I can’t believe it took me so long to read this one! It’s been on my list to finally get through some of my Riley Sager back log and I had been putting Final Girls off for months despite all the amazing reviews I’ve read for it. What a fast paced, gripping rollercoaster ride this book was! 😳 I was not ready for it.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: “Ten years ago, six friends went on vacation. One made it out alive….
In that instant, college student Quincy Carpenter became a member of a very exclusive club—a group of survivors the press dubbed “The Final Girls”: Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who endured the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape the massacre at Pine Cottage. Despite the media’s attempts, the three girls have never met.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life. Her mind won’t let her recall the events of that night; the past is in the past…until the first Final Girl is found dead in her bathtub and the second Final Girl appears on Quincy’s doorstep.
Blowing through Quincy’s life like a hurricane, Sam seems intent on making her relive the trauma of her ordeal. When disturbing details about Lisa’s death emerge, Quincy desperately tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies while evading both the police and bloodthirsty reporters. Quincy knows that in order to survive she has to remember what really happened at Pine Cottage.
Because the only thing worse than being a Final Girl is being a dead one.”
One of the things I love most about Sager’s writing style and attention to detail is that his stories feel immersive. I was captivated by this story from the very beginning and remained hooked through the end. At random points in time I genuinely had no idea where it was gonna go or what was real, and I loved how unpredictable it was.
While I honestly didn’t love any of the characters in this book, I was very intrigued by them and felt that they all fit into the story well. Quincy’s character frustrated the hell out of me though- she was unreliable, too influential, and made a lot of stupid decisions that pissed me off 😅 I had to say it. And Sam? Don’t even get me started… 🙃
Overall, Final Girls was the perfect book to satisfy my recent thriller cravings. If you are looking for a quick read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I highly recommend adding this to your TBR list.
BEER RECOMMENDATION: Final Girls by Riley Sager is best paired with History Repeating by Cushwa Brewing Company. This light and refreshing Pilsner contains notes of lemon, lime and green tea 🍻