I am just gonna start with the cover of the book. How can you not be intrigued by the cover of a book. I know, I know, they say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but come on how can you not expect something hardcore and insane from this book? Well I am here to tell you that Survive the Night by Danielle Vega delivers insanity. It must have considering I finished this book in matter of hours. Survive the Night follows this girl Casey who just got released from rehab. She was there for an addiction to painkillers and her parents are a little wary of letting her go out with friends. They approved a sleepover at her former soccer teammate’s house though so that is where the book start. Then Casey’s bad girl friend Shana shows and convinces her to ditch the sleepover and head to New York for the night. While there they hear about this rave called “Survive the Night” against their better judgement they go to this rave where a couple hours later they find one of their friends dead. Now they are stuck in a cat and mouse game with the killer as they try to find their way out from the subway systems and sewers.
There was a lot happening in this book. There was the plot line with the killer but then there was also the whole story of Casey healing and figuring out who she is after rehab. She struggles not only with survival but with her addiction problem. It was interesting to see her relationship with her ex-boyfriend who felt like he should have done more to help her and her friend Shana who leads her to the bad decisions. One thing I really liked about Casey’s character is that she recognizes in the end that even though her friends can influence her actions she ultimately makes the decision. It was really nice to see her character develop and recognize this. While this book had some great messages and great idea I will say the ending left me confused. I will let you know that there is a huge twist in the book that I honestly did not see coming. I think maybe if the book had been a little bit longer it would have worked better but I think because it was so rushed it got a little confusing at the end. That being said this is a good creepy read if you’re looking for something between R.L. Stine and Stephen King this is the book for you!