Survive the Night

Finished Survive the Night by Danielle Vega.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophomore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.”

I was a huge fan of Danielle Vega’s novel The Merciless and I was incredibly excited to read this one.  The Merciless freaked me out on a really visceral level and, even though the concept here seemed less scary*, I was excited to see what would happen.

Like The Merciless, Survive the Night requires a bit of patience on the reader’s part.  Danielle Vega takes her time introducing the characters and setting up the plot.  Even better, there is a question (especially at first) about how much is real and how much is a drug-induced hallucination.

Danielle Vega’s books aren’t for everyone, but they are absolutely for me.

Recommended.

* = Nope; totally scary

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