Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls

Riley Sager

An intense and imaginative horror story, Final Girls follows the lone survivor of a massacre, who must reclaim her locked-away memories when faced with another threat ten years later.

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“The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this.”—Stephen King

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.

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Final Girls was a good page turning thriller that had me questioning all of the characters, including our heroine, Quincy. However, I went into this book with really high expectations, having been praised by Stephen King as "the first great thriller of 2017", and was a little disappointed in the end. Things I loved: The plot. I loved that Quincy couldn't remember what happened to her the night her friends were all slaughtered. I loved the very idea of The Final Girls. I loved the depth of Quincy's character, how she coped with the aftermath of the massacre. I really enjoyed getting to see the full story of what happened to Quincy and her friends at the cabin in pieces scattered throughout the story. It was all very solid. Things I didn't care for: The ending. I mean, the ending itself was pretty awesome. But I expected a bigger twist. I had a theory that would have been epic, but it didn't happen that way. The ending is good, I see how it all tied up in the end, but I recently read Gone Girl and was expecting my mind to be blown. Unfortunately, it was not. So, do I recommend this one? Yes, because it was an enjoyable ride, even if the ending was a little more predictable than I would have preferred.

I thought this would be a horror story but it turned out to be more of a psychological thriller instead. Either way I still enjoyed the book. It was well written and kept me interested. There were also some twists in the end. I recommend this book if you like suspense. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Final girls was a great thriller/mystery! I received an advance copy of the book through Penguin's First to Read program. I completed the entire book in 2 days because I could not put it down. The book is about the "final girls", the ones who remained after mass murders. Although many elements were predictable and followed the "formula", the ending was dramatic and unexpected, and the entire ride through the story was enjoyable.

Final Girls was a good twisty, mystery. The characters were engaging and interesting. It seemed like everyone had secrets or could potentially be a suspect, so it really kept me guessing. It made me anxious in a good way... wondering what would happen next and who it would end up being involved in what. Good read and I would definitely recommend.

I honestly had no idea where this book was headed right up until the final and shocking pages of this brilliantly written thriller. I was absolutely taken on a ride without seeing the end in sight and I loved every moment of it. That rarely happens for me, when I get to the end of a thriller and haven't figured out the puzzle. And then to be so caught off guard. Yowza! And what an ending it was. I highly recommend this book to lovers of psychological suspense and to everyone who loves a brilliantly written book with well drawn characters. And to mystery lovers who love a surprise ending. This is a beauty.

This was an engaging thriller with plenty of unexpected twists, some of which are done phenomenally while others are fairly difficult to believe. Quincy isn't always likable, but you can generally forgive it given the context of her young adulthood. The back-and-forth between Quincy's original incident and her current life is interesting, and the changes in tense help keep it clear where you are in time. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys slasher/thriller tales.

Final Girls is an amazingly well written and suspenseful book! The characters were well written for the most part. I did get a little annoyed with Quinn’s actions and relationship with Jeff sometimes especially at the beginning. Once Lisa died and Sam entered the picture, I thought Quinn got more interesting and less annoying. It was interesting to see the departure she took from her “normal” self. I thought Sam was an interesting and mysterious character. Wondering what she was up to kept me guessing. I really enjoyed the quick flashbacks to Pine Cottage. The little snippets made the suspense of finding out what happened all those years ago even stronger. I wanted to know what happened at Pine Cottage as much as I wanted to know what happened to Lisa and what the heck was up with Sam. I enjoyed the writing style and plot lines. I was surprised at the big twists and I was definitely on my toes throughout a bulk of the book. Sure, the book is full of horror flick tropes but for me that didn’t take away from the book anymore than it does in a horror movie. Besides, in my opinion you kind of expect that when slasher style massacres happen in a story. I thought this was a thoroughly entertaining read and would definitely recommend it!

Reminiscent of a slasher flick, Final Girls sticks pretty close to the typical script. All of the required components are there—survivor of a murder spree that’s barely holding it together, dead space where there should be memories, a person or two casting doubt, the hair-raising feeling that things aren’t at all what they seem and most importantly, a leading lady that makes a ton of questionable choices. It’s been ten years since Quincy and a group of friends were attacked in a remote cabin by a knife-wielding psycho and she was the ‘Final Girl’ left standing. As Quincy recovers her lost memories and slowly unravels the truth of what really happened all those years ago at Pine Cottage, it becomes clear there was one major detail that everyone got wrong about that night. Despite all outward appearances—her baking blog, swanky apartment and relationship with a successful guy—Quincy is a mess. Really though, after what she’s been through, who wouldn’t be? Still haunted by what happened, she's prone to popping Xanax and washing it down with a swig of grape soda. My initial thought was that Quincy was doing the best she could—faking it until she makes it. I would even go so far to say I liked her . . . in the beginning. Quincy, along with two other women that survived their own separate nightmares, were dubbed ‘Final Girls’ by the media and garnered a ton of attention. Let’s be honest here for a minute though, shall we? With social media making news stories like this so readily available, these chicks would have had their fifteen-minutes of fame and the world would have moved on to the next crime. There wouldn’t be this huge media following 10-14 years later, despite one of the ‘Final Girls’ dying a suspicious death and the other arriving on Quincy’s doorstep. I’d expect some news coverage and maybe a Dateline special, but a front page spread and paparazzi . . . I’d say not. Have I mentioned, I struggle with suspending disbelief? The author flips the timeline between the present—Quincy and Samantha on a downward spiral together—and Pine Cottage. For me, it was the teens in the woods that held the most interest. I found the present chapters to be a little repetitive and slow; I was constantly waiting for something exciting to happen. A large part of my disdain resided with how unlikable I found Samantha to be and the fact that those feelings started to stain Quincy as well. I didn’t expect her to fall apart quite so easily at the hands of this stranger, who was a complete wreck herself. The story gained some much needed momentum in the last thirty pages or so, leaving me eager to confirm my suspicions. Despite all of the doubt the author had been casting, I was pretty confident I had in fact figured it all out. I'm happy to admit now, Riley Sager played me. I was completely wrong! Again, the author might have stuck to the proven slasher flick formula by pulling out a surprise ending, but it only helped to redeem the story in my eyes. Had it not been for that ending, my feelings and rating would have been drastically different. I have to disagree with the almighty Mr. Stephen King who declared this book to be the “first great thriller of 2017”. Marketing hype aside, I would say this mild thriller is enjoyable for the most part, but not memorable.

Final Girls by Riley Sager is a dark, twisting thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. Quincy Carpenter is a Final Girl, along with Lisa Milner and Samantha Boyd. The Final Girls have all endured a grisly massacre which they ended up being the lone survivor. Quincy Carpenter survived the Pine Cottage massacre where all of her college friends ended up dead and she was saved by the cop out in the woods. That night makes Quincy repress her memories and she can't and won't remember all the details that the police and reporters want. Nine years later, Quincy feels like she has moved past her identity as a Final Girl, besides the small fact that she keeps in touch with the officer who saved her, Coop, and a slight addiction to Xanax. She has a nice apartment in New York, an amazing lawyer boyfriend and a successful baking website. Until Quincy learns that Lisa Milner, the first Final Girl, was found with her wrists cut in the bathtub. Then the other Final Girl, Samantha Boyd, lands on her doorstep wanting friendship. Samantha arriving is a chaotic mess that Quincy doesn't need but starts to push her to think about that night in the woods and that things may not be as they seem. With flashbacks interspersed in the novel of the night at Pine Cottage, this novel will keep you on your toes and turning the pages.

This book really had me interested and I read the whole thing in a matter of days. The twist really got me. The character development was great, but did add to some of the slow parts. I would definitely recommend to my friends!

This book was hard for me to really get swept up in like some of the reviews I've read. The first hundred and some odd pages were slow. I understand it was for back story and the lead up to everything. Which it did in turn make the last two hundred pages fly by! The end was such a twist! I never expected that person had a part in it!! All in all very good book! Just make sure you keep reading it does get better!

Although there are a few slow spots, this book will make you want to keep reading to see what happens next. I enjoyed the narrative structure, which jumps back and forth between the present and the main character''s experiences at Pine Cottage, the scene of a massacre where she is the lone survivor or "final girl." I have seen the usual comparisons to "Gone Girl" and "The Girl on the Train," which I understand, but it also has echoes of "Luckiest Girl Alive." Overall, if you're a thriller fan, you'll probably enjoy this! A final thought- you might not want to read this alone or too late at night or you might have to sleep with the lights on!

4 stars This book had me guessing until the very end. It was slow in some parts but overall I thought the plot and character were good.

3 Stars. Final Girls is part horror thriller and mystery story. Set in the present day New York with flashbacks to 9 years earlier. The flashbacks are in third person about Quincy Carpenter and her friends staying at Pine Cottage in Pennsylvania before the murders. Quincy is the sole survivor of murders at Pine Cottage, but has repressed memories and cannot exactly remember her friends’ murders at Pine Cottage. She was dubbed a “Final Girl” by press along two other women who had survived similar mass murders, Lisa Milner and Samantha Boyd. About 9 years later, Quincy has a somewhat normal life in New York with her dessert baking website and a boyfriend, Jeff. She is still affected by Pine Cottage, constantly taking Xanax and stealing shiny things. Quincy has kept in close contact with the officer who rescued her at Pine Cottage, Coop. Quincy’s life is thrown upside down when Coop visits Quincy in New York to tell her that Lisa has killed herself. Quincy is upset by the news and even more so when she sees a email from Lisa saying they need to talk. Soon after the news on Lisa’s suicide, Samantha Boyd shows up at Quincy’s door. Sam came to check in on Quincy and they become friendly. Quincy decides lets Sam stay with her and Jeff and then they learn that Lisa was did not kill herself, she was murdered. Things between Quincy and Sam become tense when Sam puts Quincy into strange situations, involving playing vigilante in Central Park in the middle of the night and trying to get Quincy to deal with her emotions. Quincy starts to suspect Sam is up to something and might have had something to do with Lisa’s death. Quincy starts to dig deeper into Lisa and Sam. Through her search, Quincy makes some shocking discoveries about Lisa, Sam, and even what she thought she left behind, Pine Cottage. The story has good pace and great characters, but has some cliched parts in the plot line. The story has present day chapters told in first person by Quincy and chapters about Quincy and her friends at Pine Cottage leading up to the murders and shortly after the murders told in third person. The chapters about the past are told out of order and the readers get to piece together what happened at Pine Cottage. The story got a little slow with the Central Park night scenes, which did not have much point to the story. Quincy was a realistic character, she was not really over what happened to her, but was trying hard to pretend she was fine. She was a emotional wreck sometimes yelling at Sam and then talking normally to her like she not just really angry at her. Sam was a good character too, she was edgy and tough. Jeff and Coop were well written, each with very different personalities. The story does have some violent scenes as to be expected with horror, but nothing overly gory. Unfortunately, sex plays a large role in plot line than expected, which seemed so unnecessary and cliched. The sex scenes are not really graphic and bluntly described. The story does not end in a cliffhanger and everything is mostly resolved. I liked the mystery and thriller parts of the story, but the whole story was not really great. Fans of Luckiest Girl Alive, Gone Girl, and other thrillers would enjoy this book. I received an advance copy from the Penguin First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

Riley certainly knows how to keep you guessing until the very end, the build up suspense was cutting at me like no other book has done for me in a while. Every time I thought I knew how it would end a different plot twist would come along leading me to continue to guess and read nonstop! I can honestly say I didn't see the end coming, but I can say, SOMEONE NEEDS TO MAKE THIS A MOVIE ASAP! Idk how many times I yelled at Quincy for some of the decisions she made, kinda how you yell so frustrated at actors in old school slasher movies so I can assure you I was thoroughly into this book Y'all this book had me freaked out while I was staying at hotels during our visit to Mexico, not smart for a paranoid person to read about massacres, including a motel one, during a vacation!

Final Girls was a dark, intense thriller that constantly kept me guessing and I really enjoyed it! Quincy Carpenter was the sole survivor of a massacre that left five of her friends dead and made Quincy a Final Girl. In the ten years since the massacre, Quincy has made a life for herself running a popular baking blog, living in her beautiful apartment with her boyfriend Jeff and with her ever present Xanax prescription. Her perfectly constructed life takes a drastic turn when fellow Final Girl Lisa is found dead in her bathtub and another Final Girl, Sam, shows up on her doorstep. Sam is determined to make Quincy remember what happened ten years ago and Quincy must figure out why Sam has shown up and what she really wants. Soon Quincy is evading the police and dodging reporters in her quest for answers and she must face the truth before it's too late. I always have difficulty reviewing thrillers as I don't want to give away anything that could potentially spoil the ending, so I'll just point out some general things I liked. I loved how often baking came up in this book as I'm a huge baker and those scenes were very relatable. The push-pull between Quincy and Sam was enjoyable to watch as you're never sure what Sam's true motives are. I also enjoyed how this book was a more psychological thriller and really delved into how everything affected Quincy mentally. There was only one minor thing that I disliked about this book and it may be a mild spoiler, so it's under the tag. [SPOILER]Quincy was far too trusting of Sam to the point I was yelling at my Kindle that she was being an idiot and what is she thinking? To a point I understand her willingness to trust her as she's a fellow Final Girl, but at various times she even questioned Sam's trustworthiness and yet she kept trusting her.[END SPOILER] There are flashback chapters to the massacre and I really enjoyed these as I was very interested to learn what happened to Quincy. The reader is in the dark as much as Quincy is due to her having no memory of the tragedy. In a lot of the chapters we only get bits and pieces and it isn't until the end that we learn everything. Things definitely went in a different direction than I expected. I won't say more than that as I don't want to spoil anything, but the final reveal was very thrilling and unexpected. Overall, Final Girls was a fast-paced, thrilling read and except for my one issue with Quincy, I really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good thriller. **I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.**

I loved this novel. This was such a great concept with Quincy as a final girl. It did get a little slow at times, however, I just read faster to get to the good plot twists. The characters were well defined, although Quincy did do some really stupid things, but if you are not yelling at a main character not to do something -- it may not have been so entertaining. Will definitely recommend to all of my reader friends. Pretty great!

This book is about Quincy, a woman labeled a Final Girl, which is what media calls the last surviving girl at the end of a slasher flick. She finds her world turned upside down when one the other Final Girls is found dead and the other one shows up on her doorstep. This book if filled with good twists and turns, good characters, and an amazing plot, but I found the first parts of it very slow and hard to get into. That being said, I did enjoy it nonetheless and would definitely read more from the author. Thank you First to Read for the ARC.

Interesting concept and setup, I was drawn into the story quickly, but then I felt it grew muddled, especially in characterization. Quincy was wildly inconsistent and did very stupid things. I found it difficult to care about her. So many red herrings throughout. However, the last 100 or so pages really picked up, and I stayed up late to finish. I would rate 3.5 stars. Thanks to First to Read for the ARC.

I would likely give this 2.5 stars. There were aspects I definitely liked, such as the twisting of the plot in the last third and the cute detail of the baking blog. But it took a very, very long time before it could be categorized as a thriller, and it was so slow. The first two thirds in particular were very repetitive. There were parts that were confusing, nonsensical and choppy. The ending after the big reveal also felt out of place and strange. I wouldn't be opposed to reading another book by this author, but I was a little disappointed by this book.

This one definitely keeps you guessing! 4.25 Stars, mainly because I didn't find the first third of the book to be as attention grabbing as the rest and there wasn't as much current day horror story as I was hoping for. Quincy is a Final Girl. That lone female survivor from a gory incident that left other young adults dead in a mix of blood and entrails. Pine Cottage was 10 years ago and Quincy has been managing life just fine. She has a boyfriend and a successful baking blog. She seems happy. Just don't force her to really talk about it all. At least what she can remember. Which isn't much. She know that she and 5 friends were celebrating her best friend's birthday but she hasn't been able to provide details of that bloody hour or so that left everyone but her dead. This book focuses on the here and now, right around the death of another final girl, Lisa. A third final girl, Samantha, who has been off the grid for a few years, is then brought out of the woodwork and she is a bit more bold than Quincy. She has the sort of attitude that says " eff you, eff her, eff him, and eff that!" I like that Samantha is forcing Quincy to confront the past events and think about what happened. We get some details on the events in short chapters told in the third person (as opposed to the rest, told from Quincy's POV) and it all culminates to reveal the details of those 60-something minutes that changed her life forever. Some of the secondary characters are more interesting than others - Mom was rather cold and the journalist Jonah was a bit of a stereotype, but Coop the cop who has been Quincy's support system for the past 10 years was interesting, as was Quincy's boyfriend Jeff, a criminal defense lawyer (Wait, he's a what now?!). I can't say more without possibly leading you to one conclusion or another. It's out tomorrow. Go snag a copy. It might just be the right book to give you chills on a hot, sandy beach this summer.

3.5 Stars. A Final Girl's life ten years after being the lone survivor of a massacre. I still don't love first-person narratives with an MC that has amnesia, but I had a hard time putting this book down. I only set it down once because I couldn't put off sleep any longer! I really liked the atmosphere, especially in the flashback scenes. This book is a good choice if you're looking for an all-consuming weekend read.

I received an advanced copy of this book in electronic format from in exchange for an honest review. This review is also posted to The concept was sound, the story sounded interesting but I couldn’t get over the fact that I did not like the main character, Quincy. She was strong then she was weak. She was untrusting until she wasn’t. She was gullible; she was unlikable. She deliberately set herself up for further problems. The plot was enjoyable and the twist was endearing. This book had a lot of potential but the execution failed me.

I've read many thrillers this year, but this one consumed me entirely. Believe me when I tell you that you won't be wasting any time with this one. Quincy is a Final Girl who, years ago, survived a massacre that occured in a Cabin where she went to vacation with some of her friends. Now, when another Final Girl who survived the same tragedy is found dead, Quincy receives an unexpected visit and suddenly her world turns upside down. The killer might just be around the corner. It is not just the smart writing and the perfect creation of the story's characters that drew me in, but it's also the way the author drops bombshells when you least expect them throughout the book, and also the ending that was completely satisfying. I find myself spending my non-reading time suspecting a couple of characters based on some deeply suspicious traits they were given by the writer, but the ending was something else and it turned out to be shockingly explosive. I highly recommend Final Girls to all thriller fans. You will not regret it. *Big thanks to FirstToRead for an advanced copy of Final Girls in exchange for an honest review*

A terrific story with several twists that you won't want to put down! If you're a horror fan, this is a must read. It definitely pays homage to the genre.

Quincy, Lisa, and Sam have one terrible thing in common. They are all Final Girls. In horror movies the Final Girl is the last woman standing at the end of the film after everyone else has been killed. Each of them survived a horrific slaughter and each dealt with it in a different way. Lisa became a child psychologist and wrote a book about it. Samantha dropped off the grid and no one knew where she was. Quincy carved out a normal life in New York City with a boyfriend and a baking blog with the help of her friend Xanax and Coop, the cop who had saved her life. Despite being linked in the press the three have never met. Everything changed when Lisa died, an apparent suicide. Sam came to NYC to meet Quincy and things get really weird. Quincy is easy to like and feel sorry for. Sam is strange, untrustworthy, and unlikable. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, the plot twisted a little more and kept me guessing. I figured out the real villain just about the time Quincy did, which in true horror film fashion was a beat too late. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It was a little hard for me to get into at first and I wasn’t sure I would like it. But once the story progressed I found myself involved with the characters and needing to know what really happened. I’m glad I read on because it was one of the best books I have read in awhile. It has been compared to Gone Girl but I don't really see the connection. I liked Final Girls much better than Gone Girl.

I'm a slasher fan. Luckily my boyfriend also loves slashers, so we're always on the lookout for them. They're not highbrow, they're a little guilt-inducing, and there are more than a few duds. But that's the game you play. When it comes to thriller books, all I ask is that the story be fast-paced and the character motivations be understandable. And Final Girls delivered! I wasn't frustrated with the main character as I was with recent smash hits featuring girls on trains or in cabin 10. I really enjoyed this one, and absolutely sped through it. Fans of the genre should pick it up!

Final Girls is the perfect Halloween read. It gives off some major slasher movie, Friday the 13th vibes. I ate. it. up. I am a fan of all things horror, thriller, and serial killer. Basically, anything remotely Halloweenish-count me in! This read was right up my alley. If you're like me and love Halloween year-round, then this is the perfect summer read for you! What is a final girl?  "Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie." -Riley Sager, Final Girls After Lisa is found dead, Sam shows up unexpectedly out of nowhere. Right away, warning signals were going up in my brain. I didn't trust her from the very beginning. That's the great thing about this novel, you can never tell who to trust. One minute, you think you have everything figured out, and then on the next page your theory gets thrown out the window. I literally could not figure out who was to be trusted and who wasn't. This book takes you through so many twists and turns. It is unpredictable, suspenseful, thrilling, and just on the edge of horror.  This is not a book to miss out on. It is going to be the next big hit for the summertime. Great for fans of slasher movies and thrillers that keep you guessing all the way up until the very end. 4 out of 5 stars from me!

Perfectly titled. Everything I love about so bad they are good/ so good they are bad horror movies are touched on here. Sounds like a recipe for disaster right? But it's NOT! Leave plenty of time to read once you start this book and although, at least for me, it was pretty predictable it was still fun to read.

What a whirlwind of a book! This is everything I wanted from a book titled Final Girls - an homage to campy horror movies. It's a fun thriller that embodies the tropes that I hoped it would. There was a few great twists that I didn't see coming and it was an engaging book to read. Every time I had to stop reading I was a little sad. I look forward to reading more books from Sager and hope that they continue in this genre and homage.

Disappointing. The credibility of the history starts to disappear since the appearance of Sam and ends on the last pages, I was expecting so much.

This is a must read exciting thriller of the summer! There were so many twists to keep you guessing through a riveting conclusion so the word predictable probably won’t be a word to come to mind as you go through this novel. I did not want to put this down and found myself staying up late into the night because I had to know what was in store next for Quincy and Sam thanks to the author’s approach to this genre. Sager has provided a fast pace that combines the type of thrilling psychological mind games and crazy killer antics that is going to have you double checking your door and window locks. What an ending!! The characters were surprisingly realistic which I wasn’t expecting for a book in this genre and they were even well developed to the point you could easily pick out which actors you want to play the various ‘roles’. I hope this gets made into a movie especially as Sager has this way of writing so you feel like you are a part of the story; you can practically see the ‘movie’ playing before your mind’s eye. Just really great writing that will have you understanding why even Stephen King likes it.

Thank you for the advance copy. I was really looking forward to reading this suspense novel. But I felt about this book the same way I did while reading The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney "Meh". Every now & then I enjoy watching good "Bad B-movies"on Netflix, but when it comes to my reading choices I'm much pickier. Stephen King praised this one as the big book of the Summer, yet I feel disappointed and I rate this a 3 star thriller.

I feel like it took this book a bit to get started but once it took off, I had a hard time putting it down. I can't imagine being famous for being the only survivor of a tragedy but the Final Girls all have this in common. It's interesting to see the various ways in which they react to things that happen presently and how it somehow always reverts back to the past. I was pretty sure I had this one figured out until right at the end, BAM! Thanks for the opportunity!

Man this was good. There are so many books that have been the next girl book. I enjoyed the flashbacks as a way to get bits of the past without it all being spilled at once. For people that like the thriller/mystery this is definitely a must read this summer.

It started a little slow but I must say I loved it. It really kept my attention once it got going. I can't wait to read more from Riley Sager.

This book started a little slow for me but luckily the story picked up before i was willing to give up and it paid off. What a wild ride. Just when you thought it was going one way it went another. By the end of the book I was nervous, angry and upset that I hadn't seen it coming and I love that. Awesome read, looking forward to what comes next from Riley Sager.

I loved this book. It kept me reading and had so many twists to it. Just when I thought I figured something out, some new information changed the book's direction. I especially liked how the Pine Cottage scenes were slowly introduced to show you Quincy's true personality as compared to her reinvented Final Girl personality.

I received this book through the First to Read program for free in exchange for an honest review. I couldn't put this book down which was hard because my kindle fire doesn't work well outside in the sun. This book was full of twists and turns and characters that made you wonder what they were thinking. Loved it and will be looking to read more books from this author.

I loved everything about this book. It's twisty, thrilling, and keeps you guessing to the very end. I couldn't put this book down. I am looking forward to reading more from Riley Sager.

Twisty, surprising and kept me up way past my bedtime reading. Everything I want in a good thriller. Trigger warnings for graphic scenes of death and killing.

I finished this piece today, I will say that it was written in a way that kept me interested enough to want to continue reading until the end. There was a twist that I did not expect, however, it reminded me of Scream. Overall the book was good, the characters were relatable. I would have liked to have seen more development in some characters to create more of an attachment to the overall story. With that being said I would recommend it as a summer beach read!

There is a lot to like about this debut thriller, but the main character is the worst. If her actions would have aligned more with her personality, this book could have been even better. Her poor choices did not add to the plot for me, but rather weakened it. I will give Sager another try in the future, but I'm hoping for better character development.

I definitely noticed how different in tone this book was from others that I have read. The premise is original and there's nothing quite like it. It is something that matters because it shows how some people are obsessed with tragedy. I admit that I am interested in true crimes but not to the point that I find them celebrities. I do watch the Lifetime movies based on them. The highlight came early in the story when I found out that Quincy is a kleptomaniac. I won't spoil anything but it works to her advantage in the end. Every character had a place. The opening chapter and the closing were perfect. Jeff as the understanding boyfriend. And the victims are not as they seem. There are endless twists that all fall in line. I never imagined a telling about a survivor of a massacre. It made me reflect on whether I could date someone so traumatized. Don't be skeptical about this novel .You can easily read it in one sitting. I am still reeling from the ending.

I absolutely loved this book! The premise is so original, the characters so believable, the backstory so horrific, and the layers of deception so deep that I couldn't stop reading. In all honesty, people tend to look at my funny when I share my enjoyment of true crime stories, but I know I am not alone. As much as we hate to admit it, many of us are drawn to others' tragic events -- "rubber-necking" when driving by a car accident, watching round-the-clock news coverage of a school shooting, curiously stumbling upon websites with crime scene photos of famous murders, and being enraptured by tales of survival against all odds. There is something intriguing about it all -- acting as an "armchair detective", having your emotions raked through the coals when learning about the victim(s) and their families, and learning to appreciate life a bit more when faced with the horrors of the real-world. I have also always had a deep appreciation for horror stories, the suspense of whodunnit and who's going to survive keeping me up way past my bedtime as a child. Riley Sager's Final Girls is a combination of both. While strictly fictional, the main characters are true crime survivors, almost-victims of mass murders that the general public become enthralled with hearing gory details about. The knowledge that each Final Girl has a secret they've been hiding adds to the layers of tension, especially when one winds up dead and the other mysteriously shows up in town. Neither remaining survivor is what she seems, yet each must learn to trust the other. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good horror and/or crime story.

I enjoyed reading this book. Riley Sager kept my attention all the way through. I read the book in two days. The author kept me guessing almost to the end until she gave a few hints as to who the murderer was. There was a cleverly inserted red herring, intended to mislead the reader a bit, but in the end, all of the pieces fell together. The book does keep the reader guessing and wondering about what sort of damage could be done to one who has witnessed a mass murder. I look forward to reading more from Riley Sager.

I really liked this book. It was hard to put down, loved the twists and the story kept me guessing till the end. The only thing that bugged me was the term "final girls". It just seems contrived and cheesy and irritated me throughout the book. But that is really a minor personalized complaint. This was a really great book and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good twisty thriller.

I loved everything about this book. The idea of Final Girls. The well-fleshed characters. The plot and the pacing. Riley Sager kept me guessing, leading my suspicions and then having them change directions. I had no idea who the killer was until the end. Not only that, but there's other little tidbits and weird quirks that grabbed my attention and I wanted explained. All of it added up in the end for a satisfying conclusion. Not much else I can say without fear of spoilers. A definite must-read!

I'm sorry to have to say that I was slightly disappointed with this book. Mostly due to the Stephen King blurb that this book is the first great thriller of 2017. That may sell copies but it also leads to unrealistic expectations. It's good but in my opinion not "great." That aside, I enjoyed this book for what it is. A solid story about the survivor of a massacre. In the beginning there are three of them. The Final Girls. Then there are two. Will there soon be none? Reading Final Girls, you start to wonder what it would be like to be a survivor and how your life inevitably changes. Can you even imagine the psychological damage? What if it's not over? What if a killer is still out there and you're the target? I recommend this book. I enjoyed reading it.

Final Girls is a compelling read with not one, but two surprises and a wonderfully flawed unreliable narrator. I devoured this gem of a thriller in record speed. Recommended to readers of Paula Hawkins and Gilliam Flynn.

This is a fantastic book, full of familiar horror movie tropes, such as the "final girl" figure outlined by Carol Clover in her classic analysis 'Men, Women, and Chainsaws,' coupled with unexpected twists, turns, and surprises. Delightfully unreliable narrator Quincy Carpenter is a compelling and (at times darkly) fascinating protagonist and her relationship with Sam stretches and questions the bonds of female friendship, shared trauma, and the "survivor" narrative.

Quincy, the sole survivor of a massacre during a college weekend trip, pretends to have moved on. She has a baking blog, lives with her boyfriend, but has no friends. She hasn't even met the other two members of the horrible club the Final Girls, the girls who survive the killings in a horror movie (or real life in their case). But when one of the girls is found dead and the other shows up on her doorstep, Quincy can't continue the facade. I will admit, this book was a bit slow to start. It did not feel like a heart pounding suspense from the beginning but more like a slice of life "women's fiction" that Alfred Hitchcock hijacked about 70% of the way through. But perhaps that is the beauty of the story? The twists were better because there wasn't so much heavy foreshadowing?

This is THE next 'Girl on the Train', the next 'Gone Girl', the next big book on your reading list. Don't read this without all the lights on! If you're looking for the next 'Girl on the Train', 'Final Girls' by Riley Sager is it. It's got the mystery, the flashbacks that make you second guess everything, the unreliable narrator, the blackouts, all of it is here in brand new form with a debut novel that puts other writers in this genre on notice. Quincy Carpenter survived a horrifying event as a teenager when everyone except her died by the hands of an escaped mental patient. She is one of 3 survivors the press has called 'The Final Girls' - Quincy, Lisa Milner, and Samantha (Sam) Boyd. Each with their own horrific tale, each a sole survivor, the three never meet until Lisa ends up dead. Sam approaches Quincy to get her to open up about what happened to her as Quincy cannot recall all the details of that night when everything changed. But Sam starts pushing Quincy towards a life of rage, wanting her to confront what happened to her in unorthodox ways and face the past, and with her new life as a baking blogger, Quincy's not sure how far she can go down this road until it all falls apart: her perfect life with public defense lawyer, Jeff Richards, and her picture perfect life. Her only real ally who understands everything is the cop who saved her that night long ago, Franklin Cooper (Coop), whom she's had a complicated relationship with since. As the flashbacks get told, as the present struggles to catch up, everyone seems to be hiding something and Quincy is in the sights of a killer who might not stop until all the 'Final Girls' are dead. Be prepared for a twist ending that will make you go back to the beginning to see how it all came together again. Solid writing, scary and terrifying, and the next best debut novel that will be talked about everywhere the next day.

Quincy has been a Final Girl for the last ten years of her life. What this means is she was the only survivor of a horrible massacre one summer while camping with friends. She is the third of her kind. She seems to be living her life as best as she can. Until she receives a phone call that will change her life forever. The first Final Girl has committed suicide and everything is falling apart. As I read more into the story I start to think maybe she is the murderer and then everything changes and something gets thrown that was completely unexpected. WOW is all I can say!

Riley Sager’s Final Girls is a rare gem among stories that are designed to tantalize and shock us – in so much that the punches it pulls are deep and from the heart. Picking up the novel, we are likely as intrigued as the press in the story as to what happens to a make a final girl. How do they survive the carnage that gave them their new, larger than life, Hollywood-esque identities? It doesn’t take long to become clear that this isn’t the focus of this story. Sager’s novel is about the leftover pieces. We don’t know how Quincy became a Final Girl. What we see is how she deals with the legacy she’s left when everything she ever was is boiled down to something artificial. A moniker. A bid at normalcy. What happens when something shakes the carefully crafted facade and it all comes crashing down yet again? Quincy is raw and honest, even in moments where she is lying both to herself and to those around her. Her strengths and her fears are laid out for everyone to see and through this, Quincy finally learns how to be a Final Girl and how to be herself, forging together all her leftover pieces: Quincy, Final Girl, and maybe even friend. A fast-paced thrilling read, that doesn’t substitute shock for depth and loses none of its heart even in its sensationalism. A must read of 2017.

Oh my, what a story! Thank you First to Read! This is my first read by this author and let me tell will not be my last! My reviews do not deal with story content, get that from the blurb. I give this a 5 star rating simply because I could not put it down. The author is terrific at keeping the reader so involved with her characters that their world becomes yours. Three survivors have managed to get on with their lives, when news arrives that one has died. When the second survivor meets the third, the reader is drawn into the 'who really did the deed' question. The ending was so terrific I found myself asking...'how the heck did I miss that'! Get it. Best book I've read in awhile.

This book took me on such an amazing ride! I absolutely adored every minute with this thriller. Deeply complex, with strong characters and a twisted plot, this novel had me on my toes the entire time. The story is mainly told from Quincy's perspective, and she was a character that I really liked. The author did a great job of showcasing Quincy's strengths and weaknesses, and making her likeable and believable. In fact, kudos to the author for all of the characters; each one was unique and intriguing to read about and I found it easy to imagine all of the different interactions playing out. The story itself had loads of different twists and turns, and there definitely wasn't a single boring minute there! Nothing was too far-fetched as to throw me for a loop; everything worked and created this awesome thrill factor that fed my thrill addiction! I can go on and on about this novel but it is so much better if you experience it for yourself! If you like thrillers, then this is one you do NOT want to miss out on!

Ten years have passed since Quincy Carpenter when on a trip to Pine Cottage with five of her college friends that led to her being the lone survivor of a massacre. As the sole survivor, Quincy is placed into a small group of similar women, dubbed the Final Girls. This group consists of Quincy, Lisa, and Sam. Lisa managed to survive a sorority house massacre and Sam escaped from a killer known as Sack Man, who went on a murder spree during her shift at the Nightlight Inn. Despite the media forcing these women into a group all their own, they have never met. Quincy believes she’s got her life under control – popular baking blog, a caring fiancé named Jeff, and a swanky New York apartment. Mixed with her endless Xanax prescription and knight in shining armor, Coop, the cop who rescued her all those years ago, Quincy believes she is living the epitome of a “normal life”. All of that comes crashing down when Lisa, fellow Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub with slit wrists, leading everyone to believe she committed suicide. Soon Sam is showing up outside Quincy’s apartment, forcing her way into her life and bringing her back to that long ago night. Sam doesn’t believe Quincy’s decade long story that she can’t remember any of the details of that fatal night at Pine Cottage, and is desperate to make her remember. As Sam digs deeper and forces Quincy further into the past, the safety net she has built begins to unravel. The truth of the night will come out, but not without a dangerous, suspense-driven ride straight into the past. Riley Sager provides the reader with an unreliable narrator in the form of Quincy Carpenter. Throughout the novel flashbacks are inserted from Pine Cottage, which unveil the truth, one devastating memory after another. Often parallel stories like these can feel disjointed, but in this novel they add an additional element of suspense as the reader flies through chapter after chapter eager to discover the next piece of the puzzle. I found myself suspecting everyone at some point! Each character has a level of secretively to their personality that you’re never sure who to trust. The element is reflected back in the way Quincy tells her story, fluctuating from trusting everyone, to trusting no one. Sager has created a thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat! Do yourself a favor and pick this book up the day it releases! Thank you to Dutton Books and Riley Sager for providing me early access to this galley through Penguin’s First to Read program in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The story was suspenseful, but I had a hard time connecting to the main character.

Meh. I am so incredibly disappointed by the fact that I didn't really care for this book. Based on the description, I was so sure that I would fall in love with this book. I do think that my opinion will be in the minority with this book. Based on all of the reviews that I have seen so far, most people are really enjoying this book and I predict that it will be very popular. I didn't hate this book but I didn't really like it either. This was one of those books that I really didn't connect with any of the characters and by the time the big twists started happening, I just didn't care what happened. The book was a bit different than I expected. Since the description mentions a horror movie-scale massacre, I expected the book to be pretty gruesome. I wanted gruesome because I am weird like that. There are a few more bloody scenes but not like I had thought it would be. This book is told from Quincy's point of view. Quincy is a Final Girl which means she was the only survivor from a nightmare that killed her friends. She is deeply affected by that night years later. I just never liked Quincy. Not at all. Since the whole book is told from her point of view, it was really hard to enjoy the story. Most of the book is really about what is going on in the present time period with Quincy and Sam, another Final Girl. I am not going to be recommending this book but I do think that a lot of readers will like it a lot more than I did. There were a few twists that I wouldn't have ever been able to guess and the premise was pretty interesting. This is the first book by Riley Sager that I have read and I would be open to trying his work again in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Dutton via First to Read.

This is a great book! It’s fast paced and full of suspense. The twists and turns kept me on my toes and I never knew what was going to happen next. I can’t wait to read another book by this author.

Final girl is a movie term that refers to the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie. The press has deemed 3 girls who survived mass murders several years apart as the Final Girls. The first was Lisa who survived an attack at a sorority house in Indiana. Next was Samantha (Sam) who survived an attack in a Florida motel called Nightlight Inn. The protagonist of this book is Quincy, the third Final Girl who survived an attack at Pine Cottage in Pennsylvania. The book starts 10 years after Quincy's ordeal. She is now a baking blogger living with Jeff, an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. Since the attack, she has relied on the support of Coop, the Pennsylvania cop who rescued her by killing her attacker. When Lisa commits suicide, both Samantha and Coop rally around Quincy. I wasn't crazy about this book at the beginning primarily because I didn't like either Quincy or Sam. They showed the common sense, impulse control and emotional maturity of 13 year olds. They shoplifted and painted each other's fingernails. I felt sorry for Jeff. The author also made Central Park sound like one of the most dangerous places on Earth. It isn't. However, the last third of the book, in which Quincy has to figure out who she can trust, had a lot of twists and, although the plot wasn't totally believable, I wound up enjoying the book a lot. I expect it to be very popular. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Great psychological thriller that had me on the edge of my seat almost the entire time I was reading! Final Girls is a fast-paced thriller that is full of suspense and intrigue. The story involves three different women who just happen to have one thing in common. Each one of them was the only survivor of a murder spree. Although the events happened years apart, the press linked the three forever by nicknaming them the “final girls.” Several years after the last murder spree, something happens that brings two of the women together. Their relationship is rocky from the start, but what eventually happens between them is absolutely shocking. As I read, I had a multitude of questions and as they were answered in the story, I was not disappointed. Riley Sager offered several twists and surprises that I would never have guessed, with the ending being the most shocking of all. Many thanks to Penguin’s First to Read program for the advance read copy in exchange for an honest review.

Loved this book!!!! I tend to read thrillers, but it is extremely rare than any plot twists surprise me. This one had two, both of which were total shocks. The dialogue & character development were great, and I basically raced through the book. Eager to read more by this author!

Terrifically entertaining; once this got its hooks into me, I didn't want to put it down and blazed through it. The story is not incredibly original, but one does not have to reinvent the wheel to craft something memorable; good writing and excellent pacing make a huge difference and work in tandem to move the plot along nicely and keep readers on the edge of their seats. I like how Sager disperses the details of Pine Cottage among the present day events as tantalizing tidbits to whet my appetite, and with each new revelation and red herring I was constantly forming new theories as to what indeed transpired on that fateful night. I especially appreciated the ending, which perfectly brought things full circle. An enjoyable thriller with subject matter and themes that linger afterward.

Great writing mixed with fast paced story telling made this a one day read for myself. I had to see what twist would come next and how far the story would go down the rabbit hole. As it picks up, it feels you are in a horror movie the tension and suspense picks up to the very last scene. Highly Recommended.

Quincy Carpenter is an unwilling member of what the press gleefully dubs the "Final Girls" - the sole survivor of a killer of multiple young women. Although she appears to have rebuilt her life, she's on shaky ground, supported by Xanax, the cop who rescued her, a mother who wants her to just "act normal," and self-imposed isolation from friends and the other two Final Girls. Her situation further erodes, however, when another of those girls appears to commit suicide and the third reaches out to Quincy in an attempt to get her to remember and deal with her traumatic experiences . Reminiscent of themes in Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, Final Girls contains enough angst, suspense and unforeseen twists to qualify as an excellent summer vacation read.

Could not put it down. Kept me guessing the whole way. READ IT!

This was a great psychological thriller - it was fast paced and I couldn't put it down. It definitely kept me guessing and I was surprised by the ending. I found it a little unbelievable that Quincy so quickly welcomed Sam into her life without confirming her identity - after what she had been through you would have thought she would have been more cautious. It was a strong debut book and I look forward to reading more by Riley Sager.

Quincy Carpenter, Lisa, and Sam have been named the Final Girls by the media. All three of them survived a massacre that killed everyone they were with. Unlike the other two Final Girls Quincy remembers nothing about the night that her five friends were murdered. Quincy has moved past the events at the Pine College. She has a beautiful apartment in New York, a serious boyfriend, and a successful baking blog. When Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub the victim of an apparent suicide. But then why did she email Quincy right before she dead? And why has Sam, the other Final Girl, suddenly appeared at Quincy's door intent on making her remember that night? The book alternates between discussing Quincy's present and that night at Pine Cottage. Overall I loved this book. It is full of twists and turns. I could not put this book down and read the whole thing in a day. It keeps the reader guessing until the very end.

This book was really good. I've always been a fan of slasher films, and the idea of a book that followed what happened in the aftermath was something that intrigued me. The pace of the story is pretty fast, and does a good job of keeping you invested in the current story while giving you flashes of what happened at Pine Cottage that makes you want to know more and have more be revealed. I also found the story to be unpredictable with several twists that I didn't anticipate until the author wanted me to. I had a love/hate relationship with the main character, Quincy, as I appreciated the strength she had at times, but there were other times where her actions would frustrate me, as it seemed she was powerless to stop doing things that clearly weren't making her happy, both before and after Pine Cottage. For me, having a character that has such flaws made the story that much more interesting. I would definitely recommend reading this book.

Where do I even begin? This book was roller coaster with an incredible twist at the end that I never saw coming. At first I wondered if we would ever find out what actually happened at Pine Cottage but the flashbacks help keep the suspense throughout the book. I highly recommend it!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kept you on the edge of your seat and the author had me fooled at the end! Loved how we got to see what happened to the main character in the past slowly. It helped keep up the suspense and guessing on what the twist was going to be. I didnt like the Epilogue much though. Left me with more questions, and to me this isn't really a story you can make a series out of, so kinda sad about the lack of answers for myself in the end. All in all the writing was well done and i look forward to reading more of their books!

Enjoyed this book. Kept guessing at the outcome but it had a nice twist. Did not like how it ended. The main character was disturbing at times. I'm sure some will buy the film rights.

I really enjoyed this book. I was drawn to these women that experienced horror and survived being "Final Girls" and loved that the book exposed the truth behind the Pine Cottage murder in increments. I was constantly on edge and was trying to figure out the mystery. I was fooled right until the end. I definitely did not see the outcome. I will be looking for more books by this author and was enraptured by the writing.

“Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie.”–Riley Sager Lisa Milner, Samantha Boyd, and Quincy Carpenter are all final girls. They are all sole survivors of their own unspeakable horror. There are not many that know what they went through and they have each dealt with their horrors differently. Lisa wrote a book and went and on to become a child psychologist. Samantha went into hiding not long afterward. Finally, Quincy put her past behind her, is dating Jeff, and started a blog called Quincy’s Sweets. Quincy has managed to move on with her life after five of her college friends were brutally murdered at Pine Cottage ten years ago. That is until Lisa was found dead of an apparent suicide and Samantha shows up unexpectedly on her doorstep, now going by the name of Sam. Quincy’s life starts to spin out of control, and the memories that she has suppressed all those years ago start to emerge. You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it. -Lisa Riley Sager does a fantastic job of slowly building the story and increasing the intensity. The chapters flip back and forth from present day to ten years ago at Pine Cottage. Present day is told from Quincy’s perspective and the Pine Cottage flashbacks are told by the narrator. I loved the way the story unfolded, as Quincy’s current life is starting to slowly unravel and fall apart her flashback memories get closer and closer to the time of the murders at Pine Cottage. I flew through the last twenty percent of this book. It was fast-paced and action-packed. I loved the way the present day and flashbacks collided at the end. I thought it was seamlessly done and wrapped the story up perfectly. Thank you Penguin – First to Read for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Final Girls is one of the better thrillers I have read in recent years. I liked that there were two mysteries going on throughout the book, what exactly happened at Pine Cottage and was Lisa Milner's death murder or suicide. The ending was complicated enough that it was difficult to predict it 100% accurately which is great because so many other good thrillers recently have had poor and predictable endings. My only criticism is it didn't really make sense that Quincy continued to allow "Sam" to stay at her place considering all the problems that resulted from letting this stranger into her life. Despite that, I will definitely recommend this book and expect to see it on the big screen within the next few years.

Final Girls are the last female standing at the end of typical horror movies. Quinn survived her college friends being killed by Him. She's one of three Final Girls. Lisa being the first and Samantha the second. Quinn tries to live a life as normal as possible until Lisa Milner the first Final Girl commits suicide. Jeff her boyfriend and Coop the cop that saved her after the Pine Cottage murders all try to hwlp her work through her grief. I couldn't imagine living through any of the Final Girls tragedies. Quinn taking her xanax with grape soda was understandable. When Samantha shows up to check on her and throws her life into chaos I was really suspicious. There was something off about Sam. Reading does for me what baking does for Quinn. This was a good book you don't want to put down until the last page. Thanks First to Read, the publisher and author for allowing me to give an honest review.

So thankful for the opportunity to be one of the first to read 'Final Girls'. I could not put it down. I love to find new authors that can write like Riley Sager and look forward to reading more books by this author. You know you have a good book when within the first few pages the author has you by the throat dragging you into the story. And that is what happens here. The characters are well thought out and have a lot of life to them. There are so many twists and turns to the plot, that it will keep you on your toes guessing until the very end. I always thought I was able to figure out the ending before I finished a book, but I can honestly say I never saw this ending coming. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves to read.

So glad I got an advanced copy of Final Girls to read. Part way through I was a little disappointed because I thought I had figured out the twist, but I was wrong which made this book even better. A definite must read.

I really enjoyed this book. The basic premise of the horror of seeing a group of your friends slaughtered but being the sole survivor roped me in from the start. It's such an awful idea but one of those things you just can't stop thinking about. Then a fellow "final girl" passes away. How could such a thing happen to someone that already survived a mass murder? This book promises twists and turns and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

Final Girls by Riley Sager has a lot of promise, but at times was a bit unbelievable for me. Quincy Carpenter is one of three Final Girls. Years ago she survived a brutal attack in the Pennsylvania woods where all of her college friends were killed. Samantha Boyd and Lisa Milner are also Final Girls, sole survivors of frightening attacks. Samantha has disappeared, ostensibly to start a new life away from the press and the demands of an everyday existence. Lisa has become a therapist, written a book, and opens her door to young women in need of help. And Quincy lives with Jeff, a public defender, writes a cooking blog, downs wine and Xanax and convinces herself she lives a normal life. This “normal” life is disrupted when Lisa is found dead of an apparent suicide and Sam appears at her doorstep. It’s a downward spiral from here for Quincy as Sam tries to get her to unlock the events of what happened years ago at Pine Cottage. There’s enough in this book to captivate lovers of suspense novels and some surprising twists I enjoyed, but not enough to rank it up there with some of the better thrillers I’ve read so far.

Thank you First To Read for the opportunity to preview The Final Girls by Riley Sager. I was really excited to read this book, and looked forward to reading it. A young woman, Quincy, has survived a horrific event - she survives the killing of her friends at a isolated cabin. She can't remember what happened; she knows the killer is dead; but she has nightmares that won't go away. She is a "final girl" - one of three women who have survived mass killings. Now Quincy lives with her boyfriend Jeff and bakes desserts to keep herself occupied. She lives in New York, surrounded by lots of people, but she feels very much alone. The other two girls, Samantha and Lisa, keep in touch with Quincy because they share this "special" bond. Then Lisa dies - suicide or is it? Someone is watching the final two surviviors - who is it or is Quincy going crazy. I did not find the characters likeable at all - the plot was slow and wordy - The ending was predicable. Alot of the verbage was boring - alot about baking. Too much unnecessary information that convoluted the storyline. I found this disappointing.

Wow! So intense! This book was definitely a fast read, if only because I couldn't put it down! Every time I thought I figured out who the culprit was, another twist came. This is definitely a dark read and while there are some moments of dark humor, it's an interesting look into the psychology of someone who is a major trauma survivor. It's different from what I typically read, but I enjoyed it!

Thrilling. Captivating. Chilling. Catch a copy of this book fast. Final Girls caught my breath throughout each chapter. Every time I thought I figured out the story, I was wrong. Well worth read. I won't feign surprise when its movie adaptation appears.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review via First To Read. Wow! This is the most intense, gripping and fast paced thriller that i have read this year! I could not put it down. The shock at the end will blow your mind! I highly recommend this novel!

Just when you think you have this story figured out it changes. The way it was written makes you want to keep reading to see if your guesses were correct. The outcome of this book turned me sideways.

This book is awesome! I couldn't put this book down. I had to keep reading to find out what happens next. The premise of this story definitely already draws you in and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. This book is a thrilling and suspenseful story. This story has stuck with me. The story is amazing, and it stuck with me. This story has a great twist. The ending definitely is a surprise. I had imagined so many different scenarios, and none of the were what actually happened. This story is about the Final Girls. They are girls who are the sole survivor of a massacre. The first was Lisa, then Sam, and then Quincy. Quincy is the main character. She has survived the massacre at Pine Cottage. She doesn't remember what happened, and she doesn't want to. I couldn't wait to find out what really happened at Pine Cottage. I was wondering so many different things about that night, and when I finally found out what really happened, I was not disappointed.

Good god what did I just read. I just finished this book and had to do the review while I'm still on this book high. This book had me on the edge of my seat and every time I was ready to claim I knew "who done it" something would come up and totally throw me off. I haven't read a book like this since Girl On A Train and I have to say I enjoyed this one just as much if not more. I highly recommend this book if you're a thriller lover with a good dose of mystery in there as well. The ending blew me away and I was sort of sad because I was rooting for the shithead at one point and was clueless as to what had really happened. This book had me hooked the whole way through begging, middle and end with one hell of a twist! This was a well written book that kept me neglecting all my adult like duties to read this crazy story. Well done!!

Immediately captivating, with a clever hook. I kept turning the pages and was completely sucked in to find out what was happening to Quincy now and what had happened to make her a final girl. The ending surprised me, which is quite a feat. Great characters, tons of suspense, and good pacing.

Unputdownable! Final Girls is an edge-of-your-seat slasher movie come to life. I devoured this story in two sittings over the weekend. There are more than one exhausted horror cliche at work here, but any real complaints I have about the book were lost somewhere in the fury to reach that deliciously shocking ending. Was it a fun ride? Heck yeah. Start counting down the minutes until this gets optioned for film.

I could not get enough of this authors styling composure! I love how books go from present to past but this was also broke it down to the past but building each time to THAT moment when it all goes down - brilliant! And the best part would be how I didn't see how this plot would play out- I LOVE BOOKS LIKE THAT. nothing better than being pleasantly surprised I gave 5 stars on Goodreads and Instagram review! I can't wait to read more books by said author.

I have read so many hundreds of thrillers and mysteries in my lifetime that very rarely do I get surprised by a book. The Final Girls was a huge surprise! More psychological thriller, it tells the story of Quincy who is the only one of her friends to survive a murderous rampage. The events are so traumatic that she still suffers from amnesia ten years later. The book is full of twists and turns. I couldn't put it down!

What did I just read? I say that in a good way. The twist in that book left me speechless. I was a little scared reading it, it started so promising. I loved the characters, I was rooting for them and BAM things started happening that didn't make sense (park scene) and I was worried. I thought the story was going to lose itself but the author connected it and made it all make sense. I actually can not wait for this book to come out, I need the hard copy. I will recommend this book.

I love horror films, but don't read nearly as much in the genre as I would like, so I was thrilled when I was chosen to read a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program. And it was a really great read. There were many moments when I thought I'd figured out what was going on, but there was always something new to discover to make me doubt what I thought I knew, and ultimately the big reveals ended up being surprises. Also, by the end, I really loved Quinn as a narrator. I wasn't too sure about her at first, but I liked her layers and realizations and she felt very real to me. Sure, there are some things I could nitpick, but the novel was such an enjoyable read that who really cares, right?


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