Author: Riley Sager
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Publishing
Synopsis: 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.
First, thank you so so much to Dutton Publishing for including me in the review of this amazing book. Every Friday, I would receive an email from the Final Girls, that had clues and amazing giveaways. It was something that many publishers have not done, so it was definitely new and unique and was an awesome way to get the reviewers involved with the tale.
Oh My Gosh! What on earth did I just finish?! Stephan King was right when he said this book was one of the best from 2017, and everyone needs to read it. It comes out today, so stop what you are doing and go get this phenomenal book RIGHT NOW!
Fulls of unexpected plot twists, I just had to keep reading it. From thinking it was one outcome, the turn comes out of nowhere and you are forced to rethink everything you had before. I like the way Sager developed Quincy and Sam’s characters—I don’t feel as if the other characters were given the same complexity and depth, but you were still able to understand them fully.
The writing style reminded me of Ruth Ware’s to a point, mostly because both authors write jaw-dropping psychological thrillers that will leave you wanting more. The style grips you and drags you through the story, encompassing the world of the novel and mixing it with the real world. I had no idea where the story was going because it would be leading you in one direction, and then take a complete 180 in the other direction.
This was one hell of a thrilling ride, I know Riley Sager will do really well with this book – I wouldn’t be surprised if this was made into a horror/thriller movie. The book reminded me of a Criminal Minds episode playing out in a book, which takes a lot of skill to write like that.
If you’re a fan of suspense novels, this is one you’ll want to pick up. It certainly will make you think the next time you hear about a sole survivor of a horrific incident.
P.S. Here are some of the photos I entered into the Final Girls contest, thought some of you would enjoy these 🙂 (my arms are just painted btw)