Review of ‘Final Girls’ by Riley Sager

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.


12 thoughts on “Review of ‘Final Girls’ by Riley Sager”

    1. Lock Every Door is very worth reading I think, it has a Rosemary’s Baby vibe πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€ I don’t always have good luck with choosing thrillers but this one turned out well for me.

    1. It wasn’t quite as unputdownable as the previous book I read by this author, but it certainly had a compelling concept which made me want to know the end!

  1. I kept away from Lock every door because it was getting too much attention but now I think I should actually give the author a try! It’s been a while since I last read a thriller. I must still finish Helen Fields’ series, the Perfect one. Maybe I will put these two, Lock every door and Final Girls on the list after πŸ™‚

    1. I think you should give Lock Every Door a try! I choose thrillers carefully, so the ones I recommend are those which really engaged me πŸ™‚

    1. Definitely check this author out πŸ˜€ I’m picky with thrillers now but this is one I would recommend. Thanks πŸ™‚

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