The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
Published: July 13, 2021
Paperback, 352 pages
(Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Books, I recieved an eARC to read and review.)
GOODREADS RATING: 4/5 STARS
A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.
In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?
Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized–someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.
But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.
This is a slasher movie maid into the perfect book! This is the first Grady Hendrix book I have read. I loved the addition of multi-media (book/newspaper excerpts, therapy notes, interrogations, etc.) at the beginning of of each chapter. The twists and turns throughout this one were very unsuspecting.
The character’s were all changed in such different ways after their tragedies, it was interesting to read about each one. Lynette’s paranoia made you question her thoughts and reasoning for the things she would do and say. I love that you learn there is always more to the story than what you read and see in the movies.
I must say that there were few scenes where I found the descriptions very disturbing, but they would translate on screen wonderfully. I will be picking up as many books by this author as soon as possible. I will also be buying a copy of this one so I can reread it and see the multi-media sections on paper instead of on my kindle. I would really love to see this as a hulu/netflix series or a movie.