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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!

18 of 19 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!

25 of 27 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.

33 of 40 people found this review helpful

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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.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Ugh!

Good premise but implausible writing and plot progression. Pretty sure I groaned out loud more than once.

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just bad

unbelievable story complete with amnesia that resolves at the convenient moment. unlikable characters, including the protagonist. characters make ridiculous choices no human would make.

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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.

22 of 29 people found this review helpful

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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.

18 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Terrible!

I am so surprised at the 5 star reviews! The dialogue was ridiculous. It is hard to rate the narration because the narrators had such poor material. The story was silly. Please don’t waste your money or credit. I rarely review a book but this one was so bad I felt an obligation to warn others.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn
  • Sequim, WA, United States
  • 09-11-17

Riveting Plot

If you could sum up Final Girls in three words, what would they be?

Really good suspenseful story and, at least for me, a surprise ending. As an independent editor, I had some issues with the writing. I try to suspend my propensity for nitpickery, but cannot avoid it in some instances that beg for attention in almost neon illumination. Nonetheless, it is better than average by a good measure and the strong narration performance further contributes to a very positive recommendation.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful