Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 out of 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸
It’s been ten years since Quincy Carpenter found herself the sole survivor of a horrific mass murder at Pine Cottage, which left her five college friends dead at the hands of a knife wielding madman. Having blocked out the events of that night, Quincy finds herself a member of the one club that no one wants to have to belong to, that of the Final Girls as dubbed by the media. Other survivors include, Lisa, who lost nine of her sorority sisters one night the knife wielding college dropout; and Sam, who survived an attack from the Sack Man while on duty at the Nightlight Inn.
Each woman has worked to put the events that forever changed their lives behind them by trying to move on with their lives as much as possible, despite the media’s attempts at disrupting their lives further. Quincy has worked hard to move on with help from her Xanax prescription, her baking blog, her caring boyfriend Jeff, and the constant reassurance of Coop, the cop who saved Quincy’s life all those years ago. For Quincy, she truly has moved on as the events of that night at Pine Cottage were so terrifying that she has completely blocked everything and suffers from total memory loss.
It’s after the first of the Final Girls, Lisa, is found dead in her bathtub with slit wrists, and the second Final Girl, Sam, shows up on Quincy’s doorstep, that she finally finds herself having to revisit the events of that night once and for all. Quincy finds herself in a race to learn the truth about Sam and why she’s there, evade the police and reporters, and to remember once and for all what truly happened that night at Pine Cottage if she has any hope of ensuring that she remain a survivor and Final Girl.
I am an avowed life long horror movie fan and it is because of my love of this genre, especially the slasher movies of my childhood and youth (Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream to name a few), that I knew I had to read this book after reading the synopsis. I made a point to reserve the book at my library before it was even released, in order to ensure that I would be one of the first ones to read it, that’s how excited for this book I was. I am happy to say that this book did not disappoint as it pulled me in right from the start and held my interest up to the very end.
I found the author’s writing style to be not only engaging, but vividly described. I was able to picture everything as though I were watching it unfold before me on TV. It was because of this wonderful storytelling, that I felt more and more like I was reading the story of my new favorite slasher movie. In fact, this book made think so much of those classic slasher flicks, that I finished the book wanting nothing more than to have a horror movie marathon.
Something I appreciated about how Final Girls was told, was that the reader was told not only what each of the women went through and how they survived, but it also showed what happened to them years after their respective attacks. This is something that few movies do, usually they end with the main character surviving the attack and being surrounded by emergency personnel as they clean up the scene. I liked getting to see how each of the women responded to what happened to them. From Lisa who went on to help other women who had survived violence against them, Sam who went off the grid, and how Lisa resorted to prescription drugs to cope.
One of the things I loved most about this book, aside from learning about the three women and their stories of survival, were all the red herrings that were dropped throughout the book. Just when I thought I knew where the story was heading and what actually happened to Quincy at Pine Cottage, something would be presented that completely changed my supposition and proved that I was wrong in my thinking. At no point was I able to figure out where the story was going and I greatly appreciated that, as too often I find that I can figure out the plot and ending long before its revealed. It was indeed a joy to have been surprised by the ending and I couldn’t be more satisfied with how everything was wrapped up.
I don’t want to give away too much about the plot or how things turn out, so I’ll just say that if you are a fan of horror movies, teen slasher movies and a good thriller that keeps you guessing up to the very end, then definitely read Final Girls. Now if you will excuse me, I think it’s time I re-watch some of my favorite slasher flicks and the strong women who survive them to the end.