Five Survive – Book Review

Title:- Five Survive

Author:- Holly Jackson

Date published:- November 29th 2022

No. of pages:- 391 pages

Genre:- Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

The brand new unmissable crime thriller from Holly Jackson, best-selling, award-winning author of the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder trilogy.

Eight hours.
Six friends.
One sniper . . .

Eighteen year old Red and her friends are on a road trip in an RV, heading to the beach for Spring Break. It’s a long drive but spirits are high. Until the RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere. There’s no mobile phone reception and nobody around to help. And as the wheels are shot out, one by one, the friends realise that this is no accident. There’s a sniper out there in the dark watching them and he knows exactly who they are. One of the group has a secret that the sniper is willing to kill for.

A game of cat-and-mouse plays out as the group desperately tries to get help and to work out which member of the group is the target. Buried secrets are forced to light in the cramped, claustrophobic setting of the RV, and tensions within the group will reach deadly levels. Not everyone will survive the night.

Holly Jackson is…an incredible writer! So I was super excited to get my hands on her latest novel (I am yet to read the third and final book of Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series yet) and I finally did!

But…this wasn’t as great as Good Girl’s Guide to Murder but it was good.

Six friends–Red, Maddy, Simon, Arthur and Maddy’s brother Oliver and his girlfriend Reyna are going ton a road trip, driving all the way from Philadelphia to Gulf shores. The exciting night soon turned to be a nightmare, when they took a detour and ended up on a wrong road…and a sniper waiting to take one of them down–the one with the secret.

The first part of the book was slightly boring but then it started getting its momentum by the middle of the book. I do like that there are twists and turns in the book, makes you wonder, which of these characters do have a secret that the sniper is talking about. Who could be working with the sniper? I felt like I was watching some action thriller on the TV while reading this book–I was literally engrossed into the book. But as I said earlier, despite the fact that I think it was a good thriller, A Good Girl’s Guide to me would be her best.

I like the fact that the story is entirely told from Red who is dealing with her mother’s death POV. I didn’t like Oliver at all in the book–too egoistic and very unlikable character in my opinion. This will keep you on the edge and you feel like you are watching a cat and mouse chase game–worth four stars!

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