Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Ten years ago, Quincy went on a trip to a cabin called Pine Cottage with her boyfriend and closest friends. What was supposed to be a fun trip ended up being a horrific nightmare in which everyone in the cabin was brutally murdered with the exception of Quincy. Severely injured but still alive, Quincy learns that there have been two similar massacres before hers, where one girl was left alive. The media has dubbed the three of them the “Final Girls”, based on the name horror movies use for the last woman standing.

In her present day life, Quincy has done everything she possibly can in order to move forward. She has a successful baking blog, a gorgeous apartment in New York City, and a wonderful boyfriend, who she thinks is planning to propose, and a close friendship with Coop, the officer who rescued her from Pine Cottage. Unfortunately, Quincy’s picture perfect life is thrown into disarray when she learns that that Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub with her wrists slit. Shortly after learning this news, the second Final Girl, Sam, shows up at Quincy’s doorstep wanting to be friends.

Quincy can’t remember much about what happened that night at Pine Cottage, but Sam is set on making her not only remember the events, but also address the anger she holds about them. The longer Quincy is around Sam, the more she starts to question why she really sought her out. In a tense psychological thriller, Quincy not only needs to decide if Sam is someone she can trust, but she also needs to get her memories back before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Final Girls is a thriller that I heard so much about a few months ago, so I rushed to Edelweiss to request it way back in December! Then, I managed to get myself distracted with other books, and just now got around to reading it, and I’m SO MAD at myself for not getting to it earlier! It’s definitely on my short list of “best books I’ve read in 2017 so far”!

Final Girls is told primarily from Quincy’s point of view in the present day, however there are flashbacks throughout the book from the events at Pine Cottage. I thought this worked brilliantly in this book, and I loved seeing the juxtaposition of Quincy in the past vs. present. Each flashback provided a tiny bit more insight into what happened, until the final reveal where everything comes full circle.

I’m reluctant to say too much, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, because the twists this book took were phenomenal in my opinion! I was completely surprised when everything came to light, and I absolutely loved it! Final Girls grabbed me from the very first page, and kept me hooked until the end. It was quite the wild ride, and I loved every second of it. I flew threw it and was so engrossed with it that I didn’t want to put it down.

All in all, this was a definitely 5 star read for me, and I honestly think it will be the thriller that everyone is talking about this summer! A HUGE thank you to Riley Sager, Dutton, and Edelweiss for an advanced copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. Final Girls comes out on July 11, 2017, so be sure to mark your calendars! Fans of the thriller genre won’t want to miss this one!

 

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