Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing The Last Girl by Goldy Moldavsky.
The Last Girl follows the protagonist, Rachel, when she starts at a new school. As an avid horror fan, she is intrigued about the school’s mysterious horror pranks, and is soon recruited by the secret Mary Shelley Club, with their terrifying Fear Tests. However, what starts out as fun soon turns deadly as her past catches up with her, and things take a frightening turn…
In all honesty, I think the thing which really made this book was the Fear Tests. The idea of taking a typical horror trope and using it to play a prank on someone was really original, and the tests the group came up with were brilliant. They definitely ensured that there was never a dull moment and kept up the fast pace of the book, which I really appreciated!
Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing Mary Shelley Club – who were interesting, to say the least. Most of these characters were incredibly well developed, with multiple layers and sides to them, which was amazing to see. My favourite would probably have to be Thayer, who was incredibly funny and kind!
Of course, Rachel’s character development was also superb. Reading her progress from the beginning through to the end was amazing, and I really admired how strong her character was. It was great reading her begin to come to terms with her past and her trauma, and see her come out the other side.
I also really liked Rachel and Saundra’s friendship. Although it was a little unusual to start with, they became great friends during the book, and I loved the bond the two shared. It was really lovely seeing them grow closer (despite Rachel’s secrets) and I really admired Saundra’s unwavering loyalty in standing by her.
The horror references were also brilliant. Alongside the Fear Tests, the club had regular horror movie screenings, where they debated all things horror movies too. As someone who isn’t that into horror movies I still found this great and I can only imagine how much a true horror fan would appreciate these references!
Of course, it would be impossible to talk about The Last Girl without mentioning the action… And the Fear Tests ensured that there was plenty! One of the things I look for most in a thriller is definitely lots of action, and it’s safe to say this didn’t disappoint. It was great seeing it all escalate and come to a terrifying peak at the end!
Speaking of the ending… Wow. Just wow! There was so much going on and it was very chaotic, and I loved every second of it. It was probably up there with one of my favourite book endings that I’ve read, and I honestly think it would be amazing seeing it all as a film. I’d really love to see The Last Girl adapted to film, that’s for sure!
The twist was also superb. Although I did guess it relatively early on, the various roads the book went down soon had me dismissing this and suspecting a multitude of other characters! This all meant that the final reveal still had that epic shock element, which was amazing to see.
Overall, I would recommend The Last Girl for any fan of thrillers or horror, as this had both plenty of action and references to horror films. I would also recommend it to any fan of Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl, as this had all the mysteries of Pretty Little Liars combined with the drama and scandal of Gossip Girl, which certainly made for a captivating read!
Are you a fan of thrillers? Do you think you’ll be picking up The Last Girl any time soon? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this review!