This book has a bit on the front that says “If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this”, once again I’m going to have a whinge. Stop comparing books to Gone Girl. I know this works for some, it makes them pick it up, but it just irritates me. If a book is advertised as a psychological thriller, than you don’t need that added comparison, I get it, there will be twists and turns, it may even be really clever, but chances are it isn’t bringing something new to the thriller genre if it’s getting compared to other books. Fuck! Just stop. Rant over!
Onto the actual book. This is our August book club read and I was pretty stoked it was chosen. It had been on my radar for so long, but it’s rare that I actually pick up a thriller.
The cover is absolutely stunning, the black and pink stand out so much that I didn’t even realise there was a girl on the cover.
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.
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
Quincy is a Final Girl, a survivor. She lives in her xanax bubble while cooking up a storm for her website. She has the perfect boyfriend, she is isolated but safe. And for the times when she isn’t she has Coop, the cop who saved her all those years ago. What Quincy soon learns though is that she is angry, so angry that she doesn’t even recognise herself when she looks in the mirror anymore. She still can’t remember what happened at Pine Cottage, she doesn’t want to remember, but someone is trying to make her.
I liked the way the story came together. We jumped from the event at Pine Cottage to present day, learning details as Quincy did. She was an unreliable narrator, they are the best kind in my opinion. There were lots of ways the story could have gone, which made it very hard to pick the ending. I enjoyed the writing. It’s a book that you should go in with the least knowledge possible otherwise you will be looking for the twists and turns.
It’s no Gone Girl, but if you like a thriller than it’s definitely worth a read.
Have you read it? Did you guess the twists?
Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Publisher: Penguin Random House