by Riley Sager
(3.8 stars – Goodreads rating)
Published July 11, 2017, by Dutton
Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Horror
Page Count: 342
“Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie.” We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood.
It hadn’t all started with blood and horror. It had started with six college friends on an exciting trip to Pine Cottage. There was the usual: drinking and dancing and, oh yes, a little debauchery. But by the end of the night, Quincy was alone in the darkness of the woods, bleeding and running for her life.
Quincy Carpenter survived a bloody massacre. She’d had her 15 minutes of fame for it, and she’d survived that too. Now she was all about being “normal” again, whatever that meant.
But when an unexpected visitor shows up to remind her of a past she has spent a decade trying to forget, can anything ever be normal again?
Nothing is wrong. I’m completely normal. If I believe it enough, it’ll come true.
Final Girls is a taut crime thriller about one survivor’s reluctant journey into the truth of the tragedy that she refused to let define her. She is all but forced to face the past she’d been successfully able to forget about by a surprise visit from another sole-survivor: Sam, another final girl.
When Sam infiltrates Quincy’s life and guilts her into embracing that night’s horrific events, Quincy must decide if it’s the truth or a bed of lies that’s motivating Sam’s sudden friendship.
With an unreliable narrator and increasingly suspicious circumstances in every chapter, the reader is unsure about who to trust just as much as the main character is. Everyone seems to be under suspicion just as much as no one is.
This was my first book by this author, and it was a mighty fine introduction. It will hook you and keep you guessing – and second-guessing. Apparently Hollywood agrees as the book has been picked up by Universal Pictures in conjunction with Anonymous Content and Sugar23 for a motion picture adaptation.
About the Author
Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.
Now a full-time author, Riley’s first thriller, “Final Girls,” was a national and international bestseller that has been sold in 25 languages. A film version is being developed by Anonymous Content and Universal Pictures. His next book, “The Last Time I Lied,” will be published July 10, 2018.
A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.