Review for ‘Survive the Night’ by Danielle Vega
Synopsis: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .
Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.
In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .
. . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.
Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, 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 her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .”
The Review: Well, I’ll start off by saying that I don’t know what I was thinking, but I had the bright idea to start reading this book while I was eating 🙂 There are a few scenes in the book that were gory and quite descriptive, which didn’t sit well with my tomato sandwich. That being said, this was a good book. I don’t delve into the world of horror too often, but I was itching for a change of genre and this cover caught my eye. I would say it is pretty fast paced, moved along quickly, and I didn’t feel at any point that the main character was going into one of the long monologues that happens all too often in horror books. The characters were believable, although I didn’t find myself getting too attached to any of them. I think since most of the action takes place over the course of one night that it was difficult to get super emotionally involved with any of them. I still felt sad when someone died, and there is a betrayal between friends which was kind of heartbreaking at one point. I would have liked to have seen a slightly more drawn out mystery or maybe even a longer ending, but since it is a horror book I can look past that. We never really truly find out who the ‘bad guys’ are, and the main character spends only a few pages talking during the final scene. At the end of the book I was left with closure and feeling slightly creeped out, which I think is good for this genre. There were just enough questions I was left asking to make me rethink the plot over and over again. It’s tough to post a review without giving away spoilers, so expect a spoiler review for this one from me in the near future. Maybe then I can go into more detail. 😀
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Gore, fast-paced adrenaline, and enough closure to leave you satisfied but still creeped out.
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Betrayal, death, or monsters.
The Rating: A strong 4 out of 5 stars because I liked that it was fast paced and I think the author took a potentially ‘cheesy’ bad guy and made it freaky.
My Spoiler for this book: Coming Soon.
Author’s Goodreads Page: Danielle Vega Goodreads