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Final Girls

Synopsis: Three tragedies. One unthinkable secret. 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. 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.

Author: Riley Sager

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

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I’ve not read many thrillers. I’m a self-confessed wimp. I much prefer reading a book about magic and mystery. I love becoming immersed in fantasy. That is until recently. Riley Sager is one of those authors whose name keeps popping up, on Twitter and Instagram and Goodreads. I’ll admit I was curious. That curiosity led to me to reading the synopsis for this book and that was it then; I just knew I had to read this book. Although I haven’t read many thrillers, I love watching crime shows like Criminal Minds and CSI. I love a good ‘whodunit’. It’s one of the reasons that inspired me to go back into education. From next month I’m going to be studying psychology and criminology (as well as law and sociology) and I’m both excited and apprehensive! Following other book bloggers and interacting with them has really encouraged me to start reading more genres that I’ve never fully explored before.

I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this book, but I loved it. I started reading it on a Saturday and I managed to finish it less than 24 hours later. I was that hooked! I just had to know what was going to happen next. I had a lot of suspicions and predictions about what was going to happen, but I was nowhere near prepared for that ending. Let me tell you now, it was a doozy! The thing is, I’m actually pretty mad about it, but only because I didn’t see it coming!

Final Girls is told from the perspective of Quincy Carpenter, who is the third and current Final Girl. The story is set a whole decade after the massacre in which she was the sole survivor. She is now living in New York City, runs a successful baking blog, and has the dullest boyfriend in existence. I’m taking a guess that when you’ve been through something as horrific as Quincy has, dull is normal. Dull is predictable. Dull is safe. That’s not to say Jeff doesn’t care about her because he does, he’s just very, very dull. Luckily he’s not in it as much as other characters.

While this book is told from Quincy’s point of view, there are several chapters intertwined in the book that are told from the third person of the night of the massacre. I love that the point of view changes. You find out right from the get go that Quincy is unable to recall the events of that night. I may have mentioned in a previous post how awful I am for reading ahead (I’m so impatient it’s unreal), which is something I really had to refrain from doing while reading this. All I wanted was to skip to the chapters about Pine Cottages, the cabin in the woods where the massacre took place. These chapters were highly gripping. I read through the main story, which was somewhat slow at times, much faster just to get to the Pine Cottage chapters. I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!

As the synopsis tells us, Lisa, the first Final Girl, dies in mysterious circumstances, and Sam, who had disappeared from the public eye several years prior to this story taking place, shows up on Quincy’s doorstep. Whereas Quincy is quiet and withdrawn and addicted to Xanax, Sam is loud and angry and mysterious. The book focuses a lot on their budding friendship. I found myself re-reading a whole page at times because I had a ‘WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS GOING ON?!’ moment happening. Some of it is good, some of it’s bizarre, and some of it is completely messed up. All of this makes for an interesting read!

One of the things I absolutely loved about this book (that might make others completely hate it) is that it comes across as predictable. It’s one of those books where you think something is going to happen, it starts to build up as though it’s going to happen, you’re almost convinced it’s going to happen… and then it doesn’t happen. I found myself pointing my finger at almost all of the characters at some point during my read of it. There is a lot of back and forth going on – it almost gave me whiplash!

While I can understand why this book isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, especially to those who do enjoy reading thrillers, which I wouldn’t go so far as to call this book, but as someone who is a complete novice to the genre, it was a good introductory book to give me the bug to want to read more, which it certainly has done. When I can finish a book hours after starting it because I have an inability to put it down is when I have to give the author kudos. Riley Sager knows how to keep a reader hooked. So kudos, Riley Sager, kudos to you.

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2 Comments

  1. Bexa

    August 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Ooh I love a good thriller! I’ve seen a lot of films/TV series but never actually read a book in this genre. Maybe this would be a good place to start. I like that you end up pointing the finger at all the characters, I love a story that keeps you guessing! Also, all the best with your psychology and criminology studies, I imagine that would be a really interesting subject to study! Great review Kelly, thanks for sharing 💖 xx

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    1. paperbackadventures

      August 21, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      I’d definitely recommend it as a starting point. It really does keep you guessing and making you believe it’s heading in one direction when it’s really going somewhere else, which kept me hooked! I honestly could not put the book down until I knew what happened. Thank you so much, Bexa. I’m super excited (and nervous) to start, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do 💖

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