The Final Girl Support Group - Grady Hendrix

The Final Girl Support Group

By Grady Hendrix

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Horror
4 Score: 4 (From 436 Ratings)




A Good Morning America Buzz Pick

“The horror master…puts his unique spin on slasher movie tropes.”-USA Today

A can't-miss summer read, selected by The New York Times, Oprah Daily, Time, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, CNN, LitHub, BookRiot, Bustle, Popsugar and the New York Public Library

In horror movies, the final girls are the ones left standing when the credits roll. They made it through the worst night of their lives…but what happens after?

Like his bestselling novel The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix’s latest is a fast-paced, frightening, and wickedly humorous thriller. From chain saws to summer camp slayers, The Final Girl Support Group pays tribute to and slyly subverts our most popular horror films—movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream.

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.


  • Came for the promise of horror, wasn’t the least bit distraught

    By SKITTLES!!!!
    I found this book recommendation on booktok. I had high hopes for it, however the beginning was painfully slow the writing read like a wattpad fan fiction to the point I’d have to reread it several times. The author portrays the main protagonist as an idiot, the entire time it was just a joke about how women are weak and they will never escape the atrocities of men. Also the ending absolute let down, saw it from a mile away. I was majority let down in the horror aspect as well, I wanted something other than Stephen king to read and this book was not the vibe. However if it became a movie adaptation it might do better, and maybe they won’t portray these women as timid and weak.
  • What happens after the final girls…

    By MMW5328
    A must read for all those slasher film fans out there! 🔪🎃
  • Mixed

    By RolandDeschain1999
    Pros: +love the concept. +a big nostalgia pop. +this can definitely be a movie, don’t know about a tv show. +enjoyed the mystery and misdirections. +definitely a page turner Cons: -no real threats, just imagined threats. How about actually killing some of the “final girls” as oppose to imagining if they died and finding out later they didn’t? -reduce the travel or include the real threats into the travel. -even though this is a nostalgia pop, you gotta have some original stuff in here like come up with a new way to “decode”. Conclusion: I enjoyed reading it but, I was let down as I was reading it and reached the ending. It’s like watching a great movie trailer to then be let down when you watch the movie. I probably hyped it up too much in my mind or he was constrained by the logistics of how these “murders” could’ve happened. Nevertheless, I’m hoping the adaptation can be better.
  • this was a ride

    By Yung Shawty tbh
    yeah this was good like suspenseful, scary, enough of a thriller to make u feel like ur watching a movie almost

    By Michaela_OH
    Phenomenal! Best book I’ve read in a long time!
  • Wow, just wow!

    By miaxmarie
    I COULDN’T STOP READING! If I could give more than 5 stars I would! By far the best thing I’ve read this year, and it’s going to take a lot to beat it in my book! I personally am a Horror geek but you definitely don’t have to be to enjoy this book. I’m an avid reader but I can honestly say I’ve never finished a book this fast in my life, well freakin’ done!
  • About women but not FOR women

    By Moonchild June
    Intriguing as the concept of this book is, the plot is fueled by re-victimizing women who still haven’t healed from their first nightmares come to life. It features, if not favors, victim blaming and serves to belittle the protagonist at every turn in some long and unconvincing attempt at showing her development. The main characters in this book are subjected to physical and emotional pain from start to finish with the “twist” only supporting the narrative that women are weak, easily manipulated and only exist to serve a man’s most likely sadistic - but at the very least narcissistic - purpose. If you’re interested in being offended as a woman or on behalf of all women, this book is for you. If you only care that this book tries to be as meta as the Scream movie franchise and not the deeper meaning of what this author is supporting, this book is also for you. While the book is entertaining in a few parts and the writing is decent, I still would not recommend this book.
  • Two Sittings

    By AtomicCoug
    Read this in two sittings. Very very good…and I never saw ending twist coming.
  • Riveting

    By RossB-B
    Good character development and description of how friends can support each other.
  • Give it a chance

    By Myork1987
    Really enjoyed this book so glad I found it.