“Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…
They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie. 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, neither one will ever be the same…”
I downloaded Final Girls – and finished it – in one evening. After reading and loving In A Dark Dark Wood and Black-Eyed Susans, two of my favourite crime/thriller novels, I knew I’d love Riley Sager’s book, and it didn’t disappoint (even if it did leave me with very odd dreams).
Quincey Carpenter (slightly gimmicky name, but I’ll let it slide) became a ‘Final Girl’ when, during a weekend away with her friends in a remote house near a mental asylum, an escaped patient massacres them all – bar her. Constantly questioned over the years as to why she was the only one left alive, and nicknamed by the media along with two other sole survivors of mass murders, Quincey hates thinking about the past. She’s moved on, has a fun career and a steady partner – and is kept supported by Coop, the first police officer to find her at the scene of the crime all those years ago, and Xanax (washed down with grape soda). (Side note: I don’t know what grape soda is but it sounds DELICIOUS.)
That is, until, one of the other remaining Final Girls, Lisa, is found dead, having committed suicide, and the other, Samantha, shows up at Quincey’s house to talk to her. When it becomes clear that Sam has very little in her life, Quincey invites her in to her home and the two begin to grow closer – Sam encouraging the secret dark streak within Quincey that she’s never dared let out. But things take an even darker turn when Lisa’s death is ruled a murder, not a suicide, and Quincey embarks on an increasingly dangerous path to find the truth, which leads her back to the place that she nearly died and where she finally discovers all of that night’s grimacing truths…
Although I guessed the big twist of Final Girls from the get-go, it didn’t stop me enjoying this book immensely. Riley Sager is masterful at creating and keeping tension – hence why I raced through this book in a matter of hours. I know this is a novel that I’ll return to again and again – a compelling thriller full of nail-biting twists and turns. A must read!