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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