Sunday, January 10, 2021

Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Title: Every Last Fear
Author: Alex Finlay
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: March 2, 2021

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.

The book begins with tragedy. The Pine family has been found dead while vacationing in Mexico. 

Matt, the son and brother, is informed of their death. But was his family really vacationing?

That’s the big question.

The Pine family had it hard. Their oldest son Danny was convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend.  Then, moving her dead body to the creek using a wheelbarrow.

Yet the father, Ethan Pine knows in his heart, his son is not guilty and he has spent the last few years trying to prove it.

Maggie, Ethan's daughter and Matt's sister, is soon going to MIT. She is a tech whiz and is helping Ethan collect clues to prove Danny's innocence.

After Danny is taken to prison, his mother finds comfort in her new pregnancy and when Tommy is born, she dedicates her time to take care of the baby of the family.

Then all four are gone. Matt becomes the sole contact responsible to reclaim their bodies. Travelling to Mexico and realizing that something is amiss.  

I thought it was a very intriguing and interesting way to tell their story. Knowing they were all dead  didn’t diminish how important they were. It made my heartache to know they were all gone and Matt was all alone. 

It’s hard to say anymore without letting the cat out of the box. 

Each chapter captivated me and made me want to continue reading. I did guess the ending but I enjoyed the delivery. 

4/5 fangs

Cliffhanger: No

A complimentary copy was provided by Minotour Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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