PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books
PUBLICATION DATE: March 2nd, 2021
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Happy Publication Day to Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay!
Thank you to my friends at Minotaur Books for the physical copy of this book to read and share my review, as well as the egalley via NetGalley.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“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.
Edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting, addictive thriller. This novel will have you racing to solve the puzzle of what happened the night the majority of the Pine family died while away in Mexico on vacation. Meet Matt Pine – a student at NYU. His mother, father, and younger brother and sister went away for a vacation in Mexico. The family is survived by Matt and his older brother Danny, presently in prison.
I loved how the novel started with such a strong, pulse pounding revelation. The family of 4 missed their return flight and two days later their bodies were found. What happened to the Pine family? Was it a murder-suicide, is something more sinister at work here? I loved the whole suspense of what truly happened to this family. I felt bad for Matt as he was the one who had to deal with it all on his own. His brother was of little help as there wasn’t much he could do while in prison, so young Matt had to take it upon himself to get some answers.
I enjoyed how the novel was written from various timelines and from various POV’s. Some parts are told from Evan Pine’s POV (the father) in the past, some parts are told from Maggie Pine’s POV (the daughter) in the past, parts are told from Matt’s POV in the present, and parts are told from FBI agent on the murder case, Sarah Keller. It’s a race against time as Sarah Keller works with Matt to solve the mystery of what happened to the Pine family. While Matt is out seeking answers, and flying to Mexico to get the bodies of his family released back to the USA, it is clear that someone is out to get Matt himself. Who would be after him, and what do they want with him? What has he or his family ever done to someone for them to seek him out?
I loved the guessing game of what happened to the Pine family and trying to fit all the pieces together to solve the puzzle. I enjoyed Matt’s character – he was witty, charming, and very likeable. I also enjoyed reading about the story of how his brother Danny ended up in prison years ago for killing his ex girlfriend. Is Danny truly the one who killed her, or is he taking the blame for someone else?
There is so much suspense and thrills in this book it is fast-paced and very addictive. So make yourself comfortable with lots of snacks and drinks when you sit down to read this book, because once you sit down and begin reading you won’t want to stop until you flip that last pulse-pounding page!
A book that I most definitely recommend you add to your TBR now!
MY RATING: 5/5 stars