Final Girls by Riley Sager is a book that I have been eager to read for a while now – and though certain aspects of the book were entertaining, It was only mildly thrilling.
The book is a play on the Hollywood trope of the 'final girl' at the end of a slasher thriller, where everyone has died in a massacre, but one girl remains. The lead character of the book is Quincy, who is the sole-survivor of a mass murder of her friends during a weekend getaway. Almost ten years on from the incident, another 'final girl' is murdered and Quincy believes she is next.
Overall, I found Quincy’s character frustrating. I mean, I get she shared a tragic experience with the two other ‘final girls’ (Lisa and Samantha), but I couldn’t understand why she instantly warmed to Samantha without doing any sort of background check – it made absolutely no sense. She’s never met the woman before (and can’t even be sure it’s actually her), yet gives her a room in her apartment and becomes her instant best friend. This didn’t seem logical or realistic, and as a result, I struggled to become immersed in Quincy’s narrative. Also, The whole baking blog thing seemed superficial. Quincy’s character isn’t particularly likeable and this takes away from its entertainment quality. I didn’t care for her and only wanted to see how the story played out due to curiosity (not because I was connected to her character).
The one thing I did enjoy was how the details of the events of Quincy’s night of horror ten years ago unfolded. It wasn’t expected and I thought the author revealed this at a good pace. Wanting to know what happened that night was what stopped me from putting it down.
Though I can’t see myself re-reading this one again, the book did provide enough entertainment for me to want to try The Last Time I Lied, which is the author’s upcoming release (due July 2018).
Release date: July 11th 2017 by Dutton