Final Girls by Riley Sager
Publication: July 13th 2017 by Ebury Press
Format: eBook Pages: 352
‘“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
Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…
They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie.
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.’ – Goodreads
I’ve had an ARC of this book for quite a while now but only got around to reading it recently, and I’m glad I did. I love thrillers, especially when the twists catch me by surprise and that’s exactly what Final Girls offered. We’re told the story from the first-person perspective of the protagonist, Quincy, the only survivor of a brutal murdering spree. Quincy’s similar to the two other important girls in this novel, Samantha and Lisa, although she hasn’t met them, she’s connected to them because they are also the only survivors of massacres. Final Girls is shrouded in mystery, Quincy claims to have lost her memory following the incident, unfortunately for everyone, Quincy’s memory is vital because Lisa has been murdered and it becomes increasingly important for Quincy to remember things.
Quincy is an unreliable narrator. We don’t know if she’s telling the truth about not being able to remember things, or if she’s lying to cover something up. There’s an undercurrent of guilt in her narration which raises flags but Riley Sager manages to catch you off guard. The arrival of Samantha adds a kick to the storyline because her character is so different to Quincy’s, but also because we get to learn more about the real Quincy thanks to Samantha. I thought the mystery was the best thing about this book and that’s what kept me glued to it.
I didn’t think Quincy was particularly likeable, neither were Samantha nor Jeff (Quincy’s sort of fiancé). Coop, the police officer who was involved in Quincy’s case, was an enigma. He was mentioned here and there, but we don’t get a proper grasp of who he really is and what he’s like, considering his professional relationship with Quincy.
The story was fast-paced and the details were very well balanced. Sager didn’t waste too much time on descriptions but they were offered where needed, which I appreciated. We get broken flashbacks to the massacre Quincy witnessed as the story continues, we receive the information piece by piece but Sager is careful not to give too much away. I was left guessing right until the very end.
We also get a taste of the way victims of massacres are treated in Final Girls as Quincy is faced with unwanted attention from reporters. Invasion of privacy, sensationalism and heartlessness from the way the media handles such stories is revealed through the narrative of the victim.
There were a lot of moments where I thought Final Girls would be amazing as a film, and I am hoping it does get snapped up because it would be brilliant on screen. I’m one of those people who can usually guess the mystery before getting half way but I found myself wrong and shocked multiple times throughout this book. I didn’t have a clue until everything was revealed! The ending tied up the story nicely, it was a satisfying finish to a brilliant thriller.