By Riley Sager
Published by Dutton
on July 11, 2017
Cover image and synopsis from 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.
I was super excited to read Final Girls!! I’d heard great things about it, and the synopsis definitely made it sound like this was my kind of book. I pre-ordered the ebook and started reading on my lunch hour on release day. From the first page, I didn’t want to put it down. I ended up reading the whole book in one day.
This was gripping and the characters were, at times, infuriating – and I was so into it! It was kind of like watching a scary movie at times, because I kept wanting to yell at someone not to do/say something that they were clearly going to do/say anyway, just like I do when watching movies.
I loved the way the story jumped back to the night at Pine Cottage, slowly revealing more about what happened that night. And early on, I developed a theory that turned out to be right, which made me happy, but I didn’t actually see everything coming, which made me happier.
I didn’t trust anyone in this story, but I could see why Quincy would want to trust Sam. I liked the way the idea of the ‘final girl’ was explored in this story. It was such a fun read, and it reminded me of how much I liked the (unrelated) 2015 movie ‘Final Girls’ starring Malin Akerman, Taissa Farmiga, and Nina Dobrev (go watch it!).
This was a really fun, absorbing mystery/thriller, and I will probably be book-pushing this on people all year! Recommended!