After being recommended Grady Hendrix a lot, I finally made a start on his catalogue. Here’s what I thought of my first read.
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.
It took be a while to review The Final Girl Support Group because I couldn’t make up my mind exactly how I feel about it. On the one hand, I liked that the final girls were strong women. I also thought that the story was unique and interesting, and who wouldn’t enjoy a homage to the best slasher films of the day.
On the other hand, the tone of the book changed too often for me to really get a grasp of it. At some points it is a thriller, at others a dark comedy, and at one stage it felt like a satire. While these changes didn’t make it a bad book, it keep it at a three-star read for me.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.