Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
.ePUB, 294 pages
Expected publication: March 2nd 2021 by St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books
About the Book:
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.
I loved the unique way the book was formatted, two times lines and the author beautifully crafting this story through multiple points of view. After reading this one, I needed some time to digest the story. I always enjoy books that really make you think about what you just read. This one was no exception.
The story unearths various emotions, and I wasn't sure how to feel about certain characters based on the decisions they made. It also made me think about how little we know as visitors to foreign lands. We only see a snapshot of a place, but don't ever truly know what goes on beneath the surface and what happens on a daily basis.
The vivid descriptions of the characters' emotions were a treat to read and there are a lot of different feelings running through this book and all of the characters are well described and I just had to sit and read it until the last page. This book was like reading a psychological suspense novel, which I am certain it is. The end was not what I was expecting, then again that’s probably what the writer had intended.
This book was a real page turner, and I am so glad I read it. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, and I will put this author on my read again list. The writing captured my attention from the first page to the last.
Thank you NetGalley, Alex Finlay and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.