FIRST THERE WERE THREE
The media calls them the Final Girls – Quincy, Sam, Lisa – the infamous group that no one wants to be part of. The sole survivors of three separate killing sprees, they are linked by their shared trauma.
THEN THERE WERE TWO
But when Lisa dies in mysterious circumstances and Sam shows up unannounced on her doorstep, Quincy must admit that she doesn’t really know anything about the other Final Girls. Can she trust them? Or…
CAN THERE ONLY EVER BE ONE?
All Quincy knows is one thing: she is next.
Final Girls has an interesting premise – the name ‘final girls’ is given to the girls who are sole survivors of separate killing sprees. The ‘final girls’ are actually Quincy, Sam and Lisa – their only connection is their terrible ordeal and the aftermath of unwanted fame and recognition.
Quincy has moved on, she is in a relationship with Jeff who is strong and stable, she runs a successful baking blog and has everything sorted….or does she? The cracks start to show when Sam turns up uninvited following the death of Lisa in suspicious circumstances. Sager has done an excellent job of writing 3 very different female characters, they are all very believable and well-developed. Sam is manipulative of Quincy but also Quincy is also easily led as she has bottled a lot of her feelings from her experience as she cannot remember everything that happened on that fateful night.
Final Girls is told both in the present day as well as the unfolding night at Pine Cottage when Quincy escaped with her life, the murderer was killed however she still cannot say his name – haunted by his actions with huge gaps in her memory which is slowly pieced together. It is full of twists and turns, growing in intensity as the story went on – I must say, I didn’t particularly like any of the characters as they are all a bit shifty and unreliable which is brilliant for the story line and the tension. Final Girls has great pacing, it’s slower at the start to really draw you into Quincy’s messy world and introduce the unhinged Sam but the pace then really ramps up through to a brilliant ending.
As well as being a brilliant book, this would also work fantastically on the large screen with the tension build, the events happening at night in remote locations, shifty characters – just fabulous.
This book received a lot of hype (Stephen King is quoted on the cover for goodness sake!) but it is worth it all – I did go into this book with trepidation as to whether it would live up to the hype….and it SO did!
Riley Sager is a pseudonym for an author who has been previously published under another name. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley is a writer, editor and graphic designer who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
In addition to writing, Riley enjoys reading, movies and baking.
Riley’s first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, will be published in July in the United States, the United Kingdom and twenty other countries around the world.