#bookreview: Final Girls by Riley Sager

I’ll start this post by saying a great big thank you for all your well-wishes! 🙂 Married life is treating me well. Although, it’s hard to remember your new last name!

Anyway, onto the review…

Final Girls Cover
Format: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Ebury Press
Published: 13th July 2017
Pages: 352 Pages

The Blurb
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-fiancĂ©, 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.

Purchase the book: Amazon UK

The Review

Three different women, one common scenario – they’re all survivors. Each girl has been branded a ‘Final Girl’ by the media and their stories are plastered around the world for all to see. They’re called ‘Final Girls’ because that’s exactly what they are: each is a sole survivor of a gruesome massacre – everyone else died.

Final Girls is Quincy’s story with the other two Final Girls joining her in parts. Currently, Quincy’s life is going well. She has a supportive fiancĂ©, a great baking business and is comfortable. However, when Sam, another Final Girl, visits her unexpectedly things go from bad to worse. The more Sam is a part of her life, the more Quincy realises that she needs her in her life. Without Sam questioning everything, Quincy will never come to terms with the severity of it all. Plus, this gives you a better understanding of exactly why certain people are involved in her life and just why they want to keep Quincy close.

Coop is someone that has supportive Quincy throughout the whole ordeal. He was the one she ran to when covered in blood and is her contact within the Police. They do have a slight unhealthy relationship, whereby Coop worships Quincy and she confides in him, rather than Jeff, her fiancé. I always got the impression that they were more than just friends, but apparently that would be stepping over the line.

In the words of Maroon 5, ‘it’s not always rainbows and butterflies’ in this novel, it’s dark; harrowing, and makes you question everything. They’re essentially a group of ‘messed-up’ people who can’t get over the unintentional feeling of sadness. I suppose you wouldn’t be feeling all joyful after the experiences you’d went through. Why are these girls the only survivors? Why does Sam come find Quincy to cause trouble? All the questions!

No spoilers, I promise. But, let’s just say that you will NOT expect the ending, especially the actual reasons behind the massacres and why each were the only survivors.

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