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Publisher's Summary

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 10 years ago is finished.

©2017 Riley Sager (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The first great thriller of 2017 is almost here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll like this." (Stephen King)
"Narrators Erin Bennett and Hillary Huber partner beautifully in this gripping psychological thriller... Both narrators add intensity and drama to the mystery and to the personality of each survivor." ( AudioFile)

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Shocking twists and turns

I'll be honest, I was smug in thinking that I had it all figured out. But I was wrong. Then I thought I had it figured out again, but I was still wrong. I was truly surprised by the ending.

Definitely a good thriller that keeps you guessing. Lags a little in the middle, but makes it up in last half of the book. Narration was spot on. I would read something else she wrote!

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Not what I expected...in a good way

I get hung up sometimes on the review details. Lately I decided to go back to the reviews of the books I really enjoyed and noticed a pattern...there's always a handful of disgruntled folk. Thankful to have that fact in my pocket and ultimately selecting this book.
Interesting story, great characters, fantastic narration, and suspense from start to finish.
Bollocks to any naysayers...this is a great book and well worth the credit!

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

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I'm really surprised by all the 4 & 5 star reviews

Oh man. This book sure dragged. There is a twist ending so I gave a few stars for that, but for the first 3/4 of the book, absolutely nothing happens. Unfortunately, the writing and the way the story unfolded was very unrefined; it definitely reads like a first novel. Repetitive interactions between flat characters. Unrealistic and stilted dialogue meant to convey part of the plot, but is in no way reflective of how actual people speak conversationally. We are given the most insight into the main character, and even then, she is so flat and devoid of personality that I kept forgetting her name. Who is she? Why should I care about her, and her perspective? What does she feel, think, care about? I need more than just to know that she is walking, and now she sees her boyfriend, and now she is walking again, and now she is looking at herself in the mirror. Writing lacked maturity to make a truly effective thriller.

43 of 50 people found this review helpful

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A Suspenseful Tale That Will Pull You In

Quincy is the third final girl. Though she likes to pretend that she's not. She likes to pretend that she's normal, but I'm not sure how anyone can be “normal” after they've gone through such a traumatic experience like Quincy has. Even if she can't remember all of the details. Her seemingly perfect life is going almost according to plan. That is until Sam, the second final girl comes into her life.That’s when things begin to take an interesting turn for Quincy…

I liked how the the story flip flops between present day events and the events at Pine Cottage 10 years ago, where Quincy and her friends was attacked. Quincy is a fighter, she has a temper, and she would do whatever is necessary to survive. But is there a limit to what she would do?
Sam I did not like from the beginning. She seemed very manipulative and I felt like she had an agenda and Quincy was all too easy to be manipulated and pressured into doing things. Which annoyed me. I don’t want to say too much about the storyline and characters because it’s fun to discover things yourself as your reading.

However, I will say that this book is labeled in the mystery, thriller, suspense category and I felt like it fit the bill perfectly. This may even be one of the better mystery/thriller books that I have read so far this year. I ended up listening to the audiobook version of Final Girls. There were two female narrators for this book; Erin Bennett and Hillary Huber. They both did a good job of bringing the characters to life. It did start off a little slow, but I kept with it until it picked up. I am so glad that I did. Around 75% into the storyline I thought I knew exactly where things were going and how everything was going to be wrapped up. It turns out the author pulled a fast one on me and I ended up knowing nothing! There were surprises and twists to the story that made it even more interesting than it already was. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I cannot wait to see what the author chooses to write next.

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  • Cynthia
  • PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States
  • 07-20-17

Nice debut novel!

I loved this book. The narrators were very good and they can make or break the story for me. I read several reviews on the internet for this book and it seems like you either love it or hate it. If you are a fan of slasher movies you will probably enjoy this book. I really didn't know who the killer was until the very end because I was looking where I was lead. I would recommend this book.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Groan-inducing dialogue, flat characters

H was like a conversational dentist, extracting what needs to be removed. Suspicion hovers over the table, humid and sour. Anticipation pulses off her skin like body heat. Her repeated moans like a taunting bird in the branches. The previous sentences are quotes from the book (I had an issue with audible recognizing the quotations) appeal to you (and there are tons that are similarly bad) then you may enjoy the book. Quincy (the main character) is a thieving, wimpy, defensive victim who is easily led into assault. Her boyfriend is an obnoxious jerk and none of the other cardboard characters in this novel are any better. I was hoping to be thrilled by this book (that has stellar reviews), but was obviously let down. I had nothing invested in Quincy (her entire personality rang false) so I didn't care if she lived or died. If you can't stand the main character (and the entire book is told from her perspective) what chance does the book have? The writing was atrocious (as I've already mentioned) and I could make a decent novel using only the bad metaphors/similes and lousy dialogue. I predicted the plot twist; was bored through most of story and the Central Park occurrence was so over-the-top I almost quit the book right there. At that point, I decided I would soldier through it, so I varied the speed between 1.5 and 2 times regular.. I didn't give one star, only because I managed to finish it. Narrators were decent, and possibly even really good, so I'm adding a star since I think my opinion is colored by the view of the novel.

30 of 39 people found this review helpful

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A MUST!

I dont think I can put into words how much I loved this book. I fell in love with the main character instantly. I sided with her, I doubted her, I was suspicious of her, I trusted her, and everything in between. I thought I had the end figured out two different times, maybe three. Boy was I wrong and in for a complete and total shock - it wasnt even on the radar. The ending was just one bomb after another. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

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what a garbage book

the writing was horrible, the descriptive phrases were generic and bland. The characters were all under-developed and unlikable. I figured out the ending (which everyone said was impossible) from the first flash back. The scenes set in the present were boring and did nothing but lend to the readers hatred of Quincy and Sam. If you're looking for a thriller, find something else, this isn't it. I wish I could have that time back.

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YES!

I loved it!!! I didn’t have it figured out until the end, and so many twists and turns!

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A masterpiece!

I listened to this book on Audible. The plot was intriguing and the characters vividly detailed. The use of two narrators, each responsible for a specific time period was genius.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful