Final Girls by Riley Sager follows Quincy Carpenter ten years after the massacre of her friends at a cabin. She was the only survivor that night. Since then, her life has been on track toward normal. She has a man in her life that takes care of her. She bakes and blogs from home. Everything is great.
That is until another final girl, Lisa, is found dead in her bathtub. Her death was ruled suicide. Shortly afterward, Sam shows up at her home. Sam was another final girl that had survived a massacre. Quincy’s life gets turned upside down as Sam seems determined to make her relive that fatal night at the cabin. Things begin to spiral out of control as Quincy pieces that night together finally.
I decided to read more Halloween style books this October, and decided to kick the month off with Final Girls. I constantly saw this book in stores and online, with many positive reviews. I love thrillers and I grew up watching scary movies and slashers. This book definitely scratched an itch, while still sticking to the psychological thriller style that I love. Just so I’m upfront, this is not a straightforward slasher book. The book is about the aftermath of a massacre with slasher elements sprinkled throughout.
“But somehow we screamed louder, ran faster, fought harder. We survived.”
The beginning of the book was a tad slow. There was a lot of baking and Quincy convincing herself that she had left that awful night at the cabin behind. Obviously nobody could truly leave behind such an awful event. Quincy wasn’t always the easiest character to like, but Sam was even harder to like. Quincy’s boyfriend was so two dimensional that I forgot he existed at times.
After Lisa is found dead and Sam comes into the picture, things start to twist a bit and suspicion goes through the roof. I didn’t particularly like the characters in this book, but I don’t believe that’s really necessary. There were a handful of scenes in the book that I found myself rolling my eyes at, but that’s just because they seemed like really stupid things for the characters to do. Then again, in most slashers characters tend to do stupid things.
“That’s not your choice. It’s already been decided for you. You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it.”
I decided to try to come up with my own theories toward the start of this book. I had these big ideas for twists that could come later in the book. And, honestly, I would have been extremely disappointed if I was right. Thankfully, I was completely fooled and the twists genuinely surprised me. I really love when a book can trick me.
The ending of the book was a shocker for me. I definitely didn’t see it coming. Although the ending seemed like it was mostly for shock-factor, I wasn’t disappointed. The ending didn’t just shock me, it picked its pace back up to thriller again at this point. The book made me constantly feel like something bad was going to happen. The relationship between Sam and Quincy was an uneasy one, which made for an interesting dynamic.
“I’m a fucking Final Girl.”
I would definitely recommend this book to people who love fast-paced psychological thrillers. Although the beginning was a tad slow, the book kept a constant eerie undertone. This book definitely satisfied my need for a Halloween psychological thriller. Even better, it takes place in the fall. Although the characters weren’t the most likable, I found myself excited to pick this book up again. This was a great book and I would definitely check out this author’s future books.