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Final Girls Hardcover – 11 July 2017

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  • Publisher : Dutton Books (11 July 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1101985364
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1101985366
  • Dimensions : 16.36 x 2.79 x 23.65 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Praise for Final Girls

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

"A terrific read!"--Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author

"Sager does an excellent job throughout of keeping the audience guessing until the final twist. A fresh voice in psychological suspense."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Sager cleverly plays on horror movie themes from Scream to Single White Female, creating an homage without camp. Despite comparisons to Gone Girl, this debut's strong character development and themes of rebirth and redemption align more closely with Flynn's Dark Places."--Booklist (starred review), "The Year's Best Crime Novels"

"The tale builds to a fantastic conclusion that will have readers thinking of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train. . . . This brilliant horror/psychological thriller will fly off the shelves."--Library Journal (starred review)

"You know the cold dread that washes over you while you're watching a slasher flick? That's how you'll feel reading this blood-spattered mystery."--Entertainment Weekly

"Part thriller, part horror story, Final Girls borrows riffs from Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Single White Female, but remains its own sophisticated creature. . . . Taut and bloody, this chilling mystery invites Gillian Flynn comparisons. Readers should prepare to sleep with the lights on."--ShelfAwareness

"Stephen King dubbed this page-turner about three women with a seriously grim bond the 'first great thriller of 2017.' So yeah, it's good."--Cosmopolitan

"A twisty thriller that keeps you guessing whodunit."--Family Circle

"In horror movies, the 'final girl' is the one young woman who makes it out of a slasher film alive. But in Sager's story, Quincy, who survived a mass murder, refuses to play into the 'final girl' trope. Instead, she creates a fulfilling life in NYC. Then, a woman like her dies of an apparent suicide, and Quincy's well-crafted facade gradually begins to unravel. This one will keep you guessing until the very last page."--PureWow

"Final Girls is a twisty horror novel that will keep you perched, terrified, at the edge of your seat until the very last page."--Bustle

"Sager quickly ratchets up the mystery and the psychological suspense in classic slasher-movie fashion . . . [and] takes time to delve into the head of the main character, creating an emotionally charged experience readers won't soon forget."--BookPage

"The tone of this book is absolutely spot on--more Dark Places than Gone Girl--but it's creepy as hell and it evokes the best qualities of '80s slasher movies."--Book Riot

"Far and away the best thriller that came out this year."--PopSugar

"A cleverly devised, expertly written psychological thriller."--Fresh Fiction

"Final Girls is the reason they came up with the term 'page-turner.' "--PopHorror

"Riley Sager's loving ode to the slasher film, Final Girls, was 2017's perfect summer read."--CrimeReads

"Readers won't want to put this intense thriller down on the beach blanket--though that blanket may come in handy for hiding under during some of the book's scarier moments." --The Deseret News

"The Final Girls need you. You must sit down with this book, you must read. You must start flipping pages, faster, faster, faster. The Final Girls are tough, everything survivors should be. But the new threat is clever, ominous, even closer than you suspect. You are about to gasp. You might drop the book. You may have to look over your shoulder. But you must keep reading. This is the best book of 2017, the Final Girls need you."--Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

"Final Girls is a compulsive read, with characters who are at once unreliable and sympathetic. Just when you think you've figured out the plot, the story pivots in a startling new direction. . . . A taut and original mystery that will keep you up late trying to figure out a final twist that you won't see coming."--Carla Norton, bestselling author of The Edge of Normal and What Doesn't Kill Her

"Part psychological thriller, part homage to slasher flicks and film noir, Final Girls has a little bit of everything: a suspicious death, a damaged heroine, an unwelcome guest who trades in secrets, and not a single character you can trust. Plenty of nail-biting fun!"--Hester Young, author of The Gates of Evangeline

"There are uncommon books and films that crack the 'safe place, ' that have us forgetting it's only a story. Nobody knows exactly how this is done, but when it's done, we know it. Final Girls is operating on that plane; you will check your own arm for a wound a character suffers, you will look across the room when a character hears someone coming, and you will wonder if you yourself have the mettle to endure being a Final Girl."--Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box

"Smart and provocative, with plenty of twists and turns, Final Girls will have the reader racing breathlessly toward its shocking conclusion."--Sophie Littlefield, award-winning author of The Guilty One and The Missing Place

"Phenomenally drawn characters and an intriguing premise make this one of my favorite books I've read this year. An outstanding novel."--Hollie Overton, bestselling author of Baby Doll

"Captivating and compelling, with a refreshingly brilliant premise, Riley Sager is one to watch."--Lisa Hall, bestselling author of Between You and Me and Tell Me No Lies

"An intriguing, original idea. We've all shuddered at bloodbath stories--but how does the survivor cope? It made me think outside the psychological box. Fresh voice, great characterization, and unexpected surprises. This stayed in my mind because it was different."--Jane Corry, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Husband's Wife

About the Author

Riley Sager is the pseudonym of an author who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last Time I Lied and Final Girls, a national and international bestseller, which has been published in more than two-dozen countries.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Three girls survive separate serial killers - and now they are connected by a new murderous threat.
By Casey Carlisle on 11 January 2021
Actual rating 3.75 stars.

This was a thrilling and interesting read. I wasn’t quite sold on ‘Final Girls’ because I had difficulty relating to the protagonist, and she was always doing irrational things – stupid behaviour typical of pulp horror movie classics. In that way, ‘Final Girls’ is an entertaining homage to the genre; but for me, it was simply frustrating. I like my heroines intelligent, aware, and proactive. Quincy came across as volatile, reactive, and whiny.

It was on the cusp of being predictable – maybe because I’d already heard there was a twist, so I was really paying attention to the narrative. I wouldn’t say I predicted the ending, but I definitely pegged the murderer in my top two suspects… though the backstory to how this came about was a complete surprise. So Riley Sager definitely got me a good one. I have to admit his writing skills are right up there with the best. He can craft tension, suspense, and a reveal with expertise.

I already mentioned that Qunicy was not my favourite protagonist. It was like if she had just taken a step back and followed some common sense, most of this book would not have happened – which feels like a flimsy plot device for ‘Final Girls.’ It feels like this did a disservice to Sager’s writing, because he clearly has the chops to construct engaging prose.

Jeff, Quincy’s husband, really felt superfluous to the plot, I even found myself questioning why he was in the book in the first place. He did not feel like her husband, but merely a plot device.
Sam was wrong from the start – again a lot of frustration blossomed because of her character, and on the surface, she did not match the profile of a final girl... and this was dragged through the entirety of the novel. We do get some development of her character through conversations and Quincy’s research, but I feel like we should have gotten a more realised character in the beginning. It would have provided much more impact when sequential reveals happen later.

Coop was a really interesting character and I liked the tension built between him and the other characters.

There was a lot of jumping around the timeline through repressed memories resurfacing and flashbacks in conjunction with the current timeline, I’m not usually a fan of this storytelling device, amnesia is such a tired device, but it framed the plot really well. Though there was a bit too much compartmentalisation going on for me. Quincy intentionally kept her memories, and the people in her life, apart… which was another source of my frustration.

This many-times-mentioned frustration was good and bad. Good, in that is kept me interested and eager to uncover the truths behind my suspicions; and bad in that some plausibility was on flimsy ground.

I loved the concept of ‘Final Girls’ it had me enrapt from the first page and I am keen to read more from Riley Sager, he really knows how to exude atmosphere from the page. There was a reveal in every chapter, so the pacing was set at a cracking pace from start to finish.

Compelling read I recommend to all. On a side not, with Universal Studios having optioned this title for a film. I’m looking forward to how this story translates to the big screen.
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