Survive the Night: A Novel

Survive the Night: A Novel

by Riley Sager (Author)

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROne of New York Times Book Review's "summer reads guaranteed to make your heart thump and your skin crawl"; An Amazon Best of the Month Pick; Named a must-read summer book by The Washington Post, USA Today, Vulture, BuzzFeed, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, CNN, New York Post, Good Housekeeping, E!, PopSugar, CrimeReads, Thrillist, and BookRiot. 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.

In Riley Sager's gripping thriller, "Survive the Night," Riley Sager weaves a tale of suspense and terror that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. The story revolves around Riley Moore, a young woman who finds herself trapped in a relentless nightmare during a seemingly ordinary road trip.

As Riley drives through the desolate back roads of Pennsylvania, a simple wrong turn leads her into a terrifying encounter with a disturbed individual named Josh. A seemingly harmless stranger, Josh quickly turns sinister, forcing Riley into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Riley's desperate fight for survival takes her on a harrowing journey through isolated motels, abandoned houses, and treacherous terrain.

Sager skillfully ratchets up the tension as Riley's situation worsens. With each twist and turn, readers are drawn deeper into the nightmarish world that Riley finds herself in. The author masterfully creates an atmosphere of constant danger and uncertainty, keeping readers guessing until the very end.

"Survive the Night" is a gripping and pulse-pounding thriller that explores the darkest corners of human nature. Riley Sager's exceptional storytelling and intricate plot construction make this novel a must-read for fans of suspenseful fiction. The novel's exploration of themes such as survival, resilience, and the fight against evil leave readers with a lasting impact.

Riley Moore's unwavering determination to survive and her resourcefulness in the face of extreme adversity serve as an inspiration to readers. Sager's vivid and atmospheric writing brings the story to life, making readers feel as if they are right there with Riley, experiencing the fear, the adrenaline, and the unwavering hope that drives her forward.

"Survive the Night" is a captivating and unforgettable thriller that will haunt readers long after they finish the last page. Riley Sager's ability to blend suspense, horror, and psychological depth makes this novel a standout in the genre. It is a perfect choice for readers seeking a thrilling and thought-provoking read.


336 pages