About the Book
Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…
They were called The Final Girls.
Three young women who survived unimaginable horror. Three victims of separate massacres grouped together by the press. Three strangers bound by similar traumas.
Lisa. Quincy. Samantha.
When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.
I was drawn to this book when I first saw it being mentioned on social media – the cover is stunning and very striking, and when I read the synopsis I simply had to get my hands on it despite the fact that I’m a complete wimp and knew this book would unnerve me!
Final Girls is a novel about Quincy, a girl who was the lone survivor in a massacre at a secluded cottage in the woods. The novel starts ten years on from the massacre and Quincy appears to be putting the horrific trauma behind her – she has a successful baking blog and is in a happy relationship.
The Final Girls is a named coined by the media for the women who have each survived a massacre where everyone else was killed, basically after the girl who is always left standing at the end of teen horror movies. Lisa was the first final girl, and she wrote a book about her experiences and since then has attempted to contact and support other people who have been through the same thing. The group consisted of Lisa and Samantha, and then when Quincy survives a massacre she becomes part of the group. She doesn’t want to join the actual group that Lisa has set up, but whether she likes it or not, she has been deemed a final girl. Quincy just wants to put what happened behind her – her memories of that traumatic night are buried and she doesn’t want to remember so she doesn’t want to talk about it or think about, she wants to take her meds and just move on. When Lisa comes to harm, Quincy is left reeling and in fear that something may happen to her too. This leads to her letting Sam into her life and from then on I was on edge. I didn’t trust Sam, I wasn’t even sure if Quincy was telling the truth about what happened. My brain was constantly mulling things over in the background trying to put it all together and work out what was going to happen.
The tension constantly ramps up throughout the book. I loved the way it was predominantly set in the present day but interspersed amongst that are short chapters leading up to the massacre where all Quincy’s friends were murdered. Quincy, under Sam’s influence starts behaving out of character and the stress of what happened to Lisa and the possibility of her memory of the massacre coming back lead to her acting out of character. It seems like she begins to lose her grip on what’s important in her life, and things start to spiral for her. She doesn’t have a support system in place and things start to turn ugly for her.
Once I got to the last quarter of the book I honestly felt like I couldn’t breathe. I was compelled to keep reading because I had to know what had happened in that house but I almost wanted to cover my eyes, if that makes sense. Sager gives a real sense of what it must have been like to be in that situation and terrified for your life and it’s hard to read, yet is impossible to look away from.
I had so many suspicions about various characters, and I had various scenarios running through my mind as I was reading, but I never quite figured out who was responsible. I only realised a couple of pages before it was revealed and I love that I couldn’t quite manage to work it all out before then. It’s not often that a book blindsides me but this one absolutely did.
This book is so dark and twisty, it’s addictive and compelling and utterly unputdownable! I literally started reading it early evening and I didn’t put it down until I’d finished reading at gone midnight! It genuinely gave me the creeps, I was really glad that I wasn’t home alone after I finished reading at night time!
Final Girls is due to be published on 11th July and can be pre-ordered now.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Riley Sager is a pseudonym for an author who has been previously published under another name. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley is a writer, editor and graphic designer who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
In addition to writing, Riley enjoys reading, movies and baking.
Riley’s first novel, FINAL GIRLS, will be published in July in the United States, the United Kingdom and fourteen other countries around the world.
(Bio taken from: rileysagerbooks.com)
32 thoughts on “#BookReview: Final Girls by Riley Sager @riley_sager @EburyPublishing ”
I’m so glad up liked it! I’m really looking forward to reading it this summer 🙂
It was so good! You’re in for such a treat when you read it this summer 🙂
It was terribly addictive for me as well! So happy to see you loved this one so much!
I honestly couldn’t put it down, it really had me hooked. I think it’ll be a big hit this summer.
Yes, and it’s going to be a great movie too I’m sure 😉
I think it will be too 🙂
Oh my, this sounds so intense! I like the group thing and the suspicions that seems to creep in from everywhere. Fab review! I wasn’t sure about the cover but your review convinced me!
I loved it – it was giving me the creeps and I still couldn’t put it down. I think it’ll be a big hit when it comes out this summer. I definitely recommend it 🙂 xx
This sounds so good, I really want to read it!
It was brilliant! I was lucky that the publisher granted my wish on NetGalley a while ago so it might be worth you looking to see if it’s still on there.
Awesome, I’ll check to see if it still is!
Fingers crossed! 🙂
It sounds like a very potent book. I can’t imagine what it must be like to survive such horror, but it sounds like that’s really well depicted here. Glad you enjoyed it.
Nice review Hayley! This one looks very good, another to add to my list. 🙂
Thank you. It was a great read, really gripping. I hope you enjoy it when you read it 🙂
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I’m so looking forward to this one, I don’t know if I can wait until July to read it! Great review Hayley!
It’s so good! I had my wish granted for it on NG a little while ago so it might be worth seeing if it’s still on there. I hope you enjoy it when you do get to read it.
I’ve had this one on my TBR for ages! I’m really looking forward to it 🙂
It’s brilliant, I honestly didn’t put it down even when it was really creeping me out.
I’ve seen so many great reviews for this book. I can’t wait to read it!
It’s such a gripping read – I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when you get to read it.
Oh my god this book sounds terrifying!
It is really unnerving – I was so glad I didn’t read it when I was home alone at night. It’s a great read though, I highly recommend it.
Eeps – way too scary for me! Well done for getting through it!
I don’t like scary books at all but I wasn’t aware of how scary it was when I wished for it. I’m glad I read though, it was such a gripping read.
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I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Love your review 🙂
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