Title: Every Last Fear
Author: Alex Finlay
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Page Count: 368
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In one of the year’s most anticipated debut psychological thrillers, a family made infamous by a true crime documentary is found dead, leaving their surviving son to uncover the truth about their final days.
“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.
Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay is a thriller novel. The story in Every Last Fear is one that is told from multiple points of view and also by alternating between timelines with some being told in the past and some being told in the present.
Matt Pine is a college student at NYU when he gets a phone call with horrible news. Matt’s parents and younger brother and sister have all passed away on a trip to Mexico. The Mexican authorities are claiming that it was an accident but no one is certain what happened to them.
Matt’s family were not strangers to being in the headlines with Matt’s older brother currently in prison for murder. The whole family was featured in a documentary about the crime when it happened so news outlets immediately pick up on the news that the Pine family died in Mexico sending Matt back to their small town where his brother is still known as a killer.
Every Last Fear had a lot of story to be told in one book and it was definitely a fast paced read which I enjoy. It was one that was easy to follow even as it switched between the murder in the past and trying to piece together just what had happened to the rest of the Pine family in the present. With plenty of twists and turns this one was hard to put down as I waited to find out how everything would tie together.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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