Thursday, July 15, 2021

Review: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

The Final Girl Support Group
by Grady Hendrix

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Lynnette is a final girl.  She went through a horrific tragedy and she was the sole survivor of an event that took her whole family.  There are other girls who are final girls and they have been meeting to support one another, but as the book begins, something happens and the girls are being hunted.  

This was such an interesting spin on a mystery/thriller with the victims in this book being victims of crimes in the past and me, the reader, wanting to know what happened in the past while also following what is happening in the present day.  With great, "chase scenes," as women are running from someone (can't spoil!) I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book and thank goodness I had a Saturday to start and finish this book in a few sittings, but in one day.

I loved the final culprit and while I won't share much here, I loved how it all unfolded and the final twists and turns until the end.  This was my first Grady Hendrix and while I am not sure I will read all of her backlist, but I may have to try one.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 86 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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