This was a good thriller of a cat and mouse read. The storyline is based on one night in the 1990’s, before the internet and cell phones really. Before GPS and tracking, and when we trusted people more. Charlie needs to get back home, but needs a ride there. It’s a few hours away and she cannot wait until her boyfriend can take her over the holiday break- she just can’t!
So she does what we have all been warned to never do – she gets into a car with a stranger who claims he can take her. He is going in the same direction, he just wants someone to have along for the ride, company to keep him awake through the night drive. He seems normal. She did not get any weird vibe, and her boyfriend and her set up a code phrase so if things go wrong, she can call from a payphone and alert him that she needs help.
So what could go wrong? Well, there is still a serial killer on the loose and Charlie’s best friend was the last victim. But what are the odds that they would then murder her too? As she starts this adventures with this ride, she starts to question her rational and choice. Maybe she should have waited until her boyfriend could have taken her, but no- she couldn’t! Things will be fine, but will they?
As the minutes tick by, Charlie starts to notice more and more things about this driver. Maybe she really did walk right into a trap and the killer knows who she is. Is he the killer though? No, she is just psyching herself out, or is she? When he suggests a game of twenty questions and she guesses the answer- correctly, her brain switches to survival mode. She has her answer, but does she? A game of cat and mouse, who is telling the truth, and how he came to be her driver.
~ Goodreads – About the Author ~
Riley Sager is the award-winning pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.
Now a full-time author, Riley’s first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called “the first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries.
Riley’s next three books, THE LAST TIME I LIED, LOCK EVERY DOOR and HOME BEFORE DARK, were instant New York Times bestsellers. His upcoming thriller SURVIVE THE NIGHT will be published this summer.
A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he’s not writing, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is “Rear Window.” Or maybe “Jaws.” But probably, if he’s being honest, “Mary Poppins.”