A great crime read with heavy psycholigical thriller. Anyone who loves horror films will be familiar with the "Final Girl" trope; this both acknowledges it while not relying soley on it. Also great to see the author taking the concept and fleshing out the character to be more than just the girl in the final scene. Some decent thought has been given to the psychological & physiological aftermath of trauma.
The story is enthralling with the final twist punctuating the reader's thoughts as sharply as one of the knife attacks in the book. It is a real "didn't-see-that coming" endingthe . I shall be looking for more Riley Sager novels!
I read this for a book club and wasn’t sure how it’d go given I wouldn’t have picked it up myself. I didn’t mind it at all. The author leads you along multiple who-dunnit paths so when you think you have the answer something else drops into the mix. All in all, a good book and worth the read.
I wondered about the direction this book would take as it kicked off. The three baddies, who turned Lisa, Sam and Quincy into ‘final girls’ are all dead… so it seems there’s no mystery to be solved there. They’ve all had closure. So when Lisa’s suicide is discovered to be something else we’re forced to wonder if the girls themselves are being targeted. But by who, and why?
Sager does a good job at developing a sense of dread, rather than one of menace. We’ve come to care for Quincy. She’s resilient and seemingly moved on from her ordeal (despite the Xanax). Not remembering the events of the night of her friends’ murders seems to have offered her some protection. But there’s a thick air of foreboding as the novel progresses. We kinda know something bad is going to happen, but not exactly sure what or why.
And we’re offered a pretty limited pool, in terms of who may be of a threat to Quincy. There’s Coop – the cop who found Quincy and who has been her rock ever since as well as Jeff, Quincy’s boyfriend of several years. And of course there’s Sam who seems to be a terrible influence on Quincy – determined to get the third final girl to remember what happened ‘that night’ in Pine Cottage.
Oh… and then of course there’s Quincy who we learn – through flashbacks – was suspected (by police other than Coop) of knowing more than she let on about her night of terror.
In the present day the story unfolds in first person from Quincy’s point of view, so she can’t really keep any secrets from us. We know that she doesn’t really remember the night at the cottage. We know she refuses to think about Him. We know He is dead. But we also know that Sam’s appearance along with Lisa’s death is sparking some memories Quincy had assumed were lost forever.
Sager inserts flashback scenes throughout the book – chronologically initially – so we learn how Quincy and her friends came to be on their trip to Pine Cottage and the events of the day prior to the murders.
Happily Sager gives us a number of twists. I’d pondered on the various scenarios earlier in the novel but discounted them so she did a great job at keeping us guessing. She throws suspects and questions our way and then moves on. And – of course – she has us doubting Quincy… our host for this read.
I enjoyed this book and read it in a sitting. It’s well paced and we get glimpses of past events just as we need them. Quincy is likeable but complex and though Jeff and Coop seem intent to protect her, we’re not entirely sure who we can trust.
Final Girls was an interesting take on a crime/thriller novel. The interesting concept of being a "final girl" takes on a whole new turn when one of them winds up dead, and another appears out of nowhere.
Of course the whole time I was thinking it was one particular person, the way the author has written the story to make you think you're onto them. But then by the end, everything I thought I knew, was totally wrong and I got the shock of my life.
This is an interesting take on dealing with the aftermath of being the sole survivor of a heinous crime, and how one proceeds with their life.
I enjoyed reading this and would probably try more books by this author in the future.
Final Girls By Riley Sager is a mystery and thriller read. Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead... They were called The Final Girls. Three young women who survived unimaginable horror. Three victims of separate massacres grouped together by the press. Three strangers bound by similar traumas. Lisa. Quincy. Samantha. When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same. OMG what a roller coaster of a read. Absolutely fantastic read. With brilliant characters. Had me all over the place. Highly recommended. 5*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.