Final Girls by Riley Sager

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“We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood.”

Okay. I know that July is still a long way off, but I’ve been itching to write about this book ever since I finished reading a proof copy a few months ago. It is pure crime-junkie heroin, has been tipped as the ‘first great thriller of 2017’ by none other than the master himself, Stephen King, and it is absolutely worth all the hype already brewing online.

If this debut is anything to go by, I hope that we’ll be reading a lot more from Riley Sager in future. Her razor sharp writing carves a plot that will thrill even the most jaded of crime readers. College student, Quincy Carpenter, is found blood-soaked and traumatised at the scene of a forest cabin massacre that claimed the lives of her six friends. She is instantly dubbed a Final Girl by the tabloid vultures – a nickname first given to Lisa Milner several years before when she survived a sorority house rampage, and also to Samantha Boyd, another last-girl-standing following a horrific bloodbath. Despite the media fascination, the three girls never meet, but ten years later when Lisa is found with slit wrists, an apparent suicide, Samantha unexpectedly makes an appearance. Soon Quincy’s attempt at post-massacre normality is disrupted as the volatile Samantha forces herself deeper and deeper into her everyday life. Events spiral recklessly, the plot twists come fast and voracious, and you’ll be breathless and stunned at the end of it all. That final twist will knock your socks off.

This is seriously good reading – definitely one of the books I’ll be eagerly recommending to fellow bookworms this year. And, if you simply can’t wait until mid-year to get your hands on a copy, head over to Dead Good and feed that psychological thriller appetite with a first chapter extract.

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