Final Girls is one hell of a debut. It is the first Slasher/Horror book that I can think of and for the most part pulls off. It had an incredibly intense beginning that is an homage to Slasher films of the eighties all the Prom Massacre titles and of course Friday the 13th (which is today by the way) and an incredible nail-biting finish full of twist after twist. I picked this book out because Stephen King called, “the first great thriller of 2017” I rate this 4.5 out of 5. I just borrowed The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager from the library and will posting that review soon.
The Plot: Quincy is the survivor of a Jason Vorhees camp Crystal Lake-like massacre, where a man escaped out of mental intrusion murdered all of her college friends making her a Final Girl. Quincy was saved by Coop a police man who shot and killed he murderer, only problem is she has no memory of the events. Now ten years later she is married to Jeff, a criminal Lawyer and Coop is still in her life as a guarding type role. She started a food blog and is slowly getting her life back together when Coop calls with news that a Final Girl has been killed. The have been three massacres leaving as the media dubbed a “Final Girl” one was Quincy’s at a camp, and one was Lisa who survived a sorority massacre and Samantha who survived a motel massacre. The girls all surviving the same fate have never met in person but have kept in loose contact through the years, Samantha has been off the grid for a few years now. Lisa is found dead ruled a suicide, but she emailed Quincy earlier telling her to be careful. Samantha hearing of the death of Lisa shows up on Quincy’s door, and makes her life instantly difficult as the press is there capturing the moment. Samantha is full of lies and an agenda she doesn’t believe Lisa committed suicide either. The plot thickens with bring Samantha into her life Quincy starts to remember what happened that night at the cabin, making her question her choices and memory. This novel is filled with a lot of twist and turns the author is good at making you question which person is not telling the truth.
What I liked: it’s an ode to horror massacre and slasher movies. The flashbacks are done really well, adding a new element every time Quincy remembers. the mystery is really good and the final two twist are really surprising. I always judge a novel’s twist by how much sense that they make, and this book does a great job of it.
What I disliked: I really didn’t care for the husband Jeff and felt his character was really waisted, he is a court appointed lawyer defending criminals to get a fair trial, and he’s got a big case, it looked like the novel was going to use this then kind of wimps out on it. I felt this novel stalled a little bit in the middle, and was fighting to stay interested for 70 pages or so.
All in all I recommend this novel to fans of slasher horror and mystery, if you do want a novel that keeps you guessing until the end this is it!