Final Girls by Riley Sager Book Review

Final Girls | Book Review 06

This Book Review Thursday kicks off our Sager Saga Event with Riley Sager‘s first gripping thriller, Final Girls.

“Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last women standing at the end of a horror movie.”

Final Girls by Riley Sager Book Review

Final Girls by Riley Sager


Riley Sager has taken the thriller genre to the next level with his first novel, Final Girls. He shows us what happens to a person, both during and after a brutal event. With a plot that keeps you wanting more and twists that you never see coming, this is top notch thrills.

A bit of Plot

Quincy has made something of her not so regular life with a boyfriend, nice apartment, a cooking blog, and a mixture of Xanax and wine. After being the only survivor of brutal murder spree years ago, she has tried to push it into the past and keep it there. That can be hard though when the media labels you, with two other girls with the same awful circumstances, the Final Girls.

Quincy’s life becomes even more complicated when Lisa, the first Final Girl is found dead, by suicide. The media immediately takes this opportunity to reenter Quincy’s life along with someone she never though she would see. Sam, the other Final Girl, shows up on Quincy’s doorstep. As a new friendship forms more secrets are dug up as Quincy starts to remember details of that awful night at Pine Cottage.

“I want to help you, Quincy. I want to teach you how to be a Final Girl.”

My Takeaways

Sager has created a gut-wrenching thriller through the eyes of Quincy. She has never been able to remember what exactly happened that night so many years ago; other than her friends are dead and she was covered in their blood.

We experience the side effects of being a Final Girl as we jump back and forth between Quincy’s present and past. As Quincy tries to unlock secrets about Sam and Lisa, we are taken back to Pine Cottage where the blood, pain and loss of memory all began.

It gives you that feeling of horror and doubt of who you really can trust.


Sager does and excellent job forming a great plot that all comes together at the end of the book. Like true thriller genre nature, the things that made us question and wonder, what the heck is going to come next, were all not only answered, but perfectly entwined to the final end of the book.

“Then there was the letter claiming I need to be finished off, that it was my destiny to be butchered.”


I really enjoyed the pacing of this book. Most might think it to be to slow in the beginning and start questioning when they will read the gore and truth. For me, the long drawn out chapters about Pine Cottage were perfectly placed an executed. They left you wanting to keep reading because you just need to know what ACTUALLY happened that night. It made the thrill and experience that much more urgent to find out.

“I became a blur— a smudge of darkness stripped of all my details.”


You may think you have things figured out, but let me tell you something, you don’t. This was one of the very few thriller books that I didn’t figure out ANY of the twists that Sager created. All of the groundwork he placed throughout the story, making me question and think of an explanation to some of the mysteries Quincy tries to figure out, were completely turned upside down by the end. By far some of the best twists I have come across in awhile.

“Sam wanted me to remember. What I don’t understand is why.”

Leaves you with a Thought

Sager’s first novel really makes you stop and think afterwards. What would you do when facing a murder spree? Would you remember the details or would you try to shut them out? Who would you trust after experiencing something like that?

Final Remarks

Final Girls is a magnificent thriller that brings to light just how traumatic being the only survivor can be.

“You’re a fighter. One who’ll do anything to survive. Just like me.”

Final Girls by Riley Sager Book Review

Final Girls by Riley Sager

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