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Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager


When Quincy Carpenter receives the news that fellow massacre survivor, Lisa Milner, is found dead in her bathtub of an apparent suicide, Quincy's past begins to haunt her.

Quincy, the lone survivor of the Pine Cottage massacre, never met Lisa, but, Lisa feels that she needed to help Quincy along with another massacre survivor, Samantha Boyd, who lived through the Nightlight Inn incident.

With Lisa's death, the reporters are getting ready to pounce on Quincy and when she refuses to talk to them, she sees a lone woman outside her New York apartment building. That woman is Samantha Boyd.

Samantha tells her that she had to come to New York to meet with Quincy and to get to know her since the two are now the last surviving "final girls." She confesses that she had never met Lisa and regrets it and hopes that through their shared experience, she and Quincy can become friends and learn to heal with each other.

A picture of the two ends up on the front page the following day and renewed interest is high again for both survivors. People around Quincy have their doubts as to who Samantha is and why she's come to town, but it's later learned that Lisa's death was not a suicide. It was murder.

Now it's up to both survivors to determine if they are indeed the final girls, or is someone out to kill them.

In the debut novel from Riley Sager, this is a novel that slowly starts to creep up on you. The first few pages do draw you in, but then, I found my interest waning due to it being written in the current first person. Whenever it went to Pine Cottage, the writing went back to third person.

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Even though there were a lot of questions swirling around in my mind while I read with interest, I would have liked to have maybe seen the book laid out a little differently. I think more of Pine Cottage would have been better for the overall story, along with more details on the Nightlight Inn massacre.

Sager uses a lot of current horror movie cliches, which I think may take away from the read. I found myself trying to match up certain films along with the written word.

Overall, this is a good read and before you know it, you're done and it will probably keep you guessing once you close the cover.

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