Final Girls by Riley Sager – A Review

Hi! It’s very late, but I thought I’d hop on here with a review of the fist book I finished this month.

Final Girls by Riley Sager
  • Publication date: July 17th 2017
  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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.

Quincy Carpenter is a Final Girl. It’s a name the media gave sole surviviors of massacres – and currently there are three: her, Lisa and Sam. But Quincy’s moved past it… she has a successful blog, an apartment in New York and a stable boyfriend. She remembers nothing from the Pine Cottage massacre, where her friends were slaughtered, and she wants to keep it that way. That is until Lisa dies and Sam shows up at her doorstep.

I don’t know what to think about Final Girls. The premise had me itching to pick up this book. It sounded interesting and messed up and exactly my cup of tea when it comes to thrillers. The execution turned out to be mediocre.

I think I disliked every single character in this book, Sam and Jeff the most. I thought at the start at least Quincy was alright, but I soon changed my mind. She was the most interesting out of all of them and I enjoyed the chapters she narrated, but I grew tired with her behaviour once Sam showed up. No matter how nicely Jeff was painted, he was really the worst boyfriend on the planet and every mention of him was a snooze fest. Sam was frustrating to the point where I needed to put the book down a few times because I just couldn’t stand her.

I was much more interested with the flashbacks from the cottage than most of the main plot. The first third of the book was pretty slow, but the overall mystery made me read on. Figuring out the plot twist is part of the fun for me when reading thrillers, and although I haven’t called the big finale, I figured out more less everything else. It didn’t make me enjoy the book any less, as they made sense. The ending, however, was quite disappointing. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t say much, but I feel like we weren’t shown any of the signs leading up to that reveal, and so it wasn’t entirely believable.

Still, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy this book. After the slow start, the pace really picked up and I ended up finishing the two thirds of the novel in one sitting, though not without frustration, which means it couldn’t have been that bad. I think Final Girls is an alright thriller that could’ve been better if the ending was changed or foreshadowed more throughout the story, so I’m giving it a hesitant 3 stars.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Would you recommend any other Riley Sager novels?

Thanks for reading! Until next time.

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