Final Girls By Riey Sager
Published 11 July 2017 by Dutton
Summary: “The Final Girls need you. . . . The Final Girls are tough, everything survivors should be. But the new threat is clever, ominous, even closer than you suspect. You are about to gasp. You might drop the book. You may have to look over your shoulder. But you must keep reading. This is the best book of 2017.”—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her
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.
Boy, do I have a lot to say about Final Girls.
I bought this book in the height of its hype and I’ve been tying to finish it for over 6 months. That’s how long it took me to finally finish this damn book.
It’s not that it’s no good, it’s just way too draggy and unnecessarily so. The idea and premise of this book is excellent. I mean, come on. The idea of a gang of final survivors from massacres is just fantastic! But I just couldn’t buy into Quincy’s character. I couldn’t picture her in my head; she felt so 2 dimensional and just didn’t seem like she could be a real person at all. There’s just something about her that I didn’t care for — something that screamed ‘boring’ and incredibly ‘first-world-problem’-y. (There’s pages and pages and pages about her professing her love for her boyfriend, but also not being into it and lusting over some other guy and yada yada yada. I want to be her friend, but I also don’t etc. So boring — I began speed reading at this point. Nobody is missing out anything anyway.).
3/4 of this book is incredibly slow and boring. At some point it even stopped making sense. Here comes another “Final Girl” Sam, let’s invite her into our home and start painting nails in the middle of this crisis aka A GIRL IN YOUR GROUP JUST DIED BUT LET’S FORGET ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND AND JUST MAKE A BONFIRE. Honestly. A lot of the baking scenes, the over-explaination of her feelings towards Sam (and everyone else) could have been done without.
The book travels back and forth in time, from the present day to the day of the attack but again, a lot of what is revealed from the past doesn’t come along to the very end and even then it was sort of a whut kind of moment for me. The book picks up the the last quarter, which is its only saving grace but I am sad to report that the ending didn’t wow me and I’m just left with more confusion than a conclusion. I just didn’t get the ending. I thought it was going one way and then suddenly a whole new story came about outta nowhere. Didn’t really see that one coming but I also don’t think it really gelled the story together, personally.
I really wanted to love this book. I heard nothing but good reviews about it and it was billed as one of the best thrillers of 2017. I wanted to be wowed, but I wasn’t. I just couldn’t be. A thriller that doesn’t grab you from the start, is pretty difficult to dive into, especially one that literally has nothing going for it for 3/4 of its entirety.
It could have been, but it wasn’t meant to be. Final Girls is not for me, but if you’re willing to push through and give it a shot, why not.