THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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“The horror master…puts his unique spin on slasher movie tropes.”-USA Today
A can't-miss summer read, selected by The New York Times, Oprah Daily, Time, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, CNN, LitHub, BookRiot, Bustle, Popsugar and the New York Public Library
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?
Like his bestselling novel The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix’s latest is a fast-paced, frightening, and wickedly humorous thriller. From chain saws to summer camp slayers, The Final Girl Support Group pays tribute to and slyly subverts our most popular horror films—movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream.
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.
Good Book/Mismatched Narrator
Adrienne King was the “final girl” in Friday the 13th, so she’s the obvious choice to narrate this book, right? However, King is in her sixties with a smoker’s voice narrating a character thirty years younger, and the effect is jarring. Much of it sounds growled, and she tends to punch the words like a pianist pounding on the keys. It would have been lovely to hear the narrator from Hendrix’s last book do this book. That being said, it’s an entertaining book, if a bit overly serious given the premise. Hendrix seems to be trying to make a statement about misogyny, but it doesn’t seem to extend too much further than the notion that it’s, you know, bad.
Should have chosen the text
This book was a fun addition to my library. The 80s slasher mania theme with a twist was perfect for a summer binge. However, the narrator was very difficult to listen to. The voice was grating, inflections were bizarre, and the acting often way over done. I should have just read the text, as the story is really a good one!