Book: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Who should read this book: medium thriller fans, fans of a dual timeline
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Ok so this was my first Riley Sager book and everybody raves about him. Maybe it was because I’ve read so many thrillers in October, but this one was boring for me. I did enjoy the writing style and would try another one of his books for sure. But there was something missing for me with this one.
Final Girls is a term meaning the last girl left standing in a horror movie. Well Sager used this term to describe the only woman left standing in a bloody massacre in real life. This novel is about Quincy, one of three Final Girls. Quincy survived an attack on a cottage she was staying at with some friends. When another one of the Final Girls is found dead it looks like suicide, but then the police decide it was murder. Quincy begins to wonder if she is safe, is someone targeting Final Girls?
Hook 2/2 points: This book starts by telling you the last few moments of Quincy’s escape from the massacre at Pine Cottage. It was an intense chapter and it really hooked me in. Then we flash forward to 10 years later. Quincy now as a Final Girl with a boyfriend and a successful blog, trying to live a normal life. I was intrigued by the story of Quincy at first.
Writing 2/2 points: I did enjoy Sager’s writing style. The characters are well developed and the dialogue was great. I will definitely read another book by him because I like the way he writes. I think this book was just too long, like a big chunk of the middle could have chopped and I would have been less bored.
Plot 1/2 points: The plot is written in two timelines, one following Quincy in the present as she tries to understand what happened to Lisa, the other final girl that was murdered. And throughout the book, we get glimpses of what happened at Pine Cottage. I found the story of the present boring and frustrating. Quincy annoyed me a lot. I just wanted more information about what happened at Pine Cottage.
Twist 2/2 points: When something exciting actually happened it was around 350 pages in. The twist was great actually. I flew through the last 100 pages of the book thinking wtf! So I’m glad I finished it, because I was pretty close to DNFing this one.
Feel 0/2 points: Sorry fam! This book was boring for me. I had to ask my buddy read group when it would get good. And I kept avoiding picking it up. The ending made my rating go up for this book. Again maybe it was the timing of this read for me, if I hadn’t just finished Mr. Mercedes, maybe it would be less boring?