***THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***
'One of the most addictive thrillers I've read this year. A compulsive page-turner with high stakes and a heroine you find yourself absolutely rooting for' Gytha Lodge
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
Thriller Award finalist Sager (Home Before Dark) elevates a standard suspense trope a young woman trapped in a car with a stranger she fears is a serial killer in this stellar nail-biter set in 1991. Charlie Jordan blames herself for the death of Maddy, her best friend and roommate at New Jersey's Olyphant University. A day after Charlie let Maddy walk back from a bar to their dorm on her own after an argument, Maddy's corpse was found. She was stabbed multiple times and one of her teeth was removed, the hallmark of a two-time murderer dubbed the Campus Killer. Wracked with guilt and self-loathing, Charlie resolves to leave in the middle of the semester, and finds a ride home to Ohio with Josh Baxter, a janitor employed by Olyphant driving to the state to tend to his ill father. Charlie soon suspects Josh has been lying to her about who he is. Her tendency to create movies in her mind makes her perceptions unreliable, even to herself. Sager excels at playing with reader expectations and in concocting plausible, gut-wrenching twists. Fans of Ira Levin's A Kiss Before Dying will be pleased.
I have loved all the Riley Sager books so far and can’t wait to see what each new book will bring. Unfortunately, I found this one a little too predictable. A good read but figured it out pretty quickly. Normally, I’m kept guessing until the very end.