Final Girls by Riley Sager
Dutton | July 11, 2017
What the hell do I even say about this insane book?? That was nuts! It was so nuts, but in a great way.
I never saw that ending coming!
Quincy, the main character, is a Final Girl. This is a term I’d never heard of until reading this book. A Final Girl is the lone survivor of a massacre in a movie. You know, like Sydney in Scream. The Final Girl. Quincy hated being a Final Girl. Lisa Milner, however, embraced it. She used it to help others, and secretly Quincy admired that. Her death rocked Quincy’s already shaky foundation.
Adding this new pain on top of Pine Cottage, I really needed to believe the damage done to Quincy because of the trauma. Thankfully, I did. I needed to believe the tragedy she lived through left her with emotional scars too. I so did.
Quincy was a mess.
The thing is, throughout the entire book I couldn’t quite bring myself to trust her. For reasons, she was an unreliable narrator. That immediately made her a suspect in my head. She was definitely top three, at least. I really cared about her; I just didn’t trust her. I’m pretty sure we aren’t really supposed to. I liked that. In most of the stories I read, you usually trust the main character is off limits. Their ‘untouchable’ so any time an author shakes that up, I’m excited.
Even with all my sleuthing, the ending of Final Girls shocked the shit out of me. It was fantastic! It was just the kind of thriller novel I’ve been looking for. It was intense all the way through, accumulating in a phenomenal reveal. Finally, it actually made me feel spooked. I’m not usually afraid when I read a “scary” book, but Final Girls made me want to look over my shoulder.
I’m officially on record saying Riley Sager rattled me.
Which is why I’m already digging out my next Sager book. I’m thinking, Lock Every Door?