The Final Girl Support Group

Books on Tape. Jul. 2021. 13:50 hrs. ISBN 9780593410042. $95. HORROR
Hendrix (My Best Friend’s Exorcism) covers the slasher movie genre in his latest horror satire, which asks how the “Final Girl”—the one who survives a dramatic serial killer rampage—manages to go on living with the survivor label hanging over her head. Middle-aged Final Girl Lynette lives a paranoid existence, with a support group of fellow Final Girls as her lone source of socialization. Lynette realizes something’s wrong when the police find the severed head of another Final Girl who didn’t show up for a group therapy session. The resulting chase sends up classic slasher franchises, including Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Scream, punctuated by the in-universe newspaper articles that are a hallmark of Hendrix’s work. This dark humor hits the sweet spot where solidarity meets resilience. Hendrix knows his craft, but he walks a thin line between exploring a single idea thoroughly and exhausting it. Narrator Adrienne King provides the perfect voice for Lynette, quiet but determined, and neutral enough for deadpan gags and tense moments alike.
VERDICT The audio format is a good choice for libraries, especially since this book relies less on visual gags than older Hendrix titles.
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