The Final Girl Support Group

Berkley. Jul. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780593201237. $26. HORROR
Lynnette Tarkington is part of a small club of six young women who have survived terrible trauma. They are the real-life “final girls” whose friends and loved ones were killed by a maniac and who found the strength to fight back. Their lives have been immortalized in many of your favorite horror movies, but after the credits roll, the final girls live in constant fear. Told from Lynnette’s paranoid point of view, Hendrix’s (My Best Friend’s Exorcism) latest features a group that begins to drift apart just as someone is trying to pick them off one by one. The story is fast-paced, well plotted, and full of twists, and Lynnette is the perfect imperfect final girl, a heroine readers want to root for despite her flaws. Hendrix’s writing truly shines in the details, such as chapter titles phrased as sequels to the novel; none of these sequels is real, but their presence in the book allows its final girls to leap off the page and into the world.
VERDICT Hendrix presents yet another thought-provoking, fun, and chilling winner with perfect timing, as the slasher novel seems to be trending. A great choice for fans of Night of the Mannequins, by Stephen Graham Jones, or Clown in a Cornfield, by Adam Cesare, but also for readers who loved the darkly humorous but intense psychological suspense of My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
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