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Book Review: The Final Girl Support Group

Book Details:

  • Published Date: July 13, 2021
  • Author: Grady Hendrix
  • Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Adult
  • Format: Kindle
  • Length: 352 pages
In horror movies, the final girls are the ones left standing when the credits roll. They made it through the worst night of their lives…but what happens after?

Like his bestselling novel The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix’s latest is a fast-paced, frightening, and wickedly humorous thriller. From chain saws to summer camp slayers, The Final Girl Support Group pays tribute to and slyly subverts our most popular horror films—movies like The Texas Chainsaw MassacreA Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream.

Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting with five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, working to put their lives back together. Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to rip their lives apart again, piece by piece.
But the thing about final girls is that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up. (Amazon)

The Final Girls support group has six members, Lynette is one of them. At one point, there were seven girls, however, one of them was a traitor, so they got rid of her. In the beginning of the book, you will read how Lynette is visually remember a mass murder at Camp Red Lake. She remembers that there was one survivor from that mass murder, Stephanie. Lynette is being accused of not being a real “Final Girl” by one of the members in the support group. Lynette knows this to be true because in the murders she survived, she never killed the murderer, she just happened to survive it because she ran.

A lot happens in this book. There’s action, mystery, etc. I will say, something I found interesting about the characters is that they were all survivors of your popular thriller franchises (Halloween, Texas Chainsaw, etc.).This book mostly follows Lynette and she is probably the survivor who is struggling the most to deal with what happened. I’d definitely suggest this book to anyone who’s up for the thrill. I do plan on reading this book again, maybe Halloween next year.

My Rating:

4 star

Have you read The Final Girl Support Group? What were your thoughts?


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