Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

FIRST THERE WERE THREE

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.

THEN THERE WERE TWO

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.

What I Thought:
If you like your thrillers dark and twisty, then Final Girls is definitely for you. Riley Sager ingeniously keeps the reader guessing and is adept at convincingly pointing us down the wrong path.

Quincy is a likeable character, although it’s clear that the life she has built since the horrific events at Pine Cottage will come tumbling down eventually – it’s just expedited by Lisa’s suicide and Sam’s arrival in her life. Since most of the novel is from Quincy’s point of view, we have to take what she says at face value and decide for ourselves whether she is reliable or not, for instance, the police investigating Pine Cottage don’t believe her claim of amnesia, but she is adamant that she doesn’t remember the events of that night – I won’t spoil the book by telling you either way!

The inclusion of flashback scenes is done well, and timed perfectly to add just enough information, and sow enough doubt to make the next contemporary section compulsive reading, so it is easy to whip right through this book, which is the epitome of ‘unputdownable’. The ending is unexpected but in keeping with the tense and thrilling atmosphere within the book and the epilogue provides a final horrific and yet strangely positive closure.

This is Riley Sager’s debut novel, although since it is so assured, I was unsurprised to learn that Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a previously published author. Regardless – Final Girls is an excellent thriller and highly recommended.

Final Girls was published by Ebury Press in July 2017.

Please Note: I was given a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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