This is a good example of a crime thriller which keeps you guessing. Although I wasn’t as gripped by it as Lock Every Door (which is the first book I read by this author), I was impressed by the details in the plot. Every sentence reads like a clue which may or may not be significant later. However, I wouldn’t say it’s ‘unputdownable’, as it took me three days to finish.
The story is focused on Quincy Carpenter, popularised by the media as one of three ‘Final Girls’; young women who are the sole survivors of murder sprees. Quincy remembers little about the night that her friends at Pine Cottage were killed and does her best to move on with her life. Her carefully arranged, Xanax-dependent New York existence is turned upside down when one of the Final Girls is found dead and the other one turns up on Quincy’s doorstep.
I liked the distinctive, flawed characters, the settings and the snappy dialogue. It’s quite a paranoid kind of narrative, as no one can be trusted. I prefer my thrillers a little less bloody, though.
First published in 2017.