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The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
Published by Berkley on July 13, 2021
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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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.
I was a little worried about reading what is classified as horror because I don’t always like them. But The Final Girl Support Group sounded so fascinating and I wanted to learn about these people (all women) who survived a mass killing.
While it wasn’t exactly what I expected, I did enjoy it. We do learn about the women and their reactions and changes to their life after surviving. Our primary point of view is Lynnette who others seem to think is crazy or paranoid and I saw as smart and realistic. She takes precautions to protect herself from being in a similar situation. It was interesting to see the strategies each women took to live and feel safe.
It did seem a bit unrealistic for there to be a support group, that enough of them would live in the same area. I don’t know much about the horror genre but one of my impressions is some of it is campy. As with cozy mysteries, my personal preference is not the over-the-top quirky and not the campy version of horror. There were some campy aspects.
Law enforcement was not overly helpful for these women being hunted. They had to figure out how to survive on their own as in the past. They weren’t as cohesive a group as the blurb indicates. I liked how realistic it was for them to not always trust people or make the correct judgements. I was always cheering on Lynette and her friends, wanting them to live. Terrifying and suspenseful, I’m glad to have read The Final Girl Support Group.
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