Audiobook Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Posted August 17, 2017 by Felicia S in 2017 Read, 3.75 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 2 Comments

Audiobook Review: Final Girls by Riley SagerSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Penguin Audio, Provided by Random House

Format: Audiobook

Final Girls by Riley Sager
Narrator: Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins

Date Read: July 2017

Genre: Thriller

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.

More Information:
Publisher: Dutton, Penguin Audio, Random House Audio

Listened for Review (PRH Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Thoughts: Overall I did like Final Girls. The actual thriller part of it is excellent. The reveals came in timely places and it didn’t take long for me to get sucked into the story. I only guessed one of the twists and that made me happy. I just couldn’t quite connect to the characters. In a thriller that is less important to me than story but I would have liked them to either make me love/hate them. Quincy and Sam (the two main characters) do have some things about them that drew me in but in the end I still found myself disconnected. That being said, this was still a wild ride and one I am glad I went on.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by: Erin Bennett , Hillary Huber /Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins

Erin and Hillary delivered! Seriously, their pacing, emotion, and characters were spot on. They had similar pacing so the book was like butter–seemingly moving through the story. I highly recommend this on audio. One note: because this has present and flashback scenes you need to pay attention. If these are things that you have a hard time with in audio also have a book copy so you can reference it. You are going to want the performance but I know sometimes flashbacks are confusing in audio form.

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Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
4 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
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2 responses to “Audiobook Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

  1. You liked this a little better than I did, I was intrigued by the mystery especially what happened in the past. However, I was completely bored in the middle section with the whole Sam thing. It just lacked something for me.