Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
Published: March 2, 2021
Hardcover, 368 pages
(Thanks to Netgalley & Minotaur Books, I received an eARC)
GOODREADS RATING: 5/5 STARS
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.
I love books that mix media, in this case a true crime documentary alongside another mystery. I love when there is a story within a story, and this book seemed to have quite a lot few storylines thrown in. There were a lot of side plots that added a bunch of action-packed scenes. I flew through this one, it was so fast paced and hard to put down. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and it did not disappoint.
I was intrigued right from the start. The book immediately began with a bunch of mystery. I love the dual time lines, it made the book go so much quicker to me. I’m a huge fan of having different narrators. Past and present and different points of view always make me more interested. The inclusion of the documentary really made the story a more main stream and relatable one.
I really liked how every chapter kept you hanging and you didn’t know who the next narrator would be. This really made the book harder to put down. I enjoyed all the characters, except the investigators at first. I thought they were pretty unnecessary early on, but eventually I began to enjoy the investigator and their chapters.
Overall this was an amazing thriller, and I am so happy that other’s will now have the chance to pick this one up. I found the end completely unpredictable and explosive. There were so many twists and turns that kept me guessing.