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Publisher's Summary

A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires.

In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?

Lynnette Tarkington survived a massacre 22 years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she's not alone. 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, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette's worst fears are realized - someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.

But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up. 

©2020 Grady Hendrix (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Sizzles with action, originality and a gleaming concept as sharp as a scalpel.” (Charlaine Harris)

“A (bloody) valentine to the slasher franchises of the VHS era, but also a smart novel about survivor guilt and the concept of the enduring heroine.” (Kim Newman, author of Anno Dracula)

“Pray for morning, wish for speed and be as quiet as you can, it doesn't matter Grady's Hendrix's Final Girl Support Group already knows where you live and breathe.” (Stephen Graham Jones)

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Interesting premise, doesn’t deliver

Not sure if it’s the distracting narrator (entire book is gushy and read at high intensity) or that it’s one of the few books that doesn’t work as well via audio, but this was a hard slog for me. A review said to listen at 1.5 speed and that helped.

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After reading the reviews of the performance I increased the playback to x1.5 speed from the very beginning and felt that was the perfect speed for the narration.

I’m a total fan of Grady Hendrix and this book certainly did not disappoint!

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  • Hawt
  • 08-02-21

omg this narrator.. I can't listen it's so off

it's like a very drunk very wobbly lady trying not to have a tantrum whilst reading a story. for me it's torture to listen to I can't stand it! I really want to enjoy this story so will have to return and get as physical book. who thought this style of narration works?! it's stilted, intonation is all off, pauses... all over ...the place, randomly angry reading that doesn't work and slurring occasionally I cannot stand it. I can't read aloud either so I don't, who picks the narrator's? I feel bad now I wrote all that as I'm sure the narrator is a lovely person but my gosh, not the reading style for me!

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  • JurassicaFletcher
  • 08-04-21

amazing!

I loved this book, from start to finish it is exciting, funny and strangely touching (I cried over a house plant). The narrator is one of, if not the best female narrator I've ever heard. And the fact that she was a final girl made it even better!

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  • Stephanie Evans
  • 08-17-21

Not the best Grady Hendrix book

I couldn’t get into this compared to his other books, the narrator isn’t well versed in doing audiobooks, and almost ran out of breath on a few sentences.

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  • Carrie
  • 08-08-21

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I throughly enjoyed Gradys previous titles but I also couldn’t get over the narration. I found it incredibly jarring and it ruined the story for me.

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  • M. C. Macey
  • 07-31-21

My favourite book of 2021

I am a big Grady Hendrix fan and preordered this book before release. This is my new favourite Grady Hendrix and I think that anyone who is a fan of horror and horror films will love this and that the voice acting adds an extra dimension that really elevates everything.

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  • Dede
  • 07-26-21

Hendrix never disappoints!!!

love this book from the opening to the closing line. I laughed and cried and felt every range of emotion all the way through. clever twists, pressing social commentary and Hendrix writes fascinating and 3D female leads like no other. I listened to it all in one day and couldn't sleep until it was finished. just brilliant fun! Adrienne Kings narration is flawless. a truly great performance.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-25-21

fun romp through slasher pop culture

I was a huge fan of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires so I eagerly awaited the release of the Final Girl Support Group. It's very different in content and scares but has the same common theme of badass women who refuse to be trampled down by society or by monsters. Overall, I found myself really enjoying the story but it was a bit convoluted at times. The story mainly is told from the perspective of one "final girl" Lynnette which works really well for the tone as you do veer back and forth between wondering how reliable of a narrator she is.

I will say that having some knowledge of slasher flicks would benefit any listeners/readers as many of the characters are based on the "final girls" of those slasher flicks and their backstories are constantly referenced.

As for the narration, it was really compelling and emotive and really pulled me into the story. Only caveat is that the story occasionally doesn't translate too well to being an audiobook (there are news clippings, forums posts and excerpts of screenplay dialogue that intersperse the book which makes for awkward narration)

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  • swifty
  • 05-23-22

Extremely well written a must for horror fans

The final girls is an ode to horror and genre movies a must read for fans

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-22

Terrible narrator, wasted story!

I was so looking forward to this one - but the story was boring, and seemed to have no idea about its own internal world logic, and wasted the most important characters (give me more Heather plus dream king!)

Also the narration was just terrible, plodding, seemed like they had never read a book out loud before? very jarring and hard to listen to.

perhaps Hendrix just isn't for me...

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  • Lee Taylor
  • 02-27-22

Interesting Idea

Poorly executed, lots of repetition and obvious feints.
Some elements were good with interesting social commentary but mainly I was hoping it would finish soon.

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  • Gemma Lye
  • 09-25-21

Narrator made book impossible to listen to

I had to return this book in order to get the physical copy, the narrator was so incorrectly cast for this text. Not only did she read very slowly but annunciated like a naive little girl rather than a jaded, middle-aged crime survivor. It was like a news reader announcing a mass shooting with a big smile on her face. Shame because I really want to finish this book!

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  • Maria Kelly
  • 08-29-21

The narration is stressful

The concept of this book is really cool and the story was paced well, with lots of slasher references and Hendrix’s classic 90’s vibe. However, the narrator is so overdone that the book reads as extremely stressful. She is too loud and too frantic and I could barely get through it. I would have loved this book if I read it myself.

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  • Mistress
  • 04-13-22

Terrible Narrator

Adrienne King is a terrible Narrator - she completely ruined the book. Terrible Narrator. Why is there a 15 word minimum in order to post a review?

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  • Nathan Anderson
  • 03-15-22

Speachless

What can I say. This book is just amazing,Being a film geek and a horror fan, this book is just a breathe of fresh air for genre storytelling. It has so many important things to say about not only violence against women, but violence in general in popular entertainment, and the effects of PTSD on a survivor's mind. This book is one I will recommend to others.

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  • Jess Ryan-White
  • 02-21-22

Cool story, terrible narration.

I was so excited for this book, but I had to return it and will find a paperback copy to read as the narration is truly, distractingly awful. If Audible re-recorded it with a different narrator, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

Genre-exploding meta-horror for the modern woman

Extraordinary horror fiction that interrogates the sexism in the genre with thrilling results. Ever wondered what happens to the final girls? You know, the ones that survive the bloody massacre, evade the monsters, avoid being eaten by the cannibals? Most horror movie & horror fiction ignore them, or worse, punishing them for surviving by knocking them off in the sequel. But let's get real - where do they go when the filming stops? Therapy, of course! Wouldn't you?

Hendrix's ladies have all survived the kind of violence on John Carpenter, Wes Craven or Quentin Tarrantino, to name a few, could dream up. But they didn't go down without a fight. Narrated by Lynette, a woman who survived a massacre that took her entire family and boyfriend on Christmas Eve and now lives in a sparsely furnished apartment with a cage set-up around her front door to keep out intruders, we are quickly thrown into the action as the women learn that one of their most successful survivor sisters has been murdered. The horror brings back trauma for all of the women but only Lynette sees what's really happening - someone is targeting all of them and the only real question is which one of them will be next?

Packed with sly film & pop culture references that any serious horror buff will get, Hendrix takes all the stereotypes and genre staples and turns them on their head to serve a new narrative that asks us to think much more critically about how the genre tortures, traumatises, and discards women for cheap entertainment and why we don't look for something more sophisticated to get our scares. Touching on the topics of violence against women, stalking, chauvinism in film, horror and true crime, the rise of the incel and the high school shooter, Hendrix reclaims the Final Girls' humanity while still giving us the jump scares and shivers we love.
A wee bit long around the last third of the book, but I can definitely forgive that given the overall excellence of the book as a whole.

PS for bonus points, check out the audiobook narrator's own personal history - could this book get any more meta?!

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  • Daniel Gough
  • 08-27-21

Fun, mild thrills

I mean, it was fine. But like, am I just convincing myself it was fine? It was a fun story with some cool twists and turns but felt a little all over the place sometimes. I went in expecting a slasher story and got something quite different, so I found myself wanting something a little more intense.

But more importantly, what in the truest fuck was the narrator doing? It was like she was given a copy of the text in brail and had only learned to read in brail a few days beforehand. Honestly, the most extraordinarily bizarre syntax I have ever heard in my life. This reading could have gone 4 hours shorter and I don’t think I’m exaggerating.

The story must have been good because despite the performance, I hung in there. Some pithy metaphors and an okay attempt at a feminist angle that ultimately felt steeped in a shallow male wokeness. But it was fun and thus, tolerable.

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  • Naedrax17
  • 07-27-21

3.5 stars for me.

I did enjoy this but didn't love it. Didn't really feel like a horror story, more suspenseful / thriller. There were so many (hidden) references to very well known horror movies, I wish I had a check list / bingo card every time I recognised one. Went at a good pace but found the ending rushed & was over too quickly. With all the build up wish had went on a little longer. Grady definitely knows how to write a compelling main character. Was taken on the range of emotions with Lynette & interesting to see into the mind of a final girl AFTER the fact.