Final Girls by Riley Sager


Author : Riley Sager
Title : Final Girls
Pages : 352
Publisher : Ebury Press
Publication date : July 13, 2017


Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…

They were the victims of separate massacres. Three strangers bound by similar traumas grouped together by the press.

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, each one will never be the same.


I think it’s safe to say that Final Girls is one of the most talked about books this summer. So as always, the question is : does it live up to the hype? To be quite honest, I’m not entirely sure.

Lisa, Sam and Quincy are connected in the most horrible way. All three are survivors of separate massacres. Dubbed the Final Girls by the media, each one is dealing with the trauma and life in different ways. A final girl is a term from the movies, used to describe the last girl standing at the end of a horror film. Now, if you’re expecting horror here, you’re in the wrong place. Murder and intrigue, yes.

When something happens to Lisa, Sam decides now is a good time to meet Quincy. But her motives are murky at best. Why is she so pushy? What is she hiding? And does Quincy really not remember what happened on that horrible evening in Pine Cottage?

A true mark of how much I’m enjoying a book, or not, is the amount of times I set it aside to go off and do something else and I did that quite a lot during the first half of this story. It didn’t seem to me like a lot was happening and it most definitely wasn’t gripping me as hard as I expected it would. I’m not quite sure why I kept reading on at that point but I’m glad I did as the second half of the book, especially the last chapters, sure picked up the pace and finally gave me that thrill I was looking for. Although one answer to a burning question was fairly obvious, in my most humble opinion, there were still a few other twists that were a surprise.

Looking back on it now, I do see a well executed plot and great writing from Riley Sager and I’ll definitely be checking this author out again. But while an enjoyable read, especially near the end, Final Girls to me was merely a great thriller that just needed that little something more to truly stand out from the crowd and deserve the hype surrounding it.

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  13 comments for “Final Girls by Riley Sager

  1. August 30, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I agree with you that this was a great premise that meandered a bit until it picked up pace at the end. Enjoyable but not perfect by any means.

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  2. August 30, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I definitely agree on the ending, I almost held my breath there :-). The first half had a slower pace but I still felt it highly intriguing as well, if felt off and I didn’t know why at all :-). I really think there’s a big difference if you read a book that is already hyped or when you read it before the hype starts. I had no big expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. So you might – perhaps – have had a different experience if you read it sooner. Still, great review Dee (yes I’m stubborn like that and I’ll keep calling you Dee)!

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    • September 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      That’s entirely possible! I normally shy away from them but this one seemed too intriguing to pass up.

      Feel free to calling me Dee. I don’t mind at all! xx

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  3. August 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I read this one back in January so it wasn’t that hyped and I adored it but I get how a hyped book can sort of ruin your experience.

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    • September 1, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      I think for me it may have also been because the copy I had (which was an advanced one a friend sent to me) clearly said “best book of the year” and that gets stuck in your head when you start reading. It wasn’t for me. I can name a few other options already 😄

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  4. August 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I can appreciate that you put it down, for me this book didn’t work at all and I ended up skimming it.

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    • September 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      I’m always so glad to hear it wasn’t just me. There’s always something quite odd about being in the minority although I do get the feeling that the ratings started out quite high and since fell down a bit.

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  5. August 30, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I went back and forth on reading this one. The hype made me curious about it, but it just didn’t seem like a book I would be into. Reading your review makes me glad I held off on this one. I’ve read so many slow starters lately, I’m not sure I could stand another. Great review! Fair and balanced.

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    • September 1, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Betty! I appreciate that! It’s not always easy to explain why something didn’t work for you.

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      • September 2, 2017 at 4:10 am

        You’re very welcome. 🙂 I think the toughest reviews are when you don’t like a book… how to explain it, without coming across as insulting in some way, is a fine line to walk. I stress over those reviews more than any others. (A close second being books I mostly liked, but didn’t care for certain parts of it.)

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  6. August 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Completely agree that this one took a while to get going but really picked up towards the end 🙂 Great review!

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    • September 1, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you, Claire! I don’t mind slow-burners. I just felt this one burned too slowly for too long 😄

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