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Blog Tour | Five Survive by Holly Jackson | Review


Author: Holly Jackson

Genre: Young Adult Thriller

Publishing date: November 29, 2022

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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

Book Links: Goodreads Amazon Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo IndieBound

Author Info:

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.

Author Links: Twitter Instagram Goodreads

Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and the author for giving me a copy of the book. Check out the other posts on the tour here.


Okay, so I went in with very high expectations, which is why I may have found it mediocre? Like, overall, it’s a great book, but the last book I read by Holly Jackson was As Good As Dead, and that was a masterpiece.


Now, there’s one thing I really found daring about this book, and that one thing is the plot. Thanks to the title, we already knew that only five people are going to survive, and it was just a question of who would not. It’s really difficult to keep a person hooked, and the fact that Holly Jackson easily pulled it off, that’s really cool, honestly.


I love love loved the depth of the characters! They were very unique and morally grey to some extent, it was really nicely executed! You find yourself rooting for (almost) all of them.

Writing Style:

This is where I felt that the book fell a little flat at times? On a whole, it’s not bad, but there are certain plot points where it could have been better. This is just my personal opinion, of course.

Definitely recommend it if in you’re in the mood for a mystery, but don’t go in having great expectations!


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