BOOK REVIEW: Final Girl Support Group by Gary Hendrix

Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Format: Hardcover
Genre:  Thriller

Publisher: Berkley
352 pages
Buy:  Kindle Paperback 


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?

Lynnette 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.


A support group for Final Girls whose horrors they have turned into movies, some people love them, some people hate them but these girls aren't just on your screen they are real people and someone is killing them. Someone has set their sites on eliminating all the Final Girls but only Lynnette seems to see the pattern.  Super paranoid, and with not the best judge of character Lynnette is determined to help save her support group friends. However they don't think they need protecting from anyone but her.  

This book is filled with humor and horror. Lynnettes closest friend is a pepper plant she has named Fine. All of the characters jump off the page with their own personalities and flaws.  I really like Hendrix writing he finds humor in even the most dire situations.  This is better than the cheesy horror movies they make but it also has a subtle undertone of what kind of society are we that we are obsessed with the torture and murder of women? What are we teaching boys when our movies and tv shows are filled with female victims? Interesting question.

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