Author: Riley Sager
Published: July 11, 2017 by Dutton
Hardcover: 352 pages
Stars: 5 out of 5
“The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl – you’ll like this.” – Stephen King
Liberty Hardy of Book Riot describes it as Gone Girl meets American Horror Story.
Written by an established author under the pseudonym Riley Sager, this book is pure entertainment! I loved it! There has been a lot of hype surrounding the release of this summer thriller; I had a feeling I would love it and I did!
Quincy Carpenter is the lone survivor of a massacre that happened 10 years ago while a group of friends were staying in a cabin in the woods. Lisa Milner survived a similar sorority house massacre, and Samantha Boyd went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn and lived to tell about it. The media has coined the term Final Girls for this small group of women who survived the unimaginable. When Lisa is found dead in her apartment of an apparent suicide, Sam shows up on Quincy’s doorstep. Having never met before, Quincy is suspicious of her. Slowly but surely, the two do this psychological dance around each other – becoming friends, but not fully trusting each other.
“At least they were honest with each other. In a way, they always had been, even when they were lying.”
They are both damaged – who wouldn’t be after what they’ve been through – but in different ways. On the outside Quincy appears to be fine – living in a nice apartment with her boyfriend, working as a food blogger, and has a healthy, therapeutic relationship with the cop that was first on the scene. But Quincy can’t remember anything from that night – she has conveniently blocked everything out. I love how we learn though, exactly what happened that night with chapters interspersed throughout. It keeps the book suspenseful and moving at a good pace.
Sam is damaged in a more obvious way – goth and tough looking, she’s been living off the grid for years. She has no money, no job, and no family to speak of that she keeps in touch with. She carries a bottle of whiskey in her backpack, which appears to be her only possession. She seems to want Quincy to remember what happened that night, but why? Sam is trying hard to shake things up. She wants to see Quincy crack. The two of them start going on these vigilante exercises in the middle of the night in Central Park, while Quincy’s boyfriend sleeps, oblivious in the apartment. Answers eventually come to light.
This book is pure fun and entertainment. If you like this genre – mystery/suspense/thriller, don’t hesitate to pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed.