Author: Alex Finlay

Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

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.

Book Review

Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay is a crazy thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat.

Danny Pine is in prison for killing his girlfriend, even though he claims he didn’t. Evan and Maggie try to figure out who actually killed Charlotte. Evan, Olivia, Maggie and Tommy Pine go to Mexico for Spring Break to try to find a lead in the Charlotte case. They are found dead in the house they are renting. Their deaths are called an accident but people are questioning if they were actually murdered. Matt goes to Mexico to fill out paperwork and collect his family. What actually happened to the Pine family? Is this related to Danny?

Every Last Fear is a crazy thriller with a lot going on. The book is told from multiple perspectives, some in the present and others in the past. Maggie was my favorite character. She is hardworking and will do anything to figure out what happened to Charlotte. She wants to save her brother that she hardly knows. Evan is determined to get his son Danny released from prison, so focuses on him more than the rest of his family. There is so much action this book is a quick read. I was constantly wondering what would happen next and could not figure out what actually happened to the Pines. Matt has distanced himself from his family but now is working with the FBI to find out what happened to his family. Matt also questions if what he thought he knew about Danny is true. There are twists and turns throughout Every Last Fear. The ending is crazy, and I didn’t see it coming.

I received a free ARC of Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Alex Finlay is the pseudonym of an author who lives in Washington, D.C. Born in the American South, Alex spent years traversing the globe, from a tropical island in the Pacific to a small village in the UK to a remote region in the Far East. But it was on a trip to Tulum, Mexico that Alex was inspired to write Every Last Fear.

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