- Author Bio
An intense and imaginative horror story, Final Girls follows the lone survivor of a massacre, who must reclaim her locked-away memories when faced with another threat ten years later.
“The Final Girls need you…. The Final Girls are tough, everything survivors should be. But the new threat is clever, ominous, even closer than you suspect. You are about to gasp. You might drop the book. You may have to look over your shoulder. But you must keep reading. This is the best book of 2017.” -Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her
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 only refers to as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and with that, each other. 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.
Story Locale: New York City
WIDE APPEAL: The author combines the genres of horror and contemporary women’s fiction, and a Single White Female twist, to create an original novel with a broad audience.
INTERNATIONAL EXCITEMENT: Rights have been sold in a dozen territories, including Ebury in the UK.
CINEMATIC SETTING: With the background of the novel split between recognizable landmarks of New York City and a forest cottage straight out of a horror film, the reader will have no trouble placing themselves in the settings along with the main characters.
POP CULTURE APPEAL: With a recognizable pop culture reference for a title, the novel is immediately eye-catching and appealing to a movie-loving and younger audience.
Marketing: National print features and reviews
Author Website: www.rileysagerbooks.com/
Author Social Media: @riley_sager; rileysagerbooks.tumblr.com; www.facebook.com/rileysagerbooks/
Advance Praise for Final Girls
“The first great thriller of 2017 is almost here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this.”
“A terrific read!”—Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author
“Sager does an excellent job throughout of keeping the audience guessing until the final twist. A fresh voice in psychological suspense.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The Final Girls need you. You must sit down with this book, you must read. You must start flipping pages, faster, faster, faster. The Final Girls are tough, everything survivors should be. But the new threat is clever, ominous, even closer than you suspect. You are about to gasp. You might drop the book. You may have to look over your shoulder. But you must keep reading. This is the best book of 2017, the Final Girls need you.” -Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her
“Sager cleverly plays on horror movie themes from Scream to Single White Female, creating an homage without camp. Despite comparisons to Gone Girl, this debut’s strong character development and themes of rebirth and redemption align more closely with Flynn’s Dark Places.”—Booklist (starred review)