Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Publication: 11 Jul 2017 by Ebury Press
Genre: Psychological 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.
I really enjoy reading novels under the suspense/mystery/psychological thriller genre. I like it when it makes me think – trying to piece together what happened and trying to understand each character in order to find out who and why they did it. Sometimes, it’s even the unexpected twists that would catch me off guard and would leave me thinking long after I am finished reading.
My father is the main reason behind my fascination in this genre, actually in reading in general. And I am beyond thankful for that.
Anyways, this is the first time I am reading a book from the author. And apparently, this is actually her first book, but under the ‘Riley Sager’ pseudonym. (What her real name is? I have no idea.) The book narrates the story through the present day and then after a few chapters would be a snippet of the vague memory of the main character about the murders.
As much as I would like to describe the characters to you and what happened to them, the synopsis pretty much gave it all. So I guess, I’ll just make this review really short.
There were some chapters or details that I feel were no longer necessary. Maybe it’s one way of understanding the character or a breath of fresh air from all the confusion the novel caused. I don’t know. But that is not a reason to abandon the book. I read it till the end because I wanted to know what really happened. And you know what? It definitely did not disappoint. As I proceed to read, a lot of questions were starting to form in head. Why did Lisa die? Why did Sam resurface? Why can’t Quincy remember what happened? Why is Sam pushing Quincy to remember the murder? Could Quincy be the real killer? So many questions and all answered by the second half of the novel because it sure had a lot of WTF moments. It was full of twists and surprises especially when Quincy started to remember what happened.
Overall, I liked it. This also needs to be turned into a movie. Definitely something to add on your to-be-read psychological thrillers.