ARC REVIEW: Final Girls – by Riley Sager @EburyPublishing

Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: July 13th 2017
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Finished reading: June 29th 2017
Pages: 352

“Pine. Cottage. Nothing but harmless words. But when combined they obtain the sharpness of the knife He shoved into my shoulder and stomach.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Ebury Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Oh hype, oh hype, why do you have to do this to me once again?! I’ve been looking forward to Final Girls for months now and I think it’s easily one of the most hyped thrillers this year. I should have been warned by the mixed reviews… I’ve been in a bad relationship with hyped books for years and it looks like we just had yet another fight. Because while I really wanted to love Final Girls, I ended up having mixed feelings instead. I don’t think it actually lived up to the praise I’ve seen…  Don’t get me wrong, the story wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as mindblowingly good as I thought it would be. First of all, there were quite a few things that I did like. Final Girls is partly a very intense, dark and twisted story and certain parts actually cross the line to horror. The situations the final girls were able to survive were simply brutal and definitely set the tone for this story. Likewise the flashbacks to the Pine Cottage were probably my favorite part of this novel and read almost like a horror movie. Very graphic and well described! And I also can’t deny there are a lot of plot twists and unexpected turns included in Final Girls. There were a lot of things I definitely didn’t see coming. But. And here starts the more negative part of my review… I’m not sure up to what point the plot, actions and characters are actually completely credible. I had a hard time accepting certain things as true and I don’t think some parts of the plot are very realistic. I can’t go into details due to spoilers, but this did put a mayor damper on things for me. The other thing I struggled with enormously were the main characters. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to connect to them and they really started to annoy me as the story unfolded. I felt repeatedly frustrated when they behaved or acted a certain way when it was SO clear something was off. Final Girls does read quite easily though and the horror parts are definitely dark and twisted. I just wish the rest of the story would have been just as strong… All in all I ended up having mixed thoughts about this one, but it looks like Final Girls can go either way.

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Three girls, three victims, three separate massacres. Somehow they are the lone survivors of those horrible events and now they are grouped together by the press and treated like characters right out of a slasher movie. Final Girls they call them, even though the girls themselves didn’t want that name and only want to try and deal with the horrors they have experienced. Lisa is the only one who doesn’t shy away completely from the publicity; Quincy only wants to try and move on and Sam disappears completely off the radar. But then something terrible happens to Lisa, and suddenly the Final Girls are everywhere again and old wounds are opened…

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I had high hopes for Final Girls, but I guess I should have known to stay away from hyped books. This story wasn’t bad and I was impressed when I found out it was a debut, but that doesn’t mean I was blown away with it either. There were parts I loved (the Pine Cottage flashbacks, how dark, intense and twisted the horror parts were, the surprises), but in general I had my doubts about the credibility and I couldn’t connect to the characters. I’ve seen others who loved Final Girls though, so this could be just another case of me being allergic to hyped books resulting in an ‘unpopular opinion’ review…


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21 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: Final Girls – by Riley Sager @EburyPublishing

  1. I totally agree with your review Yvo and I think you actually liked it even more than me. My biggest issue was that I didn’t believe any parts of this story nor did I find anything worthwhile in the characters to care about. This was a huge disappointment for me. Great review!

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  2. I’m sorry you had these issues with the novel.. I’m pretty easy (maybe too easy) when it comes to simply accepting things and going along with plotlines and I had no expectations at all when I started reading this so that changes things as well. Still an excellent review though!

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    • I think after reading so many thrillers I’ve become more critical when it comes to the credibility… I’m glad you were able to enjoy it a lot better though! I’ll go sit in the unpopular opinion corner again haha. 😉

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  4. Ah, the Hype strikes again! 🙂
    I’ve seen a few reviews for this one, I think but can’t recall seeing neutral or negative ones before… sorry this one didn’t meet your expectations… There’s truly nothing worse than looking foprward to something for long only for it to fall flat.

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    • The hype and me definitely don’t get along well haha. I’ve seen mixed reviews around so I was already warned, but I still had hope this was going to be an exception for me. Oh well… At least I tried right? 😉

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      • At least you tried, is right! Better reading and having a personal opinion about it than not reading and thinking it was going to be no good/super good! 🙂 no regrets! 😀

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    • Good to hear we had similar thoughts even though they aren’t exactly positive… The Pine Cottage flashbacks were my favorites and love the slasher horror movie feel. 😀

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  10. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the book as much as you wanted to especially when it’s a book that’s hyped. I’ve heard only good things so far, but thank you for pointing out that some parts didn’t seem realistic. It’s super essential when it comes to thrillers. Great review! This book is on my TBR so I’m still looking forward to reading it, but I’ll keep your review in mind. Thanks!

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