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Friday, July 28, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Final Girls by Riley Sager @riley_sager @PRHAudio

TITLE: Final Girls
AUTHOR: Riley Sager
NARRATORS: Erin Bennett and Hillary Huber
PUBLISHER: Penguin Audio
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 12 hrs and 24 mins
GENRE: Thriller, Mystery
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 10 years ago is finished.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for voluntary review consideration.

With the main characters being mass murder survivors, I knew this book was going to be messed up! I mean, how can you go through an ordeal like that and NOT be a bit unstable?!

When Janelle’s parents rented a cabin in the woods for their daughter’s 18th birthday, they never expected the celebration to end in a bloodbath. Quincy Carpenter is the lone survivor of this brutal massacre that was so traumatizing that her brain has repressed the memories. She has become a member of an exclusive club known as the Final Girls, referring to the last girl standing in those cheesy slasher flicks. Besides Quincy, there are two other Final Girls who are often named in the press: Lisa Milner and Samantha Boyd. Sam basically went off the grid to escape the media frenzy, but Lisa embraced her survivor status and wrote a book and reached out to Quincy after her ordeal. The ladies never met, but they had been in contact with each other by phone and email. Quincy has tried to move on and make a life for herself, and she is a baking blogger working from home and lives with her fiancé.

Ten years after surviving the Pine Cottage carnage, Quincy receives the news that Lisa is dead. Initially, it was thought to be suicide but then evidence points to murder. Then Sam resurfaces and shows up on Quincy’s doorstep, and she seems determined to force Quincy to remember those forgotten memories.

This story was dark and twisty, and I really enjoyed it! Sam is one of those characters that you love to hate. She wheedles her way into Quincy’s life and wreaks havoc. Quincy utterly devolved, and it was interesting to see Sam's effect on her. I grew to hate her nearly as much as Sam! I thought I had it all figured out, but there was a twist at the end that I never saw coming. I love when an author can do that to me, and I will definitely pick up Sager’s next book!

The book was narrated by Erin Bennett and Hillary Huber. One narrated the events that took place in the past at Pine Cottage, and the other narrated the present. I have no idea which narrator did which part, but both were very good and held my attention. Here is a sample of the narration:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy a good mystery. Thanks again to Penguin Audio for the opportunity to review this audiobook!

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