Growing up, my summers were spent walking to 711, drinking Slurpees, and watching slasher films. By high school, you could hardly get me and one of my closest friends to watch anything other than horror movies. Reading Final Girls by Riley Sager was so fun for me because it really took me back to that time.
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.
Final Girls opens with a classic slasher film scene: a girl running through the forest soaked in blood. We soon find out that girl's name is Quincy, and she is the sole survivor of a massacre that just took place at her friend's vacation home. Throughout the novel, Sager continues to bring us back to that frightful night with flashbacks that slowly build up to reveal the truth of what happened.
In the present day, we find Quincy attempting to move on from her horrific past. Things seem to be going alright for her - she has a successful blog, her own apartment, and a serious boyfriend. But that all goes to hell when fellow final girl, Sam, shows up at her doorstep following the death of Lisa - the original final girl.
What follows is Quincy's attempts at finding the truth of what happened all those years ago. I tore through this book in a couple of days. It's exciting and quick - an engrossing guilty pleasure. If you're looking for a dark, twisty book for your summer TBR pile, put this book right on top.
Final Girls comes out July 11, 2017.
*Thank you to Dutton for sending me an early copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review*