Final Girls

  • by Riley Sager
  • Narrated by Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 10 years ago is finished.

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What the Critics Say

"The first great thriller of 2017 is almost here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll like this." (Stephen King)
"Narrators Erin Bennett and Hillary Huber partner beautifully in this gripping psychological thriller... Both narrators add intensity and drama to the mystery and to the personality of each survivor." (AudioFile)

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Groan-inducing dialogue, flat characters

H was like a conversational dentist, extracting what needs to be removed. Suspicion hovers over the table, humid and sour. Anticipation pulses off her skin like body heat. Her repeated moans like a taunting bird in the branches. The previous sentences are quotes from the book (I had an issue with audible recognizing the quotations) appeal to you (and there are tons that are similarly bad) then you may enjoy the book. Quincy (the main character) is a thieving, wimpy, defensive victim who is easily led into assault. Her boyfriend is an obnoxious jerk and none of the other cardboard characters in this novel are any better. I was hoping to be thrilled by this book (that has stellar reviews), but was obviously let down. I had nothing invested in Quincy (her entire personality rang false) so I didn't care if she lived or died. If you can't stand the main character (and the entire book is told from her perspective) what chance does the book have? The writing was atrocious (as I've already mentioned) and I could make a decent novel using only the bad metaphors/similes and lousy dialogue. I predicted the plot twist; was bored through most of story and the Central Park occurrence was so over-the-top I almost quit the book right there. At that point, I decided I would soldier through it, so I varied the speed between 1.5 and 2 times regular.. I didn't give one star, only because I managed to finish it. Narrators were decent, and possibly even really good, so I'm adding a star since I think my opinion is colored by the view of the novel.
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- C. Vincent

Lackluster

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I thought I was really going to like this book. The storyline was so far-fetched and weak; nothing at all that I was expecting. The main character was very unlikeable, and I felt no remorse for her at all. This felt a lot more like a YA book then the mature, suspenseful thriller I was expecting.

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- Lauryn A Peugh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio