I've been on a Riley Sager kick this month, and I'm having a lot of fun with it! Final Girls has been on my TBR for so long, and I figured what better time than October to finally read it.
|Pub Date: 7-11-17|
Adult - Thriller
To the outside world, Quincy Carpenter has it all together. She lives in a beautiful NYC apartment with her loving boyfriend and runs a well-known baking blog. But a quick Google search would show that not everything with Quincy is as it seems. Ten years ago, she and a few college friends went on vacation to a remote cabin in the woods, but Quincy was the only one to come out alive after a brutal murder. The press lumped Quincy into a club along with two other survivors from different yet similar situations dubbing them the "Final Girls." Despite the media attempts at throwing the girls together, they never meet. Instead, each faded into the background to try and live as normal of a life as possible. That is, until now.
Quincy doesn't remember much of what happened to her that horrible night, despite numerous attempts from police and therapists trying to jog her memory. Her only comfort from that time is Coop, the police officer who saved her life. The memory loss is fine by Quincy, but it's soon going to be her downfall. One of the Final Girls, Lisa, is found dead in her home, and the other, Sam, shows up on Quincy's doorstep with the apparent purpose of forcing Quincy into reliving her past. Everything about Sam makes Quincy uneasy, especially when new details about Lisa's death come to light. Quincy must not only unravel the mystery about what truly happened to her but also get to the bottom of who Sam is before it's too late.
Like many horror fans, I appreciate a final girl. I love to see a strong female character stand up to evil and triumph. This was a fun look at what happens to that character after the film stops rolling. How someone who survived such a traumatic experience tries to move on and live their life. Quincy was an interesting character to follow because while she seems to have everything together, there's a huge part of her life she hides from. She's unwilling to relive what happened to her, so she mostly walks around in a Xanax-induced haze. Then Sam comes along and prods her into remembering by using some extreme measures, and you start to wonder if Quincy herself can even be trusted. While I was able to figure out a few of the twists, the majority of the time I was on the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen next. With so many secrets floating around, it was a little hard to keep track at times, but overall I was satisfied by how it all played out and would recommend if you're in the mood for a quick thriller.