My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Final Girl, that's what a girl that survives a massacre is called. Quincy, become a Final Girl ten years ago when an escaped patient from a mental hospital killed all her friends and wounded her. There are two other Final Girls; Lisa and Samantha. But, Samantha disappeared years ago and no one knows where she is until she shows up on Quincy's doorstep after Lisa's suicide. But, why is she there?
This is the kind of book where one knows right from the start that there will be a lot of twist and turns, secrets and revelations. And, at the central is, of course, Sam, why is she there? Why does she show up after Lisa has died? You just know that something is off. Not to mention that one can feel that there is something off about Quincy as well. That's what appealed to me about the story. I enjoyed guessing and second guessing myself while I read this book. I quite enjoyed this book, the pacing was good and I loved the whole mystery that surrounded the two Final Girls. The ending is also very good, not at all what I had expected to be honest. Although I have to admit that the final chapter could I have lived without. Felt a bit like over the top, like something from a movie.
Final Girls is a great thriller. I quite enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book and look forward to reading more books by the author.