July 19, 2021

The Final Girl Support Group

The Final Girl Support Group

by Grady Hendrix

Published July 13, 2021
by Berkley

Rating: 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Horror

Whoa. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read! It took me about halfway through to really get into it and get invested, but once I did, I really enjoyed the wild ride.

Lynnette is a “final girl” – a girl who survived a brutal series of murders. She and a few other final girls have been meeting for over fifteen years for support group therapy. When one of the final girls misses the meeting and winds up dead, Lynnette fears the worst. Sure enough, it soon becomes evident that someone (or a group of someones) is after the remaining final girls and picking them off one by one.

This was a pretty action packed novel. Some scenes were quite gruesome and a lot of the book definitely felt like an 80s slasher film. I loved the use of the mixed media formats in between the chapters and wish there had been more of that. I also wish there had been more histories about the final girls. For much of the novel I worried that this was a sequel because so much of the story felt implied like I should already be familiar with the characters and their stories.

While I enjoyed the story overall, I couldn’t give it higher than three stars because for some reason I struggled to visualize much of the story. Ironically though, this book definitely triggered some wild dreams! Likely because the details about the murders were quite graphic and over the top.

I haven’t read Hendrix’s other works but I’ll be curious to see how they compare.

Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this novel.

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