I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Published by Minotaur Books on March 2, 2021
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“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.
Here is what I thought
It’s been a while since I have read a really good thriller/mystery and this one was really good!
It starts with a horrible tragedy as four members of a family are killed while in Mexico on sort of a holiday. Then you follow Matt as he is the only family member who can go and get his family from Mexico as his older brother is in prison for killing his girlfriend.
The story goes back and forth between Before and present day. In the before parts we get the POVs of the family members who have died and what they were doing that lead to them going to Mexico. See there was a documentary made on their son who is in prison because a lot of people believe he was innocent. This father and the daughter are big advocates for trying to find out what happened the night of the party. It has caused a lot of strain on the family and they ended up having to move from their hometown because of how the town and others were portrayed in the documentary especially the police.
In the present day parts we have Matt and the FBI agent who is working the case but from an interesting angle. Anyway she is helping him with having to get his family from Mexico because for some reason they will only release them to him. He gets there and has some strange things happen to him while he was there and he is also learning that it doesn’t seem like his family died of an accident like the Mexico police have said. The documentary crew are also around because they are wanting to make a follow up to the first one and have found some interesting facts about the deaths.
So it goes back and forth between the two time periods and weaves an interesting tale and I found it really hard to figure out what was going on and just wanted to get to the end so I could know and I was surprised!
Although I am not a huge fan of going back and forth between timelines I did think it helped to piece together a really interesting story. The Mother, Father, and daughter were the main focus in the before as the little boy was to young to have anything to do with the storyline. I enjoyed reading about them and how they were trying to piece things together about the one who was sent to prison.
Matt wasn’t an extremely likeable character, but he wasn’t horrible either. He is messed up young man who lost almost his whole family and has his doubts about his older brothers innocence because of something he seen. He just doesn’t use great judgement at times and I wanted to smack him, like when he was in Mexico and a pretty girl comes over and talks to him and offers him a ride. HELLO! Your in a foreign country don’t trust strangers!!! I will give him that he wasn’t thinking well as his family is dead but still. Stranger Danger!! I really liked the agent Sarah Keller, she works in a division of the bureau which really shouldn’t have anything to do with the murders of the family, but she steps up pretty good and gets things done.
I thought the mystery of what happened to his family was done really well and found the book to be very enjoyable. I would recommend it.