Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Number of Pages: 450
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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-fiance, 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 Final Girl, 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.
Here we follow Quincy Carpenter—a survivor from a horrific event that happened ten years ago which killed all of her friends. She was labeled as a Final Girl, together with two other girls—Lisa Milner and Samantha Boyd—who suffered the same tragic event the she went through. In present day, her life has been normal with the help of her trusted friend Coop, the officer who helped her all those years ago. Everything has been going smoothly with her life until Sam shows up on her front door.
This novel started off slow which I am not a huge fan of when it comes to thrillers. It took me a while to get invested in the story because the beginning was just so slow and the characters tend to be so frustrating! But it finally picked up pace halfway through. The twists (yes with an S) towards the ending made it all worth it, it’s what made me give this book a 4 stars.
Overall, it’s not a new favorite but I definitely enjoyed reading this and I’m looking forward to reading Riley Sager’s other books as I’ve heard that he just keeps getting better.