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.
After hearing a lot of good things about this book, I decided it was time to take the plunge and give it a read. And I am incredibly glad that I did! This book has me on tender hooks and really blew me away. I could tell that something wasn’t right and didn’t add up but for the life of me I couldn’t quite work out what was going on. I had my suspicions but nothing further. The truth of it all was not expected at all and it was the best twist I’ve read in a very long time. I did not see it coming in the slightest which is always a good sign!
I instantly felt connected with Quincey in this story. She had so much to say and I just felt for her a lot. All of the characters are really fleshed out, which is what makes this book so very addictive. More than that though are the lies and secrets that run deep through the story, not allowing you to fully know what is happening or why. I found Samantha to be a character that I was intensely wary of. She lied a lot and her stories never seemed to make much sense. The truth of this is really intense.
All in all this book pulled me in and had me fast trying to think what was going on but it essentially shocked me to my core by the end of it. It was brilliantly written and just a fantastic thriller to read. I would highly recommend reading it and would definitely want to read it again to see if there are any hidden clues that I may have missed within it! So if you like crime thrillers full of mystery and intrigue, definitely make sure you pick up this book!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
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