Quincy Carpenter, the sole survivor of a mass murderer worthy of a horror movie, joins the ranks of the Final Girls with two others: Sam and Lisa. Sam survived the attack of the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn and Lisa survived the knife of a college dropout during an attack on her sorority house. They provide some support for one another, but they have never met.
Quincy is doing well until authorities find Lisa in her apartment, apparently having committed suicide. Sam arrives at Quincy’s doorstep with the intention of figuring out what really happened to Lisa. When things don’t add up, especially when it comes to Sam’s stories, she finds herself in a race against time to figure out what happened when her friends were murdered and what really happened to Lisa.
If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, yes, I would definitely recommend this book!
This is the first book I read by Riley Sager. By the time I finished it, I knew I needed to read more of his books. It appeals to our interest in mass murders and serial killers. Don’t deny watching all the latest shows on Netflix like Mindhunter and the one about Ted Bundy.
Sager speaks to our imagination about what it would be like to be that sole survivor. The one who made it out alive. What would it be like if those survivors formed a support group? What if someone were still after the survivors? This is a mystery that should be turned into a movie, and I can’t wait for when that happens!
My favorite part about this book was easily the plot. It kept me turning the pages as quickly as I could. I admit, I skim when I get too excited about an intense part of a book, which I found myself doing often with this book. Let’s just say, there was a lot of forcing myself to go back when I skimmed too much. But that’s when I know it’s a great plot, when I want to find out what happens so badly I start to skim!
My second favorite part was the ending. It was surprising, but in a good way. I’m not good at guessing the ending to mysteries most of the time, so I didn’t see this one coming. But I liked it.
My third favorite part was the characters. The main character seemed to have a problem with alcohol abuse, which I struggled with because it makes her an unreliable narrator. But that also adds to the mystery. It’s especially interesting to learn the stories about the other “final girls” and how they earned the title. I guess that goes back to our morbid curiosity in the darker side of human nature.
Overall, I would recommend this book to the busy mom, especially the one who loves a good mystery with a darker twist. I think you’ll enjoy the plot, ending, and characters as much as I did.
Five out of five stars
If you enjoyed my review of Final Girls by Riley Sager, you might also like You by Caroline Kepnes. Check out my review!
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