How to Survive Your Murder by Danielle Valentine // Book Review


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.

Claire was an all-American girl, beautiful and bubbly, and a theater star. Alice was a nerd who dreamed of becoming a forensic pathologist and would rather stay at home to watch her favorite horror movies than party. Despite their differences, they were bonded by sisterhood and were each other’s best friends.

Until Claire was taken away from her.

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.



This book was a rollercoaster, I did consider DNFing it early on because I felt the pop culture references were a bit too heavy handed, but as Alice was dragged back in time to the night of her sister’s death to find out the truth of really happened, there was a tonal shift and I really got into the story.

I liked that the majority of this story is a faced paced run through Alice’s town as she tries to escape the killer with her sister and friends, work out who they are by the midnight deadline, and find the killers potential next victims.

Unfortunately, the end left me with a bit of a mess of a story that I had trouble really trying to believe, while I did work out the killer and their intentions after the half way mark, the reasoning sounded completely unbelievable. The ending was not remotely satisfying either, leaving me wishing for a better outcome for these characters.

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