Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Every Last Fear

Book: Every Last Fear

Author: Alex Finlay

“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.-Goodreads

Review: This was my first Alex Finlay book and definitely won’t be the last. Lilly’s sister went missing when Lilly was just 7 years old. Years later, Lilly is now a single mom who is very protective of her young daughter as well as a successful TV presenter. After a private detective shows up, things start to spiral for Lilly and her producer, Greer. Although I didn’t care for Lilly or Greer (told in their narratives), there were also sections from Cassie (Lilly’s missing sister) from years earlier that I really enjoyed. This was a little far fetched but still enjoyable. 

Grade: 3/5

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