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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Final Girl Support Group

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I’m giving ten gazillion stars and getting out of here! There are some incredible books written by extraordinary minds make you feel everything at the same time and once you finish them you feel speechless because no words will be enough to reflect your emotions! This book is great example of these extremely fantastic reads and Mr. Hendrix proved one more time to us he is a true literature prodigy! I’m die hard fan of Southern Book Club’s guide to the slaying vampires. It was my favorite thrill I’m giving ten gazillion stars and getting out of here! There are some incredible books written by extraordinary minds make you feel everything at the same time and once you finish them you feel speechless because no words will be enough to reflect your emotions! This book is great example of these extremely fantastic reads and Mr. Hendrix proved one more time to us he is a true literature prodigy! I’m die hard fan of Southern Book Club’s guide to the slaying vampires. It was my favorite thriller book of the last year. He knows how to construct the complex bonding of genuine female friendship and develop rich memorable, survivor, kickass women characters we adore! At this book: his amazing heroines are true survivors of the massacres, kicking the asses of monsters, real last women standing who try to learn how to move on their lives after being endured brutal violence and fought against the real psychopaths! There are six of them left behind: ( actually they were lucky number seven but one of them idolized the villains who turned their lives into mess, becoming traitor, leaving their devoted group! Yes, I’m talking about Crazy Chrissy who is one of the most terrifying villanelles I’ve been introduced lately!!) Lynnette Tarkington keeps punishing herself, turning her house into her own cage, living like a ghost with no proper ID, social life, keeping her address as a secret, always looking behind her back. Now the leader of their group who brought them together for joining final girl support group is dead! Lynette’s address is compromised as Julia visits her accompanied by reporter who wrote their story. As soon as they gathered at her place, somebody start shooting. Lynette runs away leaving wounded Julia and dead reporter behind! There is a book outside spills out their dirty secrets and there might be someone targeting last women standing. One of them’s house is bombed as the other one gets into custody after uneventful confession of a criminal which triggers more trauma! Are all of these vengeful events coincidences? Is Lynnette really getting more insane? Are all of those conspiracies created by her unhealthy imagination? I think I loved each of the women differently. Feckless, flimsy, entertaining Heather, posh, well mannered, recovering alcoholic Marilyn, activist, know it all, furious Julia and of course Lynnette: fighting against her guilt feelings and self flagellation, misfit of the group because she didn’t kill her monsters : she just left them torture her! The realistic violence and true reflections of distorted minds in the book were so blood freezing and impeccably executed! I also enjoyed the movie articles about teen slashers produced based on those women’s real traumas! I loved the author’s tribute to the popular culture references, slasher movies! There are tons of things made me fall hard for this book and I’m telling you: this will probably stay as my best horror/ thriller reads of the year. It was soul shaking, dark, gory, spine tingling, mind spinning adventure! Twists are well played, the riveting action chapters, surprising revelations, survival instincts of the characters with increasing tension were impressively well executed! I LOVED IT SO MUCH! I need more works of the author ASAP! His skillful writing style is addictive! I read it in a half day and now I’ll search for 364 more days to find something as great as this marvelous journey! Millions of thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing For sharing this freaking amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    It’s not often I find myself thinking a book would probably be better as a movie, but here we are. Grady Hendrix’s latest novel, The Final Girl Support Group, takes a cheeky look at the last girls alive at the end of slasher flicks. The central premise being, what if Sally from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” Nancy from “Nightmare on Elm Street” and a handful of other final girls got together regularly for group therapy? Brilliant idea! Okay-ish execution. While Hendrix’s characters are inspired It’s not often I find myself thinking a book would probably be better as a movie, but here we are. Grady Hendrix’s latest novel, The Final Girl Support Group, takes a cheeky look at the last girls alive at the end of slasher flicks. The central premise being, what if Sally from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” Nancy from “Nightmare on Elm Street” and a handful of other final girls got together regularly for group therapy? Brilliant idea! Okay-ish execution. While Hendrix’s characters are inspired by cinematic scream queens, they’re his own creations. Here Sally is Marilyn from Panhandle Meathook and Nancy is Heather from Deadly Dreams. Discerning readers will note that Hendrix’s girls are named after the actors that portrayed their movie counterparts. Marilyn Burns played Sally in Texas Chainsaw, for example. Confused yet? I definitely was at first. It took me awhile to understand the world Hendrix was trying to create, and I honestly still couldn’t tell the characters apart by the end. Their names were a giant blur of multiple syllables, so if they were up on the big screen with actual faces I would have had an easier time. Now let’s talk genre. The Final Girl Support Group is clearly being marketed and shelved as horror, though that doesn’t feel quite right to me since I was never the least bit frightened. The jump scares that are so important to slasher movies didn’t translate to the page. I did enjoy the L.A. setting, plus I do appreciate that this author has built himself a unique niche of horror-inspired thrillers. And the final scene for his final girls? It’s pretty darn killer. My thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for providing an advance copy for review. Blog: https://www.confettibookshelf.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars** The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix's most recent, inventive Horror story, revolves around the idea that final girls are actually real. It proposes that the classic Slasher films we Horror Fans grew up on, and have come to love, are based on the real-life horror stories these women survived. We're talking movies such as Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Leprechaun and Black Christmas. Twenty-two years ago, Lynnette Tarkington, s **4.5-stars** The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix's most recent, inventive Horror story, revolves around the idea that final girls are actually real. It proposes that the classic Slasher films we Horror Fans grew up on, and have come to love, are based on the real-life horror stories these women survived. We're talking movies such as Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Leprechaun and Black Christmas. Twenty-two years ago, Lynnette Tarkington, survived a massacre in her home. She is a real-life final girl. Since that time she has developed some unhealthy habits trying to stay safe. She's a bit paranoid and has trouble letting people in. The only people she trusts are the five other women, and their therapist, in the Final Girls Support Group. This mixed-bag of trauma surivors have been meeting every month for more than a decade. They don't always get along, but they need one another. Their therapist does a fairly good job keeping them on track and seems to really care about their well-being. When one of the women misses group, without explanation, Lynne fears the worst. It turns out, her fears are valid. A monster has come to pick the final girls off one-by-one. Lynne immediately jumps into action. She's been anticipating this for years and has a solid survival plan in place, but will she be the last final girl? I found this story to have a completely unique premise and loved the use of mixed media to build-out the lore behind this particular set of final girls. As I have come to expect with Hendrix's novels, it is also full of his quick wit and dry humor. It's over-the-top, wild plotlines kept me completely engaged. Nostalgia for days! I thought this book was extremely clever. The ending was insanity. So much fun. I am actually thinking about listening to the audiobook this Fall; maybe around Halloween. It's definitely a story I wouldn't mind revisiting!! Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Books, for providing me a copy to read and review. It was one of my most anticipated books of the year and Hendrix didn't disappoint!

  4. 4 out of 5

    ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    Insert Capone's Oh No song from TikTok here...... This was definitely not it. This was more like, me- the actual final girl- trying to survive the massacre that was this book! I'm the one who needs to attend a Final Girl Support Group after reading this, because this was soooo messy and not the good kind. Full review to come on my channel because this was so disappointing and underwhelming :( Sad days. I'm starting to think books as slashers don't really work. 2 STARS Twitter | Bookstagram | Insert Capone's Oh No song from TikTok here...... This was definitely not it. This was more like, me- the actual final girl- trying to survive the massacre that was this book! I'm the one who needs to attend a Final Girl Support Group after reading this, because this was soooo messy and not the good kind. Full review to come on my channel because this was so disappointing and underwhelming :( Sad days. I'm starting to think books as slashers don't really work. 2 STARS Twitter | Bookstagram | Youtube |

  5. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix  To get the most out of this story, it helps to be familiar with the horror slasher films of old, and their many sequels and crossovers, where an unimaginably horrible killer bloodily slaughters just about everybody before the last girl standing finally defeats him. Lynnette Tarkington survived her ordeal twenty two years ago and now attends monthly support group meetings with five other final girl survivors.  Lynnette is not living her best life ever The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix  To get the most out of this story, it helps to be familiar with the horror slasher films of old, and their many sequels and crossovers, where an unimaginably horrible killer bloodily slaughters just about everybody before the last girl standing finally defeats him. Lynnette Tarkington survived her ordeal twenty two years ago and now attends monthly support group meetings with five other final girl survivors.  Lynnette is not living her best life ever after. Every moment of her every day and night consists of her obsessing on not allowing the next monster to reel her in. Nothing about her life is normal and her only real meaningful relationship is with her beloved houseplant, Fine. Without Fine and her monthly support group meetings, Lynnette's life would have no structure.  But now, one of the girls has missed the latest meeting and they soon realize why. Someone is out to end the final girls and everyone is suspect. Lynnette is on the run, possibly running right toward the monster or monsters who want to put an end to the final girls.  Lynette seems to come into her own when she realizes that all their lives are at stake and she has to track down whoever is behind the attempts on the lives of the remaining final girls. During her original ordeal, she was merely a bystander (or hanger...bad joke alert!) and almost doesn't qualify for final girl status. Now she's taking the bull by the horns and really meeting the challenge head on...she will not let the other down. Naturally, in horror slasher movie style, this story is gory, gross, gruesome and way over the top in almost every way but the humor is there, thanks to all the over the top-ness.  Publication: July 13, 2021 Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for this ARC.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mort

    4.5 STARS There is an ancient saying, which roughly translates to: “Fortune will rain down on you if you don’t spit in a camel’s eye.” Now, as a Westerner, it might sound silly, but think about it for a minute…How many billionaires do you know who is known for their camel-eye-spitting? Granted, I don’t know any of them, so there might be some kind of fetish club out there who cater for some, but the optimist in me would like to believe we live in a world where people refrain from spitting in a came 4.5 STARS There is an ancient saying, which roughly translates to: “Fortune will rain down on you if you don’t spit in a camel’s eye.” Now, as a Westerner, it might sound silly, but think about it for a minute…How many billionaires do you know who is known for their camel-eye-spitting? Granted, I don’t know any of them, so there might be some kind of fetish club out there who cater for some, but the optimist in me would like to believe we live in a world where people refrain from spitting in a camel’s eye. I also prefer to not say anything about the camel-fuckers out there…sick bastards who can’t afford sheep… Okay, I just grossed myself out a little...actually, a lot – just for the record, no sheep were harmed or impregnated during the writing of this review. Moving on – there are a lot of ancient sayings that carry profound wisdom, but sometimes it gets lost in translation or just ignored as silly. I personally know a guy who found this out the hard way, when he ignored the Confucius saying: “Man who walks backward through turnstile is going to Bangkok.” I heard, just the other day, about an ancient scroll that was discovered recently and, while there are still some debate about some of the translations, one really spoke to me: “Always wash your hands before you finger your…” wait, sorry, lost it there for a second, it says: “Always wash your hands before you take your finger food.” While the writing is not totally clear on this, and Larry, just for the record, in these times ALL their food was finger food, asshole, so don’t even try me today, okay? Anyway, the arguments will continue, I’m sure, for decades to come. Why is it so unclear? Maybe it has been damaged by weather and erosion, maybe the writer didn’t have a decent handwriting and penmanship, hell, it could be as simple as the guy was a leftie…we will never know. Fine, I’ll make my point, don’t be some damn impatient. What does any of this have to do with the story? Nothing, directly. However, if Grady Hendrix wrote this, you probably would have believed every damn word. Something happens to me when I read one of his books. I have a very critical eye for mistakes, whenever I read something on Kindle I will actually stop and make a note about a missing comma, incorrect spelling or bad structure – in other words, I edit everything as I read it. When it comes to a Hendrix story, he has the magic to take me deep into the story, so much so that I will finish one of his books and not be able to tell you if there were any mistakes in it. I am not saying he is perfect, but I am saying that he is one of the very few authors whose words override this instinct. So, instead of rehashing the blurb, or telling you anything that the hundreds of other reviewers already told – probably better than I can – I will say only this: It was tons and tons of fun, you find yourself hiding your phone somewhere close to your computer screen at work because you don’t want to stop reading. This story is clever and very, very well written. The only reason it loses half a star is because the final showdown felt just a little too Hollywood for me, but I was entertained and surprised in the best possible way. Horror fans, it is a no-brainer, just read this story. My thanks to Grady Hendrix for this ARC – my opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ScrappyMags

    Ugh, kill Em’ all, please. ⏰ 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫: A group of six real-life Final Girls get together monthly for support. A final girl is that last girl in a horror movie who survives but these women survived the real deal. But then final girls start dying, and the horror returns… 💡𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: Oh this was disappointing. One of those books I don’t understand the high ratings. My issue started with this whole final girl premise - I understand this trope in movies, but in real life? I couldn’t name a Ugh, kill Em’ all, please. ⏰ 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫: A group of six real-life Final Girls get together monthly for support. A final girl is that last girl in a horror movie who survives but these women survived the real deal. But then final girls start dying, and the horror returns… 💡𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: Oh this was disappointing. One of those books I don’t understand the high ratings. My issue started with this whole final girl premise - I understand this trope in movies, but in real life? I couldn’t name a single final girl. Unless there’s some weird dark web thing around this the premise doesn’t pass muster - who knows any REAL final girls? Can you name one? Do they have infamy where weirdos stalk them regularly (and aren’t there laws against that?) It wasn’t plausible in ANY way - first that these girls exist. Most serial killers IRL aren’t discovered by a “final girl” or killed by one. Then the fact that 6 of them all live in Los Angeles? Uhhh… not plausible. From there my issue was with our protagonist who basically runs around town like a chicken with her head cut off (figuratively, not literally), accusing person after person and failing and flailing. I understood her mental health and OCD tendencies from surviving a horrible attack, but since the book did t focus on that she came across as just stupid. This book had such potential but just didn’t deliver for me. The writing is shambolic - so much that I often had to review what I just read, with flashbacks and flash forwards, it’s important to give the reader context and it seemed disorganized and unconnected in places. Scattered. Toward the end, I basically kind of hoped they ALL died. 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆𝗠𝗮𝗴𝘀.𝗰𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. 📚𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: Mystery 😍𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨: If you “light” read and suspend a lot of disbelief. 🙅‍♀️ 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨: Anyone like me who can’t handle lack of realism. Thank you to the author, NetGalley and Berkeley Publishing for my advanced copy in exchange for my always-honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    I wanted to love this sooooo badly but this book just wasn’t for me 😭😭😭

  9. 4 out of 5

    karen

    Curiosity was the faceless monster that stuck a pitchfork through the cat. i tore through this book so quickly that, although i had a good time reading it, it's already starting to vanish outta my brain: in the real world, slumber parties, homecoming dances, and summer camps are not typically plagued by single-minded spree-killers who are themselves eventually killed by plucky heroines, earning them "final girl" status. entering into the world of this book, you have to accept that the final girl s Curiosity was the faceless monster that stuck a pitchfork through the cat. i tore through this book so quickly that, although i had a good time reading it, it's already starting to vanish outta my brain: in the real world, slumber parties, homecoming dances, and summer camps are not typically plagued by single-minded spree-killers who are themselves eventually killed by plucky heroines, earning them "final girl" status. entering into the world of this book, you have to accept that the final girl scenario occurs with some regularity and slasher movies are more or less documentaries of these crimes. but back in our world, a world where the book Final Girls already exists, do we neeeed another version of the same story—a murder mystery about someone systematically tracking down and killing these final girl survivors? i love grady hendrix enough to say YES without hesitation, but to be honest, i'm already mixing the two books up in my head. i guess it's a good thing i haven't yet read The Last Final Girl. i thought that the idea of a support group for these survivors of horrific crimes was a promising concept, because we rarely get psychological closure from slasher films—to see the toll that must naturally follow once the shock and adrenaline wears off and the triumph of conquering one's adversary fades beneath the reality of having watched friends die, having faced one's own death and having taken a life—an altogether different shade of horror. i thought this book would have the same kind of vibe as seanan mcguire's wayward children series, where individuals who'd gotten to live, briefly, in magical fantasy worlds became depressed and pissed off after returning to the drab real world, but it's not really about the support group, although it is very much about living with a traumatic past, and how trauma can make someone paranoid and terrified of normal life, or a complete badass, or both of these things at once. If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then reliable handguns with a lot of stopping power are a final girl's. hendrix always delivers these stylish and high-concept horror stories, and i really appreciate his referential flourishes and his design sensibilities, from the ephemera meta-materials sprinkled throughout the novel to how he frames his acknowledgment pages. this one seemed less inventive than some of his other books, but if i hadn't already read Final Girls, i probably would have enjoyed it more. i'm rounding a 3.5 to a 4 for prior good deeds and i'm hoping his next one, whenever and whatever it is, blows my mind. ******************************************* i was going to wait until spooktober to read this, but instead it was a five-hour distraction from this terrible heat and i'm okay with that. come to my blog!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    A final girl is the sole survivor of a horror movie... the one who fought back, AGAIN and AGAIN defeating the killer, to be left standing, bloodied and bruised, but ALIVE, as the credits roll. One problem…I never liked slasher movies like Friday the 13th, Chucky or Scream. Too gory, too silly, too OVER THE TOP. So, WHY did I read this when I was invited to? Simple. I LOVED ❤️ the author’s previous book-“The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires”!! So, I had to give it a try! https://www.go A final girl is the sole survivor of a horror movie... the one who fought back, AGAIN and AGAIN defeating the killer, to be left standing, bloodied and bruised, but ALIVE, as the credits roll. One problem…I never liked slasher movies like Friday the 13th, Chucky or Scream. Too gory, too silly, too OVER THE TOP. So, WHY did I read this when I was invited to? Simple. I LOVED ❤️ the author’s previous book-“The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires”!! So, I had to give it a try! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Unfortunately, although this book pokes fun at these movies, it lacks the HUMOR and LOVABLE characters of the other. I did not feel like I really got to know the FINAL GIRLS, and although they meet the first Thursday of every month with their therapist, I didn’t feel the same camaraderie as in the book I mentioned- Not even when Lynnette Tarkington, one of the survivors, realizes that the members of the group have become targets for a new deranged killer, and she makes it her mission to save them. Perhaps it is because we mostly got to know the others through pictures of excerpts of police transcripts, newspaper articles and emails, and on my KINDLE the font was too small and too dark to read most of them. I may have missed out on some of the story because of this...and my lack of knowledge regarding the Classic Slasher films! Therefore if you are like me, I recommend you get this one in BOOK format over digital for that reason-if this is a book on your Must read list! This book is gory, silly and OTT-just like the slasher movies-as it is meant to be! But, this time, my lack of enthusiasm for those movies, did translate to my lack of enjoyment of the book! I am just not the right reader THIS time, though true fans of the pop culture of slasher films, should enjoy this a lot more! Thank You to Elisha at Berkley for providing a gifted copy through NetGalley. It was my pleasure to offer a candid review! NOW AVAILABLE!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    Any fan of slasher films will know what a final girl is. She’s the nice, sane one who escapes harm for most of the film while her friends and/or family are butchered, only to have a confrontation with the killer at the end. She will be the only survivor of the massacre...unless the killer comes back from the dead over and over in an endless amount of sequels. The Final Girl Support Group is a...well, it’s just like it sounds: A support group for Final Girls, a group of women in L.A. who have all Any fan of slasher films will know what a final girl is. She’s the nice, sane one who escapes harm for most of the film while her friends and/or family are butchered, only to have a confrontation with the killer at the end. She will be the only survivor of the massacre...unless the killer comes back from the dead over and over in an endless amount of sequels. The Final Girl Support Group is a...well, it’s just like it sounds: A support group for Final Girls, a group of women in L.A. who have all survived horrible attacks, their tragedies having been turned into movie series offers (and countless sequels). They meet with a therapist on a monthly basis to discuss the trauma that they still face after years and years of sessions. The monthly sessions seem to have run their course. However, after one of the women doesn’t show up, Final Girl Lynnette Tarkington has a bad feeling. Turns out she is right to worry. It seems as though someone knows about the group’s therapy sessions, and wants to kill them all. What proceeds is an often silly and unrealistic journey as Lynnette does crazy thing after crazy thing to try and save herself and the other final girls. Some of it is amusing, and I even chuckled a few times, but other parts were too absurd for me to buy into. As a fan of some of the 70’s and 80’s slasher classics, what I wholeheartedly appreciate is how author Grady Hendrix paid homage to those films. Several winks are give to the reader. A few examples: Heather is a final girl that inspired the Dream King/Deadly Dreams series (like Heather Langenkamp’s character, Nancy Thomas, in “A Nightmare on Elm Street”). Adrienne worked as a camp counselor at Camp Red Lake (like Adrienne King’s character, Alice, who worked at Camp Crystal Lake in “Friday the 13th”). The chapter titles are also a fun and clever nod to these films. Examples include: The Final Girl Support Group 3-D, The Final Girl Support Group’s New Nightmare, and my favorite... The Final Girl Support Group XXI: The Final Chapter II. The final confrontation is a bit long-winded, which also sometimes happens in these slasher movies. I think plenty of classic slasher/horror fans will gobble this book up, so I definitely suggest they read other reviews and check it out, even if I personally found it to be much more OTT and unrealistic than I expected. I still found it entertaining enough at the end of the day. ⚠️ Not for the squeamish. 🩸🔪🪝 Thank you to Elisha at Berkley for sending me a widget of the ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The book will be published on: 7/13/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "Men don't have to pay attention the way we do. men die because they make mistakes. Women? We die because we're female." I'll give him this: Grady Hendrix knows how to write a compelling tale. I've read most of his books (with the exception of still needing to conquer We Sold Our Souls), and each one seems to contain a message about society that gives me pause to ponder. The Final Girl Support Group definitely covers female identity and the double standards given between men and women, even still "Men don't have to pay attention the way we do. men die because they make mistakes. Women? We die because we're female." I'll give him this: Grady Hendrix knows how to write a compelling tale. I've read most of his books (with the exception of still needing to conquer We Sold Our Souls), and each one seems to contain a message about society that gives me pause to ponder. The Final Girl Support Group definitely covers female identity and the double standards given between men and women, even still today. While timely, I don't think the message was as strong as some of his previous novels, due to the convoluted nature of the story and the watered down characters. My 3 star rating aside, this is totally a binge-worthy book. I quite literally had a hard time putting it down, as there wasn't a dull moment from start to finish. The first 10% of the book sets the tone and background, and from there it's a race to the finish line, and seeing who will make it out of the book alive. The pacing is so on point, that I would recommend it to anyone needing a book that will jump start your reading again after a slump. That is, if you can stomach the gory content... I'm not squeamish when it comes to violence and gore in novels, so I sometimes struggle with providing accurate trigger warnings for readers who may be more sensitive to this type of content than I am, but this one is easy. If you have ANY type of triggers involving violence, murder, and gore, please think long and hard before you dive into this one. Obviously the title and synopsis give a heads up to the type of content within the pages, but there are also a few instances of animal abuse discussed vaguely, nothing on page in present time or detail though. Basically, if you're a fan of the old school slasher movies from the 70's, 80's, and 90's, proceed as you were. Which brings me to one of my considerations: each final girl in this story is based off of one of the old school movies, and nothing from these storylines is really altered. Dani is Halloween, Marilyn is Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Julia is the Scream franchise, Heather seems tied to Midnight on Elm Street (I found her storyline incredibly clever), and Adrienne is Friday the 13th. While I love the nostalgic feel brought to revisiting these tales and finding a way to attach new characters to them, I just wish they had been revamped a little bit to make it feel like there was more to the narrative than copying and pasting other people's stories and changing the names of the final girls. Either way, it's just a personal gripe and wholly opinion based critique. I did find myself disappointed that the prologue basically hands you the identity of one of the people involved in "things", but I did find there were still a few twists along the way that caught me by surprise. While not my favorite Grady Hendrix novel, still a compulsive read that gave me all kinds of final girls nostalgia. Also, I will take Dani's advice of "One is none, and two is one" with me for the rest of my life. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    Are you a fan of the old slasher movies? Did you find yourself screaming at the teenagers not to go into the basement? The movies where there would be one lone girl who survived the massacre by killing the deranged monster. She is what’s referred to as a Final Girl. This is their story! Lynette is a final girl. Though some others have a hard time calling her that since she never actually killed her monster. But she is part of the support group with five other Final Girls. Though it seems that th Are you a fan of the old slasher movies? Did you find yourself screaming at the teenagers not to go into the basement? The movies where there would be one lone girl who survived the massacre by killing the deranged monster. She is what’s referred to as a Final Girl. This is their story! Lynette is a final girl. Though some others have a hard time calling her that since she never actually killed her monster. But she is part of the support group with five other Final Girls. Though it seems that the ties that bind are quickly fraying. These women can never seem to completely move forward as there is always some fan who wants their moment of fame by bringing the past to life. Could one of these deranged Final Girl Buff’s now be hunting the remaining girls? Is Lynette the only one who believes they are in danger? Can she save her fellow survivors before it’s too late? It’s difficult to put in words how I felt about this book. I thought the writing was great and it held my attention and kept me wanting to know how it all turned out. So perhaps it was the subject matter itself. I was a fan of these movies when I was younger. But maybe not so much anymore.🤷🏻‍♀️. I do like my thrillers dark, but this seemed especially dark and somewhat gruesome as the massacres were detailed. This was my first read by this author, and I am definitely interested to see what he comes up with next. A buddy read with Susanne! Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing via NetGalley for an ARC to read and review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Horror Thriller. This is a fast pace book that is full of twists and turns and suspense. I cannot say much about this book without giving something away. This book is all about a support group of girls where all the girls/women in the group as survived something really bad. This book is told by one of the girls in the group. This book kept me guessing and not knowing. I really enjoyed this book, and the wild ride it took me on. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publis This is a Horror Thriller. This is a fast pace book that is full of twists and turns and suspense. I cannot say much about this book without giving something away. This book is all about a support group of girls where all the girls/women in the group as survived something really bad. This book is told by one of the girls in the group. This book kept me guessing and not knowing. I really enjoyed this book, and the wild ride it took me on. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Berkley Books) or author (Grady Hendrix) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    Another crazy and entertaining book from Grady Hendrix!! 3.5 stars from me! The Final Girl Support Group is like a love letter to 80’s and 90’s slasher films. If you’re not a fan of those types of movies like Halloween, Scream, or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you might not connect with this book as I did. It’s pedal to the metal with gore, tension and batshit crazy. Some of the murder scenes that our final girls go through could be a bit much for readers who struggle with brutality in books. This book was Another crazy and entertaining book from Grady Hendrix!! 3.5 stars from me! The Final Girl Support Group is like a love letter to 80’s and 90’s slasher films. If you’re not a fan of those types of movies like Halloween, Scream, or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you might not connect with this book as I did. It’s pedal to the metal with gore, tension and batshit crazy. Some of the murder scenes that our final girls go through could be a bit much for readers who struggle with brutality in books. This book was unrelenting, and I couldn’t put the book down. Sure, there were moments in the book that were ridiculous and unbelievable… BUT… The book is an example of a slasher film like Freddy Kreuger with his Where’s Waldo? shirt and Edward Scissorhands hand. I mean, come on. You can’t take this book that seriously, kind of like our favorite dream killer. The final showdown was a crazy romp of insanity and action. Overall, there’s two things that could have been better for me: ✔️ I would have liked at least one of the main characters. I didn’t connect with anyone. ✔️ I missed his dark humor in this new book. That’s what makes me love his books and you don’t get much in this. I did like the conclusion of who was killing and stalking the final girls. It made some sense when it’s reveled, and I could see all the details from the beginning after finding out who’s the killer. I still think there’s a few things that seemed a bit ridiculous on the ending, but this is a slasher book. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣😂 And in my opinion which could be highly unpopular but I don’t care, this book is better then Final Girls by Riley Sager.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Lynette Tarkington is a ‘final girl’, the one who survives a massacre, a bloodbath. She meets five other final girls with shocking backstories for group therapy with Dr Carol Elliott and when one of them fails to turn up and then proves to be dead, Lynette realises ‘they're coming for them’, one by one as history repeats itself. Well, given that slasher movies are the central premise you know what you’re going to get! I thought I may have to read this with my eyes closed (yep, that’ll work!) and Lynette Tarkington is a ‘final girl’, the one who survives a massacre, a bloodbath. She meets five other final girls with shocking backstories for group therapy with Dr Carol Elliott and when one of them fails to turn up and then proves to be dead, Lynette realises ‘they're coming for them’, one by one as history repeats itself. Well, given that slasher movies are the central premise you know what you’re going to get! I thought I may have to read this with my eyes closed (yep, that’ll work!) and from behind the safety of a mental sofa but no! Yes, your jaw drops and I’m not going to pretend it’s pretty in places because it’s so not but I can’t say I find it especially horrifying or terrifying but perhaps I’m not meant to! This is because it’s so over the top in places and the action, especially in the dramatic conclusion, is so far fetched I can’t take it particularly seriously! There are certainly some very movie worthy scenes that’s for sure. I like Lynette as a central character, the portrayal of her living with the fear and heightened survival skills is very good and I particularly like that the author creates tough survivor women and not victims. The dangers they’re in builds well and there are some good twists and turns in the storytelling as you try to work out who is picking them off and why. The plot does drift into the utterly weird and total lunacy at times with Creepy/Crazy Chrissy and her collection of souvenirs being a case in point. For the most part the pace is fast but there are occasions where there is over detail or too much expectation which halts the flow. There are a lot of characters to get your head around but you get there in the end. Overall, if you like your novels dark and gritty and don’t mind some violence and gore then this may fit the bill! If you’re a fan of slasher movies then this is certainly up your alley as it’s a pastiche or homage to the genre and probably a bit tongue in cheek. With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Titan Books for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    Neve says don’t disappoint us, Grady. This has been a year of first reads by an author for me, so of course I was glad to finally begin my first by Grady Hendrix novel. But despite my lack of first-hand experience, the stories by Mr. Hendrix have reputations that precede them. From a haunted IKEA (Horrorstör) to a vampire-hunting book club (The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires) to demon-possessed teenagers (My Best Friend's Exorcism), going into The Final Girl Support Group I was ex Neve says don’t disappoint us, Grady. This has been a year of first reads by an author for me, so of course I was glad to finally begin my first by Grady Hendrix novel. But despite my lack of first-hand experience, the stories by Mr. Hendrix have reputations that precede them. From a haunted IKEA (Horrorstör) to a vampire-hunting book club (The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires) to demon-possessed teenagers (My Best Friend's Exorcism), going into The Final Girl Support Group I was expecting a level of, well, batshit-edness to accompany the story. And in that sense I can’t say I was wrong at all. You don’t get more unreliable of a narrator than Lynette Tarkington, and that’s for good reason. Every character in this group of women, the titular Final Girl Support Group, is dealing with immense trauma even decades after their lives were last in danger. Lynette watched her family and boyfriend die violent deaths as a teenager and has coped by trying to control every detail of her life to prevent herself from ever feeling that helpless and vulnerable again. She barely leaves her house, and when she does follows a neurotic routine meant to throw would-be assassins off her trail. After years and years, all the women in the group are into the middle of their lives, but Lynette is the one who most openly wears her inability to move beyond her past on her sleeve. But just like that…..things start to go wrong. The Final Girls are being picked off. From arrests to deaths and other means of incapacitation, what Lynette believes more than anything is someone is trying to take them out. As she goes on the run, she’ll have to track down both old friends and enemies, revisit suppressed pain and hopefully be able to save the people she cares about this time around. I think my biggest complaint with this book is that I got lost a few too many times while reading it. I would have to go back and either re-read or rewind the audiobook in order to make sure I didn’t miss something big. Especially in the beginning, a lot of the exposition felt jumpy, and I’m still not convinced I caught everything I was supposed to. I guess this may have been a creative decision to reflect Lynette’s scattered state of mind, but for me it just felt too disorganized to be an effective means of storytelling. Between chapters there was usually some kind of medical report or advertisement for any of the movie franchises the Final Girls took part in in the aftermath of their assaults. I thought this was a really clever way to relay information to the reader, giving us useful background not just on the events that led each of the women to this point, but the culture of the time they lived in. Like a lot of the media we consume, both fictional and real, there’s a societal fascination with deranged murderers and their unsuspecting female victims. The author offers us not commentary on this phenomena, but reflects our own fixations back at us, leaving the audience to decide their own complicity for themselves. Obviously I can’t compare this to his other works, but what’s clear in this absolutely insane story is that Hendrix is an old hand at horror and slasher films. He knows the tropes well enough to play into them or against them on whim, and for the most part I think he’s successful in executing some of the biggest twists of the book. A few of the characters later on (view spoiler)[Garrett, Chrissy & her pet monster Keith (hide spoiler)] felt like curveballs that weren’t properly explored. But overall I thought this was a really brilliant concept that could have used some more fine-tuning in the execution. Thanks to Kristen & Janine for picking this book for their Not Yo Mama’s Book Club in July! **For more book talk & reviews, follow me on Instagram at @elle_mentbooks!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Review also posted on the Blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Complete Insanity! Women who’ve Survived the Unthinkable Only to Face it All Over Again. They are “The Final Girl Support Group” and they meet in secret. They have always thought they were the toughest, most bada$$ women out there. Turns out they were wrong. That’s right: These women survived massacres and are now known as “Final Girls.” Once again, they are being hunted down and killed and this time there’s no stopping whoev Review also posted on the Blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Complete Insanity! Women who’ve Survived the Unthinkable Only to Face it All Over Again. They are “The Final Girl Support Group” and they meet in secret. They have always thought they were the toughest, most bada$$ women out there. Turns out they were wrong. That’s right: These women survived massacres and are now known as “Final Girls.” Once again, they are being hunted down and killed and this time there’s no stopping whoever is responsible, as the culprit wants every last one of them wiped out. Folks, let me just say that this book is Bat-Sh&t Crazy. And I’m talking Completely Crazy with a side of Tartar Sauce. Throw in some Mayonnaise and a Cat-Fight and I would have run screaming. What started as intriguing and wildly entertaining, bordered on somewhat ridiculous as the book went on, and soon became a little too much for me to handle. For me, this book was kind of like Thanksgiving Dinner. Wholly enjoyable at first until you eat too much and then it’s simply too much. If you like Totally Convoluted, Completely Bat-Sh&t Crazy Storylines, this book is Most Definitely for You! 3.5 Stars A buddy read with Kaceey that left us both reeling. Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley for the arc. Published on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peter Topside

    I think the premise here was killer (Pun intended), but was a mediocre outing. The writing quality itself was fine and left me indifferent, but it was the way that the story was told that soured me a bit. This is a thriller, not a horror story, despite appearing as such. The final girls from most of the classic horror films are present, but have been changed enough to not infringe on any copyrights. The problem here was that I found myself very confused, quite often, trying to figure out who was I think the premise here was killer (Pun intended), but was a mediocre outing. The writing quality itself was fine and left me indifferent, but it was the way that the story was told that soured me a bit. This is a thriller, not a horror story, despite appearing as such. The final girls from most of the classic horror films are present, but have been changed enough to not infringe on any copyrights. The problem here was that I found myself very confused, quite often, trying to figure out who was supposed to be what horror character for the first portion of the story. The author waited for way too long to detail their backgrounds, which was a big mistake, and opted to just jump right into present day. I thought the last third of the book was the best part, with a strong, clear and definitive conclusion. The rocky road to get to that point was not great though. There are many twists and turns, fans of thrillers and mysteries will enjoy the ride here, but horror fans may want to put this on the back burner, especially with the very high price that the book costs. But I hate dwelling on so many negatives. You can tell the author put a lot of thought and consideration in his unique work, and had fun putting it all together, which is why I’m giving this a 4/5.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    2.5 stars. After the stellar Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, it's tempting to call this a real disappointment. Though as I've been thinking about it, I find myself shifting that narrative around and instead saying SBCGTSV was a standout for Hendrix and this is mostly a return to form. Despite being a horror lover, I passed on Hendrix's WE SOLD OUR SOULS because after his two previous novels I felt like I got it. He's great on premise and has some real fun with the genre. But I wa 2.5 stars. After the stellar Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, it's tempting to call this a real disappointment. Though as I've been thinking about it, I find myself shifting that narrative around and instead saying SBCGTSV was a standout for Hendrix and this is mostly a return to form. Despite being a horror lover, I passed on Hendrix's WE SOLD OUR SOULS because after his two previous novels I felt like I got it. He's great on premise and has some real fun with the genre. But I was feeling frustrated by the lack of character development, by these books that made me feel like they should just be a movie instead. And that's what we're back to here. This is Hendrix's highest concept yet and it is not the easiest to pull off. In a way this is an entirely speculative universe, one where the slasher movies of the 80's were all based on true stories. That's not one but two pretty big steps away from reality and when you stop to think about it for a while, it's really weird. It means that the superfans of slasher movies are also superfans of actual crimes. It gets very muddy very fast in terms of what all this means and while he plays with the repercussions of it sometimes, it ends up being just a device for the plot rather than a way to explore what horror fandom is. Our protagonist is Lynnette, who for various reasons that will be revealed over the book, sees herself as not a "real" final girl, even though she has also based her entire life around it. She has no friends, no connections, no job (I think?), and lives every single minute with the expectation that someone is about to kill her. The only people she interacts with are the other Final Girls and their therapist at group. As you can imagine, this kind of trauma takes a real toll on people. Especially since this isn't garden variety trauma but trauma where someone killed all your friends/family and then comes back at least once to do it all again. But it's also been a couple of decades since this happened and it's unclear whether the group is really helpful. It's unclear how someone like Lynnette would actually function in the world, but the book is not concerned about that, it just needs her to be this obsessive because it will fuel the plot. And that is how basically everything goes. Lynnette is a machine. A protect and run machine. And she runs with such certainty from one sequence to the next, even though each sequence ends with all her assumptions being proved entirely wrong. She never seems to fully consider that since this has not worked out so well the several previous times she's tried it maybe she should take another approach. Because, well, the book requires her to move like a shark, never stopping, never pausing, always running. This gets old, but the cycle just keeps repeating. The sequences are very heavy on action, which is typical of much of Hendrix's pre-SBCGTSV work. And ultimately we do not have much character development here. The characters are broadly drawn, but there is not much subtlety or much useful internal thought. There is a lot to learn about this universe and it is not the easiest to pick up. By halfway through the book I finally had a handle on who each of the final girls was, though I still couldn't connect them back to their various origin stories. There were so many names of killers thrown around and I couldn't remember which was which. It really could have used one of those character description pages some books have outlining it for us. Besides the way it is all about slasher movies and acts of mass violence and fandom without ever really interrogating any of these things, the thing that bothered me most that I suspect will be an issue for some readers (especially who are not horror regulars but were inducted by SBCGTSV) is the use of "crazy," "psycho," and other terms. In this book, killers are crazy. That is why they are killers. The book seems to understand that mental health is a thing, as many would suspect Lynnette herself has a few possible diagnoses like Anxiety, OCD, or even some other neurodivergent possibilities, but there is a line where after all of that it is just crazy. And the term is thrown around quite often. It's really weird, honestly, for a book based on group therapy and mental health to have so much of it live in a kind of imaginary world where "crazy" people are walking around just waiting for the trigger that will turn them into mass murderers with bizarrely creative ways to kill people. I know that for horror a lot of content warnings, particularly around violence, are assumed. But this is one that I put in a different bucket and I think it's worth stating. (There's also a point where I couldn't tell if someone was talking about how they were about to kill a woman or about to rape her.) I read a whole lot of horror last year, plenty good and plenty bad. And I've been watching horror movies more, too. There is a lot I love about the genre, but I saw basically none of that here. Too serious to be fun but too fun to be serious, tonally it's a weird one. And while I think there's a lot to dive into with the topics, I didn't see anything here that made me look at any of it in a new way or dive into the parts of it I most enjoy. It bites off more than it can chew and if you're a horror person, the twists become pretty easy to see coming once you get into the story. While in previous books like Horrorstor or My Best Friend's Exorcism I would happily watch the movie version, I don't think a movie of this would be all that fun.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    4.5 stars -- I think this book confirms that whatever Grady Hendrix is selling, I'm apparently buying it, because while most of this plot doesn't hold up to much scrutiny, I was 1000% down for the ride. Could not put this down and had all of the serial killer slasher movie references you could want. I love his cheeky humor (my favorite was the slasher called Gnomecoming) and I enjoyed the way we saw different ways that "final girls" might react to the trauma they went through. Much like in THE S 4.5 stars -- I think this book confirms that whatever Grady Hendrix is selling, I'm apparently buying it, because while most of this plot doesn't hold up to much scrutiny, I was 1000% down for the ride. Could not put this down and had all of the serial killer slasher movie references you could want. I love his cheeky humor (my favorite was the slasher called Gnomecoming) and I enjoyed the way we saw different ways that "final girls" might react to the trauma they went through. Much like in THE SOUTHERN BOOKCLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES, I appreciated that our main character was believably flawed and I liked the complicated relationships that she had with all the other women in the group. All in all, this was a big page turner for me and I think if you can let the improbabilities slide, it's a crowd pleaser

  22. 5 out of 5

    myo (myonna reads)

    as a slasher film enthusiast this was really fun, i liked that each character had a final girl story that was basically a classic slasher girl film but just a bit more realistic. i think the only thing was that the story felt a little long around the 60%-70% mark and a lot of that chunk could be taken out because it felt really long and i just feel like a lot of it wasn’t needed. this book was super fun tho like i said, i have to go back and read his book from last year and i definitely can’t wa as a slasher film enthusiast this was really fun, i liked that each character had a final girl story that was basically a classic slasher girl film but just a bit more realistic. i think the only thing was that the story felt a little long around the 60%-70% mark and a lot of that chunk could be taken out because it felt really long and i just feel like a lot of it wasn’t needed. this book was super fun tho like i said, i have to go back and read his book from last year and i definitely can’t wait to see what he does this year

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    I fluctuated between being interested.. to mildly interested .. to bored .. to a twisty “oh, okayyyy ?/!?ending” .. to .. “Ok, that’s over!”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    super duper excited for this but hoping that it doesn't read too similar to final girls by riley sager super duper excited for this but hoping that it doesn't read too similar to final girls by riley sager

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    This was quite the ride! In addition to being a fan of thriller books, I'm also a big fan of horror movies. To have the two combined sounded perfect for me! That said, I felt like the execution of The Final Girl Support Group was a little off. The premise sounded awesome - Final Girls (traditionally the last surviving girl at the end of a horror movie, or in this case, at the end of a real life mass murder) get together for therapy, but start being attacked again. What I struggled with was the f This was quite the ride! In addition to being a fan of thriller books, I'm also a big fan of horror movies. To have the two combined sounded perfect for me! That said, I felt like the execution of The Final Girl Support Group was a little off. The premise sounded awesome - Final Girls (traditionally the last surviving girl at the end of a horror movie, or in this case, at the end of a real life mass murder) get together for therapy, but start being attacked again. What I struggled with was the fact that there was SO MUCH happening. It felt like the climax of the book was at 40% in, then 50%, and so on...there was never a lull in the action to give the reader time to breathe or think about what's happening or what might happen next. While that did lend for a binge-able read, it made the book feel more over the top and campy than truly scary. It was hard to feel the suspense when the action was non-stop if this made sense. Fans of classic slasher movies may pick up on the fact that the characters names in the book are based off of actresses who played in slasher movies similar to the book character's own story (for example, in the book, a character named 'Adrienne' worked at Camp Red Lake, very similar to Camp Crystal Lake that movie Alice worked at in Friday the 13th - the character of Alice was played by actress Adrienne King in the movie). That was a super cool touch, and I loved that element! If you liked the CW show Scream Queens, you'd probably enjoy this book! It's very campy, over the top, and you'll likely need to suspend disbelief for this one. I will say that despite the long-drawn out ending, I did enjoy the reveal when all of the pieces of the puzzle fell in place. This was the first book I've read by Grady Hendrix, and I've been meaning to read some of Hendrix's other work, so I'll be eager to pick those up! I'd like to thank Berkley for my copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.5 Stars Video Review: https://youtu.be/d0t2gC8OXy0 If you are already a fan of Grady Hendrix, then you won't be disappointed by his latest novel. This one has all the hallmark features of a classic Hendrix horror story. A good solid novel that I liked, but could not quite love. Hendrix is clearly aware of the tropes of the slasher genre and plays into them in a way that feels fresh and fun. I enjoyed the backstories to the final girls which were all clearly inspired by classic slasher movies like 3.5 Stars Video Review: https://youtu.be/d0t2gC8OXy0 If you are already a fan of Grady Hendrix, then you won't be disappointed by his latest novel. This one has all the hallmark features of a classic Hendrix horror story. A good solid novel that I liked, but could not quite love. Hendrix is clearly aware of the tropes of the slasher genre and plays into them in a way that feels fresh and fun. I enjoyed the backstories to the final girls which were all clearly inspired by classic slasher movies like Scream & Halloween.  In this novel, he turns those paradigms on their head in this fiercely feminist story, depicting both the strength and vulnerability of these victims. Like in his previous books, Hendrix once again demonstrated that male authors are perfectly capable of creating well developed, fully fleshed out female characters. The main character reminded me a lot of Laurie Strode as she was portrayed later in life in the Halloween sequel. Despite getting older, this final girl stayed strong and vigilant against the possibility of an attack that could come at any time. For reasons I have never quite been able to articulate, I always like and appreciate Hendrix's stories but something always holds me back from fully loving them. This is sadly the case again. I just did not fully connect to the characters or plot, depsite loving the slasher subgenre. I have no technical criticisms of this novel, but I just can't give it full stars based on my reading enjoyment and experience.  Needless to say, if you love Hendrix's other books then you will definitely enjoy this one. If you are new to his work this is a fine place to start and very representative of the rest of his work.  Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars The latest book from horror master Grady Hendrix, The Final Girl Support Group , wasn't quite the horror novel I was expecting, and that’s totally okay with me!! First things first: if you have any trigger, be it graphic violence, murder, sexual assault, mentions of animal cruelty, etc.—this book probably has it, so be aware of that if you choose to read it. “None of us have to be defined by the worst thing that ever happened to her. Unfortunately, those things have a bad habit of comi 3.5 stars The latest book from horror master Grady Hendrix, The Final Girl Support Group , wasn't quite the horror novel I was expecting, and that’s totally okay with me!! First things first: if you have any trigger, be it graphic violence, murder, sexual assault, mentions of animal cruelty, etc.—this book probably has it, so be aware of that if you choose to read it. “None of us have to be defined by the worst thing that ever happened to her. Unfortunately, those things have a bad habit of coming back and trying to kill us again. After a while, you start to realize that your life isn’t the thing that happens between the monsters, your life is the monsters.” They’re the final girls—the ones left standing after the murderer is taken down. For more than a decade a group of them have been meeting secretly to provide each other support. While these meetings have meant a lot through the years, they’ve become a nuisance to some, which dismays Lynnette, for whom the group is the only contact she has with the outside world. But when one of their own is murdered and related events occur, Lynnette realizes the paranoia she has had for years about someone trying to kill them hasn’t been as crazy as the rest of them thought. It’s up to her to figure out who’s behind this lashing out at the final girls before none are left standing after the second go-round. Hendrix pays homage to the horror movies of the 80s and 90s with some fun touches (each of the chapter titles is a spoof on a horror movie title). There are also some surprising notes of emotion sprinkled throughout. The thing is, though, for a book about a support group, there wasn’t a lot of time where the whole group was together, and that would’ve been cool. There also was a lot more telling than showing—I equate that to superhero movies when the villain has an overlong monologue about why they’ve wanted to destroy the world for so long. I read this with my friend Louis, who was worried it would be too gruesome for me (I’m delicate that way), but in the end I think I liked it more than he did. It was a good read but I wanted more. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*

    I now have book. Must read book! Sorry Grady, ordinarily I would be a day one buyer but travel/moving has thrown off my book life. COVER REVEALED. Embiggened for your viewing pleasure: Since several pre-reviews are all, "Like Riley Sager's Final Girls?" I read Riley Sager's Final Girls, so I will be able to definitively say that Grady's book is nothing like it. I never had any doubt; This is the man who read countless horror paperbacks for Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s H I now have book. Must read book! Sorry Grady, ordinarily I would be a day one buyer but travel/moving has thrown off my book life. COVER REVEALED. Embiggened for your viewing pleasure: Since several pre-reviews are all, "Like Riley Sager's Final Girls?" I read Riley Sager's Final Girls, so I will be able to definitively say that Grady's book is nothing like it. I never had any doubt; This is the man who read countless horror paperbacks for Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction, who read basically every vampire book in existence AND researched centuries-old worldwide accounts of vampires (as told in his podcast) AND read every popular 90's book club pick in preparation for writing The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires. Does anyone think he would not extensively immerse himself in the topic of this book, read everything ever written on it and watch every slasher movie in existence? We can safely expect Grady's take to be wholly original and display a deep appreciation for the source material and its place in our cultural history. Yes, I'm a fan. *********************** Eight months until the book is released and it is already optioned as a screen series: https://deadline.com/2020/11/final-gi... Go, Grady! I hope at least some of the many projects in development based on his books come to fruition.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    The rest of us are survivors. You were always just a victim. Adrienne was a counselor at Camp Red Lake when nine of her friends were murdered . . . . . Julia’s killer was the Ghost – who turned out to be her boyfriend . . . . Back in the ‘80s Dani’s older brother hurt their babysitter one night . . . . Marilyn’s past had a lot to do with straight razors and being forced to wear a leather suit made out of human skin . . . . . Heather had a run-in with the Dream King . . . . The rest of us are survivors. You were always just a victim. Adrienne was a counselor at Camp Red Lake when nine of her friends were murdered . . . . . Julia’s killer was the Ghost – who turned out to be her boyfriend . . . . Back in the ‘80s Dani’s older brother hurt their babysitter one night . . . . Marilyn’s past had a lot to do with straight razors and being forced to wear a leather suit made out of human skin . . . . . Heather had a run-in with the Dream King . . . . And Lynette???? Well, let’s just say she was on the naughty list . . . . They thought their nightmarish pasts were behind them, but now . . . . Someone’s coming for final girls. I arrived just a little late to the Grady Hendrix party having skipped Paperbacks From Hell entirely, not feeling Horrorstör much at all and kinda halfway wrongreading My Best Friend's Exorcism as well. But then I found the best book club of all book clubs which was The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires and I knew I was going to fall all over myself for whatever Hendrix came up with next. I am so happy to report this did not disappoint. So much stabby shooty bloody good timey fun . . . . . Many thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for the early copy of this one!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    At the beginning of 2021, this was one of my most anticipated releases - Well, I might be guilty of having had way too high of expectations for this book, on account of how much I absolutely loved this author's previous book, SBCGTSV, so this might all be on me. Seeing the title and cover of this novel got me all kinds of excited, and I thought it was such a fun premise, so I eagerly ordered it online as soon as I could. Unfortunately, I just didn't feel like this one was as good as I hoped and At the beginning of 2021, this was one of my most anticipated releases - Well, I might be guilty of having had way too high of expectations for this book, on account of how much I absolutely loved this author's previous book, SBCGTSV, so this might all be on me. Seeing the title and cover of this novel got me all kinds of excited, and I thought it was such a fun premise, so I eagerly ordered it online as soon as I could. Unfortunately, I just didn't feel like this one was as good as I hoped and expected it to be. Perhaps it was the execution, perhaps my expectations were just mismanaged, I'm still mulling this over. One of my big issues was I just didn't feel that this was a horror novel, and instead more of a thriller, which is okay, but disappointing nonetheless. Additionally, going into this book you definitely need to be able to suspend disbelief, on account of how many 'Final Girls' there are versus that in real life, on top of the actual crimes they actually survived (which ended up being the scariest part by far, for me), which came directly from those '80s slasher flicks we all loved! The support group had SEVERAL final girls in it, and I could not for the life of me keep them all straight, and by the end of the novel I didn't even really care to, unfortunately. Besides struggling with the believability of the entire story, at times the main protagonist Lynette was incredibly annoying to me. She seemed overly neurotic, paranoid, dramatic, and undoubtedly suffering from PTSD, to an extent that made her seem incredibly disturbed...At other times I found her to be kind of funny, so I was conflicted pretty much throughout if I actually liked her as a character. The pacing was fairly quick, and I found myself reading in big chunks, finishing this book before I thought I would. Essentially the whole novel is about a support group of final girls Who start dying, under mysterious circumstances. Actually, only one of them dies (initially), followed by another event, and that's enough to set off Lynnette and in turn initiate this journey she's on throughout the novel. Despite there being a lot of blood and fighting, overall I just didn't think there was a whole lot to the story, call me crazy. This might be one I go back and reread and feel differently about later on, who knows! Everything considered, this is most certainly my least favorite of the three novels I've read by this author, but I am still a fan, and will probably continue reading his forthcoming releases. Despite this one just being okay for me, I would still recommend this to horror and thriller fans, with caution, as there were certainly a lot of triggers in this one!

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