Welcome to my stop on the Final Girls blog tour. If you guys are looking for an intense thriller…PICK THIS BOOK UP. I have been reading thrillers so much lately and you’d think I’d be able to know what was going to happen. HA. Thing again. This book definitely takes you on a ride.
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Like I said above I have been reading a lot of thrillers lately so I was nervous to continue on with that, but damn…Final Girls threw me through a loop. This is an amazing psychological thriller that keeps you on your toes. It completely got to me and I was so happy for that. I mean, yeah, I like when I can guess what’s going on because I’m like, “you go girl.” But, at the same time, not knowing and having that shock factor is something I need to have happen in a thriller.
No one is reliable in this book and that’s another factor that I really loved. I mean it’s a thriller so is that obvious? I guess so, but it still rocked my socks. Quincy is the lone survivor. She was the only one of five girls to come away from the night of her friends birthday party. Quincy remembers just about everything, but when she doesn’t recall the attacks the police start to question what she’s hiding. They don’t know how she doesn’t remember that. They don’t know how she’s the only one with minor wounds. I’m thinking, she doesn’t remember what happened because that was traumatic as hell, but whatever. Even though I understood I still felt like she was an absolute unreliable source. I was side-eyeing her the whole time.
Quincy is now a part of the “Final Girls.” There are two other ‘members.’ These are women who survived vicious attacks. BUT, one of them is dead, and the other is…well, also not so reliable. Quincy becomes friends with her, but certain things start happening to where Quincy isn’t so sure of her. She starts to recount things that happened that night 10 years ago and certain things start going through Quincy’s head. What actually happened that night? Why was she the only one who got such minor wounds? What is Sam, the other final girl, hiding?
If you have these questions, too, then pick up Final Girls. You will not regret it.