Monday 30 April 2018

REVIEW ~ Final Girls by Riley Sager

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horrific massacre. Quincy along with her five friends was savagely attacked ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as "Him". 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 which also contains the names Lisa and Sam.

Lisa lost nine of her friends to a college dropout's knife. Sam went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn. The three girls have all been attempting to put their nightmares behind them along with trying to forget one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

Quincy is doing well, maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancĂ©, Jeff. She has a popular baking blog, a stunningly beautiful apartment that anyone would die for and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago who she knows she can call on at the drop of a hat. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night. The past is in better off staying in the past, isn't it??

When Lisa, the first Final Girl  is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, 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 here and what exactly does she want? 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.

Well, I didn't like it, I absolutely LOVED it!!  I couldn't read this fast enough, full of action, creepiness and eeriness.  It is told in 2 time frames also, the present day and after Lisa is found dead, it flashes back to when the horrific massacre took place at Pine Cottage which is spread throughout the story. I wasn't sure who to trust and even at times I was questioning whether Quincy could be trusted or was it the drugs she was taking that was masking the truth.  It reminded me of the old classic slasher films, like Halloween, Scream, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to name a few so Riley Sager definitely did their research well and you can tell that they love those slasher films too and that's a compliment as I LOVE the old horror movies - you can't beat them.  To be honest, I couldn't believe that the author is actually a male, which may surprise you, I really thought it was a woman.


The Final Girls is available in all good bookshops, libraries and on Kindle where it is currently £2.99 at the time of publication of this review.

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