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Final Girls Audiobook

Final Girls: A Novel

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 07-20-17
    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 07-20-17 Member Since 2016

    New Blues Gal

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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent 07-17-17
    Vincent 07-17-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tabitha 07-13-17
    Tabitha 07-13-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    drew robison 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great twist I Didn't See Coming!"

    I am notorious for guessing the twist in books and movies way too early and ruining the story for myself and others, but this book gave me chills when all was finally revealed!! I highly recommend it to any person who likes a surprise ending!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlenann 07-25-17
    Charlenann 07-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "sneaky little ending"

    i loved this book. I was surprised with the end. it was an excellent twist.

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    Kelly Kreitzman 07-24-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect summer read."

    I had a hard time putting this one down. Lots of twists & turns. The narration was also really good.

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    Lauryn A Peugh 07-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Lackluster"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought I was really going to like this book. The storyline was so far-fetched and weak; nothing at all that I was expecting. The main character was very unlikeable, and I felt no remorse for her at all. This felt a lot more like a YA book then the mature, suspenseful thriller I was expecting.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Vincent Michigan 07-14-17
    C. Vincent Michigan 07-14-17 Member Since 2016

    Character-driven, and suspense novels are for me. Not above a good beach read, but keep cheesy romances or poorly written books away.

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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.

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    Chchchelo 07-18-17
    Chchchelo 07-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Such an unfortunate depiction of women"

    When I was looking into Final Girls, I looked up the author. I've been making an effort to read more books by female authors, and the pen name here is ambiguous. I found the author's Twitter account, which featured a profile photo of Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, a bio about being a "wannabe baker" and a tweet about women having more of a voice in horror than in any other genre. So, I bought the book — and it fell far below my my expectations.

    The book tells the story of Quincy, a young woman who was the sole survivor of a bloody evening in the woods. Since she's the only person who made it out, the media labeled her a "final girl," after the horror genre trope. Quincy is one of three women to have survived similarly deadly events and receive that label. When one of the other Final Girls is found dead, Quincy and Sam, the other surviving Final Girl, get to know each other and deal with the trauma of their past.

    I was horrified but not entirely shocked to discover this book was written by published author Todd Ritter, who opted to use a less gendered name in an attempt to sway female readers. Unfortunately, Ritter fails at storytelling from a female perspective. He places too much importance on female virginity, and his assertions that Quincy wants men to just "take what they want" when having sex is disturbing — and no less so coming from a male writer. Ritter goes on to paint the picture of toxic female friendships, women lusting after their abusers and baking as the ultimate mental health tool. Ritter's version of a female mind is cliched, out of touch and, over all, gross.

    The plot of this book is fine, but the writing is quite bad. While the story is never boring, the writing is filled with worn out phrases and the twists seem illogical and ill-conceived. The character development leading up to the big reveal is beyond flimsy and the author makes the questionable choice of making an enemy of "the media," in which he seems to confuse actual journalism and the paparazzi. Some of the flaws could have been forgiven of a first time author (which Ritter is not, though through his pen name, he pretends to be), but the book as overarching problems that extend beyond inexperienced writing. The book is sloppy overall, and could have used a few major edits before it made it through for publication.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Di Piero 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing!"

    this book was an incredible read, so many twists and turns it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. loved the way the author tied so many stories together to form one cohesive tale that revealed itself over the length of the book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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