“I’m a fucking final girl.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
If you need me I’ll just be adding all of Riley Sager’s books to my bookshelves. I’ve always found it so funny that when it comes to thriller/horror/suspenseful movies I want no part in watching them but when it comes to books that fall within that genre I eat them up. Final Girls was a whirlwind of a read from start to finish and I’m so happy I decided to give this one a chance. I always feel like I never read enough within these genres and then when I do I love the books so I’ve definitely been making more of an effort to include them on my reading lists.
What I Liked
📈 Pacing. From start to finish this book had me hooked. The way Sager unravels Quincy’s past and present was so effective to the plot that I literally never wanted to put this down. Every chapter felt like it gave you just the right amount of new information but still left you dying to find out the rest.
🙅🏻♀️ Can’t trust anyone. Let’s be real overthinking is my job as it is – so there is truly nothing I love more than unreliable narrators in a story, especially in psychological thrillers. Now add an entire group of characters you can’t trust and I’m sold. I absolutely live for books where I find myself not only engrossed in the story but dissecting each character apart in terms of the things they say and how they act. It keeps my already busy mind even busier.
☠️ Horror trope heavy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but for me it got the job done. There’s a lot of the same tropes we’ve seen over and over again in horror movies and books in Final Girls, however, when it’s all said and done with the way Sager tied the story together I think it really worked to books advantage. And sometimes it just doesn’t get any better than the classic horror tropes we’ve grown up knowing.
🔪 The ending I never saw coming. I’m not going to lie, y’all….this one got me. Normally, I’m pretty good at figuring out a few plot twists in the story but never in a million years would I have guessed the book would end the way it did. So needless to say when a book can get me that good I’m all in.
What I Didn’t Like
📖 Stick to the book. This is more of a personal preference but I would highly recommend sticking to the book and passing on the audiobook if you’re debating between to the two. The audiobook goes back and forth between two narrators – one for Quincy’s past and one for the present. The narrator for Quincy’s past was pretty dull in my opinion and it did make those parts of the book seem to drag despite them being vital parts of the plot. Once I get near the end I decided to try the e-Book it worked 10000% times better for me.
All in all, if you’re looking for a solid, fast paced psychological thriller I would highly recommend Final Girls. While I wouldn’t say it was scary there were some parts that might be creepy/eerie to readers if you happened to get scared or creeped out by these type of reads. Other than that it’s definitely a read that will keep your mind racing while you’re flying through the pages trying to figure out what happens next.
Until next time,