Author: Riley Sager
Title: Final Girls
Genre(s): Mystery, thriller, suspense; Crime; Murder; Contemporary women
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Review: There is a very good reason why Stephen King gave this novel such high praises. When I read psychological thrillers, I want to basis of the story to be as accurate to a real-life scenario as possible, especially if the author decides to write about real psychological dysfunctions. Sager did an excellent job at creating a horrifying plot that could be reality. This book starts off incredibly fast, which is another thing I look for in thrillers. If think if an author can establish a suspenseful plot development, while maintaining a gripping pace he or she has conquered the difficulties associated with creating a good thriller. Quincy was everything that I looked for in a heroine; she was strong, determined, investigative, and she exhibited growth as her story unfolded. All of the supporting characters were intriguing as well and I think each of them added a really great touch. I hate it when characters are added to a story, but they lack description or major contributions. This is definitely a book that will force you to turn the page. I was constantly second-guessing what would happen and all of the theories of the outcome I had running through my mind were completely off. That is how surprising the ending was for me. To be quite honest, I was so shocked by the ending that I was left speechless, which does not happen often. The only thing I would not recommend regarding this book is to read it alone at night. Sager's descriptions of the crimes and the overall eeriness of Final Girls left me with chills. I cannot recommend this book enough. If you enjoy crime, suspense, or thrillers you have to pick this up! Cheers to Sager for doing an excellent job.
Book Description: "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."