Book Reviews

Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

July 28, 2017

GENRE & SYNOPSIS

Fiction/Mystery Thriller

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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RATING AND REVIEW

3.5/5 ⭐s

I will try to make this review to basically be as vague as possible because I do not want to spoil the fun for you. So let's  just set this review with a criteria: for me, a mystery thriller read is a good read if 1.) it's unputdownable 2.) a little bit creepy and  3.) the ending surprised you - tremendously (plot twist is everything people!).

Now let's go over our criteria, shall we? One, is it unputdownable? Yes it is - at least for me! It's an alternating view from the past - particularly what happened in the cabin told in third person and to the present told by the main character herself. There were minimal  dull moments, and if there were, I felt like these were essential to knowing more of the MC and what she's been dealing with, and so at the end of each chapters you need to find out more!

Two, is it a bit creepy? I only felt that sudden creeping feeling a few chapters in, a little bit in the middle with secondary character revelations and towards the end. It wasn't a constant-bugging-wont-let-you-sleep-creepy feeling that I am hoping for, which actually gave me a bit of a bore and predictability as the story progresses. Mostly, what contributes to the "scary" feels is that the MC has traumatic amnesia and does not remember a thing about the incident that killed all of her friends in the remote cabin and why only she survived. You will be suspicious and like me, will probably start paranoid thoughts to build that plot (because that's how we roll).

Three, did the ending surprised you? Probably not in the way the author would've hoped. I have a gut feeling about the ending all throughout the read and turns out I was right. See, this is the problem when you've read a lot of thriller mysteries, you're developing a criminal mind, lol. Seriously though, it felt to me as if the ending was made like that for the shock factor and sadly, I'm not so much of a fan. But it was definitely thrilling towards the end like 10 to 15 pages in - the truth, the lies, the questions - everything is answered almost flawlessly.

All in all, it is a book i'll recommend to you if you are a fan of reads that bugs your mind and made you want to finish it in one-sitting. This one is definitely it!

Until next book!

  1. I was quite disappointed with the ending of FINAL GIRLS, to be honest. The book had a really good premise and the writing was smooth, but for me, the narration for the past got a bit boring. I did enjoy Sam’s character though and reading how about how her character unraveled Quincy.

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