Final Girls
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.

Final Girls Details

TitleFinal Girls
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 11th, 2017
PublisherDutton
ISBN-139781101985366
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Horror, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Final Girls Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    I must confess my expectations were pretty high going into Final Girls. It's been receiving starred and positive reviews left, right and centre. It keeps popping up on the "must-read thrillers of 2017" lists. So I'll allow that the extent of my disappointment might have something to do with that.Final Girls takes the trope of the "final girl" - the blood-soaked sole survivor that staggers away from a massacre at the end of a horror movie, like Sally Hardesty and Alice Hardy - and attempts to tur I must confess my expectations were pretty high going into Final Girls. It's been receiving starred and positive reviews left, right and centre. It keeps popping up on the "must-read thrillers of 2017" lists. So I'll allow that the extent of my disappointment might have something to do with that.Final Girls takes the trope of the "final girl" - the blood-soaked sole survivor that staggers away from a massacre at the end of a horror movie, like Sally Hardesty and Alice Hardy - and attempts to turn it on its head. In this book, Quincy Carpenter is one of those Final Girls. A party at a cabin in the woods with a bunch of her drunk friends ends with all of them dead. Except Quincy... the Final Girl. Years later, she's moving on. Sort of. She is with a great guy called Jeff and she bakes to soothe all her troubles. Until one day, a woman called Lisa - the first Final Girl - is found dead. Shortly after, yet another Final Girl - Samantha Boyd - shows up at Quincy's home.The first two thirds-ish of the book is so so sloooowwwww. In the present, Quincy spent her time baking cupcakes and angsting over the past that she doesn't remember, and having the most dull disagreements with Jeff the bore. When Sam shows up, we spend more time making baked goods, followed by some bonding and nail-painting... and who the hell cares?!This alternates with the past - short scenes from the Pine Cabin massacre - but for a long time, we get nothing here either. These snippets show the teens getting drunk, smoking pot, and Quincy debating whether she wants to lose her virginity or not. I'm sorry, but I couldn't help thinking: will someone come along and kill these people already?I upped my rating to two stars because things picked up around the last third of the novel. Dramatic things started to happen. It is not a spoiler to say that Sam Boyd is one seriously twisted character with several closets full of secrets. And, of course, the Pine Cabin massacre is not all it first appears.But then the ending happened and I felt let down again. I'll say one positive thing - the author successfully juggles a handful of red herrings throughout, and many of the things the reader will probably expect to happen are not the twist the book moves towards. That being said, I thought the actual reveal was disappointing. It didn't seem to fit with the rest of the story and felt plucked from nowhere for the sake of having a shock ending. I didn't buy into it.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Let us just take a moment to admire the beauty of my UK edition of this book. My favorite colors together: pink & black =) As you will see in the first picture, it's the standard front cover with brilliant pink and black standing out. Oh, Book Depository I love you and thank you for making my day. This next photo shows you the inside cover flap which is black and goes perfectly with the rest of the book. And in the final ( <--- heh ) picture, we have the freaking awesome black colored out Let us just take a moment to admire the beauty of my UK edition of this book. My favorite colors together: pink & black =) As you will see in the first picture, it's the standard front cover with brilliant pink and black standing out. Oh, Book Depository I love you and thank you for making my day. This next photo shows you the inside cover flap which is black and goes perfectly with the rest of the book. And in the final ( <--- heh ) picture, we have the freaking awesome black colored outer edges. I'm freaking in love! Oh, and don't mind Frankie there, he didn't come with the book. He belongs to my dog, Lucy, and he just wanted to help out. He's awesome that way. Now lets crack on with the review! I thought this book was fan freaking tastic! I'm glad I stick to my guns and read what I want because there were mixed reviews on this one. But, I don't give a rats behind! I read what I want! And don't be coming on my review saying how much you didn't like the book. RESPECT people. I don't need nobody trying to rain on my parade! Ya get me?I didn't read much of the summary of this book. I just read about final girls and something about a killer. To be honest, I was thinking about that movie I love and own, see below ↓It wasn't nothing like that people. So, there are these three women.WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ********* SOME MILD SPOILERS**************So, there are these three women. They each go through a horrific ordeal with a crazed killer and they each live to tell the tale, well for the most part. They get labeled the final girls because they were the final ones in a killing spree. It's this whole thing, you can probably look it up or watch that cool movie I mentioned above. Anyway, we have Quincey, Sam and Lisa. Quincy is the main character in this book because she just is and Lisa has some stuff and then Sam comes in and she's all in some stuff with Quincy. Quincy has a nice life. A great home, husband, a cooking blog and she's all good. Well, not so much, she's on pills and can't ever remember what happened all of those years ago. She still talks to the cop that saved her, just sort of a see how you're doing from time to time. The final girls have never met one another. Quincy and Lisa talked a few times but never in person. Then Lisa is dead. How? What? Not telling you. Then Sam shows up on Quincy's doorstep. I'm thinking, girl you have never seen this woman in your life and they never had anything but yearbook pictures of her. Don't be letting people into your apartment. I mean seriously? The girls strike up a weird type of friendship and then all kinds of weird stuff starts going on. Then Quincy starts remembering things! She's the only one that couldn't remember anything from her attack and all of her friends getting killed. But now it's slowly coming out . . . Then all kinds of cray stuff starts happening and it's the what the hell moments and then all this stuff happens and it ends. I'm like, well, I thought I saw that coming. But, I didn't! Anyway, who cares. It was soooooooooo good, I loved it. I'm so glad I got it and a million starts goes to the cover. Enjoy! Mel ♥MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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  • Miriam Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I seem to be on a run of really good books at the moment but this one totally blew me away! "Final Girls" by Riley Sager was just SOOOO good!! I was drawn into this intense story from the very first page until the tremendously gripping end. I started this on a Saturday morning and I was a ghost in my house until it was finished Sunday night it is that unputdownable and addictive!"Final Girls" is about three girls, Quincy, Sam and Lisa, sole survivors of three separate murderous killing sprees bu I seem to be on a run of really good books at the moment but this one totally blew me away! "Final Girls" by Riley Sager was just SOOOO good!! I was drawn into this intense story from the very first page until the tremendously gripping end. I started this on a Saturday morning and I was a ghost in my house until it was finished Sunday night it is that unputdownable and addictive!"Final Girls" is about three girls, Quincy, Sam and Lisa, sole survivors of three separate murderous killing sprees but linked by their trauma. When Lisa dies mysteriously and Sam suddenly turns up on Quincy's doorstep, a series of events following their new friendship ensues. Who can Quincy trust and will she totally remember the events of that terrible night she endured many years ago.You just don't know where this story is going at times it's so well plotted and written - just when you think you may have worked everything out you realise in the final chapters you are so wrong! Twists and turns will keep you guessing all the way!There's two stories running alongside each other, the present day Quincy and the unfolding events that occurred the night she survived her ordeal at Pine Cottage with the horrid anticipation of what's going to happen clearly palpable. I love this style of writing which for me always adds to the enjoyment of the plot. I'm not normally easily freaked out but I have to admit that there were times that there was slivers of ice running down my spine and I'm not sure I would like to read this late at night and on my own! Adrenaline was searing at my senses during the highly climatic end! This was one hell of thrilling ride, I know Riley Sager will do really well with this book - I wouldn't be surprised if this was made into a horror/thriller movie.I more than recommend "Final Girls" and I will certainly read more by this author in the future. For a writer to be able to engage the reader as well as this debut author has done, is just amazing and this hotly anticipated book will resolutely be the talk of 2017!! A huge 5 stars!
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI feel like the past 13 reviews I have written have been tough; they all are books that I don’t want to spoil for the reader and am having trouble putting the proper wording forward to describe my feelings. I’m going to try and be brief on this review, but I’ve found myself somewhere in the middle of the opinions I’m seeing spread out over the internet. Yes, if you are a regular reader of thrillers and mysteries you have a good chance of having the whodunnit figured out early on (I don’ 3.5 starsI feel like the past 13 reviews I have written have been tough; they all are books that I don’t want to spoil for the reader and am having trouble putting the proper wording forward to describe my feelings. I’m going to try and be brief on this review, but I’ve found myself somewhere in the middle of the opinions I’m seeing spread out over the internet. Yes, if you are a regular reader of thrillers and mysteries you have a good chance of having the whodunnit figured out early on (I don’t want to say exactly when I had it figured out to avoid spoilers as it was very early on), but honestly it doesn’t matter as Final Girls is still a compulsive and addictive read.Let me back up for a moment… As an avid reader in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre (meaning I read on average 150-200 books in the genre per year), it’s getting difficult to find a book where the big twist is a complete surprise. I’m going to share a secret of mine, because it may help another reader as it’s helped me. After I read the unspecified section of the beginning of the book, I flipped to the end to see if my guesses were correct. GASP! Hold the torches and pitchforks! When I confirmed my suspicions, I realized the burden of expectation that we as readers place on a big, shocking reveal just became another aspect of the plot. I enjoyed the book even more than I would have with unrealistic expectations. All this to say, I’m glad I skipped ahead before reading the entire book as it allowed me to enjoy the journey just as much as the conclusion.Being the huge fan of slasher films that I am, I was thrilled to see that this story stuck to the traditional formula that we find in movies such as Scream (my personal favorite) and Halloween. If there has ever been a book categorized as pure fun and entertainment, this is it! I found myself agreeing with most of the positive comments in friend’s reviews; I favored the flashback scenes and found myself completely lost in the story. If you are looking for a read to blow through in a weekend any time of the year, look no further. Here’s where I’ve seen people differing on their thoughts; some felt the characterization and present day scenes were slow going and not as gripping as the flashbacks. Here’s my take; the characterization, especially with Quincy, was my favorite part of the book! Call me weird, but I found myself lost in thought wondering what it would be like surviving something so horrifying and being left with the guilt of being the only one to live through it. Watching Quincy’s perfect facade slowly melt away once Sam enters her life again was quite literally breathtaking and the strongest story building pieces of the overall puzzle. This is what set apart Final Girls from similar horror stories that were B-rated at best.If you’re on the fence about this one, just go ahead and read it. Everyone else is doing it-PEER PRESSURE!!! In all seriousness, you’ll have a hard time finding anything like it if you’re looking to be fully entertained. While this isn’t what true horror readers would classify as “horror”, it does contain aspects of the genre and would be a great bridge for those readers looking to dip their toes into darker waters. This will be especially appealing to readers who are fairly new to the thriller genre and looking for the next popular read to keep them guessing. I’m really excited to see what Riley Sager brings to the table next!*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Reminiscent of a slasher flick, Final Girls sticks pretty close to the typical script. All of the required components are there—survivor of a murder spree that’s barely holding it together, dead space where there should be memories, a person or two casting doubt, the hair-raising feeling that things aren’t at all what they seem and most importantly, a leading lady that makes a ton of questionable choices. It’s been ten years since Quincy and a group of friends were attacked in a remote cabin by Reminiscent of a slasher flick, Final Girls sticks pretty close to the typical script. All of the required components are there—survivor of a murder spree that’s barely holding it together, dead space where there should be memories, a person or two casting doubt, the hair-raising feeling that things aren’t at all what they seem and most importantly, a leading lady that makes a ton of questionable choices. It’s been ten years since Quincy and a group of friends were attacked in a remote cabin by a knife-wielding psycho and she was the ‘Final Girl’ left standing. As Quincy recovers her lost memories and slowly unravels the truth of what really happened all those years ago at Pine Cottage, it becomes clear there was one major detail that everyone got wrong about that night.Despite all outward appearances—her baking blog, swanky apartment and relationship with a successful guy—Quincy is a mess. Really though, after what she’s been through, who wouldn’t be? Still haunted by what happened, she's prone to popping Xanax and washing it down with a swig of grape soda. My initial thought was that Quincy was doing the best she could—faking it until she makes it. I would even go so far to say I liked her . . . in the beginning.Quincy, along with two other women that survived their own separate nightmares, were dubbed ‘Final Girls’ by the media and garnered a ton of attention. Let’s be honest here for a minute though, shall we? With social media making news stories like this so readily available, these chicks would have had their fifteen-minutes of fame and the world would have moved on to the next crime. There wouldn’t be this huge media following 10-14 years later, despite one of the ‘Final Girls’ dying a suspicious death and the other arriving on Quincy’s doorstep. I’d expect some news coverage and maybe a Dateline special, but a front page spread and paparazzi . . . I’d say not. Have I mentioned, I struggle with suspending disbelief?The author flips the timeline between the present—Quincy and Samantha on a downward spiral together—and Pine Cottage. For me, it was the teens in the woods that held the most interest. I found the present chapters to be a little repetitive and slow; I was constantly waiting for something exciting to happen. A large part of my disdain resided with how unlikable I found Samantha to be and the fact that those feelings started to stain Quincy as well. I didn’t expect her to fall apart quite so easily at the hands of this stranger, who was a complete wreck herself.The story gained some much needed momentum in the last thirty pages or so, leaving me eager to confirm my suspicions. Despite all of the doubt the author had been casting, I was pretty confident I had in fact figured it all out. I'm happy to admit now, Riley Sager played me. I was completely wrong! Again, the author might have stuck to the proven slasher flick formula by pulling out a surprise ending, but it only helped to redeem the story in my eyes. Had it not been for that ending, my feelings and rating would have been drastically different. I have to disagree with the almighty Mr. Stephen King who declared this book to be the “first great thriller of 2017”. Marketing hype aside, I would say this mild thriller is enjoyable for the most part, but not memorable.*My first Goodreads Giveaway win! Imagine my surprise when I opened the mailbox and discovered I was lucky enough to snag an advanced reading copy from Dutton. Yay me!
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  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this read. It was not flawless by any means, but addictive and thrilling. I would definitely still recommend.CW: murder/gore, substance abuse/alcoholism, adulteryMy favorite thing about this novel is the plot. I was completely captivated all throughout. The beginning was a bit slow and the ending was a little overstimulating, but nonetheless, I was engaged and interested the whole time. Some twists were surprising, others were anticipated but I still wanted the plot to keep deve I really enjoyed this read. It was not flawless by any means, but addictive and thrilling. I would definitely still recommend.CW: murder/gore, substance abuse/alcoholism, adulteryMy favorite thing about this novel is the plot. I was completely captivated all throughout. The beginning was a bit slow and the ending was a little overstimulating, but nonetheless, I was engaged and interested the whole time. Some twists were surprising, others were anticipated but I still wanted the plot to keep developing. It's a fast read - I devoured it in two days. This is just one of those books where I can't accurately express why I enjoyed it so much, but I did.I'm not normally nit-picky when it comes to writing style, but this one just didn't do it for me. I can't help but feel frustrated, especially in mystery/thrillers, by lines similar "You trust me, don't you?" and "But how could they possibly know this unless..." I tend to use the word "obvious" to describe this type of writing as I feel too much of the story is being laid out for me. That being said, Final Girls is a debut, and I believe the personal issues I had with the writing are ones that can absolutely improve with time and experience. Also, I feel the ending did get a bit muddled. There was a lot of information being released in a short span of pages, and I believe it needed to be a bit more fleshed out. The same goes for the characters. By the end, certain characters had changed so much that I can't understand how I'm meant to feel about them. I assume that's the intention, but it leaves me a bit perturbed. Additionally, I feel "repressed memory syndrome" is kind of a cop-out for thrillers to withhold information. I'm not trying to invalidate survivors of trauma because dissociative amnesia is a real thing, but it can only be done so many times in literature until it feels like the easy way out.I would definitely recommend to readers new to the thriller genre like myself. It's a fast, chilling read that is easy to enjoy. I'm not sure if it's developed enough to satisfy "experts" in the genre, though I have seen many glowing reviews, so maybe my judgement isn't the strongest. Overall, I'm satisfied by Sager's first release and am eager to read more from him in the future.
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    This is a dark and unsettling psychological thriller that made me uncomfortable but compelled to get the bottom of the various mysteries in the novel. A hungry media have dubbed Quinn Carpenter, Lisa Milner and Samantha Boyd, the infamous Final Girls, a term derived from horror movies for the last woman standing in a bloodbath where a serial killer has murdered everyone else. The women have never met but the suicide of Lisa is the catalyst for Quinn's carefully rebuilt world to begin to disinteg This is a dark and unsettling psychological thriller that made me uncomfortable but compelled to get the bottom of the various mysteries in the novel. A hungry media have dubbed Quinn Carpenter, Lisa Milner and Samantha Boyd, the infamous Final Girls, a term derived from horror movies for the last woman standing in a bloodbath where a serial killer has murdered everyone else. The women have never met but the suicide of Lisa is the catalyst for Quinn's carefully rebuilt world to begin to disintegrate. Quinn has a beautiful apartment in Manhattan, bought from the proceeds of legal settlements and media interviews. She has a fiance, Jeff, who makes her feel secure, and is planning to marry him. She is supported unwaveringly by Coop, the cop who shot the killer and saved her from the massacre at Pine Cottage where all her friends died. She writes a popular baking blog, which has helped her maintain her sanity through dark times and she relies on Xanax, to mentally cope with the world. She is scared by Lisa's death and the myriad of implications it might have for her.Quinn receives a visit from Sam Boyd whom she invites to stay in her apartment. No-one else knows what it is like to be a Final Girl, and when the media prints a photograph of the two of them, she becomes closer to Sam seeking reassurance and support. However, Quinn's personality begins to markedly change as she begins to engage in risky and dangerous behaviours and actions that jeopardises the life she has so painstakingly built. She has no memory of the horror that occurred at Pine Cottage but details start to come back to her. She has never been able to call the killer by his name, this triggers an emotional panic attack and Sam is pushing her to remember. Can she trust Sam? In a story full of twists, we come to finally understand precisely what happened at Pine Cottage.This is a atmospheric thriller I could not stop reading. It has a compelling narrative that grips, you get drawn into into the shaky and unreliable world of Quinn Carpenter. It is so well plotted to ramp up the suspense and the feeling of fear that pervades the book keeps you on tenterhooks. I was mesmerised by the character of Quinn, so stunningly developed and that of Sam, as I wondered who exactly she was and what did she want from Quinn? Sam insinuates herself into Quinn's life and apartment with no intention of leaving whatsoever. A brilliant and gripping read that I highly recommend. Thanks to Random House Ebury for an ARC.
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  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    January 1, 1970
    Go with me for a second. Are you under the impression that FINAL GIRLS is about a horror movie? Please tell me I'm not the only one that thought that!That's a huge misconception....The blurb says something about a "horror-movie scale massacre" and that's all I remembered reading before thinking, "SKIP". Not interested in a horror movie remake.Well, I'm proud to announce that FINAL GIRLS is not about a movie. And double proud to announce it is a fun, scary and highly entertaining book!There has b Go with me for a second. Are you under the impression that FINAL GIRLS is about a horror movie? Please tell me I'm not the only one that thought that!That's a huge misconception....The blurb says something about a "horror-movie scale massacre" and that's all I remembered reading before thinking, "SKIP". Not interested in a horror movie remake.Well, I'm proud to announce that FINAL GIRLS is not about a movie. And double proud to announce it is a fun, scary and highly entertaining book!There has been so much hype surrounding this current book of the month club  that I was standoff-ish about rushing to it. I'm weird like that. Plus, like I said, I'm not much of a horror-movie-slasher fan. But then, Penguin Group Dutton publishers sent me an ARC and how could I not read it? I am so happy they did!Do you know what a Final Girl is? A final girl is the sole survivor of a horrific murder scene. Movies like Halloween and Scream inevitably end with a final girl left standing. Yet another movie reference, sorry! Author Riley Sager has written a startling story about three final girls (all survivors of different gruesome scenes) who eventually have their separate lives intersect under troublesome circumstances.Quincy Carpenter, aside from having a cute name, is a final girl. She lived through a mass murder scene ten years before and has tried her best to get on with a semi-normal life. A tad dependent on Xanax and dealing with a mild kleptomania problem, she has steadfastly stuck to her story that she didn't remember anything about the night of the killings. She has dealt with her survivor guilt by becoming a successful baking blogger and by refusing to talk about that grisly night. That's really all you need to know about the set up of this addictive story. I was hesitant about the degree of slashi-ness, but it's actually not that bad (nowhere near a Patricia Cornwell book!) and the narrative switches just fast enough between the murders 10 years ago and the new mystery Quincy is currently caught up in. So you never really have time to get tired of the bloody stuff! Despite the subject matter, I wouldn't call FINAL GIRLS a dark or disturbing horror novel. This was the biggest surprise to me! For one thing, author Riley Sager, is no Gillian Flynn. Sager's writing is lighter, an almost superficial style, never diving below the surface of words. No need to read between the lines, just read. There are a couple of plot twists, the pages turn fast, it is a very quick, compelling mystery. I love the character of Quincy. She is an imperfect, somewhat unreliable narrator and an interesting protagonist.I have no doubt, FINAL GIRLS, has all the elements in place to be THE beach read of 2017. And deservedly so. THANK you to Penguin Group Dutton for the ARC. I appreciate the opportunity to give my honest opinion!
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars.This book kicked some serious ass!"We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade."Ten years ago, Quincy Carpenter went to the woods with five of her friends to celebrate her best friend's birthday. But instead of the carefree celebration they planned, that nigh I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars.This book kicked some serious ass!"We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade."Ten years ago, Quincy Carpenter went to the woods with five of her friends to celebrate her best friend's birthday. But instead of the carefree celebration they planned, that night turned out to be something out of her worst nightmares. She was the only one to survive a brutal massacre. She can't seem to remember what happened, nor does she want to—all she remembers is being covered in blood and being rescued by a policeman after outsmarting a killer she can only refer to as "Him."With that incident she became part of a group the press called the "Final Girls," with two other sole survivors of massacre-style attacks—Lisa, who witnessed an attack on her sorority house which left nine of her sorority sisters dead, and Samantha, who survived a late-night attack at the motel where she worked. The three girls want nothing more than to put their lives back together and somehow shake the memories that haunt them, as well as the guilt that they survived when their friends or others did not."Even before Pine Cottage, I never liked to watch scary movies because of the fake blood, the rubber knives, the characters who made decisions so stupid I guiltily thought they deserved to die. Only, what happened to us wasn't a movie. It was real life. Our lives. The blood wasn't fake. The knives were steel and nightmare-sharp. And those who died definitely didn't deserve it. But somehow we screamed louder, ran faster, fought harder. We survived.Quincy has done fairly well pulling her life together, thanks in large part to her Xanax prescription, which helps keep any lingering anxiety at bay. She has a successful baking blog and a handsome, steadfast boyfriend, Jeff. She also knows that Coop, the policeman who saved her life all those years ago is always looking out for her, ready to come if she needs him.But then Quincy finds out that Lisa, one of her fellow "Final Girls," has apparently committed suicide, despite how hard she fought to survive all those years ago. If that isn't enough to cause Quincy to lose her composure, it turns out Lisa emailed her right before she died, trying to make contact with Quincy. And then Samantha shows up, ostensibly to check up on Quincy once she heard about Lisa's death (despite the fact that they've never met).It appears Samantha has other motives in mind, too, as she is intent on getting Quincy to relive that night at Pine Cottage 10 years before, and challenges Quincy's carefully composed life. The more she forces Quincy out of her comfort zone, the more Quincy wonders why Samantha really appeared, and whether everyone else in her life is right to be suspicious. When new information about Lisa's death is revealed, Quincy doesn't know where to turn, or whom to trust, and whether she can handle reopening her memories to the trauma she survived 10 years ago. Final Girls is full of suspense and twists and turns. Riley Sager is definitely a talented storyteller, and she knows how to throw a few misdirections the reader's way, so you don't know how things will be resolved in the end. She does a great job illustrating the dichotomy of Quincy's life, and how quickly the calm she has come to know can be shattered. I also like the way she developed Quincy and Sam's characters—I don't feel as if the other characters were given the same complexity and depth.This is definitely one of those books which will make a terrific movie. I really enjoyed this a great deal, although some of the shifting back and forth between past and present was a little more jarring than it should have been. If you're a fan of suspense novels, this is one you'll want to pick up. It certainly will make you think the next time you hear about a sole survivor of a horrific incident.NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Dutton provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at http://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blo....
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    first off: thanks much to Penguin First to Read for the ARC! i love that program.i had a weird time reading this. it was unlike any thriller i've read, which at first seemed good and then turned out to definitively not be.https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...let's get into it. the title "Final Girls" is a reference to a group of 3 women who were the sole survivors of separate serial-killer massacres: Lisa, Samantha, and Quincy (our narrator). they're tabloid darlings each living separate live first off: thanks much to Penguin First to Read for the ARC! i love that program.i had a weird time reading this. it was unlike any thriller i've read, which at first seemed good and then turned out to definitively not be.https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...let's get into it. the title "Final Girls" is a reference to a group of 3 women who were the sole survivors of separate serial-killer massacres: Lisa, Samantha, and Quincy (our narrator). they're tabloid darlings each living separate lives (with varying degrees of normalcy) until one of them dies. ooOOH SPOOKY WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?!?!? (unfortunately, it's nothing anywhere near as exciting as what that glorious premise deserves.)first compliments!!! hurray.the good:-the main character, quincy, runs a baking blog and it's really cute - you should know by now that sweets are a passion of mine so that's exciting-neither of my 2 guesses for what The Big Reveal™ would be were exactly right (i really care about two things in a thriller: i want to have fun guessing the ending and i want my guesses to be wrong, and i want to be scared. or at least, you know, thrilled. and i guess it's good that this checked one of those boxes. the less important one, but still one of them.)-a little bit of the last chunk was somewhat exciting. at times. (how enthusiastic does THAT sound?)-as mentioned, the concept itself was very good (but GOD why couldn't the book live up to it)the bad:-nothing happens for the first 3/4 of the book. SERIOUSLY NOTHING. starting yesterday i just had to hunker down and read this in 100 page chunks. it never!! grabbed me!! and like it's a thriller so i'd like to be grabbed. (...you know what i mean)-like i was literally checking Goodreads and Snapchat and my email and whatnot every five seconds. just bored af.-the first 75% was also So Repetitive. i really wanna avoid spoilers, so i'll just say that the book implies two potential Big Reveals™ over. and over. and over.-even the interactions feel repetitive-Sam and Quincy's conversations and banter are always the saaaaaame. Jeff and Quincy have identical "r u ok" convos 3298472389 times.-we hear the same spiel about Quincy's mom easily 8 times. if i have to read the phrase "Xanax and grape soda" one more time i'll be sent spiraling into a war flashback so intense i'll forget what reality is.-most of the characters are BANANAS FLAT. Sam and Coop and Jeff, for sure. i have no real concept of Lisa. and it's IMPOSSIBLE to get a grip on who the hell Quincy is.-when things start to come together (FINALLY) in the last third, it's, well...it's not great. here are some adjectives i would use to describe it: choppy, confusing, nonsensical, poorly explained, half-baked, characterizationally ill-fitting-the climax of the book happens at about page 320 out of 345 and is over in 10 pages, SO THAT'S NOT EXACTLY A PAYOFF WORTHY OF THE 800 TIMES I READ ABOUT QUINCY LOOKING AT THE DOOR TO THE GUEST ROOM-the last five pages really don't make sense or offer closure or fit with whatever scraps of concrete characterization Quincy hadwow. i really didn't think i had that much of a rant in me. but sweet lord i am so disappointed in this book.I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE GREAT.bottom line: how much thrill could this "thriller" thrill if a thriller actually thrilled?but seriously, this isn't a book i'd steer anyone away from. it just wasn't for me. it may be for you!!!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those thrillers that properly got me. I read a lot of these books, watch a lot of stories, and i’ve turned into one of those annoying people that guess the ending and accidentally ruin films/tv shows for other people by pointing out the probable culprit or plot direction early on. After correctly guessing the central twist of The Sixth Sense, and blithely commenting my thoughts to my then partner, he told me never to speak during cinema visits again. Apparently ‘but it’s so obviou This is one of those thrillers that properly got me. I read a lot of these books, watch a lot of stories, and i’ve turned into one of those annoying people that guess the ending and accidentally ruin films/tv shows for other people by pointing out the probable culprit or plot direction early on. After correctly guessing the central twist of The Sixth Sense, and blithely commenting my thoughts to my then partner, he told me never to speak during cinema visits again. Apparently ‘but it’s so obvious…’ is not an acceptable justification. Who knew? Yet this book, this story, did not take me where I expected. I was guessing madly as each snippet of information revealed by the author twisted the narrative in a new direction, or tantalisingly offered a seemingly innocent action or comment that was, in fact, a massively huge, big fat red herring. But Sager has created something that’s more than just shock value. When I think back to the book, it’s not just pleasure and awe at being misled, it’s the well drawn characters, the clever unfolding of person and plot, the language and style, even the tone of the whole novel. It’s all these things together that make this a masterpiece of the genre and it deserves to be one of the big books of 2017.Get hold of it if you can... it's a cracking crime read. *** My opinion has been seconded by Stephen King, no less. He calls this the 'first great thriller of 2017' ***ARC via Netgalley
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    "We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade." Let me start this review by saying that I wanted to love this book. I honestly went into it expecting it to be amazing. Everyone I know who had read it gave it 4+ stars, so that must mean it's flawless, right? Sadly... I must have missed something, b "We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade." Let me start this review by saying that I wanted to love this book. I honestly went into it expecting it to be amazing. Everyone I know who had read it gave it 4+ stars, so that must mean it's flawless, right? Sadly... I must have missed something, because I almost DNF'd this about a dozen times.PLOT ➳➳This book starts off by following Quincy, who is a "final girl"; this term is derived from horror films, and refers to the last girl standing. Almost a decade prior, Quinn and her friends were savagely attacked by a mass murderer while on a weekend cabin trip, and only Quinn survived. The biggest problem? She has no memory of anything that happened between the moments before the attack and the moment she was rescued.Maybe part of my problem with this book was the fact that I went into it expecting it to pick up with some sort of action right from the start. Nope! The first 60% of this book had me beyond bored. It turns out that the bulk of the plot for the first while is just Quinn coping with what happened to her, getting to know her asshole public defender boyfriend, her Super-McSteamy-cop-who's-clearly-in-love-with-me-but-of-course-I-don't-want-to-sleep-with-him-who-me-nope-no-way-teehee savior Coop, finding out that the oldest "Final Girl" has just mysteriously committed suicide, and meeting the middle "Final Girl", Sam, who is established as being Pretty Freaking Strange from the get-go.The second half of the book is a slew of twists and turns that mostly just didn't make a whole lot of sense and/or felt super predictable. I think I guessed both of the "big twists" 30% in? And one of those big twists, when I finished the book, made me realize... why was it even there? What sense did it make? It was this huge build-up and yet it ultimately added nothing of value.CHARACTERS ➳➳Alright, y'all already know I'm a sucker for good characters; I'll ignore a poorly developed plot all day long if there's some good, solid character development and at least one likable starring role. Sadly, this book was not having ANY of my nonsense. • Quinn is awful. I mean genuinely, 100% awful. She is so self-contradicting it's pathetic, and she just makes one terrible decision after another. I rolled my eyes so many times I'm surprised they didn't fall out of my head.• Jeff, the public defender boyfriend? Also awful. He spends most of the book demanding Quinn to fit into his little box of Perfect Survivor Girl Who Never Dwells on the Traumas of Her Past™, and every time she slips outside of it and shows any form of weakness, he strikes.• Sam is boring, and annoying, and she ends every other sentence with “babe”. That’s all I really can say.• Everyone else is either too minor to mention or their entire existence is a ~twist~ so I don’t wanna spoil anything for you lovely folks.FINAL VERDICT ➳➳I wanted to love this book. I tried to love this book. I couldn't do it. I would still encourage anyone who's a fan of adult thrillers to check this book out, because seriously, guys, my entire friends list seems to be head over heels for this book, and if that's the case, I want people to pick it up and read it and hopefully fall in love with it. That just didn't happen for me.Thank you so much to NetGalley and Dutton for providing me with this ARC! As you can see, my opinions are entirely my own.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    This is how you do a psychological thriller!!!Quincy Carpenter is the lone survivor of a grisly crime. Ten years ago she went away with a group of friends to a cabin in the woods (sounds like the setting for a horror movie) to celebrate the birthday of a friend. She is the only one who came home alive. Everyone that weekend was murdered, Quincy was attacked as well, but survived her ordeal only to not remember what happened. She remembers arriving at the cabin with her friends, she remembers eve This is how you do a psychological thriller!!!Quincy Carpenter is the lone survivor of a grisly crime. Ten years ago she went away with a group of friends to a cabin in the woods (sounds like the setting for a horror movie) to celebrate the birthday of a friend. She is the only one who came home alive. Everyone that weekend was murdered, Quincy was attacked as well, but survived her ordeal only to not remember what happened. She remembers arriving at the cabin with her friends, she remembers events leading up to the night of the murders, and she remembers being saved by a police officer as she ran through the woods covered by blood. The police investigating the murders don't believe her when she does not recall the attack. How could everyone be murdered viciously and she survived with non-life threatening stab wounds? Now the press has dubbed her a "final girl" She in not the only one with this title. Two other women who have survived vicious attacks have also been dubbed "final girls" by the media. The press and society are interested in how these women survived. The press wants to know everything about their attacks and what these "final girls" had to do in order to survive. Quincy has made a life for herself since her ordeal. She lives with her boyfriend, she has a baking blog and gets through her day with the help of her Xanax prescription. She has also maintained a relationship with Coop, the police officer who saved her all those years ago. Even after ten years, she still can't remember the massacre that occurred at the cabin. Then she receives word that one of the other "final girls", Lisa is dead, and the other final girl (Sam) shows up on her doorstep. Suddenly Quincy's life is turned upside down and she starts engaging in activities that are out of the norm for her. Sam wants Quincy to remember what happened the night she was attacked. She tells her that knowing will set her free....but will it? Do you really want to remember your worst nightmare? Will knowing set your free or will it make things worse?Soon Quincy begins to have her doubts about her new "friend" Sam, about the night her friends were murdered. She learns more details about Lisa's death which make her even more concerned about Sam, her own recent behaviors and that horrible night all of those years ago. Suddenly the nice comfortable life she has built for herself begins to unravel. Reading this book was like watching a really good horror film/psychological thriller and I do mean that as a compliment! This book had a lot of twists and turns. I like when a book can keep me guessing. There were so many ways this book could have ended and I think this book ended brilliantly. Quite a few times I thought I had this book figured out. I liked that it managed to shock me. I also loved how the Author wrote each character to be interesting - I didn't like all of the characters but they had depth and felt real. Everything unravels at the perfect pace. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. I also enjoyed the way the story is presented. The reader is given glimpses into what happened ten years ago at the cottage as Quincy ,in the present day, is going about her life. As Quincy begins to remember more, the reader is shown more of the past. This was a very nice touch! As that "AHA" moment comes to Quincy it is also revealed to the reader. I felt like I was on the road to discovery with the main character. The story-line told at the cabin was very atmospheric. It was actually quite perfect and gave the story that "horror film" type feel to it. The atmosphere is foreboding, creepy and dark - this setting the "mood" for the massacre.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wish I had the time to go back and read this book all over again. It really is that good! I have a feeling this book is going to be on my top 10 favorite books of the year list! I highly recommend!I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (I honestly LOVED it btw!)See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    As you should all know by now, nothing makes me happier than the brutal murders of teenagers So that means I love slasher films, especially those made in the 80's. The gorier the better. Have I weirded you all out yet? No.Okay than on to the review.I've been wanting to read Final Girls for awhile, I've also been putting off reading Final Girls. I wanted to love it but was afraid I would hate it. If you know me, than you know I mostly read the bad reviews for books I plan on reading. I like to ke As you should all know by now, nothing makes me happier than the brutal murders of teenagers So that means I love slasher films, especially those made in the 80's. The gorier the better. Have I weirded you all out yet? No.Okay than on to the review.I've been wanting to read Final Girls for awhile, I've also been putting off reading Final Girls. I wanted to love it but was afraid I would hate it. If you know me, than you know I mostly read the bad reviews for books I plan on reading. I like to keep my expectations low, I find I enjoy the book more that way. So I only read 1 & 2 star reviews for this book and they all said it was boring, nothing happened, that it had no action, & that it wasn't what they thought it would be. So I went in with very low expectations, plus I was coming off of 2 books I really didn't like/hated. Goodreads friends I'm happy to inform you that I loved this book. Now of course it wasn't perfect I did guess one of the twist and had a strong suspicion of the second twist. Unlike with the book I finished yesterday The Breakdown, with this book it didn't bother me. Maybe because I had so much fun reading it. Final Girls is so entertaining, it will have you racing to finish it. I think Final Girls is a great homage to classic slasher films.I highly recommend Final Girls.
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  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    “Final girls is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie.”Quincy was the one and only survivor of a horrible massacre that took the lives of her close friends. The media eats it up and gives her the nick-name “A final girl.” They follow up by aligning her with 2 other well-known F.G. survivors. Enter Samantha and Lisa, who each walked away from their own version of hell.Ten years later, Quincy is trying to move on. She has a loving boyfriend and a successful bakin “Final girls is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie.”Quincy was the one and only survivor of a horrible massacre that took the lives of her close friends. The media eats it up and gives her the nick-name “A final girl.” They follow up by aligning her with 2 other well-known F.G. survivors. Enter Samantha and Lisa, who each walked away from their own version of hell.Ten years later, Quincy is trying to move on. She has a loving boyfriend and a successful baking blog. She still has limited recall of the tragedy and is unable to even speak the name of the person responsible for the attack without becoming physically sick. When a recent tragic event brings one of the F.G. girls literally to Quincy’s front door, the peaceful world she has slowly re- built for herself is beginning to spiral out of control.Very well written thriller. I devoured this one in 2 sittings! Could not put it down. Once again, I thought I had it all figured out but the author creatively dropped in some fantastic twists I never saw coming. I had wanted to read this one from the moment I heard about it!! It totally lived up to my expectations! Highly recommend for all thriller lovers! 4.5*You can find my review along with Brenda’s on Norma and Brenda's fantastic book blog: http://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...
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  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Final Girls was a Goodreads Giveaway win for me! Yay!Final Girls is an entertaining, fast paced, and a suspenseful psychological thriller that played out like a slasher horror film in my head. Leading me down a cringe-worthy path of twists and turns that had me guessing right to the very end. The story is mostly told from Final Girl Quincy who is the only survivor of a mass murder. The chapters alternate from her perspective and from scenes of the night of the murders allowing me to see the even Final Girls was a Goodreads Giveaway win for me! Yay!Final Girls is an entertaining, fast paced, and a suspenseful psychological thriller that played out like a slasher horror film in my head. Leading me down a cringe-worthy path of twists and turns that had me guessing right to the very end. The story is mostly told from Final Girl Quincy who is the only survivor of a mass murder. The chapters alternate from her perspective and from scenes of the night of the murders allowing me to see the events of the night along with some things that Quincy can’t remember. This had me asking myself a few questions about Quincy. Sager does a good job leading us down a path of planted clues that kept me turning those pages as fast as I could. Of course, I thought I had it figured out only again to find out I was wrong. Even though I can’t say this was a well or badly written story as it had its moments that made me cringe and parts of it that annoyed me. I let it go and enjoyed it for what it was. I recommend to horror thriller lovers who just want to be entertained. Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for my copy to read and review.Kaceey's review can be found with mine and all of Norma and my reviews along with our Traveling Sister reviews on our sister bloghttps://twogirlslostinacouleereading....
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    In a culture of bespoke…..well, everything, Riley Sager’s Final Girls seemed tailor-made for this horror fangirl. The phrase ‘Final Girl’ is a widely-used trope in horror films that describes the last person standing who confronts the killer and WINS. Think Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, Neve Campbell in SCREAM, or Heather Langenkamp in Nightmare on Elm Street. In Riley Sager’s book, she takes the Final Girls trope and translates it to a real-world setting. And while the book is undoubtedly comp In a culture of bespoke…..well, everything, Riley Sager’s Final Girls seemed tailor-made for this horror fangirl. The phrase ‘Final Girl’ is a widely-used trope in horror films that describes the last person standing who confronts the killer and WINS. Think Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, Neve Campbell in SCREAM, or Heather Langenkamp in Nightmare on Elm Street. In Riley Sager’s book, she takes the Final Girls trope and translates it to a real-world setting. And while the book is undoubtedly compelling, it’s ultimately disappointing. Basically, it’s the literary equivalent of binging on sour patch kids [or insert your favorite sugary treat here]. It tastes good. You can’t stop eating it. But when you’re done, you’re vaguely ill and feel curiously unsatisfied. Final Girls centers around Quincy Carpenter, the lone survivor of ‘The Pine Cottage Murders,’ a horrific event (almost like it’s ripped from a horror movie….BUM BUM BUM) where all her college besties were brutally stabbed to death. The murders make Quincy an overnight Nancy Grace sensation and the media dubs her a “Final Girl.” This title places Quincy in an exclusive “club” with two other women who have similarly earned this distinction. Lisa Milner and Samantha Boyd. Fast-forward 10 years, Quincy is living with her lawyer boyfriend and running a successful baking blog. Sounds like she escaped relatively unscathed, right? WRONG. She be popping xanax like it’s hot and hoarding random stolen shit. CRAZY. CAKES. When Quincy receives word that Lisa has died under questionable circumstance and Samantha abruptly shows up at her door, things quickly start to spin OUT. OF. CONTROL.Final Girls has a great premise. It’s got all the ingredients for an amazing story. But it’s just…..kind of a mess. Partly, it’s because it never quite decides what it wants to be. Critical satire or legitimate thriller. There’s clear reference to multiple horror movie tropes. Let’s take a glance, shall we? The Pine Cottage Murders are of the ‘cabin in the woods’ oeuvre and occur adjacent to a psychiatric asylum. Two checkmarks. Spoiled, rich, obnoxious white kids rent said cabin for weekend of drink and debauchery. Third and Fourth checkmark for no diversity and “immoral activity.” Quincy’s friend informs gang about previous murder in the area. This mention establishes ominous tone. Fifth checkmark. Janelle, the birthday girl and trip organizer, is portrayed as an oversexed exhibitionist. Sixth checkmark for “slutty chick.” Hello, morality police. A cell phone ban has been placed. Seventh checkmark: no ability to get help. Then, a mysterious and oddly behaved stranger arrives. Seventh checkmark. FINALLY, we have Quincy. An intelligent, kind, virginal, non-drinker, non-drug user. Best friend to slutty chick. Ladies & gentlemen, please give a hand for our…...FINAL GIRL. AND our eighth checkmark. Et voila, a horror movie, in all its conservative, moralistic, misogynistic glory, is born. The present day Quincy-Samantha storyline plays out another familiar horror trope, that of the standard Single White Female. Samantha enters the scene abruptly, things are all peachy keen until she gradually takes over Quincy’s life. Ominous warnings about Sam are given by concerned third parties, followed by Sam’s behavior growing quickly more erratic.Now, I have no issue with Final Girls constructing a story entirely around tropes. In fact, it’s kinda what I expected. But when a writer so heavily references another work there needs to be SOME humor present. Here, there’s none. Zip. Zilch. Nada. It’s devoid of anything remotely funny. All the horror cliches are used, but only with the utmost gravity. So the novel reads more like an inferior knock-off than a satire. And it’s too bad because it’s possible to meld both satire and suspense, look at SCREAM & Cabin in the Woods. Both poke fun at the scary movie genre, while retaining the creep factor. Yes, as promised there are plot twists. Final Girls delivers on that. I was genuinely surprised at the end, but not happily. I love a good twist. But Final Girls clearly valued SHOCK and AWE over consistent characterization. A surprise ending doesn’t work if there’s no build up, logic, or cohesion. You can’t rip off a mask, declare someone a killer, and end story. This ain’t Scooby Doo, kids.And FFS...can writers STOP using the repressed memory device??!! PLEASE??!! It’s such lazy writing. Oh, and the Central Park sidestory? Completely unnecessary. It didn’t serve the plot and was a distraction from the primary narrative. What a waste of time. UGH. So basically…..Final Girls was readable. So readable I stayed up until 6AM. But it so wasn’t worth it. It wasn’t bad….it just wasn’t anything and I’m sad because it had the potential to be….SOMETHING.Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an advance, complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lala BooksandLala
    January 1, 1970
    Well that took me on quite the damn ride.
  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 Stars* (rounded up)“Final Girls” – that’s what they call girls who survive massacres. Quincy Carpenter is one of them. She lost all of her friends when they went vacationing for the weekend at Pine Cottage. Quincy hates being coined as one of them, the “Final Girls.” It’s a small club and of course, it’s not one anyone wants to become a member of. Lisa and Sam are the only other members. Lisa was in college when she lost members of sorority; Sam was working at an Inn when it was attacked. S 3.75 Stars* (rounded up)“Final Girls” – that’s what they call girls who survive massacres. Quincy Carpenter is one of them. She lost all of her friends when they went vacationing for the weekend at Pine Cottage. Quincy hates being coined as one of them, the “Final Girls.” It’s a small club and of course, it’s not one anyone wants to become a member of. Lisa and Sam are the only other members. Lisa was in college when she lost members of sorority; Sam was working at an Inn when it was attacked. Somehow, Quincy has managed to put the events of that fateful day behind her, thanks to Xanax, Grape Soda and her baking career, that is of course, until Lisa is found dead and Sam shows up on her doorstep. Of course, it helps that Quincy has Jeff, her boyfriend around to give her support, along with Coop, her best friend, who just happens to be the Cop that saved her on that fateful day. So, what happened to Lisa? And why has Sam, who basically went into hiding for years after becoming a “Final Girl” herself, all of a sudden shown up on Quincy’s doorstep? I’m afraid that you will have to read this one and find those answers out for yourself. The story is told in alternating timelines between Quincy’s present day and the day of her attack, which kept me glued to the storyline. So why the 3.75 star rating you ask? I had the ending figured out from the get go and also found the storyline to be quite campy (though I comprehend that it was supposed to be). All in all, it was an enjoyable, suspenseful read, which I recommend. Thank you to Edelweiss, Leila Siddiqui, Penguin Publishing Group and Riley Sager for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on Edelweiss, Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter on 9.24.17.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Final Girls by Riley Sager is a 2017 Dutton publication. It’s dark- it’s twisted-… it’s predictable. UGH!! Quincy, along with two other girls, has survived separate mass killings, with the press dubbing them ‘The Final Girls.’ Ten years later, Quincy still has a gaping hole in her memory about the night in Pine Cottage, is living with her boyfriend, Jeff, and has a baking website. But, her shaky handle on life is suddenly disrupted, when one of the other ‘Final Girls’, commits suicide, and the o Final Girls by Riley Sager is a 2017 Dutton publication. It’s dark- it’s twisted-… it’s predictable. UGH!! Quincy, along with two other girls, has survived separate mass killings, with the press dubbing them ‘The Final Girls.’ Ten years later, Quincy still has a gaping hole in her memory about the night in Pine Cottage, is living with her boyfriend, Jeff, and has a baking website. But, her shaky handle on life is suddenly disrupted, when one of the other ‘Final Girls’, commits suicide, and the other one, Sam, resurfaces after a long absence, hoping to reconnect with Quincy. Sam’s invasion vibrates like a proverbial earthquake, as she works to jar loose the memories Quincy has locked away, which has her smoking, drinking, and swallowing excessive amounts of Xanax, and exhibiting bizarre behavior. Thus, begins a flip flop between the past and the present as Quincy finds herself forced to face her past and finally confronting her lost memories, revealing the identity of the person she has been trying so hard to forget. This book does have the ‘horror’ novel feel to it, like the blurb hints at, if you would place slasher style films or stories in that category, which I don’t. To me, it must have a supernatural element, which this book does not. In my opinion, the suspense is psychologically layered and does have one good twist, I did not figure out in advance. However… I figured nearly all the rest of it out by chapter two. Seriously. But, it was a smooth, mildly atmospheric tale, and for what it’s worth and it was entertaining, as far that goes, but I really, really wanted to like this book, but, I’m afraid it didn’t live up to the hype for me. So, I'm a little bummed out. Not bad, not great- an okay read. 3 stars
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    This book has been on my radar for awhile and was super excited for release date! I've been seeing the hype everywhere over the last couple of weeks and that had me a little anxious. Since, I always tend to be the outlier for books and never love the same books as the rest of the world... lol.But, I do have to say that I enjoyed this thriller. I would give this a 4. To me, this had the slasher film/horror genre feel. Quincy Carpenter, Lisa Milner, and Samantha Boyd are three women that have all This book has been on my radar for awhile and was super excited for release date! I've been seeing the hype everywhere over the last couple of weeks and that had me a little anxious. Since, I always tend to be the outlier for books and never love the same books as the rest of the world... lol.But, I do have to say that I enjoyed this thriller. I would give this a 4. To me, this had the slasher film/horror genre feel. Quincy Carpenter, Lisa Milner, and Samantha Boyd are three women that have all been involved in a brutal massacre. Each women survives the brutal attack and become known as a "final girl". These three women have never met but of course know of one another due to all the press and social media following their stories. Then, Lisa the first known "final girl" is found dead in her bathtub with her wrists slit and ruled out as a suicide. But, we all know it can't be this easy right? Oh, but let's add some more depth to the story. Samantha Boyd turns up on Quincy's doorstep out of the blue after the death of Lisa... claiming to want to help Quincy.But, of course some questionable things start to happen between Sam and Quincy. The relationship starts to take a strange and sinister turn......I was definitely entertained the entire novel and was left on the edge of seat for the last 40 percent of the book. I thought I had it figured out around 65 percent but hands down to Riley Sager ... you fooled me! I did feel like there were some cheesy aspects to the thriller and caught myself rolling my eyes a few times but overall it was a consuming read! I would recommend if you are in the mood for a thriller!! :)
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  • Edward Lorn
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for a terrific literary take on what happens after the credits roll on a slasher film, I highly recommend reading Kealan Patrick Burke's novel, KIN. That book is phenomenal. What I could never recommend is reading this beached, bloated, and rotten-through-and-through sperm whale of a book. Riley Sager (aka Todd Ritter) isn't a very good author. He writes with the astoundingly banal personality of a professor who's mainlined a gallon of NyQuil before giving a lecture on the repr If you're looking for a terrific literary take on what happens after the credits roll on a slasher film, I highly recommend reading Kealan Patrick Burke's novel, KIN. That book is phenomenal. What I could never recommend is reading this beached, bloated, and rotten-through-and-through sperm whale of a book. Riley Sager (aka Todd Ritter) isn't a very good author. He writes with the astoundingly banal personality of a professor who's mainlined a gallon of NyQuil before giving a lecture on the reproductive habits of dust motes. Cliche after cliche rolls out of Riley/Todd as if he's some kind of trope processing plant. His shit is so overdone there's actually a scene in this book wherein a security guard chases down someone who has just shoplifted, building a moment's tension, before the security guard asks the person for an autograph, you know, because the guard wasn't actually chasing them for shoplifting in the first place. GOTCHA! Or whatever. How many times have you seen that in movies and books? Someone breaks the law and is approached by the authorities, who say something silly like, Be careful out there, there's a killer on the loose! It's a generic bit of page-filler that drips basic-bitch status. The device lacks substance of any form and is only there to pad an already morbily obese book. And, yes, the book is overlong at a meager 342 pages. About 342 pages too long, if you ask me.Other than the fact that nothing happens in this book (seriously, there's only two scenes of plot development in the entire book, while the rest of it details baking, characters getting drunk on Wild Turkey or high on Xanax, and a pointless love triangle no one asked for), the biggest issue you'll likely have with it is that the book constantly writes checks its ass cannot cash. How the fuck you gonna write a book called FINAL GIRLS without a single onscreen death? How the hell you gonna write a book about the aftermath of slasher-film situations and never give us a slasher? How you gonna eat that much ass and have the audacity to ask, How's my breath? Ya got dumbfuck Riley Sager/Todd Ritter writing paragraphs where someone is walking away from the main character but some-fucking-how the main character can see that person's expression. You have a plot that requires everyone involved to be a fucking moron lest the entire house of cards come crashing down atop this mound of anal leavings. For example: there's a scene where someone beats up a dude in a park. Cops have witnesses putting the assailant in the park at the time of the beating. One witness even confesses to watching as the assailant washed blood from their hands in a fountain. All the cops have to do is check the assailant's hands for injuries and this book would've ended because the main character would be in fucking jail awaiting trial for assault, but no, no one ever checks the assailant's hands because fuck you that's why. There are over a dozen leaps of logic in the first hundred pages of this book alone. Suffice it to say, I'm really fucking glad this book is over.Can't believe I paid full price for this barrel of donkey flop.In summation: FINAL GIRLS and its author insults the reader's intelligence by simply existing. This jackass has to be one of the laziest storytellers in all of literary history. I've worked in publishing at every level, from indie to legacy presses, for almost a decade and I have no idea how books like this bucket of rank and rancid sea chum get published. There are much better novels out there that tackle this subject, books wherein stuff actually happens and the ending isn't phoned in near the first third of the book. I recommend any of them over this one. Shit, I'd recommend the grafitti in most men's rooms over this book, any day of the week.Final Judgment: James Patterson has some new competition in the area of Worst Thriller Written by a Sentient Pudding.
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  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    This meme uses the wrong "you're", but doesn't every meme?3.5 StarsThis story was creative. Unless it is a sequel, you usually don’t get to hear the story of the survivor of a massacre in the years following the event (Unless you are Jamie Lee Curtis, and then we hear it over and over and over again!) In this book, the terror does not stop when we leave the scary cabin in the woods.Also, I enjoyed the mystery of the book. I never quite knew where it was going right up until the end. Any book tha This meme uses the wrong "you're", but doesn't every meme?3.5 StarsThis story was creative. Unless it is a sequel, you usually don’t get to hear the story of the survivor of a massacre in the years following the event (Unless you are Jamie Lee Curtis, and then we hear it over and over and over again!) In this book, the terror does not stop when we leave the scary cabin in the woods.Also, I enjoyed the mystery of the book. I never quite knew where it was going right up until the end. Any book that has me wondering what’s next the whole time gets some bonus points from me.Apart from the creative angle and the twists and turns that kept me guessing, for me, it was just okay. For a quick enjoyable read, it accomplished what I needed. Would I recommend it? Maybe . . . it all depends on how much you are okay with kinda meh characters that don’t really develop a whole lot and plot points that are a bit of a stretch. If you can get past these things and like stories with a bit of suspense, go for it!Side note: According to this article the author is actually Todd Ritter. I saw that the bio for Riley Sager said it was a Pseudonym for an already published author, so I went digging!
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade. Or that flower that stinks like rotting meat whenever it decides to bloom.  3.5 Stars. Quincy Carpenter is the lone survivor of the Pine Cottage Massacre, making her the third member of an elite group that nobody wants to join: the Final Girls. Lisa M We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade. Or that flower that stinks like rotting meat whenever it decides to bloom.  3.5 Stars. Quincy Carpenter is the lone survivor of the Pine Cottage Massacre, making her the third member of an elite group that nobody wants to join: the Final Girls. Lisa Milner, Samantha Boyd, and Quincy each endured real-life horrors and survived against all odds. Of all the crimes that have occurred over the years, their cases are the ones that captured the nation's imagination. Ten years after the massacre, Quincy still has no memory of what happened that night. She has managed to put the past behind her and live a relatively normal life as a successful baking blogger. Unfortunately, it's not going so well for all of the Final Girls. Lisa is found dead in her bathtub, in a suspected suicide. After the news of Lisa's death becomes public, Sam emerges from hiding and shows up on Quincy's doorstep. Quincy is suspicious of Sam at first, but she welcomes her into her home. Sam claims that she just wants to make sure Quincy is doing okay, but she's secretive about what she's been up to all these years. Who is Sam and what does she really want? Will Sam's presence help Quincy remember what really happened that night at Pine Cottage? What happened to us wasn’t a movie. It was real life. Our lives. The blood wasn’t fake. The knives were steel and nightmare‑ sharp. And those who died definitely didn’t deserve it. But somehow we screamed louder, ran faster, fought harder. We survived. Final Girl is "film‑geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie." This book is the story of a Final Girl's life after the last "scene." In horror movies, the Final Girl usually has a unisex name and abstains from sex, drugs, and alcohol. Quincy definitely fits the role! She has a “goodness" that arouses sympathy, a vulnerability that inspires people's protective instincts, and a strength that shows anyone can overcome trauma and come out better in the end. To the outside world, she emerged from the rubble as an archetype, not an actual human being with complex emotions who watched her best friends get murdered. When there’s an anniversary or new developments, the media descends on her doorstep and she’s expected to make herself available to the masses. Surviving a massacre has become her defining quality. She's expected to rise above it all and be the perfect victim. Even those closest to Quincy want her to forget the massacre ever happened, yet are still willing to reduce her to an "object of pity" when it's useful. She is shamed when she shows any sign of weakness. In the midst of all these expectations, Quincy feels herself disappearing. Her entire life is a performance. Baking is a science, as rigorous as chemistry or physics. There are rules that must be followed. Too much of one thing and not enough of another can lead to ruin. I find comfort in this. Outside, the world is an unruly place where men prowl with sharpened knives. In baking, there is only order. The three Final Girls have different ways of handling their trauma. Lisa surrounded herself with friends and dedicated her life to helping others. Samantha went off the grid. Quincy keeps people at a distance and dedicates herself to her baking blog and a highly curated life. Baking allows Quincy to "pour [her] runny, sloshing existence into a human‑shaped mold and crank up the heat, emerging soft, springy, and new." When Sam shows up her door, Quincy's perfect facade begins to fade away. Sam is one of the only people in the world who understands what she went through, so she doesn’t have to pretend around her. Sam injects chaos into Quincy's life and encourages her to make the messy parts visible. One of my favorite scenes is when Sam helps Quincy set up shots for her baking blog. After spending time with Sam, Quincy gets even more dependent on Xanax and wine and becomes a completely different person. The rage she has been forced to lock up begins to seep out. Will the memories she keeps locked up finally break free?  There’s such a thing as too much sweetness ... All the best bakers know this. There needs to be a counterpoint. Something dark. Or bitter. Or sour. Unsweetened chocolate. Cardamom and cinnamon. Lemon and lime. They cut through all the sugar, taming it just enough so that when you do taste the sweetness, you appreciate it all the more I loved the atmosphere! My favorite parts were the flashbacks to the night at Pine Cottage. All the ingredients for disaster are there and the lead up to the massacre is tense. The flashback chapters are few and far between at first, but they get closer together as it gets closer to the conclusion. There were a few things that kept this book from being a favorite. In books with amnesiacs + first-person perspective, there's almost always a lull after the first third where I get sick of being stuck in the main character's head (In a Dark, Dark Wood, Gone Without a Trace, The Trap). The characters didn't come alive for me so much that I was invested in their fates. (Honestly, Quincy didn't always seem invested in her own fate!) The conclusion was the exact one I was hoping against and it made the parts that intrigued me not so interesting anymore. Some events seemed to not have much of a purpose except to mislead me. However, I also couldn't put it down, which is sometimes exactly what I'm looking for. I read 90% of the book in one day. It's a good summer read, and probably an even better autumn one. You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it. As Quincy reads articles about Lisa's death, she gets a glimpse of what her own obituary will look like. The journalists focus "on the horrors Lisa witnessed that long‑ago night, as if no other moments of her life mattered." Quincy hates that other people see her as a Final Girl or a victim, but sometimes that's exactly what she sees when she looks in the mirror. Will she ever be able to see herself as a survivor? The Final Girls shows how horror movie tropes have roots in reality--the fetishization of young women who endured unspeakable horrors, while ignoring the reality of their situation. The sordid details of their ordeals are what sells papers, but few are comfortable recognizing the resulting trauma. I wasn't completely on board by the end, but I enjoyed it while reading it. This book is a good choice if you're looking for an all-consuming weekend read.___________I received this book for free from Netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP Dutton. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It's available July 11, 2017!
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  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Yet again I find myself really wishing Goodreads had .5 options. I'd probably put this at 4.5 versus 5 but I'm going to round up this time. Final Girls is defined as "the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie" and this story follows three final girls: Quincy, Samantha (Sam) and Lisa. It's told for the most part solely from Quincy's POV and switches seamlessly between present day and the day of Quincy's friends massacre. I have a hard time with flash-backs because I often feel they're Yet again I find myself really wishing Goodreads had .5 options. I'd probably put this at 4.5 versus 5 but I'm going to round up this time. Final Girls is defined as "the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie" and this story follows three final girls: Quincy, Samantha (Sam) and Lisa. It's told for the most part solely from Quincy's POV and switches seamlessly between present day and the day of Quincy's friends massacre. I have a hard time with flash-backs because I often feel they're jarring and I have to reset into a different state of mind to get into that section of the book / story. However, Sager did this flawlessly and I really enjoyed that the flash-backs were a countdown of the day of the massacre. It really created a lot of pulsing suspense and I couldn't decide if I wanted more present day or flash-back information. Talk about a slow burn - the story grabs the readers attention right off the bat but the intensity of the story builds gradually throughout as you learn more about Quincy and Samatha. I really enjoyed the character development in this and I think Sager did an excellent job creating a story that not only makes us question the protagonist but makes us want to root for them whether or not they end up being the "good guy".I did not see the ending coming from a mile away - despite the fact that the entire book throws everything that's been decided into question. I spent the entire time reading this trying to solve what was going to happen, figure out the next move but the ending took me totally by storm. I had a hard time deciding between 4 and 5 stars because while the ending was a surprise, I feel like the motive behind the culprit(s) wasn't as fully developed as the rest of the story. However, I ultimately decided on rating this 5 instead of 4 because the writing, character development and overall story was a slam dunk. This is an excellent thriller / suspense with a mystery mixed it. There isn't too much attention to gore or painful detail - it's all in the pacing and the way information unfolds as you read. I'd definitely suggest anyone picking this one up!
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  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Quincy Carpenter, a "final girl". Quincy was the only survivor of a massacre that happened while she was vacationing in a cabin with other college friends. The thing is, that Quincy does not remember what happened that night, it's been years since the massacre happened and when somebody from the past shows up in the present Quincy's world is shaken.First, let's clarify what the title means:"Final Girl: The final girl is a trope in horror films (particularly slasher films). I This is the story of Quincy Carpenter, a "final girl". Quincy was the only survivor of a massacre that happened while she was vacationing in a cabin with other college friends. The thing is, that Quincy does not remember what happened that night, it's been years since the massacre happened and when somebody from the past shows up in the present Quincy's world is shaken.First, let's clarify what the title means:"Final Girl: The final girl is a trope in horror films (particularly slasher films). It refers to the last woman alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story. The final girl has been observed in many films including Alien and Halloween" sourceThe story is told from the point of view of Quincy, and it alternates between her present life and flashbacks from the past. Overall the book was GREAT. It captivated me and kept my heart beating fast till the very end. It has all the elements that a good mystery should have like complex characters, good pacing and an interesting story. I HIGHLY recommend it to all thrill-seekers and book-loving people. Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. About the author:TwitterWebsiteReview also posted on blogOh.. a final note, the book started by describing the main character baking chocolate-cherries cupcakes and that grabbed my attention right away. Baking goods and murder, you know the book is going to be good.
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  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    January 1, 1970
    I have the HUGE pleasure of working as a publicist for this book at my job, so I won't be reviewing it anywhere. (That would be a conflict of interest!) I'll just say, I'm totally thrilled/humbled/excited to be working on this beauty!!
  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)
    January 1, 1970
    oh. my. holy. SHIT.I honestly don't think there's a better phrase to describe this book...I LOVED it. Fucking. Wonderful.Final Girls was brutal, violent, and wicked fun.I honestly can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book as much as I did with this one. I love horror movies, especially slashers movies. They're always fun, but undeniably repetitive.When I heard the concept of this book, a group of 'final' girls being stalked and murdered one by one per slasher murder trope, my interest wa oh. my. holy. SHIT.I honestly don't think there's a better phrase to describe this book...I LOVED it. Fucking. Wonderful.Final Girls was brutal, violent, and wicked fun.I honestly can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book as much as I did with this one. I love horror movies, especially slashers movies. They're always fun, but undeniably repetitive.When I heard the concept of this book, a group of 'final' girls being stalked and murdered one by one per slasher murder trope, my interest was peaked and I was literally dying to get my hands on this book. The very best thing about Final Girls is that I COULD NOT PREDICT THE ENDING OR ANY OF THE TWISTS. Nothing. And that in itself is a very hard feat to do, especially when it comes to this particular genre. Movies and books nowadays in my opinion are easy to predict and analyze. It actually begs that question if society of today are just using recycled tropes and just adding extra layers to make it more 'special' or 'original'. Nonetheless, this book isn't perfect. Far from it. There are certain points in the book that dragged a bit too long; certain scenes that I thought were irrelevant to the whole story overall. But I can say with certainty, that Final Girls, without a doubt, is at its best peak: a hardcore horror fan's wet dream. Despite still using and playing with the same tropes and points we've seen in other horror books and movies, Riley Sager manages to play and use it to his best advantage. With just a slight tweak and in a different perspective of surviving characters, he brings us along in a very bloody, and a very engaging twisted ride. I would, however, just once, o n c e, would LOVE to see this particular trope tweaked, with a slight twist: surviving boys instead of girls. Maybe. I don't really know how this would work though since most of the time, men usually tend to die in horror movies. Can't break a trope if it's already a rule. 5 BLOODY FUN STARS.I received an advanced copy from NetGalley. However, all opinions are my own.
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  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    January 1, 1970
    This was good, however I wish that they had gone a little deeper into the psychology of being a Final Girl...The premise of this book was really interesting, imagine being the only survivor of a mass murder... would you embrace life? Supper from survivors guilt? Feel as though you needed to live your life for those who lost their's? These are some of the questions I think the author could have gone deeper into, really make us understand where these characters are coming from... having said that This was good, however I wish that they had gone a little deeper into the psychology of being a Final Girl...The premise of this book was really interesting, imagine being the only survivor of a mass murder... would you embrace life? Supper from survivors guilt? Feel as though you needed to live your life for those who lost their's? These are some of the questions I think the author could have gone deeper into, really make us understand where these characters are coming from... having said that this still was a very good thriller, with lots of twists and turns, and plenty of things I never saw coming... just would have liked to get inside Quincy's head a little bit more....
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  • *TANYA*
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t feeling this book at first, it was a bit slow but that ending made up for it. The ending was jaw dropping!! I was speechless, I didn’t even come close to guessing the “big reveal”.
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