Survive The Night
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.”
Survive The Night
What worked: This is a creepy, nail-biting suspenseful tale where horror takes different forms.
I seriously couldn't put this book down! The horror starts out slow and then strikes out when readers don't expect it. Think Pretty Little Liars with an edge meets Stephen King.
Casey has just gotten out of rehab for addiction to pain killers when her 'bad' news friend Shanna comes to pick her up to go to a rave. Only in this case there is something sinister going on. I loved the tension which starts right when Casey and her friends search for the next club only to find out that there's more going on then just partying. The images are subtle at first and the psychological terror builds to downright graphic horror when something picks off the friends one by one.
I really liked the character interaction too. Casey has a love-hate relationship with impulsive, self-destructive frenemy Shanna. While the friends are underground, painful truths surface. The friends that do search to escape, had a I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST NIGHT vibe going for it. Sam, Casey's ex interactions are sometimes awkward but there still is a hint of the chemistry that lets readers know that there is history between them.
The only thing I thought could have been fleshed out had to be the other friends in the story. I didn't really get a sense of Julie and Aya. Tom seemed more a side-kick. It would have been nice to have them more developed. But that's just my opinion.
Otherwise, this is a horror novel that delivers with fast-paced suspense where friends are racing to survive the terrors of being underground with some malevolent presence. Who will survive?
2. Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars