aka The time I went aksdkfnsldjfladjfl throughout an entire book.
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.
**This book comes out tomorrow – July 11, 2017. Declared as one of Goodreads’ best books of July (already!)
Welcome to my first review on here. It’s been a while since I’ve done this so I’m more than a little rusty (forgive me).
When I picked this book out, I thought it would be non-stop murder, but that was not what I got. Instead, I was thrust into a story where a survivor tries to live normally after a horrific trauma. There were real moments of simple, everyday life. Until the past comes back to haunt Quincy when her former, if unwanted, mentor suddenly dies. What we are left with is a confusing series of events and the unaswerable question of who can you trust.
In a high-def world, flaws loom large.
I liked jumping between the past and the present, and the detailed retelling each of the Final Girls’ origin stories. All the vivid, gory details. I don’t know about you, but details matter, and Riley Sager delivered.
As if forgetting was somehow easier than remembering.
Quotable. Oh so quotable, and for a collecter of quotes, that’s a great thing. Funny too. I appreciated Sager’s writing style for what it was: entrancing.
If it hurt, she couldn’t tell. Her body already held more pain than it could handle.
There were a lot of stupid decisions, decisions that would usually have you yelling at the TV during a cliche horror movie scene. But those moments were tolerable mainly because even with the stupidity, you could not tell who to trust. EVERYONE was a suspect. Absolutely no predicting this one and I LOVED that, just as much as I hated it. I raged just as much as I raved.
She didn’t stand so much as hover, only the instinct of standing keeping her upright.
It was such a quick read, the words just flew by and I didn’t realize how much I’d read until I stopped to pay attention. Thriller/Mystery done right, without a doubt.
TL;DR: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good whodunit story, one that keeps you guessing right up to the final moments. Everyone’s a suspect, and no one is innocent. PICK THIS BOOK UP NOW!
My rating: 5 stars
Goodreads: 4.1 stars
Amazon: 3.7 stars
What Thriller/Mystery novels have you read this year? Is this one on your radar?