Book Review – Final Girls

Final Girls
By Riley Sager
Penguin Random House
Rating: ***

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

They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie.
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.


Three women Quincy, Sam and Lisa, three horrific killing sprees, the only thing they have in common is they survived. The newspapers call them “The Final Girls.”

Quincy who is the main character of the novel, seems to have sorted her life out since the horrific mass murder at Pine Cottage. She has a job, a lovely boyfriend, a flat and her baking blog. Other than a few Xanax she pops to calm down she seems pretty content. She has no memory of what happened at Pine Cottage and she wants to keep it that way. But things turn upside down when Lisa another Final Girl is found dead in her apartment, and Sam who hasn’t been seen for years turns up at Quincy’s doorstep wanting to make friends. From here on out Quincy’s life isn’t the same, secrets are revealed, the newspapers come back hunting for answers and memories of the night at Pine Cottage come creeping back to her mind…

The novel is set out in two time frames. The present day where Quincy’s life is becoming to unravel and the night of Pine Cottage and what really went on. You only read small snippets of Pine Cottage throughout the book so it makes it all that more intriguing about what went on and how the stabbings started to happen, who was involved and what was so bad that Quincy shut it all off from her mind. The novel kept me captivated throughout I really wanted to try and figure out the ending, I got it totally wrong. The ending did annoy me a bit, it just seemed so ridiculous but I might just be annoyed because I couldn’t guess it. There are a few good plot twists along the way some of them I did figure out but that didn’t ruin the story for me.

As I was reading Final Girls I felt really gripped with the story especially nearer the end when it became more fast paced and intense. However, I don’t think this is something I would pick up again, not my favourite thriller of this year but I think this novel would visually make a great movie and I would definitely watch that. Even though I know the ending now.

Have you read Final Girls or anything by Riley Sager? What are your thoughts? Lets chat!  Katie x


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