Final Girls by Riley Sager

Content Warning – Murder, Substance Abuse/Alcoholism, Molestation, Rape 

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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.

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I enjoyed the plot of this book. I usually never get into thrillers, but the plot hooked me. The writing was a bit slow up until the end and then you are receiving mass amounts of info in just a few pages, that may have been the point but I think it should have been spaced out a bit more.

Your main character Quincy has been through hell, she survived an attack on her and her friends. She is the only survivor, the final girl. 10 Years later, she is living in New York with her boyfriend running her baking blog. She still deals with the events of that night, but she can’t remember a period of time that night. She is constantly popping Xanax to get through her day. When Samantha shows up, Quincy is forced to relive that night all over again.

I found myself wanting to know more and couldn’t put the book down. There were moments when it became a bit repetitious in some parts. I found myself confused with so much information at once, your constantly questioning everything that’s going on. The writing flipped back and forth between current time and 10 years ago at pine cottage. I found the flashback more interesting than the current time. I was constantly waiting for something to happen or something to be revealed about what happened. In the last, say 50 pages is where it picked up and you really found out everything of what happened.

I genuinely thought I had the novel figured out about halfway through, but Riley flipped the script on me and I never saw it coming. That ending blew me away and essentially made me like the book more and honestly redeemed it at that point. This is my first thriller read and honestly now I want more.

Have you read Final Girls? What did you think?

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