*I was gifted a copy of Final Girls from Netgalley and Dutton in exchange for an honest review.*
Quincy Carpenter went on a weekend trip with her college friends, and returned the sole survivor of a massacre. This tragedy swept her into an elite club of survivors: the final girls. Despite her past and the foggy memories she has of that horrible weekend, Quincy manages to form a life for herself. She has a fiance, a baking blog, and a quiet existence she keeps neatly separated from that bloody night she experienced ten years prior in Pine Cottage. However, when one of her fellow final girls turns up dead, and the other turns up on her door step, Quincy begins to come to terms with her past in ways she never expected. Memories long forgotten resurface and she is left to rethink everything she thought she knew about that night in the woods, and whether or not someone has come back to finish what they started.
It is no secret that slashers are my peanut butter and jelly. So, when I saw Final Girls floating around the internet ether, I had to snatch a copy. Upon receiving it, I devoured the entire book in less than 24-hours, my engrossed reading interrupted only by my annoying human habit of needing to use the restroom and fuel my body with food. Seriously, this book was so good.
The thing about slashers is that I've read my fair share and seen even more. So, it's pretty hard to surprise me. Those who have had the extreme pleasure of watching a slasher movie with me can attest to my habit of shouting out what will happen next. Now, while I read Final Girls alone, I still made my fair share of predictions. In fact, from the very beginning I had a pretty good idea of where this story was headed. I even made a note in my journal that said "Great writing, cliche plot." And oh my, how young and foolish I was. Final Girls surprised me at every turn. I sat on my couch with my jaw in my lap on more than one occasion, soaking in the awesomeness that was this book. Every single one of my predictions was wrong. Flat wrong. And I've never been so thrilled to be proven wrong before. The book was a joy to read and I can't wait until they make it into a movie. BECAUSE IT HAS TO BECOME A MOVIE. IT WOULD BE SO GOOD AS A MOVIE.
Now, to be fair, if you aren't a fan of slashers, then: 1) thanks for reading this far into a review about a book you will probably never read. I dig your support. 2) you probably won't like this book. However, if, like me, you love yourself a scary story full of sharp knives and murderers who lurk in the shadows, this book will not disappoint.
Final Girls by Riley Sager is out July 11, 2017.
What's your opinion on slasher books? Have any great recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!