Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

July 24, 2017 Book Reviews, Horror 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Final Girls by Riley SagerFinal Girls by Riley Sager
Published by Dutton on July 11th 2017
Genres: Psychological, Thriller
Pages: 342
Source: NetGalley
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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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Talk about edge of your seat reading! I’m absolutely sure my fingers were glued to my kindle, white knuckled! I fell into this so much that reality disappeared.

The premise is pretty simple, Quincy Carpenter survived an attack on her friends and lived to tell the tale. Sadly, she got a badgering because of it. Not only from the cops that didn’t totally believe her story, but from people that started to obsess with her.

Quincy settles into a routine and winds up making a life for herself, something far and away from the slaughter that happened ten years ago.

Downside, there are two views in this, the present and Quincy’s past. I didn’t fully care about the present Quincy although through getting to know her she tells the reader more about her past. It’s not Quincy that is opening up though, she has refused to think about that night and pretends that her life is all cupcakes and roses. Literally. Sadly, she’s not past it so when Samantha Boyd enters her life she is thrown for a whirl but instead of just telling Samantha to get out, she goes with it. Leaving me to believe that she wasn’t fully happy with the facade she created anyway.

The entire telling of the story was interesting. There is a build up in both narrations. It’s hard the way it is written to be able to see what Quincy does remember but I think that what the reader is shown is what the present Quincy can see. As she goes further down the rabbit hole, more and more is opening up, for her and for the reader, making almost a jigsaw puzzle as she sees more about that evening.

Samantha is a bit of a strange one though. Like seriously, I don’t care who you are, some crazy person shows up at my door she is going to be seeing that door again really soon. I don’t think there was quite enough holding the girls together. Quincy had a lot more choices than she is left to believe which frustrated me. She is also frustrated but she rolls with it and even gets herself into more trouble!

As she was catapulted to the end it seemed that there were clues, but not the ones I was suspecting. While I usually love when I do not figure out the main culprit, I don’t love it when I CANNOT due to lack of evidence. There has to be something sprinkled somewhere, and although there are many clues that will lead the reader to many different endings the actual ending was a bit of a shocker but without the electricity to back it up.

I loved the book and even with the lack of clues I definitely recommend this one. The story has enough world and character building, maybe even too much, to drag the reader in and leave them wanting to know the answers. I was left thinking about this one for days after reading, which is always a good thing. Minus that one part at the end, all of it was great.


Rating Report
4.5 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
4.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.6 / 5



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.

Riley’s first novel, FINAL GIRLS (called “The first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King), will be published in 2017 in the United States, the United Kingdom and more than twenty countries around the world.

Visit Riley at, and on Twitter @Riley_Sager.









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