Just when Casey returns from rehab, her friends, Shana,
Julie, and Aya immediately bring her to another party along
with Casey's ex-boyfriend, Sam, and his friend, Woody. The
theme of the party is Survive the Night, and no one is
allowed to leave until morning. When Casey finds Julie dead
in one of the subway tunnels where the party is held, the
friends are launched into a night of mysterious and deadly
dangers, darkness, and a game of prey and predator.
SURVIVE THE NIGHT is one heck of a thrill ride, taking
readers all through dark New York subway tunnels where
anyone - or anything - could be hiding. Danielle Vega creates
a horror-filled plot that has moments so suspenseful you may
jump out of your chair at the next line.
While the premise is wickedly haunting, I found myself
wishing for more as far as character depth and major plot
questions go. Casey's journey in admitting herself to be an
addict is built nicely, but little else is drawn from her.
Likewise, the secondary characters, especially Shana and
Sam, have hints of rich backgrounds and personalities, but
the reader doesn't see much of them. The story is primarily
a glimpse into the, potentially short, lives of these
characters, and while that does make for an excellent focus
on the dangerous tunnels, it leaves little opportunity to
connect with Casey and her friends.
What Casey and the others find in the tunnels is frequently
confusing. Some of the logistics don't quite make sense, and
unfortunately, there are no answers by the end. This creates
several plot holes, and some may leave the story unsatisfied.
Readers who enjoy horror stories or movies that are geared
towards making the audience jump will most likely find
SURVIVE THE NIGHT an appropriate pick. Danielle Vega shows
clear skill in drawing out suspense and using strong imagery
to generate a scary tone. However, the unanswered questions
and underdeveloped characters may have others underwhelmed.
With the creative premise and good areas of writing, I would
still give another book by this author a try, though this
one ultimately wasn't a good fit for me.
Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars in this pulse-pounding novel from the author of The
Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into
coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel.
Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the
Night could get any worse...
...until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats
nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her
getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party,
everyone is gone.
Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway
tunnels, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes
eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.
They’re being hunted.
Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but
listen to Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”