Sunday, November 18, 2018

Review: Final Girls

Final Girls Final Girls by Riley Sager
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Years ago, Quincy Carpenter became a Final Girl when she was the lone survivor of the Pine Cottage massacre. When one Final Girl is found dead and another shows up on Quincy's doorstep, she's forced to confront who she's become in the wake of the killings and what really happened at the Pine Cottage...

This is one of those hyped books that I resisted until it went on sale for $2.99. While I scored it highly, I'm not sure if the hype is deserved.

Quinn runs a baking blog when the story begins. Things quickly go south, however, when Lisa Milner winds up dead and Samantha Boyd shows up at her door. Sam takes Quinn on an odyssey of self discovery and self destruction until Quinn sees that she might not be everything she claims.

This was a gripping page turner. I read 75% of it on a gloomy Sunday morning, only moving to go to the can and to get something to drink. It's told in alternating threads, Quinn at the time of the massacre and Quinn today. The shifts were perfectly timed to build the suspense.

While I enjoyed the shit out of this, it was in no way perfect. Like a lot of overly hyped thrillers, it suffered from "too few characters" syndrome. When you only have four major characters and one of them is acting in an overly obvious fashion, it's not hard to piece together what is actually happening.

Even with its flaws, Final Girls was a very enjoyable thriller. Four out of five stars.

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