This is the first I’ve read of this author – although I was intrigued by his previous release The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Vampire Slaying. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one, so it was my first meeting with this author’s weird and wonderful mind.
And what an experience it was! This genre isn’t really my usual thing, it’s a kind of blend of horror with satire, littered with popular culture references throughout.
We all know the final girls from from the movies. The one girl who makes it through, surviving the gruesome massacre and taking down the bad guys. This is the story of what happens next.
The final girls in this story all lived out their traumatic experiences that made them famous years before. Some have moved on with their lives more than others, but all still get together once a month for their Group. It’s a chance to talk through everything with others who can understand, and over the years they’ve become a kind of broken family with a strong bond.
This book is a bit of a homage to classic horror films, and each of the women’s stories draws heavy inspiration from them, from Nightmare on Elm Street to Scream, and I’ll definitely be doing some nostalgic rewatching of some of these to refresh myself on their stories. But our main protagonist is Lynnette. Lynnette has struggled to adjust to life after being the sole survivor of her family slaughter. She lives in a constant state of paranoia, keeping the outside world at length and living in a self-imposed cage. She’s convinced that “Out there in he world it’s a non-stop murder party and if I make the slightest mistake I’ll wind up dead.”
So when she becomes convinced that someone wants to bring down the final girls, is it just a product of her delusion? Or is someone really back to finish the job?
This book is packed full of action, drama and fun (and quite a lot of gore). Some characters I loved, and some of the villains I loved to hate. It’s dripping with sass and punchy one-liners; “If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then reliable handguns with a lot of stopping power are a final girl’s.”
But at the heart of it, Hendrix has created some strong fiesty heroines who are true survivors and I loved reading about their dysfunctional relationships in this wild ride.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 4/5.