Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead… They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie. When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.
Like most of you, as soon as I saw the Final Girls‘ blurb and cover I knew I had to read it. I’ve always been a fan of horror-slasher movies so the “Final Girl” phenomenon is something I thought I’d enjoy reading about. However, this books is actually a psychological thriller, although the flashbacks scenes were classic horror-flick material.
What I liked the most about this book was precisely that horror theme. By the time I read this book I had already forgotten the blurb, so I thought the book would focus only on Quincy and her past trauma, but I was surprised when we learned about Samantha and Lisa and the fact that someone might be attacking survivors. I thought that was pretty unique. What if you survived a massacre only to become a victim of a crazy psychopath many years later?
Quincy Carpenter was the typical character in a psychological thriller: you don’t really like her but you can’t stop reading her story while judging her actions and thoughts. I think this is something that bothered me in the past but, although I definitely prefer to actually like the main character (for example, The Girl Who Was Taken), I’m already used to not tolerating characters and still enjoying the book. I also loved how the author introduced the social network and “blogger” dynamics, as I felt everything she mentioned was completely true.
I want to say this is one of those cases where my predictions were almost 100% correct but I still loved the way it ended. Especially when you find out what really happened that night years ago… I was so glad that the author chose that path! And the last chapter made me smile, too. On the other hand, I think the previous twist (concerning the present storyline) was too predictable. If you’re a fan of thrillers and horror films, I think you’ll enjoy this one. I know I did!
Ah, and the book reminded me a bit of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I know Stephen King says that if you like Gone Girl, you’ll love this one, but they aren’t similar at all 😉
ARC, Ebury, 2017