Book Review: How to Survive Your Murder

08.30.2022 | Razorbill
Rating: 5/5 stars


Alice Lawrence is the sole witness in her sister’s murder trial. And in the year since Claire’s death, Alice’s life has completely fallen apart. Her parents have gotten divorced, she’s moved into an apartment that smells like bologna, and she is being forced to face her sister’s killer and a courtroom full of people who doubt what she saw in the corn maze a year prior. On the first day of the murder trial, as Alice prepares to give her testimony, she is knocked out by a Sidney Prescott look-alike in the courthouse bathroom. When she wakes up, it is Halloween morning a year earlier, the same day Claire was murdered. Alice has until midnight to save her sister and find the real killer before he claims another victim.

HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR MURDER just swooped it to take the place of top read in 2022 for me! 

From the momentI started reading this book I was hooked in the same way you watch an amazing horror movie that you can’t look away from. There are moments that make you cringe, moments that make you laugh, and moments that make you scream “don’t go in the basement”! HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR MURDER oozes in Scream-vibes, taking all the parts we love from that movie and others like it and putting a modern twist on the horrors of a Halloween night gone wrong. 

Just like in the best horror movies, I suspected everyone of being the killer at least once! While I was able to piece together what was happening before the big reveal, it didn’t stop that moment from making me want to clap my hands. Valentine’s writing is simply addictive in the way it draws you into the story and steals all of your attention. 

I could gush about how much I loved this book for ages! If you’re looking for a fun and addictive horror read that serves up a major dose of nostalgia, while shouting out all of the best horror movies, you’re gonna need to run and get a copy of this book now!

A huge thank you to Razorbill and Penguin Teen for my gifted copy!

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