This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
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 ten years ago is finished.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I don’t really watch horror movies. I get scared easily and even though this book’s cover made me think of a horror movie, I was completely sucked in by the cover and the title. Final Girls- it sounds so intriguing for a title of a book, not for the title of life!
I was careful with this book. I only read during the day when I knew my overactive imagination could not add to the thriller subject matter of this book.
This book is realllllllly hard to talk about without spoiling! So, I’m just going to give you some quick highlights!
What I Liked:
Cover. It’s totally not my normal type of cover, but something kept drawing me to this book when I would see it on Netgalley.
Quincy. I liked her. Even when I was worried she was cracking up, I still liked her. The pressure of being a Final Girl is tough and Quincy had the added pressure of not being able to remember all the details of that night. Of course, it’s funny what our mind and memory does to protect us……
When it all was revealed. Listen, you read enough mysteries, thrillers, suspense books- and you start seeing certain patterns. You know to suspect many people. Even the main character is to be suspected because you just never know. But this was…. well… wowza almost seems to be too tame a word for this ending.
Bottom line: I was worried this would be a bit too gory, but it wasn’t. It was def a thriller, though!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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