Quincy, Lisa and Sam are Final Girls, the only survivors of three separate massacres. When Quincy Carpenter was in college she went for a weekend partying with her friends at Pine Cottage but she was the only one who came out of it alive. Ten years later, Quincy seems to have a normal, almost perfect, life, with her own apartment in New York, her successful baking blog, and a boyfriend who adores her, although she has an addiction to Xanax and memories gap (and secrets) from that night at Pine Cottage. Although they belong to the exclusive club of Final Girls, Quincy, Lisa and Sam have never met. When Lisa is murdered and Sam unexpectedly turns up on Quincy's doorstep with her secret agenda, Quincy's seemingly perfect life starts to crumble.
I heard so many good things about this book so I was very excited to read it and I wasn't disappointed. I read it in two sittings: every time I tried to stop, something would happen in the story that made me keep reading. As the novel unfolds, you think you know where the story is going but there are so many twists and turns that I was completely taken by surprise by the ending. Quincy is a brilliant, complex, and carefully drawn character and I just loved her. This dark and chilling thriller had me captivated from the first page. Well-plotted, beautifully written and with an atmospheric setting - Pine Cottage is the perfect solitary cabin in the woods from an horror movie - Final Girls will be hard to beat as the best book of the year. (NP)