Final Girls (Riley Sager)


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.

I liked this book. Full on, enjoyed it. I found it hard to put down two nights in a row. You just gotta push past the first few chapters.


Quincy. Girl, you are one cray-cray person. Give me some of those Xanax.

The author did a great a great job at constructing characters the way they needed to be displayed to the reader. They made you question every single motive and action they had and I love that. I love not being able to trust anybody and unreliable narrators. It’s my favorite thing! Using my mind as my own. So awesome.

Ugh…Some things I guessed. Flat out nailed it. I won’t even lie to you right now. BUT!


Some things I didn’t. The balance of the predictions and non-predictions were enough to keep me on my toes full force. And the way the author wrote the book, with flashbacks and timeframes, were a nice touch to keep me hooked enough to keep going.

Although the first couple of chapters are slow building, once you push past them the pacing is incredible. The turns and twists are on every page and you pick up so many things that in turn take you to the end. Did you guess it all? Some of it?


Final Girls is one of the better thrillers I have read this year and I was not a bit disappointed. The author took a fantastic premise and wove a nice little story leaving the reader to use their brain and play out all of the possibilities and I’m a huge advocate of that.


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