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. Now Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to remember what really happened that night at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.
"*Starred Review* Quincy Carpenter became a Final Girl when she survived the massacre that killed five of her college friends. Along with Lisa Milner and Samantha Boyd, who survived other, similar attacks, Quincy achieved instant fame as a rampage killing's sole survivor. She remembers little about the Pine Cottage attack besides fleeing through the woods to be rescued by a cop, Coop, who was searching for a patient who hadescaped from a nearby psychiatric facility. Coop shot and killed the knife-wielding suspect, creating a connection between the two of them that's helped Quincy navigate a decade of Final Girl notoriety. Now, as Quincy feels she's moving forward, Lisa's suspicious death thrusts all the Final Girls back into the spotlight. After years in hiding, Samantha appears at Quincy's door, and they bond by challenging each other to shake their fears with steadily increasing risks. Their alliance feels unbreakable until one of their maneuvers ends in a crime, and Sam uses their secret to control Quincy, who can't fight her rising paranoia and becomes convinced that Sam played a role in Lisa's death. Sager cleverly plays on horror-movie themes from Scream to Single White Female, creating an homage without camp. Despite comparisons to Gone Girl (2012), this debut's strong character development and themes of rebirth and redemption align more closely with Flynn's Dark Places (2009).--Tran, Christine Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Quincy "Quinn" Carpenter, the heroine of Sager's uneven thriller debut, and five college friends spend a weekend in the Pennsylvania woods at the remote Pine Cottage, where a knife-wielding maniac kills everyone but her. She is only spared because Officer Cooper ("Coop") shoots the culprit. Quinn, who remembers no details, isn't the only lone survivor of such a massacre around the same time: Lisa Milner survives a sorority house attack, and Samantha Boyd fights off a motel killer. Lisa is the only one of the three who embraces the media's "final girl" label-a trope familiar to horror movie buffs, referring to the girl who survives the bloodbath-and even writes a book about her experience. Quinn wants nothing to do with her fellow "girls," and 10 years later has settled down in Manhattan with a boyfriend, a baking blog, and lots of Xanax. Then Coop shows up and tells Quinn that Lisa is dead, and the nightmare starts anew. Sager does a good job building suspense, but some readers may find the book's themes of casual male power and female subservience after trauma deeply unsettling. Agent: Michelle Brower, Folio Literary Management. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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