I received a gifted galley of THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP by Grady Hendrix for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 7/13/2021
Rating: 4.5 / 5
THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP follows Lynette who as a young woman survived the massacre of her boyfriend and her entire family, giving her admittance to the ranks of final girl. She lives in a state of constant paranoia, rarely ever leaving the house except to plan escape routes and back up plans to her back up plans because massacres always have a sequel. One of the rare exceptions is her regular visits to the support group made up of final girls just like her.
As the story continues, we begin to get to know each of the members of the support group and their background stories, whether it be a summer camp massacre or a deadly attack in the halls of a school. There are those who think the final girl trend is over and those who still capitalize on the fame generated from those stories. When one of their group doesn’t show up one day, it seems Lynette’s constant belief that there is more brutality to come is true. Someone knows about their group and is looking to make headlines again.
This was a highly anticipated read for me this year and I am happy to say that it lived up to my hopes for it! Grady Hendrix has a great ability to mix horror and gore with snarky humor and I love it. From plants with names to horror movie tropes, this book has a bit of everything and it kept me hooked to find out what was going on!
I really enjoyed the interaction between the women in the group. They are all very different from each other and they are people who you would never picture as friends if they didn’t have this shared trauma between them. They bicker and disagree, but at the same time they stand up for each other.
This was only my second read by the author, but I’m definitely going to be picking up the backlist! If you like a bit of gore mixed with your humor and mystery and action, THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP deserves a spot on your TBR!