Title: The Final Girl Support Group
Author: Grady Hendrix
Genre: Horror Thriller
Narrators: Adrienne King
Length: 14 hours (352 pages)
Publisher: Berkley; Penguin Audio
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Recommended for fans of: slasher films
Content Warnings: graphic violence, murder, death, panic attacks/anxiety, cancer
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.
I found this book underwhelming. I did not like the audiobook narrator, which is not Grady Hendrix’s fault, but I also thought the main character was generally unlikable.
This book has an interesting concept, where well-known slasher films from our world (with fictional titles) are based on true stories of these final girls, who meet weekly in a support group. The execution fell a bit flat for me. This book isn’t truly horror like I expect from Hendrix. There were only a handful of gory, graphic scenes, although there were some thrilling action scenes.
I just wasn’t that impressed with the twists or that interested in the story overall. I’m not sure if this is a result of the audiobook, the writing, or the fact that I’m not that into slashers, but this book was not for me.