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THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL "The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll like this."--Stephen King 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 Final Girl, 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.
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"“I’m his creation, forged from blood and pain and the cold steel of a blade. I’m a ******* Final Girl.” Quincy Carpenter is the last girl standing amidst a killing spree gone rogue at a cabin set in the haunting landscape of the woods. She is bold, she is fierce, and she is fresh from the fight. She is broken, in pain, and a complex riddle of quirky characteristics. She is an all-time baker and part-time loose cannon. But, most of all, she is a tried-and-true survivor. She tries day in and day out to work to be whole again. Her mind, however, has blacked out what she has been through in an effort to protect her fragile inner peace. Yet, it is really more of an act that seeks to repress her trauma so that it doesn’t wash over her anew each new day. Quincy continues to be on a journey of her own making and I thought this was such a fun, immersive adventure that plays on the cinematic final girl trope and narrative. It was everything I hoped for and more and it is ultimately a love letter to quiet, prevailing strength. I could feel the weighing strain on Quincy that it takes to live and I could intuit her need to be heard and seen for more than just the damaged aftermath of someone else’s narrative. The mystery encircling the reappearance of Samantha Boyd, another final girl that Quincy knows of, also was quite captivating and compelling. It added greatly to the story and overall I found each twist and turn the book took to be perfectly timed and built upon. Quincy can run but she can’t ever hide completely from the past and this just goes to show that her demons need to be felt and addressed, dragged into the light, in order to be processed more fully. "
"It was alright lol I don't regret reading it but nothing too surprising or thrilling. Interesting enough characters and plot."
"I really wanted to like this book but just couldn’t get into this one. It was too slow and I didn’t really understand where it was going. I didn’t end up finishing it unfortunately. "