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Review: You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron

You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight is for all fans of the Final Girl. It’s for those who have ever thought summer camp seemed a bit sinister, who love escape games, and who aren’t afraid of fact and fiction. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Charity Curtis has the summer job of her dreams, playing the “final girl” at Camp Mirror Lake. Guests pay to be scared in this full-contact terror game, as Charity and her summer crew recreate scenes from a classic slasher film, Curse of Camp Mirror Lake. The more realistic the fear, the better for business.

But the last weekend of the season, Charity’s co-workers begin disappearing. And when one ends up dead, Charity’s role as the final girl suddenly becomes all too real. If Charity and her girlfriend Bezi hope to survive the night, they’ll need figure out what this killer is after. Is there is more to the story of Mirror Lake and its dangerous past than Charity ever suspected?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight is a thrilling fast paced read. I devoured this one in a day – I had to find out the ending. Charity is put through a weekend of horror, mystery, and secrets. I wouldn’t have been able to read this in the dark, especially as someone who grew up living in the woods. Throughout You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight the line between fact and fiction is blurred for us and Charity. We don’t know who is an actor, when the moment is that it goes off the rails, or if we can trust even what we read.

Even till the end, Bayron just proves we cannot trust anyone around us. And don’t even get me started on the ending. I would have loved if You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight was a bit longer in some parts, just so we could sink a bit more into that terrifying atmosphere. Those moments where the other show drops and where we aren’t sure if what we see is real. I also wish we could see more of the side characters to make their additions – and disappearances – a bit more meaningful.

Overall, You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight is a quick horror read that will scratch the itch for Final Girls and lakeside terror. Find You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, & Blackwells.


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