontheLeft #ReadLikeHellathon @readlikehellathon #MurderTheyReadathon #BookSpinBingo #TheAromaofBooks #WickedThon @StayCurious

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SerenaCrawford
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Fasten your seat belts. It‘s going to be a bumpy night. All about Eve. This book has me sucked in…..

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kplovesbooks
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐😁 I LOVED THIS BOOK. No, the main character does not make the right decisions, yes I figured out who the killer was before the end...but I would not change anything about how this story plays out. It's...special. I think it's the movies aspect of it that gets me, and how real life is better even though it's more messy. Idk. I just loved it!

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dainarmb
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Haven't posted my list yet so I'll be late to the party again @TheAromaofBooks 🙃

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Never too late to BookSpin!! 😁 2mo
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Dcueto
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I‘m TRYING to not DNF this book, because I love this author, but holy guacamole I‘m so annoyed with the main character. Halfway through, and I‘m HOPING it improves

kplovesbooks Everyone keeps saying that but idk, I like her! I mean...she weird as hell, but still! 😂😂 I'm 76% through...things will take a very different turn soon if you keep going. 2mo
Dcueto @kplovesbooks I‘m gonna trust you on this!! 😝😝 I guess I‘m at the point where I‘m like, I need you to make some better decisions. But let‘s see 2mo
kplovesbooks @Dcueto lol!! 🤣 Hopefully you won't hate it! 2mo
BookDragonNotWorm This is by far my least favorite of his. I had to push myself through until the ending, where it finally stopped being a struggle. 2mo
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kplovesbooks
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Going into this book, a part of me was like "how can this stay intense for the whole book? It's just two people alone in a car!" Well...this is how. ? At 50% now.

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kplovesbooks
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Diving back in.... 🤓

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kplovesbooks
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I'm at 18% and loving it so far!! I keep picturing Charlie gazing off into the side window of the car as she has one of her "movie" moments and sees herself in black and white. ? ( And I hate that I have no time to read except on the weekend because I've been daydreaming about getting back into this book all week long!!!!)

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NJCrimeBookshelf
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Pickpick

You ever read a book and start feeling a certain characters feelings. That was me. I was panicky, with sweaty palms. I may or may have not almost had a panic attack. It captured me to say the least.

This book was a 5 out 5 ⭐️
Well written, such an easy read as well. If you‘ve thought about reading this, get it now.

You never know who you‘re truly getting into a car with.

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kplovesbooks
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The dedication at the start of this book already has me swooning. 😍🤓

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TheRomantiCate
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Pickpick

This man is my favorite for a reason!! #readthisbook

kplovesbooks Just started it...loving it so far!! 3mo
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kplovesbooks
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FINALLY. 🙌

Smartypants Enjoy! I couldn‘t put it down! 3mo
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mcipher
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Me, very sweaty in the Key West cemetery. Reading the tagged book on the plane/by the pool and just hoping we don‘t get sick because we have April vaccines and no booster yet. 🤨

marleed Have fun, stay safe. My vaccine was completed in April, as well. I‘m hoping the weather cools down soon because it seems my NK95 masks should be my go to masks again. 3mo
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Smartypants
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Mehso-so

Another book read! My slump has turned into a streak, finally! This is a good #mystery and a nice break from my nonfiction.

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Hestapleton
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Pickpick

Not my favorite Sager (nothing replaces FINAL GIRLS) but it was pretty escapist and fast-moving, which made it great for my lazy holiday weekend! A few too many twists and turns, but it was still a fun time.
Side note: I think I‘ve done more reading over the past three days than I have in three weeks!

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite Sager effort for sure. Too many whodunnit changes and way too much self pity/poor me/‘I deserve this‘ on the part of the main character for my liking. With that said, Sager is still a masterful storyteller (even if it goes off the rail a bit) and the book kept my interest all the way through. Home Before Dark still holds the top Sager spot in my bookish heart, but this one was an okay palate cleanser. ✌️

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ICantImReading
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️

Easy to listen to, but not as much suspense as I was hoping for and completely lacking in any reason or depth. 🎧

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Amoon
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Pickpick

So, I‘m totally hooked on this guy‘s books now. Charle is a college student who is so obsessed with film that she often confuses reality with her vivid imagination. I loved the film references. After her best friend is murdered, she‘s paranoid and just wants to get far away from the place of the murder. She accepts a ride from a stranger on the campus ride board and we witness each hour of her terrorizing night. Who can she trust ?

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KatieDid927
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Panpan

Nope. Worst thriller I‘ve ever read.

Hooked_on_books I‘m not a fan of Sager at all. I don‘t get the love for him. 3mo
KatieDid927 @Hooked_on_books I actually really liked his last book! I read two others that were okay, but this one was a big ol‘ nope for me. I agree that he‘s overrated. (edited) 3mo
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Brittany88
Pickpick

The main character, Charlie, has got to be one of the stupidest protagonists ever written. However, I was unable to put this book down! The pace the great and keeps you wondering at every page turn. I very much enjoyed this read.

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Bookgirl
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Mehso-so

I finished this book awhile ago and cannot decide its rating. It started out bad. Unbelievable premise, a ridiculous main character, and frustrating plot. I was not enjoying it. But…he did turn it around and came up with some VERY wild plot twists that did resolve some of my frustration with character motivation. Not my fave of his but ultimately better than it started. This picture is our splurge - patio hot tub! Can‘t wait to use it this fall!

Jeannineth That last chapter was such a surprise. I had to absorb that and it definitely made the book a pick for me. I need to be surprised in a thriller. 3mo
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KatieDid927
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This just arrived @AFrostCauseReads ! Thank you, can‘t wait!

@Avanders , I just have a couple little goodies to add and I‘ll be shipping the box to my match via priority early next week. 🍁🍂📦

#FFFS #FallingForFallSwap

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽🧡🍁🍂🍂🍁🧡 3mo
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ShyBookOwl
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#FallTreasures #AugustStats @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Total August Reads: 6

📖 2
🎧 4
❤ 4: The Radleys, Survive the Night, Cinderella is Dead, This Poison Heart
💔 DNF... too many to count 😅

Eggs Great Reading 👏🏻📚🌺 3mo
Kenyazero Looks like a satisfying month! 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Kenyazero I was disappointed with how many I bailed on, but looking at this now I realise I loved almost everything I stuck with, so that's something! 3mo
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Kenyazero @ShyBookOwl having a heavy bail month just means you know what you like! 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Kenyazero good point! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Eggs 👏🏻📚👏🏻 3mo
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wildwoodreads
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August Wrap Up. I read a lot but I didn‘t complete many books. The Eye of the World is a beast and it took me a minute to get through. Then I read Survive the Night to give my brain a break from heavy epic fantasy.

Full wrap up: https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/08/31/august-2021-wrap-up/

Graywacke Enjoyed your posts of EotW. Seems like you‘re all in. Hope you pursue the series. (Perrin was my favorite character too 🙂) 3mo
wildwoodreads @Graywacke Thanks! I can‘t wait to continue on with the series. I‘m making that a goal in 2022. 😊 3mo
Graywacke @megzlynn oh, that‘s cool. enjoy! 3mo
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wildwoodreads
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Pickpick

I took Survive the Night camping with me last weekend because Riley Sager has never let me down. But, ya‘ll, he scared me this time. I was a hundred pages in thinking I don‘t like this. I thought I was going to be stuck in the woods with a bad book, but he turned it around.

Full review: https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/08/30/survive-the-night-by-riley-sager-review/

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DrLReads
Mehso-so

The first half is stellar, but the twists and turns are somewhat predictable. Definitely not Sager‘s strongest book.

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AsYouWish
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Pickpick

Riley Sager did it again! He pulled me into his story & kept me turning the pages as fast as I could read. It took me a while to warm up to the format of this book, but it made for a fun & interesting read. I loved the characters & the plot line of this book felt like an old movie. Some of the plot was predictable & unsurprising, a few twists were thrown in that I loved. I could have done without the epilogue, but that might just be me.

🚘🚘🚘🚘

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Rachiiebookdragon
Pickpick

A intriguing book. Read for the July #LiterallyDeadBookClub pick and for the August #Buzzwordathon - Time of Day 4/5

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BookDragonNotWorm
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Mehso-so

A girl leaves college after her roommate/best friend is murdered. Even though she saw the killer, she can't identify him, which means he could be anyone - including the guy she's catching a ride home with. I have mixed feelings about this book. It kept me reading - barely. I love unreliable narrators, but the author uses mental illness to achieve what he needs. The overall plot is good, but the execution isn't. 👎 Not Sager's best. 3.5/5 stars.

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BookwormAHN
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Pickpick

I loved this book the twists and turns are insane. Charlie uses a college ride sharing bulletin board to find a ride home. Which of course sounds really safe especially after her roommate was recently murdered by a possible serial killer. Oh and she has a problem telling reality from her hallucinations 🤷🏼‍♀️
#LittensDressedInBlood #Jawbreaker
@MidnightBookGirl

MidnightBookGirl This is on my tbr pile! 3mo
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