Book Review: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix


Title: The Final Girl Support Group

By: Grady Hendrix

Genre: Thriller/Horror

Pages: 352

Release Date: July 13th, 2021

Publisher: Berkley Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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.


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What just happened?!

This book was a rollercoaster of emotions with the ever present creep factor. The author really keeps you guessing. throughout the book I jumped from one suspect tp the next, never really knowing who was out to get the Final Girls. 

The story follow those who are left over after a tragic event occurs. They are broken and paranoid, thinking that their killer is lurking around the next corner. The fact that there is an obsessives fan club centered around them doesn't help the matter either.  When Final Girls start dying, they must save themselves since no one believes that bad things could happen to the same people a second time, this is where the plot becomes entangled within its self, pulling the reader through a maze of crazy events.

It isn't until the last few chapters that my mind could even wrap itself around who the true killer was, but could I believe it? The author had given me so many different scenarios that never panned out how I imagined them, keeping me guessing the whole time. 

I loved this book and all the characters, no matter how messed up they were. It really gave this fast paced story the backbone it needed to deal with this content. Great read. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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