Final Girls

Riley Sager

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-fiancé, 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.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) This is my first Sager. Riley Sager is actually an author I had not heard of until I started Bookstagram. He is everywhere on there! There are very mixed reviews on his books and from what I can tell, you either love him or hate him.

I enjoyed this book. It was nothing phenomenal but it was entertainment that brought me back to when I only read thrillers and murder mysteries. I did not guess the ending! I was actually surprised by the twists and turns Sager took me through. I like a book that can surprise me!

Oddly enough, I did not like any of the characters. This is weird considering I’m giving it 4 stars. So while the characters were sub par and not very likeable (most were intended that way) I still felt myself interested throughout and shocked multiple times.

This was our book club read for March and I loved the discussion! There were varying opinions on the book and that makes it all the better.

Content Summary: There were obviously many details with the murders. It was gruesome and bloody and may be too much for some. F words were 20+. The main character dealt with a huge Xanax addiction for her anxiety and mental health was brought up multiple times with many characters. Sex abuse was also mentioned to a smaller degree.

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  1. I haven’t read any of his books either but I see a lot of them on Booksta. It’s kinda cool that the characters didn’t carry the book 😅

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