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.
This is a must read exciting thriller of the summer! There were so many twists to keep you guessing through a riveting conclusion so the word predictable probably won’t be a word to come to mind as you go through this novel. I did not want to put this down and found myself staying up late into the night because I had to know what was in store next for Quincy and Sam thanks to the author’s approach to this genre.
Sager has provided a fast pace that combines the type of thrilling psychological mind games and crazy killer antics that is going to have you double checking your door and window locks. What an ending!!
The characters were surprisingly realistic which I wasn’t expecting for a book in this genre and they were even well developed to the point you could easily pick out which actors you want to play the various ‘roles’.
I hope this gets made into a movie especially as Sager has this way of writing so you feel like you are a part of the story; you can practically see the ‘movie’ playing before your mind’s eye. Just really great writing that will have you understanding why even Stephen King likes it.
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