Narrator: Adrienne King
Published by Penguin Audio on July 13, 2021
Length: 13 hrs 49 mins
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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 is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two 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 actual 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.
Maybe I’m just tired of “final girls.” Maybe the characters were underdeveloped and the plot was not gripping. Maybe the book can’t decide if it’s funny or not. Any which way, The Final Girl Support Group was a disappointment for me.
Our narrator, Lynette, is one of 6 final girls who have been attending group therapy for 16 years in the basement of a church. Lynnette suffers from the aftereffects of the trauma she faced as a teenager over 20 years ago. She is paranoid about safety in her house and rarely goes out. Each of the women has coped with her trauma in different ways, but when one of them is killed, Lynn knows that there’s a monster after them and they need to protect themselves and each other. Or at least that’s how Lynn sees what’s happening.
The book has lots of action, some really stupid decisions, some paranoia, and a mediocre motive. A lot of people really enjoyed it – I just wasn’t one of them.
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