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Book Review: FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager

Happy Wednesday, guys. Hope you all have a productive day. Today’s review is on the widely acclaimed bestseller, Final Girls by Riley Sager.

Title: Final Girls

Author: Riley Sager

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 352 pp.

Publisher: Penguin Publishing

Rating: ****

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.

Quincy Carpenter is a survivor. She survived a gruesome attack on her friends and herself while camping at Pine Cottage. From the beginning of the novel, we are shown Quincy’s nervous behaviour even when she was at the camp. She had always been a bit afraid to try out new things, and her friend Janelle was the one to push her forward. Even though I personally think Janelle is a pushy friend who doesn’t really care about Quincy.

The novel is divided into before and after section. I love that, because it gives more mystery and suspense to the book. Tbe first chapter, is titled Pine Cottage:1 am. It shows what happered at that exact time at Pine Cottage. When I read that chapter, I was like, okay now this is exciting. Something is definitely going to happen to this perfect camping trip.

And then suddenly, the next chapter is the Chapter 1 which is set years later after the cottage incident. Here, we see Quincy as an established baker who bakes for her own blog, has a lawyer boyfriend called Jeff, and is going on with her life. The cop who saved her, Coop is her only friend who helps her a lot. Maybe  even a bit too much. However, everything is not as it seems. Deep down, she is still scared and nervous. Talking a Xanax almost every single time gives proof of that.

Another intriguing part of the book is the introduction of Sam. She is also a Final Girl, wierd and mysterious who contacts Quincy. I thought there was something not right with Sam from the onset. She seemed to be pushy and clingy. I felt she was trying to make Quincy a completely different person, even though she claims to be ‘trying to bring the real her out’.

The chapters still make a dive between the past and the present, making the understanding of previous events more eminent. The major cliffhanger was when Lisa, also a Final Girl dies. She was the first Final Girl and even tried to Quincy Carpenter is a survivor. She survived a gruesome attack on her friends and herself while camping at Pine Cottage. From the beginning of the novel, we are shown Quincy’s nervous behaviour even when she was at the camp. She had always been a bit afraid to try out new things, and her friend Janelle was the one to push her forward. Even though I personally think Janelle is a pushy friend who doesnt really care about Quincy.

The novel is divided into before and after section. I love that, because it gives more mystery and suspense to the book. Tbe first chapter, is titled Pine Cottage:1 am. It shows what happered at that exact time at Pine Cottage. When I read that chapter, I was like, okay now this is exciting. Something is definitely going to happen to this perfect camping trip.

And then suddenly, the next chapter is the Chapter 1 which is set years later after the cottage incident. Here, we see Quincy as an established baker who bakes for her own blog, has a lawyer boyfriend called Jeff, and is going on with her life. The cop who saved her, Coop is her only friend who helps her a lot. Maybe  even a bit too much. However, everything is not as it seems. Deep down, she is still scared and nervous. Talking a Xanax almost every single time gives proof of that.

Another intriguing part of the book is the introduction of Sam. She is also a Final Girl, weird and mysterious who contacts Quincy. I thought there was something not right with Sam from the onset. She seemed to be pushy and clingy. I felt she was trying to make Quincy a completely different person, even though she claims to be ‘trying to bring the real her out’.

The chapters still make a dive between the past and the present, making the understanding of previous events more eminent. The major cliffhanger was when Lisa, also a Final Girl dies. She was the 1st Final Girl and even tried to help Quincy go through her difficult times. This was the best part of the book for me. Here, emotions rise and suspense increase. Who is the killer?

A major turn of events occurs when Quincy finds out that Lisa tried to tell her to be careful by sending her a message right before she died. The death was later confirmed to be a suicide. With everything going on, a journalist updates Quincy on who Sam really is. She is using a fake identity and isn’t Samantha the Final Girl. She is actually Tina Miller, a girl who was once admitted in a psychiatric hospital. This gingers Quincy to look for the truth herself and she finds herself in Tina’s real home.

Upon returning, she is drugged by Tina, who drags Quincy to her car and off to Pine Cottage. The memories are just too much for Quincy, but Tina insists she remembers it all.

A mindblowing revelation is made here, when Quincy finally remembers what happened that day. The man isn’t the real killer. All this time, everyone had been fooled and misled. Tina explains to her that the man was her boyfriend  and that he was not a killer. They were both together at a psychiatric hospital when he escaped and got caught up in it all. Out of the blue, Coop arrives and shoots Tina. He then confessed that he was the killer. He also killed Lisa and the real Sam. Tina manages to push a knife towards Quincy who struck it in Coop. He dies.

The final chapter shows how Quincys’ life continues. A new final girl is in town amd Quincy is dedicated in teaching her how to be a final girl.  Quincy go through her difficult times. This was the best part of the book for me. Here, emotions rise and suspense increase. Who is the killer?

A major turn of events occurs when Quincy finds out that Lisa tried to tell her to be careful by sending her a message right before she died. The death was later confirmed to be a suicide. With everything going on, a journalist updates Quincy on who Sam really is. She is using a fake identity and isn’t Samantha the Final Girl. She is actually Tina Miller, a girl who was once admitted in a psychiatric hospital. This gingers Quincy to look for the truth herself and she finds herself in Tina’s real home.

Upon returning, she is drugged by Tina, who drags Quincy to her car and off to Pine Cottage. The memories are just too much for Quincy, but Tina insists she remembers it all.

A mind-blowing revelation is made here, when Quincy finally remembers what happened that day. The man isn’t the real killer. All this time, everyone had been fooled and misled. Tina explains to her that the man was her boyfriend  and that he was not a killer. They were both together at a psychiatric hospital when he escaped and got caught up in it all. Out of the blue, Coop arrives and shoots Tina. He then confessed that he was the killer. He also killed Lisa and the real Sam. Tina manages to push a knife towards Quincy who struck it in Coop. He dies.

The final chapter shows how Quincys’ life continues. A new final girl is in town and Quincy is dedicated in teaching her how to be a final girl.

I hope you all enjoyed this review. Feel free to comment your thoughts and advice. Thank you for reading.

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