Author: Riley Sager
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Page Count: 342
Initial Post Reading Thoughts
I totally meant to read this during the month of October which shows you how terribly behind I am in my reading goals lately! Even if December wasn’t the most ideal month to read this novel, I still really enjoyed it! I’m a sucker for any type of suspense/psychological thriller and I hadn’t read one in a while, so Final Girls satisfied all of my cravings. I loved the twists and turns and the fact that I didn’t predict the ending!
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.
What I Liked
The final girl trope. I loved that Riley Sager took a typical trope from a standard slasher horror movie, you know…the one where there’s only one girl left standing who manages to defeat the serial killer, and turn it into a story that could happen in real life. These girls all managed to survive mass-killings and lived to tell the tale. While this trope is slightly annoying when it comes to horror films, I quite enjoyed it as a work of fiction within this novel! It made for a unique take on the psychological thriller genre.
The ending. I’ve seen a lot of reviews where people mentioned that they were able to figure out the twist before it happened. I applaud those people because I honestly DID NOT see it coming! I personally really liked this ending and how I wasn’t able to predict anything. It was a genuine twist for me and I absolutely loved it.
The pacing. I wouldn’t say that the writing was mind-blowing, but this story was definitely written in such a quick pace style that kept me wanting more. It was genuinely addicting and kept me eager to keep reading and unravel the mystery!
What I Didn’t Like
I can’t really pinpoint it. This book wasn’t a five star read for me, but I can’t really figure out what it was about it that I didn’t enjoy. Maybe it was the characters? None of them were really likable or unique. Maybe it was the writing style? While it was fast paced, it wasn’t exactly the best writing I have ever read either. I’m really not sure to be honest. Maybe there was just a little something that was missing.
Overall, I really enjoyed this suspenseful story! I’ve heard that this is going to be adapted into either a film or series and I can totally see that working! I enjoyed this novel as much as I thought I would and I’m excited to read more from Riley Sager in the future!
About The Author
Riley Sager is a pseudonym for an author who has been previously published under another name. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley is a writer, editor and graphic designer who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to writing, Riley enjoys reading, movies and baking. Riley’s first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, will be published in July in the United States, the United Kingdom and twenty other countries around the world.
Thank you for reading!