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'The Final Girl Support Group,' is a delight for slasher fans

If there is any doubt that author Grady Hendrix is a fan of the slasher fans of old just read his latest novel, “The Final Girl Support Group.”


Released earlier this week, this is an ode to slasher flicks of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. As someone who came to age as a horror fan during the height of slasher movie popularity,

this was definitely the book for me.


For those who don’t know what a “final girl” is, it’s the horror movie trope that there is always one female character at the end of the movie who somehow survives what no one else could and kills the big bad of that movie, and of course, they often repeat it in future sequels.


The story follows Lynette Tarkington, who survived a crazed killer and then survived and has turned into a paranoid urban survivalist who sees a new killer targeting her at every corner.


She is part of a support group of other “final girls,” women who have all survived horrible situations on multiple occasions.


The problem is, someone is now targeting these final girls. They want them dead with no sequels.


What follows is a whodunit as Lynette is sent on the run after all of her carefully designed escape routes are compromised. Bad things begin happening to people as Lynette tries her best to unravel the mystery. Hendrix does a good job of keeping who the person trying to end the final girls’ lives hidden Who is the killer and can these women who have survive so much survive one more time?


The story is full of references to old slasher flicks, references horror fans will get. It’s a fun twist that, in “The Final Girl Support Group,” universe, all of the slasher movies in the book are based on what happened to all of the women in the group.


“The Final Girl Support Group,” is an extremely fun read for slasher fans or not, but slasher movies will get an extra kick out of all the references throughout the book.


The Final Girl Support Group


Grady Hendrix

Berkley (2021)

352 pages

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