Book Review: The Final Girl

Title: The Final Girl

Author: Brandon Ford

Narrator: Michael Butler



Who’ll survive the midnight show?

The Colonial Theater, a single-screen movie house on the edge of town, is holding a special midnight screening of a brand new splatter flick. But before the opening titles make it to the screen, the popcorn-laden aisles run red with blood as a masked killer begins slaughtering the moviegoers with the aid of a spiked meat tenderizer.

Among those filling the torn seats: a movie blogger in search of fodder to appease his limited readers, a victim of a recent betrayal who’ll do just about anything for an escape from a home she no longer feels welcome in, a fugitive on the lam looking for sanctuary from the city streets, and a pair of post-adolescent twins who’ve managed to creep into the theater unseen.

After a full 90 minutes of bloodshed both on and off the silver screen, only four patrons remain. Four patrons who discover that the doors have been locked and the only way out is inside a body bag.

An edge-of-your-seat nail-biter of a thriller, The Final Girl will fill your restless night with a bloody horror show and keep you guessing until the very end.

My Review

5/5 Stars

When the seemingly abandoned cinema in town has a one night showing of a horror movie named “Bloodletting” various characters throughout town have their own reason for attending. Some of them are horror buffs, some just don’t have any place better to be. No matter what their reason for attending, they are all faced with the same threat—a maniac with a jester mask and a meat tenderizer.

Lots of gore and suspense. I think my favorite part was how in-depth we got to be with each of the main characters before the entire slaughter went down. Out of all of them, Keely was my favorite. Even though she was down on herself most of the book, she had spunk in her. In these types of books, that can get you far.

I also really enjoyed the jumping POV that gave us glimpses into different parts of the event as they happened. From the projectionist to the moviegoers to the cinema employees, we’re constantly given a different perspective. All of these amped up the suspense into a chilling crescendo. Not to mention the twist at the end.

Fantastic ‘80’s slasher vibe. I could easily picture this on the big screen.

Narration was a little quick, but well done.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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