Thanks for stopping by! Today I have my second review for the 20 Books of Summer challenge and I’m sharing my thoughts on Final Girls by Riley Sager. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
Three girls. Three tragedies. One unthinkable secret.
The media calls them the Final Girls – Quincy, Sam, Lisa – the infamous group that no one wants to be part of. The sole survivors of three separate killing sprees, they are linked by their shared trauma.
But when Lisa dies in mysterious circumstances and Sam shows up unannounced on her doorstep, Quincy must admit that she doesn’t really know anything about the other Final Girls. Can she trust them? Or can there only ever be one?
All Quincy knows is one thing: she is next.
I have to admit that even though I did enjoy this book, I had a couple of niggles. I had previously tried reading this book and unfortunately put it back on my bookshelf, not really feeling it. However I decided to give it another go for the 20 books of summer challenge. After initially getting the same kind of feeling and still struggling with the pacing for the first quarter of the book. I persevered with a few more chapters and found myself a little bit more intrigued this time around. Whether it was because I gave it a bit more time to capture my interest or maybe I was in a better frame of mind for reading this kind of story. Who knows? Even though I had a few niggles I did find Final Girls entertaining. There were some intriguing and surprising moments dotted throughout. Which helped to keep me on my toes. Especially as I was eager to see if my theories were going to turn out to be correct. It’s always fun playing detective!
There was also a brilliant feel of 90’s horror threaded throughout Final Girls alongside the thriller aspect of the plot. Which brought with it a nostalgia for those kinds of films. This all combined to deliver an entertaining edge. Let’s just say if you are looking to reminisce over the way those films played out then this book could be perfect for you. Even though there is a nod towards the horror genre there isn’t any real horror moments involved though. Which is great if you are a scaredy cat like me!
I’m sure you’ve heard me say this many times in my reviews but I do like flawed characters. Quincy did have her flaws but I’m not really sure that I connected all that well with her. At least not to begin with. There were good portions of the book were I was slightly annoyed by her actions. Although I did think overall her journey was pretty clever. The author did a good job of keeping snippets of her personality in the dark so the reader was never quite sure of her.
Final Girls is twisty for sure with some twists that I saw coming and others ending up as a surprise. I guess this book was a definite game of two halves for me. With a beginning that maybe didn’t quite hold my attention as much as it had for other readers. However by the end I have to admit I was speeding through the pages, eager to see how everything would turn out!