One passenger. One night. One road trip. One suspected serial killer behind the wheel . . .
Charlie Jordan is being driven across the country by a serial killer. Maybe.
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.
Praise for Riley Sager
'Dark, frightening and twisty story that you won't be able to put down'
Shari Lapena on Home Before Dark
'Clever, twisty, and altogether spine-chilling. . . [A] deliciously terrifying story'
Ruth Ware on Home Before Dark
'Great . . . If you liked Gone Girl, you'll like this'
Stephen King on Final Girls
I couldn't put down Survive the Night and I didn't want to try. Riley Sager's terrific heroine Charlie Jordan starts this thriller on the ride of her life and the action accelerates on every page, through twists and turns into the darkness. A high-octane narrative fueled by intensity, emotion, and danger, Survive the Night puts Riley Sager in the driver's seat of modern crime fiction - Lisa Scottoline, #1 bestselling author of Eternal and Someone Knows
Noir at its best! This one-sitting-read of a thriller will grab you in the opening pages and simply not let go until the very (and very shocking) end. Author Sager is a master of creating both psychological suspense and richly drawn characters, both good, bad and somewhere in the middle. Bravo! - Jeffery Deaver, author of The Final Twist
Riley Sager's premise is bone-chilling-what if you caught a ride from a guy who could be a serial killer?-and his writing is propulsive and gripping. Woven throughout is a clever nod to classic movies, which adds to the intricate architecture of this absolutely terrific book - Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of You Are Not Alone
[Sager's novels are] all creepily atmospheric, easy to read without being fluffy, and fun as hell. Each book has also been better and more confident than the last - Vulture, 46 Books We Can t Wait to Read in 2021
Compulsively readable, pulse-poundingly tense with ingenious, gasp-worthy twists, Survive the Night is Hitchcockian film noir magic wrapped inside one of Sager's signature propulsive plots. A story about a ride share gone terribly wrong, this white-knuckle thriller kidnapped me and held me hostage as I raced through to its deliciously satisfying climax - May Cobb, author of The Hunting Wives
All of Riley Sager's books take an established horror or thriller trope and give it a smart, knowing twist. This time, it's a creepy hitchhiking situation (with the added bonus of a '90s setting!) - BookPage, 2021 Preview: most anticipated mysteries & thrillers