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 ten years ago is finished.
“Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie.”–Riley Sager
Lisa Milner, Samantha Boyd, and Quincy Carpenter are all final girls. They are all sole survivors of their own unspeakable horror. There are not many that know what they went through and they have each dealt with their horrors differently. Lisa wrote a book and went and on to become a child psychologist. Samantha went into hiding not long afterward. Finally, Quincy put her past behind her, is dating Jeff, and started a blog called Quincy’s Sweets.
Quincy has managed to move on with her life after five of her college friends were brutally murdered at Pine Cottage ten years ago. That is until Lisa was found dead of an apparent suicide and Samantha shows up unexpectedly on her doorstep, now going by the name of Sam. Quincy’s life starts to spin out of control, and the memories that she has suppressed all those years ago start to emerge.
You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it. -Lisa
Riley Sager does a fantastic job of slowly building the story and increasing the intensity. The chapters flip back and forth from present day to ten years ago at Pine Cottage. Present day is told from Quincy’s perspective and the Pine Cottage flashbacks are told by the narrator. I loved the way the story unfolded, as Quincy’s current life is starting to slowly unravel and fall apart her flashback memories get closer and closer to the time of the murders at Pine Cottage.
I flew through the last twenty percent of this book. It was fast-paced and action-packed. I loved the way the present day and flashbacks collided at the end. I thought it was seamlessly done and wrapped the story up perfectly.
Thank you Penguin – First to Read for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 7/11/2017
Pages: 352 (eBook)