I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
Published by Minotaur Books on March 2, 2021
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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“They found the bodies on a Tuesday.”
So begins this twisty and breathtaking novel that traces the fate of the Pine family, a thriller that will both leave you on the edge of your seat and move you to tears.
After a late night of partying, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news: nearly his entire family—his mom, his dad, his little brother and sister—have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why.
The tragedy makes headlines everywhere because this isn’t the first time the Pine family has been thrust into the media spotlight. Matt’s older brother, Danny—currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Charlotte—was the subject of a viral true crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt holds a secret about his brother that he’s never told anyone: the night Charlotte was killed Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime.
When Matt returns to his small hometown to bury his parents and siblings, he’s faced with a hostile community that was villainized by the documentary, a frenzied media, and memories he’d hoped to leave behind forever. Now, as the deaths in Mexico appear increasingly suspicious and connected to Danny’s case, Matt must unearth the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison—putting his own life in peril—and forcing him to confront his every last fear.
Told through multiple points-of-view and alternating between past and present, Alex Finlay's Every Last Fear is not only a page-turning thriller, it’s also a poignant story about a family managing heartbreak and tragedy, and living through a fame they never wanted.
Alex Finlay has set the bar high with debut novel, Every Last Fear. This story is one big giant edge of your seat roller coaster that starts off strong and never loses its momentum.
Matt Pine has lost everyone he loves when his parents and younger siblings are killed by an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Tulum, Mexico. But, not all is what it seems. When FBI Agent, Sarah Keller, starts looking into the case more closely things don’t start adding up. This also isn’t the first time the Pine family has been the center of attention. Seven years ago, Matt’s older brother, Danny, was sent to prison for allegedly killing his then girlfriend, Charlotte. This is either one unlucky family or there is more to the story than meets the eye. Will Matt and Sarah be able to put all of the pieces together before the remaining two siblings, Matt and Danny meet a similar fate?
I am usually not a big fan of stories told by multiple POV’s and this story has quite a few of them. I always have to go back and reread and try to remember a large cast of characters, but Alex Finlay had no trouble keeping my attention right where it should be. This is one of a very few times where a large cast works for me. Not only do we have Matt and Sarah, but we also have the rest of Matt’s family’s POV as well. Although, Danny only has a small part in this POV narrative. I do have to say that Matt, his sister, Maggie and Sarah, the FBI Agent, stole the show for me.
Finlay has also mastered the art of running you around in circles with a cleverly twisted plot where you never really truly know what is going to happen next or who the culprit is for well past 3/4ths of the story. I can easily pick out, most of the time, who the bad guy is, but Finlay really ramps it up and keeps you guessing with intricate layers and interconnecting pieces where if you are not paying attention, you may totally miss it.
If you are a fan of thrillers, then you definitely do not want to miss Alex’s Finlay’s Debut, Every Last Fear. This is one hell of a twisted story!