Review of Final Girls by Riley Sager

32796253 Final Girls

By Riley Sager

Published June 11th, 2017

Rating 5/5 Leafs

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I like my reviews to be little leaflets of information about the book, a list of things to be prepared for so you can get to reading. I also want reading to be an experience so at the end I’ll list some things I think would pair well with this book.

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.


This book was excellent. It pulled at my nerves and really made me anxious and scared while I was reading it. I was hooked. I didn’t know who the killer was until the very end. A really amazing thriller.

What to Expect

compound_path Intense Thrills

This book is not for the faint of heart. I really liked it because it made me want to read it to find out the ending but it did leave me very anxious. The author really knows how to manipulate your feelings. He/she (unknown because Riley Sager is a pseudonym) knows how to make readers like someone and then flip it on it’s head so that you’re suddenly unsure and then you hate them and then like them again.

compound_path Unreliable Narrator

Quincy can’t remember anything. Or can she? The author writes this unreliable narrator very well. At some points your sure Quincy is telling the truth, at other times, she seems sketchy to everyone around her and the audience.

compound_path The Mystery

What can I say? It was very a very good book. I got this one from my Book of the Month Club subscription so I knew it was going to be good. It made me question everything!

What I Didn’t Like

Highlight to see the negative. !! SPOILER ALERT !!

compound_path “Friends”

The way Sam/Tina and Janelle treated Quincy bugged the crap out of me. Obviously it didn’t effect my rating of the book but it did make me feel so negatively sometimes. I hate that they pushed her to do things that she didn’t want to do. This was kind of their part in the stories but it was so unhealthy. 




Quincy did a lot of baking for her blog that I would take her lead and get some Halloween baking on!


Reading Location

Do yourself a favor and read this during the day. (Or if you want to scare yourself a little, at night in a comfy blanket!




Let’s chat! What is your favorite suspense book to read to get you in the Halloween spirit? Do you have any special plans for Halloween? Let me know!


About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

4 Responses

  1. OOOH now you have me REALLY wanting to read this one. I am usually pretty hit or miss with thrillers, but I love that the intensity was so great for you! That is what I am always looking for (and have trouble finding apparently) in thrillers. I am going to have to get this one ASAP. I even had self-control and didn’t look at the spoiler 😀 Great review!

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  2. Amazing review, Leah! This sounds perfect to read on Halloween night 😀 (just kidding, I’m a wuss and will most certainly stay clear away from this scary book)
    I’m glad you enjoyed it so much and that the killer’s identity was kept unknown until the very end! Anxiety-inducing mysteries are the best mysteries, for those who like that sort of thing 😉

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