Synopsis: 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.
My review: This book had more twists and turns than a Formula 1 motor race!! It grips you right from the beginning and doesn’t let up. Quincey, sole survivor of a cabin in the woods massacre (seriously I am never going glamping – in books and films everyone always dies….) and seems to have her life on track – her own business, home and a loving boyfriend. But with the death of another survivor Lisa and 3rd in this set of girls (Sam) turning up on her door step it soon becomes obvious that Quincey’s life is a façade, hiding behind Xanax and red wine to get her through life. Sam isn’t all she seems (to say why would be a spoiler) and pushes Quincey further and further into releasing pent up anger in a desperate bid to get her to remember the night of the murders. And when she does there’s the last twist in the tale.
There’s a mix of current day events and flashbacks to the murderous night in question as Quin struggles to cope with her spiralling life and the pressure to remember just what happened. It’s very taut and tight thriller. No wasted words. It just flows so well in some parts a little unsettling with how far Sam is willing to push Quin and open up her memory. And a little bit shocking of how far the previously baking queen ends up going.
Overall I couldn’t put it down. It’s a great thriller and highly recommended
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Out 13th July 2017