32796253.jpgFinal Girls

by Riley Sager

Published: July 11th 2017

Hardcover, 342 pages


(Thanks to Netgally & Penguin Group Dutton,I received an ARC of this book to review)


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, 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.



I need to start off by saying how much I loved the author’s attention to detail, there was the perfect amount without going overboard. I thought the writing flowed so beautifully, and how each flashback was introduced. It just flowed so amazingly.

Each character has completely different thought processes, which made for much better character development. Quincy was an admirable and strong character, I absolutely loved her. Sam tended to frustrate me with her almost fearless actions.

The twists and turns are like non I’ve ever seen and really added to the overall story. I loved all the quotes that were empowering to survivors of any trauma, I even wrote a few down in my personal notebook. I loved that there were touches on the subject of untreated PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). This book is easily one of my favorites of 2017!




  1. I just heard about this one recently, actually…in the context of male thriller writers choosing androgynous pseudonyms to capitalize upon the prominence of female writers. It’s interesting because that’s like the OPPOSITE of what happens in SFF. I admit I haven’t read too many thrillers/horror books, so this recommendation is noted 🙂

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