Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls
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Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Version Reviewed: Finished, Hardback
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

GoodReads Synopsis:
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-fiancĂ©, 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.
I have always been a lover of slasher movies. Even as a child, I couldn't get enough of them. So when I heard rumors of a book going around that was basically a slasher in book form, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. I immediately headed to NetGalley to see if it was available for request and I was so happy that it was. Soon after I entered a giveaway to win a hardback copy of the book. I ended up being my lucky day because I ended up winning the hardback and, to my surprise, the next day my request to review it from NetGalley was approved. I was ecstatic.

I dove in as soon as I had it in my hands and I was instantly hooked. The more that I read, the deeper I fell in love with it and the more eager I became to finish it and learn all the secrets that Quincy held. Reading about Pine Cottage really was like reading a slasher movie (if that makes sense) and had all the elements to it that I love about a good slasher.

The characters were cryptic and mysterious and full of their own secrets. The story in itself was full of twists and turns and constantly made you realign your suspicions and consider that things might not be exactly what they seem.

Life did end up getting in the way, however, and it took me forever to finish the book. As a wife and stay at home mom of a seven month old and a 4 year old, it isn't always easy to find time to sit down and read. I know that If I had had the time, Final Girls would have been a book that I would have finished in one to two sittings. I loved it so much.

I was expressing my excitement for the book to my husband and told him that if it were a movie, it would definitely be one that I would be obsessed with. And then I realized... a few weeks back I saw that Final Girls WILL be made into a movie. I can't freakin' wait.

Highly recommend for fans of slashers, suspense, and thrillers. A truly great read.

Rating: 5 Stars. 

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