Tuesday 17 August 2021

The Final Girls - Riley Sager || 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 have seen this book so many times on booktube and everyone seemed to rave about it, 
so when i had some extra birthday money, i decided now was the chance to give it a read. I only recently heard the phrase Final Girl after watching American Horror Story.

Quincy went away with her friends for the night, staying at a cabin in the woods for birthday celebration when events take a tragic turn, a horror film style massacre takes place and Quincy ends up as the final girl. She is the only survivor. She is now the member of a gang the media dubbed the Final Girls. Two other girls who are sole survivors of similar horrific events. 

Now, Lisa the first final girl is found dead - and that just leaves two. When Samantha turns up at Quincys house after years avoiding the media and been found - can she trust her? The pair need to support each other through this horrific time.

I enjoyed this, it was slow though. I was expecting it to be quicker paced but it was a slow burn of a read and took about 200 pages for me to start feeling really invested in this. I found the characters were not the most likeable but i think there situations had lead to them been prickly characters. Yet i wanted them to get some sort of relief, i wanted them to be able to heal properly because despite Quicny constantly saying she is okay, as a reader you can see she is far from that.

I really enjoyed this by the end, it ended up been a bit twisty turny, a nice little surprise and a chaotic bunch of characters. It was dark in places, and heavier than i expected. I imagined it would be young adult, im not sure where i got that preconception from but it was better than i anticipated. Overall, a really enjoyable reading experience and i cant wait to read more from the author.

Riley Sager is the award-winning pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic desi
gner who previously published mysteries under his real name.

Now a full-time author, Riley's first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called "the first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries.

Riley's next two books, THE LAST TIME I LIED and LOCK EVERY DOOR, were instant New York Times bestsellers. His most recent book, HOME BEFORE DARK, was published in July.

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he's not writing, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is "Rear Window." Or maybe "Jaws." But probably, if he's being honest, "Mary Poppins."

Website: www.rileysagerbooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rileysagerbooks
Twitter: @Riley_Sager.

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