Mystery/Thriller

Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

A thriller that explores what happens to the lone survivor of horror movie-scale massacre.


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Final Girls book cover

Final Girls

by Riley Sager

Published June 11, 2017 by Dutton
ISBN: 1101985364

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads): Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

My Review

This book took me on such an amazing ride! I absolutely adored every minute with this thriller.

The Pros: What worked for me

  • The story is mainly told from Quincy’s perspective, and she was a character that I really liked. The author did a great job of showcasing Quincy’s strengths and weaknesses, and making her likeable and believable.
  • I really liked all of the characters; each one was unique and intriguing to read about and I found it easy to imagine all of the different interactions playing out.
  • The story itself had loads of different twists and turns, and there definitely wasn’t a single boring minute there! Nothing was too far-fetched as to throw me for a loop; everything worked and created this awesome thrill factor that fed my thrill addiction!

I can go on and on about this novel but it is so much better if you experience it for yourself! If you like thrillers, then this is one you do NOT want to miss out on!

Happy   reading ~

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