Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Synopsis: 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.
It can be hard to find a thriller that offers a great story line, characters that bring the story to life, and twists that actually make the story super exciting. So I’m really happy that I came across Final Girls, because it had all of those elements plus more, making it a totally enjoyable book that I loved from the very first page.
Final Girls is like a horror movie – and a good one. It has an original plot that really draws the reader into the story, and yes, there are some gruesome details that those who love horror movies and books have come to enjoy. From the scary, thrilling moments to the everyday look into the main character’s life, there isn’t a single dull moment the entire way through the book – it really kept me on my toes and kept me guessing and interested, all the way to the very end.
The characters in the book are so real and full of personality, and all of their horror stories really add to the chilling atmosphere of the book. Quincy, Lisa, and Sam have all been through ordeals that no one should ever have to deal with – ordeals that they were the only survivors of, and they carry that around with them. While they never meet, despite the media trying to get them to for ages, things go south when Lisa ends up dead, and Sam decides to seek out Quincy to put a stop to everything that is going on.
Like I said, the creepy vibes that I got off this book make it a perfect summer thriller, and I think I’m adding it to my favorites list! If you like thrillers, don’t miss this one!
There are so many well thought out elements and details in Final Girls that makes it such a joy to read. I really found myself drawn to the characters the most, as this book really is a character driven novel that I honestly have to recommend to anyone who likes a good thriller .
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Guest review contributed by Here’s to Happy Endings. Kelly focuses on young adult book reviews, with author interviews, giveaways, and memes such as Waiting on Wednesdays, as well as participating in blog tours. She enjoys working with authors to promote books!