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Final Girls
Riley Sager
THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER “The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this.”—Stephen King Ten years ago, college student...

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I finished Final Girls by Riley Sager and oh I really hated it. I had been on a pretty good streak of books this year and this was the first real dud. The premise of a group of 'final girls' who have survived massacres bonding together (until one is murdered!) sounded awesome but the execution was not there. The characters were a mix of stupid and jerkish or not fleshed out at all.

The author also poorly integrated flashbacks of the night the protagonist earned her title of 'final girl' but even that is unexciting. It has characters with names like Betz and Rodney, and a friend who has no qualms of inviting a complete stranger to stay the night in the cabin rented out for a birthday weekend. The final twist also makes zero sense but I checked out way before that point anyways

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Finished Final Girls, by Riley Sager and started Fellside, by M.R.Carey

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Finished The Final Girls by Riley Sager Was hoping it would be a good one since it seems like everybody is reading it lately. Let me tell you, it lived up to the hype! The last 70 or so pages and I didn't want to put it down! Started The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant Seems like it's going to be a nice historical fiction book.

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Finished 2 books last week. Finished War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite Not the best book I've read all year but not the worst either. Giving it 3 out 5 stars.

Also finished Tin Man by Sarah Winman such a beautiful book for as short as it is. I would say it's in the top 5 of the best books I've read this year.

Started but am only a few chapters into Final Girls by Riley Sager Hoping this book lives up to the hype. Fingers crossed.

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Final Girls, by Riley Sager

Got it at my local library yesterday, finished it late this afternoon. I was actually incredibly disappointed by this book. It's endorsed by Stephen King on the back and has received mostly favourable reviews, so I figured it would be a good read, but it just wasn't. The first third was incredibly slow, and the ending was convoluted and really felt like a bunch of information and random plot twists thrown out. Also, and this is just personal preference, I find that the whole 'repressed memory syndrome' thing is a bit of a cop out. But I'm on the unpopular opinion side of things so maybe it's just me that found it unenjoyable.

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Just finished Final Girls, by Riley Sager it was a fun little horror/thriller, was able to finish it in a couple days. And after years of recommendations I read Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson loved it and am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Just started The Deep, by Nick Cutter and Gone South, by Robert R. McCammon

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Final Girls, by Riley Sager

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Final Girls, by Riley Sager I know you guys rated this as one of the best books of last year but I was unimpressed. Very dull first half with her baking cupcakes for her blog. Talk about dull as dishwater. It didn't start to pick up until after halfway through, and then it resembled a teen slasher movie more than a thriller. At that point it elevated itself from dull to merely boring. And I felt Quinn's behaviors were unbelievable, like letting a total stranger move in with you, especially since she is the victim of violent crime. Most of learn from experience. And why the lawyer boyfriend didn't quash that ASAP is beyond me. Most lawyers are way smarter than that.

When We Fell, by Dennis Lehane Also highly recommended by you guys. Definitely a much better book, but somewhat uneven. Also somewhat choppy because Rachel's life happens in episodes, first her mother, then her father, then her life with Brian. Okay so that helps to set up her motives for later but devoting half the book to her parents' backstories seems a bit much, especially since these backstories are completely dropped and don't get tied in with later events. However I would probably read another Lehane book, can't say that for Sager.

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny My appreciation for this author has been growing. Unfortunately I haven't read them in order, which would help in understanding all the recurring characters quirks and timelines. But she writes well crafted mysteries with interesting characters. Another plus is that it takes place in a place unfamiliar to me, Quebec. I often like books that take place someplace I haven't been. If you want to dive in with this author I suggest checking her website and reading them in the order of publication.

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Finished The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander and finally finished Final Girls, by Riley Sager. Final Girls should not have taken a month to read but it felt so slow. While I was impressed with the author's ability to juggle the multiple threads he introduced by the time I finished the book I didn't seem to care anymore about the characters. I can see how some would enjoy it but the pacing almost had me setting this one down.

I'm starting Animal Farm, by George Orwell and Authority, by Jeff Vandermeer. I've been warned about the tonal shift between Annihilation and Authority so I was ready for a different feeling book. I'm a few chapters in and I get the feeling I'm going to be part of the rare few who enjoy the second book more than the first.

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Started reading Final Girls, by Riley Sager yesterday.

Just finished A Long Day In Lychford, by Paul Cornell and On Stranger Tides, by Tim Powers as an audiobook, a great reading.

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I'm finishing Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer today. It's not bad. I enjoyed it but I can't figure out why... and that bothers me a little bit. It's listless and at times very dull. I didn't find it terrifying like so many other readers have but it definitely has an atmosphere that something inside me must find compelling. I just don't like being unable to articulate why I would recommend this. After that I will be moving on to Animal Farm, by George Orwell.

Also this week I should (hopefully) be finishing Final Girls, by Riley Sager. While it was an interesting book for a while I've become absolutely baffled by some of the actions of the main character. She just seems to be self destructing simply for the reason of making what I assume to be an upcoming battle more interesting. Also, I'm 99.9% sure I've figured out an important piece of the "mystery" and the obvious way in which the author is trying his hardest at slight of hand story telling is almost cringe inducing at times. Of course, that's if that .1% of me is wrong. I would have DNFed this if I had felt this way earlier on or if this was a longer book but as it is I only have ~150 pages left so I might as well bang it out. I really think the mystery genre as a whole might just be wrong for me. After Final Girls (and possibly a shower) I'm jumping back into the Chronicles of Prydain with The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander.