The Final Girls by Riley Sager

30215662What I thought:

Bloody hell, this book was addictive! A veritable feast of twists, turns, and bombshells, not to mention an incredibly unreliable narrator who keeps us firmly on our toes.

The ones who got away in separate massacres (think Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween), Lisa, Samantha, and Quincy may have survived something truly horrific but at what cost? Having made it out alive from their own private hells they are bunched together by the press as The Final Girls. Although they have never met they have communicated a couple of times over the years but just as Quincy is getting her life together she is given the shock news that Lisa is dead. And then Sam turns up on her doorstep…

Ten years ago Quincy went on holiday with 5 friends to Pine Cottage, a cabin in the woods, and came back alone. She has lost a huge chunk of her memory about that night and only remembers running out of the woods screaming and covered in blood. Now living in an apartment in New York with her boyfriend and having created a successful baking blog, the news about Lisa rocks her world, but that’s only the beginning. Sam’s arrival, a hurricane ripping through her neatly composed life, sets off a chain of events that sucks Quincy in like a vortex and spits her out the other side. As Quincy and Sam’s ensuing game of cat and mouse increases in speed and ferocity, you’re never really sure who to trust.

 

  Verdict:

I absolutely loved this book. Dark secrets, red herrings, blind alleys – the perfect ingredients for a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It felt original and authentic and was astonishingly assured for a debut novel. I very much look forward to reading what the author comes up with next.

Fantastic book!

NB/ I received this book in return for an honest review from Ebury Publishing via Netgalley.

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Blog Tour: We All Begin As Strangers by Harriet Cummins

Welcome to Day 4 of the blog tour for debut author Harriet Cummings for her book We All Begin As Strangers. 

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So what’s it all about?

We All Begin As Strangers (2)Inspired by real events – a beautiful debut about an English village pushed to the brink, and the secrets its residents are desperate to protect. If you loved THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP by Joanna Cannon, ELIZABETH IS MISSING by Emma Healey and THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce, you’ll adore this wonderful debut novel.

1984, and summer is scorching the ordinary English village of Heathcote.

What’s more, a mysterious figure is slipping into homes through back doors and open windows. Dubbed ‘The Fox’, he knows everything about everyone – leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them.

When beloved Anna goes missing, the whole community believes The Fox is responsible.

But as the residents scramble to solve the mystery of Anna’s disappearance, little do they know it’s their darkest secrets The Fox is really after…

Inspired by real events, and with a brilliant cast of characters, WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS is a beautiful debut novel you’ll want to recommend to everyone.

If you loved THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP by Joanna Cannon, ELIZABETH IS MISSING by Emma Healey and THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce, you’ll adore this wonderful British debut novel.

My review of this book will be coming shortly.

Meet Harriet Cummings

HARRIET CUMMINGS (2)Harriet Cummings is a freelance writer with a background in history of art and gender studies. As a scriptwriter, she has had work performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as independent venues around London.

While studying at Faber Academy, Harriet threw herself into her first novel and hasn’t looked back since.

She lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and springer spaniel.

Follow Harriet on Twitter @HarrietWriter or find out more at http://www.harrietcummingsauthor.com

Getting to know Harriet

I wanted to get to know Harriet a bit more and decided that with the book being set in the 80’s, what better way than with some 80’s inspired questions:

What is your favourite 80’s group? 

Blondie! ‘Heart of Glass’ is so addictive.

What is your favourite 80’s song?

It has to be ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’. Remember the video with her in the white dress with the school boys?! Pretty special stuff.

What is your favourite 80’s film?

Heathers… I had a poster of Christian Slater on my bedroom wall and argued with my sister over who liked him more. We were very competitive about nonsense things!

Favourite 80’s item of clothing?

The scrunchie was something to be loved and loathed.

Favourite subject at school?

I liked art, especially painting.

Favourite childhood book?

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Grange Hill or Hollyoaks?

Grange Hill. I never got on board with Hollyoaks – too many beautiful people to be convincing, haha.

Wham bar or Haribo Tangfastic?

How about a Highland Toffee? Can I have that instead? I used to get one for 10p after swimming.

Atari? or iPad?

Hmm, I never had an Atari so I guess an iPad. My first computer console was a Snez. Again, my sister and I fought over who could play first. We both wanted to be Princess too. Fun times.

 

Thank you to Harriet for taking the time to answer these questions and good luck with your debut novel.