I am briefly back as part of the book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond (check the other tour stops here!). I absolutely devoured the A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder series and jumped on the occasion of being part of this blog tour. Thank you so much for hosting this TBR and Beyond. Five Survive is Holly Jackson at the top of her craft.
Five Survive by Holly Jackson
Synopsis: Eight hours. Six friends. Five survive. A road trip turns deadly in this addictive YA thriller from the bestselling author of the worldwide phenomenon A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER.
Red Kenny is on a road trip for spring break with five friends: Her best friend –the older brother –his perfect girlfriend –a secret crush –a classmate –and a killer.When their RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere with no cell service, they soon realize this is no accident. They have been trapped by someone out there in the dark, someone who clearly wants one of them dead.With eight hours until dawn, the six friends must escape, or figure out which of them is the target. But is there a liar among them? Buried secrets will be forced to light and tensions inside the RV will reach deadly levels. Not all of them will survive the night. . . .
Content Warning: guns, death threats, mob violence, death, injury; Genre: Young Adult Thriller; Publishing Date: November 29, 2022
About the Author: Holly Jackson was born in 1992. She grew up in Buckinghamshire and started writing stories from a young age, completing her first (poor) attempt at a book aged fifteen.‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ is a YA Mystery Thriller and her debut novel. She lives in London and aside from reading and writing, she enjoys binge-playing video games and pointing out grammatical errors in street signs.
4 stars: Aphrodite – Goddess of love and beauty. That means that I really liked the book, whether it was the writing style, plot or characters. It means it was an amazing book that I would completely recommend for the beautiful piece of art it is. However the book is not a Persephone because something keeps it from making it one of my favourite book ever.
Pheme: The goddess of fame, gossip and renown – This goddess will be invoked when a book has received a lot of attention and is praised by critics and the book community. She will be featured whether the book lived up to my expectations or not.
This book had me S C R E A M I N G.
Holly Jackson always distills seemingly random elements throughout her books but once everything is revealed, everything comes together perfectly. She is truly a master of her craft!
The story sucks you in from the very beginning, so much so, that I read this in one sitting under six hours. It was quite literally unputdownable.
All the characters were so intriguing and deliciously suspicious but I truly LOVED Red, the main character. We are lucky enough to be inside her head as she slowly puts the pieces of the puzzle together. She is a very chaotic but brave and endearing character and I almost wish this were a book series because I would love to read more of her adventures.
It was also fun to see the other five characters shedding their false layers and pretenses, stepping out from their “roles” (the best friend, the leader, the crush, the jokester, the girlfriend) and revealing their true selves or secrets.
The story takes place inside of an RV which acts as the only safe place for the characters. It also traps them from the outside world and help. The RV provided a great terror-inducing, claustrophobic setting that only added to the overall stressful atmosphere of the book.
I don’t really read mystery thrillers but Holly Jackson reminds me that maybe I should start because I love every single thing she comes up with and how incredible her reveals are.
To conclude, Five Survive is fast-paced, fascinating, has a lot of reveals and has a very satisfying ending!
FIVE REASONS TO READ FIVE SURVIVE
🔪 Claustrophobic atmosphere
🔪 Deadly road-trip
🔪Twists you won’t see coming
🔪 Secrets and betrayal
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60788826-five-survive
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Five-Survive-Holly-Jackson/dp/0593374169/
- Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/five-survive-holly-jackson/1141932413
- Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Five-Survive/9780593704899
- IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593374160