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Final Girls

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  99,131 ratings  ·  12,756 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Ebury Press
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Naz I actually thought the same while reading this, which is one of the parts I didn't like about this book (also including the silly ending/twist). No ot…moreI actually thought the same while reading this, which is one of the parts I didn't like about this book (also including the silly ending/twist). No other character's skin colour or ethnicities were included except the men in the park, it didn't sit right with me.(less)
Hali Not really. The ending wasn’t unbelievable, it was just nonsensical.

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Emily May
I must confess my expectations were pretty high going into Final Girls. It's been receiving starred and positive reviews left, right and centre. It keeps popping up on the "must-read thrillers of 2017" lists. So I'll allow that the extent of my disappointment might have something to do with that.

Final Girls takes the trope of the "final girl" - the blood-soaked sole survivor that staggers away from a massacre at the end of a horror movie, like Sally Hardesty and Alice Hardy - and attempts to tur
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Let us just take a moment to admire the beauty of my UK edition of this book. My favorite colors together: pink & black =)

As you will see in the first picture, it's the standard front cover with brilliant pink and black standing out. Oh, Book Depository I love you and thank you for making my day.

This next photo shows you the inside cover flap which is black and goes perfectly with the rest of the book.

And in the final ( <--- heh ) picture, we have the freaking awesome black colored outer edge
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I seem to be on a run of really good books at the moment but this one totally blew me away! "Final Girls" by Riley Sager was just SOOOO good!!
I was drawn into this intense story from the very first page until the tremendously gripping end. I started this on a Saturday morning and I was a ghost in my house until it was finished Sunday night it is that unputdownable and addictive!
"Final Girls" is about three girls, Quincy, Sam and Lisa, sole survivors of three separate murderous killing sprees bu
Chelsea Humphrey
3.5 stars

I feel like the past 13 reviews I have written have been tough; they all are books that I don’t want to spoil for the reader and am having trouble putting the proper wording forward to describe my feelings. I’m going to try and be brief on this review, but I’ve found myself somewhere in the middle of the opinions I’m seeing spread out over the internet. Yes, if you are a regular reader of thrillers and mysteries you have a good chance of having the whodunnit figured out early on (I don’
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Do you love Teen Scream, or Slasher films?

If you answered yes, I would highly recommend you pick up Final Girls by the always fantastic, Riley Sager.

Personally, I love Slashers, as well as B-Horror in general and I REALLY enjoyed this book. Yes, I do believe there's a correlation.

Let me be clear, calling a movie B-Horror is not shade. It's a feeling.

You know the ones: attractive young people, usually high school or college age, getting together, drinking, flirting, making bad choices and befor
Reminiscent of a slasher flick, Final Girls sticks pretty close to the typical script. All of the required components are there—survivor of a murder spree that’s barely holding it together, dead space where there should be memories, a person or two casting doubt, the hair-raising feeling that things aren’t at all what they seem and most importantly, a leading lady that makes a ton of questionable choices.

It’s been ten years since Quincy and a group of friends were attacked in a remote cabin by
first off: thanks much to Penguin First to Read for the ARC! i love that program.

i had a weird time reading this. it was unlike any thriller i've read, which at first seemed good and then turned out to definitively not be.

let's get into it. the title "Final Girls" is a reference to a group of 3 women who were the sole survivors of separate serial-killer massacres: Lisa, Samantha, and Quincy (our narrator). they're tabloid darlings each living separate live
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade."

Let me start this review by saying that I wanted to love this book. I honestly went into it expecting it to be amazing. Everyone I know who had read it gave it 4+ stars, so that must mean it's flawless, right? Sadly... I must have missed something, b
This is a dark and unsettling psychological thriller that made me uncomfortable but compelled to get the bottom of the various mysteries in the novel. A hungry media have dubbed Quinn Carpenter, Lisa Milner and Samantha Boyd, the infamous Final Girls, a term derived from horror movies for the last woman standing in a bloodbath where a serial killer has murdered everyone else. The women have never met but the suicide of Lisa is the catalyst for Quinn's carefully rebuilt world to begin to disinteg ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I read and really like "The Last Time I Lied" so I picked this book while waiting for "Lock Every Door".

Final Girls ended up being okay. Not unputdownable, the twists were fine but I didn't care about the characters as much as I should have.

Reviews of all his books:
Emma Giordano
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this read. It was not flawless by any means, but addictive and thrilling. I would definitely still recommend.

CW: murder/gore, substance abuse/alcoholism, adultery

My favorite thing about this novel is the plot. I was completely captivated all throughout. The beginning was a bit slow and the ending was a little overstimulating, but nonetheless, I was engaged and interested the whole time. Some twists were surprising, others were anticipated but I still wanted the plot to keep deve
j e w e l s
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bejeweled
Go with me for a second. Are you under the impression that FINAL GIRLS is about a horror movie? Please tell me I'm not the only one that thought that!

That's a huge misconception....The blurb says something about a "horror-movie scale massacre" and that's all I remembered reading before thinking, "SKIP". Not interested in a horror movie remake.

Well, I'm proud to announce that FINAL GIRLS is not about a movie. And double proud to announce it is a fun, scary and highly entertaining book!

There has b
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: september-2017
As you should all know by now, nothing makes me happier than the brutal murders of teenagers So that means I love slasher films, especially those made in the 80's. The gorier the better.

Have I weirded you all out yet?


Okay than on to the review.

I've been wanting to read Final Girls for awhile, I've also been putting off reading Final Girls. I wanted to love it but was afraid I would hate it. If you know me, than you know I mostly read the bad reviews for books I plan on reading. I like to ke
Lala BooksandLala
Well that took me on quite the damn ride.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is how you do a psychological thriller!!!

Quincy Carpenter is the lone survivor of a grisly crime. Ten years ago she went away with a group of friends to a cabin in the woods (sounds like the setting for a horror movie) to celebrate the birthday of a friend. She is the only one who came home alive. Everyone that weekend was murdered, Quincy was attacked as well, but survived her ordeal only to not remember what happened. She remembers arriving at the cabin with her friends, she remembers eve
Larry H
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars.

This book kicked some serious ass!

"We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade."

Ten years ago, Quincy Carpenter went to the woods with five of her friends to celebrate her best friend's birthday. But instead of the carefree celebration they planned, that nigh
“Final girls is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie.”

Quincy was the one and only survivor of a horrible massacre that took the lives of her close friends. The media eats it up and gives her the nick-name “A final girl.” They follow up by aligning her with 2 other well-known F.G. survivors. Enter Samantha and Lisa, who each walked away from their own version of hell.

Ten years later, Quincy is trying to move on. She has a loving boyfriend and a successful bakin
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of those thrillers that properly got me. I read a lot of these books, watch a lot of stories, and i’ve turned into one of those annoying people that guess the ending and accidentally ruin films/tv shows for other people by pointing out the probable culprit or plot direction early on. After correctly guessing the central twist of The Sixth Sense, and blithely commenting my thoughts to my then partner, he told me never to speak during cinema visits again. Apparently ‘but it’s so obviou ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

My thoughts in a nutshell
Riley Sager is one of my favorites thriller authors, but his first book was a massive disappointment for me. It is a very problematic novel; I explain why.

The story is about…
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Three girls experienced and survived some horrific events. They are called Final Girls. But the nightmarish situation continues...

What impressed me
I don't like too many things about this book. I adored the two timeline perspective. The final
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
I am sooo late to the party on this one...but now I can officially say I have read every single Riley Sager book!

Sooo...I never knew what a "Final Girl" was until I read this book! I think the concept was fantastic for this book. Quincey is a final girl. You know that commercial where the girl has a choice between the running car and the shed of power saws with the murderer inside it...and she chooses the shed...yet she still lives to tell about it..that is Quincy.

This was a highly entertaining
In a culture of bespoke…..well, everything, Riley Sager’s Final Girls seemed tailor-made for this horror fangirl. The phrase ‘Final Girl’ is a widely-used trope in horror films that describes the last person standing who confronts the killer and WINS. Think Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, Neve Campbell in SCREAM, or Heather Langenkamp in Nightmare on Elm Street. In Riley Sager’s book, she takes the Final Girls trope and translates it to a real-world setting. And while the book is undoubtedly comp ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Final Girls was a Goodreads Giveaway win for me! Yay!

Final Girls is an entertaining, fast paced, and a suspenseful psychological thriller that played out like a slasher horror film in my head. Leading me down a cringe-worthy path of twists and turns that had me guessing right to the very end.

The story is mostly told from Final Girl Quincy who is the only survivor of a mass murder. The chapters alternate from her perspective and from scenes of the night of the murders allowing me to see the even
Charlotte May
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy shit!

What a book! I devoured this in 3 days. Absolutely addicting.

“Forged from blood and pain and the cold steel of a blade. I’m a fucking final girl.”

Quincy is what the newspapers are calling a Final Girl. The only survivor of a murderous rampage in which all her fellow camp mates were slaughtered.
Along with Sam - who survived a knife attack in a motel and Lisa the only survivor in her Sorority house, they are infamous.

Quincy has never met Sam or Lisa. She is determined to put everyth
Edward Lorn
Oct 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a terrific literary take on what happens after the credits roll on a slasher film, I highly recommend reading Kealan Patrick Burke's novel, KIN. That book is phenomenal. What I could never recommend is reading this beached, bloated, and rotten-through-and-through sperm whale of a book.

Riley Sager (aka Todd Ritter) isn't a very good author. He writes with the astoundingly banal personality of a professor who's mainlined a gallon of NyQuil before giving a lecture on the repr
Final Girls by Riley Sager is a 2017 Dutton publication.

It’s dark- it’s twisted-… it’s predictable.


Quincy, along with two other girls, has survived separate mass killings, with the press dubbing them ‘The Final Girls.’

Ten years later, Quincy still has a gaping hole in her memory about the night in Pine Cottage, is living with her boyfriend, Jeff, and has a baking website.

But, her shaky handle on life is suddenly disrupted, when one of the other ‘Final Girls’, commits suicide, and the o
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i hate slasher flicks and i avoid horror movies like the plague. so why, do you ask, did i read a book where a girl practically lived in one? because ive lost my mind, thats why.

luckily, this wasnt scary. not in the least. which i honestly didnt mind but, having been marketed as horror and even endorsed by stephen king, i was expecting at least one bad dream afterwards. oh well. i will say that i am impressed that this was a debut. i thought it was well-written, the characters were decent, and t
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


oh, man—i’m so late to the riley sager party that he’s already written three other books, and i'm over here with my pantyhose drooping ‘round my ankles, muttering TO NO ONE about how i thought Final Girls was a pretty fun debut thriller, but i won’t tell you how it ends no matter how much you beg, because it gets right twisty thereabouts, and how in MY day, no one knew whether riley sager was a man or a woman, can you believe that? &why, back
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, adult-reads
4.5 Stars - A real pulse racing, page-turner

"We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade."

Ten years ago, Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and ended up part of a small group of girls dubbed by the press as the Final Girls: the only ones left standing after a horrific horror-mov
Susanne  Strong
3.75 Stars* (rounded up)

“Final Girls” – that’s what they call girls who survive massacres. Quincy Carpenter is one of them. She lost all of her friends when they went vacationing for the weekend at Pine Cottage. Quincy hates being coined as one of them, the “Final Girls.” It’s a small club and of course, it’s not one anyone wants to become a member of. Lisa and Sam are the only other members. Lisa was in college when she lost members of sorority; Sam was working at an Inn when it was attacked.

Christina - Recipe & a Read
Yet again I find myself really wishing Goodreads had .5 options. I'd probably put this at 4.5 versus 5 but I'm going to round up this time.

Final Girls is defined as "the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie" and this story follows three final girls: Quincy, Samantha (Sam) and Lisa. It's told for the most part solely from Quincy's POV and switches seamlessly between present day and the day of Quincy's friends massacre. I have a hard time with flash-backs because I often feel they're
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Riley Sager is the award-winning pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.

Now a full-time author, Riley's first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called "the first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries.


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