Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager (THE THRILLER TO READ)

Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 352
Expected Publication: July 11th, 2017
House: Dutton
Recieved from: NetGalley

Goodreads 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.

My Thoughts:

Listen people, you need to stop what your’re doing: put down your books, put down your food, put down your cat and get this book. Run to the book store in your pajamas if need be!

This is one of those books that’ll have you gasp and make you do mental double takes. This is an excellent psycological thriller and with an unreliable narrator, you can’t be sure anything is 100% true. Strolling through this book makes you feel like there are things lurking in the shadows and hiding around corners. At least that’s how I felt. I mean, come on! Aren’t those the best types of thrillers? The ones that fill your mind with doubts? The ones that keep you guessing and flipping the pages till your morning alarm goes off? (Oops!)

» Plot: This takes place 10 years after the horrific Pine Cottage massacre which left Quincy to be the only survivor of her five friends. This incident leaves her with repressed memories and a daily dose of Xanax; it also ties her to two other women who have also been the sole survivors in separate incidents, in separate times. The media dubs them “Final Girls” like what they call the pretty girl left alive in a horror film. (Pretty sick, right?) The book continues to depict how people follow real life horrific events for morbid entertainment.

The plot is propelled into motion when Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead. Lisa’s death brings Quincy and Sam, the second Final Girl together. Sam’s presence in her life leads to a series of events and triggers flashes of memories Quincy thought were buried for good. What the eff really happened that night at Pine Cottage? Suspicion and doubt thickens the air and clings to Quincy.

» Writing: Riley Sager is a genius! This story was so masterfully plotted. Upon completing the book, it’s clear the author had an end game in mind, and knew how to keep my head spinning and keep me on my toes. The writing was absolutely addicting even when the main character isn’t doing anything particularly interesting or gripping. There’s just something about how the author wrote that made the characters seem so realistic and alive. I think the inner monologues played a huge role in shapping Quincy; I don’t think her character would have the same level of depth if the whole book was told in a third person narrative.

The story is split into to different times: the present Quincy trying to figure out what happened to Lisa while struggling with her past and the past Quincy in Pine Cottage leading up to what happened that night. They both slowly unravel together. I loved it because you are just as uncertain of everything as the main character and get to come to realizations together and experience the same shock or dread or whatever the emotion may be.

It was excellently paced that made for a delicious read. Final Girls is a book that’ll consume you just as easily as you consume it. I can defintely see this being the thriller of the year.


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