Blurb Book Review: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (spoilers ahead)

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A Final Girl is one who is the last one standing in a slasher film. This book is about a support group of these women, each one with her own horror story.

Then one of their group is murdered and the entire group is targeted.

The book hits the ground running with immediate anxiety and well paced action. The reader stays in the main character Lynnette’s head the entire time and while this is exhausting, it’s also engaging and engrossing. The author’s descriptions of environment and characterization are vivid and wonderful as well.

There are plenty of twists in the book, all that I felt were well done. Once the twist was revealed, I checked back in the story and saw the author did indeed leave hints for them so it was a matter of, “I should have seen that coming,” instead of, “I didn’t see that coming”. The end tied things up well and didn’t leave any loose ends that I could find.

The story is centered around the idea that these women had been commercialized after their traumatic events, then forgotten. They meet to support each other while navigating their lives after these horrific events, but aren’t friends. They barely tolerate each other, really. Even when Lynnette asks for help or warn them that their group member’s killer will come after them, they ignore and handwave away any concern. When push comes to shove though, they help each other out.

Overall, the book was interesting and provided a different subject matter for the whole ‘found family’ trope. It also showed that you don’t have to love each other, or even like each other, but you can still bond with each other.