Final Girls || Best Thriller Out There

“Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie.” 


Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Page Count: 342 pages
Genre: Thriller
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







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.




Thrillers are such a hit or miss with me… usually a miss. They seem to be a too far fetched, which is funny because fantasy isn’t? But perhaps I am more lenient with fantasy because the plot is occurring in a world that isn’t our own whereas thrillers occur in our world. Either way, thrillers have been a major struggle for me.
I am so happy to say I have found a thriller book I completely loved! It was SO GOOD. A friend of mine (@freshbrewbooks) recommended I give it a shot so I thought, okay one more thriller and if I hate it I give up on the genre completely. Holy smokes! I was pulled in and the entire book kept my attention.
It was eerie, it had great pacing, the intensity built flawlessly, the topic was so interesting and I just love a good cottage in the woods murdery movie so of course I liked this book! The writing was so engrossing, Sager has amazing writing. It’s very rich writing which is surprising for a thriller. Perhaps that’s why I like it so much.
This is a great nod to those classic slasher films from the 80s! 

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