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Today, I'll be discussing Riley Sager first thriller, Final Girls.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on a cabin vacation with friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of the infamous club—a group of survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a dropout's knife; Sam, who fought the Sack Man at a motel in the late hours of the night; and now Quincy, who ran through the forest to escape the man she only refers to as Him.
Now, Quincy is doing well—thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring partner, a popular baking blog, a beautiful apartment, and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the officer who saved her life all those years ago.
Despite this, her memory won’t allow her to recall the events of that dreaded night; the past is sealed shut... 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.
Okay readers... Riley Sager is officially one of my favorite thriller authors.
For weeks, my bookstagram peers advised me to pick up one of his novels, and after finally doing so, I am absolutely blown away.
Sager's writing hooks readers from the very first chapter. His word choice is concise yet colorful, and his characters, such as Quincy, Coop, and Samantha, are complex and extremely intriguing.
Despite this, what makes most readers fully engrossed in Final Girls is the plot itself. Sager creates and develops four gruesome scenes, including the sorority massacre and the Pine Cottage murders, which make Final Girls absolutely unputdownable.
Sager's first thriller is also brilliant in that the pace of the novel makes it a true "thriller." From the first chapter, the protagonist recounts narratives that serve to keep readers both on edge and tremendously interested. As the plot progresses, clues and secrets are revealed throughout the chapters that increase the momentum of the story. By the time the climax comes around, there is an intense sense of danger, as if something horrible is about to happen at any moment.
Nonetheless, Final Girls' mind blowing and sincerely heartbreaking ending is what makes the novel a standout, 5-star pick.
Sager's first thriller is superb from the first word to the very last; I can't recommend it enough.
If you enjoy gory, fast-paced thrillers, pick up a copy of Final Girls! Already read it? Let's chat!