Final Girls

Final Girls

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls , by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl , you'll like this."--Stephen King

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 Final Girl, 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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781101985366
Characteristics: 342 pages


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JCLPiepieB Jul 08, 2019

I couldn't put this book down! "Slasher thriller" isn't usually my genre of choice, and all the blood and guts and gore may be too much for those readers with a weaker stomach. But the storyline is dramatic and addicting. This will make a great movie!

Jan 04, 2019

THIS BOOK WAS EXCELLENT! Keeps you guessing until the end! Good Thriller! Read it!

Oct 11, 2018

This was a highly disappointing novel with flat characters and an unlikeable, unrealistic protagonist that serves as a horrible representation of trauma victims.

Sep 26, 2018

I had high expectations of this book considering I had read Riley sagar's, The last time I lied and that was a thriller through and through. That book was superb and had me hooked. Whereas this book was flat. The first 3/4 of the book is pretty stagnant, with lots of xanax popping and one dimensional characters like Jeff. It picks up towards the end with a pretty unrealistic ending. I mean, really? So many holes in the story, it was a total let down.

Sep 12, 2018

As someone who loves a good thriller, I appreciated that this was a fairly different plot than most of the female centric novels released in the past few years. The "massacre survivor" plotline felt fresh and the crimes more visceral than the average "missing persons" tales. A couple of the twists were obvious from a mile away, but I truly didn't see the biggest twist coming until it was in front of my face. While I wish a few of the characters had been delved into a bit deeper, I was ultimately satisfied.

Jul 05, 2018

I thought this was a really interesting concept and the book appeared to be all the rage last year. When I finally got around to reading it, I'm left wondering what was all the fuss? There seemed to be a decent outline of a story, but it was mostly filler and didn't add up to a lot of substance. Even though there were clues of where it was going in the end, the final twist still made me roll my eyes.

While reading it, I wanted to know more about how Quincy was coping or not coping. There are hints that her mother wanted her to act normal and get over it, but that isn't delved into very much. I wish that had been explored more. She appears to have some rage issues related to her attack, but that is mostly hinted at for plot purposes (and red herrings) rather than as character development.

What we are left with is so much baking. She has a blog about baking and she bakes as a way to control what is happening to her. I got it, but there were so many descriptions about her baking. Then Sam shows up and Quincy shows her how to bake, and then they are both baking or Sam is baking. It was too much. Also, Quincy's long-time boyfriend Jeff was really underwritten. I never knew if anything he was saying or doing matched up to what his character would do since I had no idea what his character's motivations were.

Beyond the first third of the book that is all set-up (including so much of the baking mentioned previously), the rest of it flew by. I wanted to know what happened. I knew at some point Quincy would remember what happened to her or find out what really happened on the night of her attack. I liked some of the red herrings about Sam and Quincy. Could I really trust them? What secrets were they hiding? It was enough to keep me reading. It also helped that the chapters were short.

Overall, I didn't become invested in any character in the book. At times, different characters were in danger, but I never felt like I would be sad if anything bad happened to any of them. This would make a perfect beach read thriller. It's mostly plot with no character development and it makes for a quick read.

Apr 01, 2018

I didn't see that ending coming! Great story and once I got into it I finished quite quickly. Quincy is a strong main character with many flaws as well

neyoscribbles Mar 09, 2018

Slow at first but quickly becomes a page turner. Half-way through, I couldn't help but kind of naively accept who's done it, even if it is with so much resentment because the motives for the murders seemed like a cop out. But, wow...I finally got to the end and when I discovered who had actually "done it", I couldn't breathe with all the betrayal and deceit lodged in my throat. Despite the dramatics, I still dislike the motives behind the actions but I suppose it is still somehow rational in a world with miswired humans. Would not be surprised if this gets made into a movie, with the thriller-esque film style writing.

marycatlyons Jan 30, 2018

This was a difficult read to get through. Not because of the content, but due to the dragging storyline. It honestly couldn't have ended fast enough for me. I felt it was lacking in a lot of areas, but mostly in the ability to jump fluidly from one storyline to another. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and even though you're probably supposed to feel awful for the protagonist, Quinn, I just found myself becoming more and more irritated. Mostly because there were still pages upon pages to be read, but also because Quinn was just plain irritating.

Jan 25, 2018

I rarely abandon a book once started, but the uninspired writing style, the fact that there was little I could find about the hackneyed characters to make me put in the effort to understand and empathize with their behavior and motivations, and the small but distracting errors in scene descriptions and continuity within a particular "scene," made me happy to jettison this particular work only a third of the way through. (And speaking of sub-par writing, my apologies for the run-on sentence!)

Too many current works seem to be trying (and sometimes failing) to cash in on the twisty-ending "The Girl on the Train" genre, and to me, this was another unfortunate example of that trend. Sadly, I found this work uninspired and downright insulting to the seasoned reader used to more compelling reads. Perhaps I would have found this book more rewarding if I could have slogged through more pages, but life is too short, and there are many more interesting and well-written books to explore...

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