Review | Final Girls – Riley Sager

For a lot of people autumn is the perfect time of year to read thrillers. And especially with a lot of Halloween themed readathons happening in October, thrillers are all the rage. So today I want to share my review for Final Girls with you all. Let’s get into it!

Review | Final Girls – Riley Sager

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.

Final Girls by Riley Sager
Published by Ebury Press (Fiction) on 13/07/2017
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 352
3.5 Stars


I personally really enjoyed the pink cover for Final Girls. It’s the edition I own and I think it fits the story quite well. The girl running from the woods is definitely part of the story. And the pink in my opinion refers to the surviving girls.


I listened to the audiobook for this one, and I really enjoyed the narration. The writing style in general was quite enjoyable. While the book starts a bit slow, about halfway through it really picks up and I ended up listening to the whole book in one day. It was a very easy read for me.

We follow Quincy, one of the three final girls. All three of them survived a massacre, and they were all the sole survivor of their respective massacres. Throughout the story we get flashbacks to Quincy’s massacre. Unfortunately these were very slow, it takes quite a while before anything interesting happens in them. I liked the idea of them, and was very curious as to what happened. You learn a bit about the other two massacres as well, that really felt like an episode of Criminal Minds to me!

Basically all of the characters in this book were flawed. And I have to see, I do really appreciate that. They all made choices I would never make, but then again the girls went through something I hope to never ever go through. We read the most about

We get a couple of interesting plottwists! And while I didn’t see one of the big one coming at all, another big one I saw from a mile away. I really liked the twists and would definitely pick up another Riley Sager thriller. This was one of those books in which you don’t trust anyone and you definitely shouldn’t!

This was a very enjoyable thriller in my opinion, and while it wasn’t the best one I read with its slower start and some unnecessary flashbacks, it was a quick read! I think this would be a good one if you haven’t read that many thrillers yet and hope some of you will pick it up this month! Come talk to me in the comments about Final Girls!

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