Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager


Synopsis from Good Reads:

“The Final Girls need you. . . .  The Final Girls are tough, everything survivors should be.  But the new threat is clever, ominous, even closer than you suspect. You are about to gasp. You might drop the book. You may have to look over your shoulder. But you must keep reading.  This is the best book of 2017.”—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

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.

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. 

Final Girls will be available July 11, 2017.

Well, then. This just might be my biggest disappointment of the year so far.

Let’s start with the things that I kind of liked. I thought the flashback chapters to what happened at the cottage were more entertaining than anything else. It reads very much like any number of horror movies and while it was basically just one big cliché, it was entertaining. There was also several chapters towards the end of the book where the writing was a little more suspenseful and even though I could guess pretty much everything that was happening, I didn’t want to put it down during that short time.

This book could’ve been a little better for me if the characters weren’t so dang annoying. I HATED them. Quincy was ok in the very beginning, but then Sam showed up and it just all went down hill from there. Sam was the clichéd bad girl psycho who was there to lead Quincy off the straight and narrow. But you can’t really feel that bad for Quincy because she was so easily manipulated and made so many bad decisions and she’s kind of a psycho herself. I spent the vast majority of this book being so unbearably annoyed by both Sam and Quincy that it just ruined the whole experience for me.

I know there are a lot of people that have really loved this book, so I’m sure I’m in the minority opinion here. But, as someone who has seen a good deal of horror movies and reads a lot of this genre, this was not very mysterious or thrilling. I also recently read another book that had a similar storyline with a girl who escapes a murderer and has no memory about what happened and the conclusion was pretty similar. Overall, this was a big disappointment for me.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 2 Stars

22 thoughts on “Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

  1. I completely agree with your review so I’ll be with you in the minority of people who didn’t like this book! I haven’t even wrote a review yet because I can’t think of anything that I even kind of liked. I thought Quincy’s character started off ok, but then did a complete 180 when Sam arrived and then the 2 of them together were awful. Their actions were over the top and made no sense. I didn’t find the story to be thrilling at any point and Quincy’s memory loss…very convienent and lacking originality. Appreciate your honesty in your review!!

    • I’m glad there’s someone else to join me in the minority! I agree that Sam and Quincy’s actions made ZERO sense! It was just ridiculous. This could’ve been a really enjoyable book, even with the really clichéd thriller aspects, if the characters made at least a few reasonable choices.

    • I would say really clichéd. If you’re a big fan of those types of movies then you will probably guess almost everything – if not everything. BUT, I thought those flashback parts that played out the movies was the most entertaining part of the book.

  2. I’m really sorry this didn’t work for you. I honestly don’t remember a thing about the book, which is sad that it didn’t make a lasting impression on me. I remember enjoying it, because I gave it 4 stars, so I must’ve. Lol. I hope the next thriller you pick up is way better.

    • Thanks. I can see maybe if you were in the mood for some mindless fun it would be more enjoyable. Or if you didn’t mind the characters. I could’ve given this 3 stars if Quincy and Sam weren’t so freaking stupid. Like everything they did just made me angry and annoyed and it really ruined the whole things for me.

      I also read this right after reading a Sharon Bolton book so it’s hard not to compare them. I even guessed pretty much everything that happened in the Bolton book, but it was still so well written that I didn’t mind it as much.

  3. How disappointing! I was looking forward to this book but not anymore. I may give it a try later on and in audio but for now my hold is deleted.

  4. Oh.. I am so torn with this one. I want to read it but you and Renee are making me very hesitant. It sounds like it might be a true struggle. I loved how insightful you were as far as the issues. Thank you for that. This is probably going on the back burner.

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