Final Girls

Final Girls

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls , by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl , you'll like this."--Stephen King

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 Final Girl, 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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781524745080
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,24 cm.


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Chapel_Hill_MeganB Apr 20, 2020

As a horror movie fan, I was very excited to hear about and read this book. The “final girl” trope is an icon and trademark of slasher films, and I think a thriller featuring ‘final girls’ from different survival situations is a genius idea. While the characters are somewhat one-dimensional, this thriller provides twists throughout the book. Some are more predictable than others, though the final reveals and twists are genuinely shocking, and I applaud the author for that. However, I also have to note that while the author is listed as Riley Sagar, Sagar is a pseudonym for novelist Todd Ritter. I do think the author struggled to write female characters that felt real and non-stereotypical; to be honest, at times it really did take me out of the book. I would still recommend reading this book- it’s a fun, thrilling, page-turning read, and I love the concept and premise. However, due to the writing of the main characters and some of the more predictable twists, I am not sure how fully it lived up to its potential.

IndyPL_CarriG Apr 14, 2020

This book surprised me several times, and, even as someone who reads a lot of mysteries and thrillers, I was blindsided at the end! It's got intensity but not so much that it drives you crazy, but it is a fast read with interesting characters with just enough edge to keep you interested.

Dec 29, 2019

Same author as Lock Every Door

ReadingAdviser_Sally Nov 01, 2019

Not quite as blood soaked and exciting as I was hoping, but it was a fun read none the less.

Jul 22, 2019

I loved this fast-paced thriller that offers a fresh take on the horror trope of the final girl.

JCLPiepieB Jul 08, 2019

I couldn't put this book down! "Slasher thriller" isn't usually my genre of choice, and all the blood and guts and gore may be too much for those readers with a weaker stomach. But the storyline is dramatic and addicting. This will make a great movie!

Jan 04, 2019

THIS BOOK WAS EXCELLENT! Keeps you guessing until the end! Good Thriller! Read it!

Oct 11, 2018

This was a highly disappointing novel with flat characters and an unlikeable, unrealistic protagonist that serves as a horrible representation of trauma victims.

Sep 26, 2018

I had high expectations of this book considering I had read Riley sagar's, The last time I lied and that was a thriller through and through. That book was superb and had me hooked. Whereas this book was flat. The first 3/4 of the book is pretty stagnant, with lots of xanax popping and one dimensional characters like Jeff. It picks up towards the end with a pretty unrealistic ending. I mean, really? So many holes in the story, it was a total let down.

Sep 12, 2018

A couple of items seemed too convenient for the story, but overall a good book. I couldn't put it down toward the end!

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Nov 01, 2019

“There's something energizing about getting what you want, even if that something is shame.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Nov 01, 2019

“You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it.”

Oct 21, 2019

“That’s not your choice. It’s already been decided for you. You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it.”

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