Title: The Final Girl Support Group
Author: Grady Hendrix
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Page Count: 352
My rating: 5 stars
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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 Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream.
Lynette 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.
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix is good old fashion campy horror at it’s finest and I am all for it! As a long time fan of horror I was immediately drawn to the title and blurb for this one but I’ll admit I was also a bit hesitant to it living up to what I wanted it to be in my own mind and boy was I glad my worry went right out the window when getting started.
If you’ve ever watched those slasher flicks and thrown your popcorn screaming for the characters not to go into that room or to run faster then this one is for you. The protagonist, Lynette Tarkington, is a final girl. You know, the one that survived while all her friends and/or family were slain in spectacular fashion.
Lynette, along with a handful of other final girls have been meeting with a therapist in their support group for years when one of them fails to show up to the latest meeting. Soon it becomes apparent that someone is out to get the last of the final girls and Lynette is prepared to survive once again no matter what it takes.
The Final Girl Support Group was just plain fun to this long time horror fan. This one was fast paced and action packed and I loved the protagonist and her million different plans for survival. All of the characters in here really came to life and I felt as if I could see the movie version playing out in my mind while I read. Grady Hendrix did a great job with this one and is now an author I’ll have to keep an eye on and read more of in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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