Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

EXCERPT: They found the bodies on a Tuesday. Two days after the family had missed their flight home. Six days after all texts and social media had gone dark. The last post was a selfie saying they’d arrived in Mexico: the dad and mom making exaggerated duck faces, the teenage girl pink-cheeked and mortified, the little boy wearing plastic sunglasses and a gap-toothed smile.

The rental wasn’t beachfront. It was off the beaten path, a small structure at the end of an unpaved alleyway, carved into a patch of roadside jungle in Tulum. The smell hit the local cop in the face when the property manager opened the front door. The maid hired to clean up after departing guests was sitting on the cement stoop, her hands working a string of rosary beads, her face streaked with tears.

The place was sweltering.

And filled with the buzz of flies.

ABOUT ‘EVERY LAST FEAR’: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: Every Last Fear is a book that deserves to be read in one intense breathless supercar paced sitting. I couldn’t do that and it was frustrating. It is a book that demands to be read this way. It needs to be read this way.

Every Last Fear is a thrilling read. It is suspenseful. The characters are realistic and relatable. The plot driven and well developed. It ticks all my boxes! BUT I wouldn’t label this a ‘psychological’ thriller. A crime thriller – yes.

The story is told in the present from the points of view of Matt and FBI agent Keller, and in the past from Evan, Olivia and Maggie. Yet despite the multiple points of view and time lines, it never gets confusing or loses its focus.

There are layers of intrigue, from the initial bungled investigation to the multiple cover ups. But still the author had me wondering at times if Danny had indeed killed Charlotte. And if he didn’t, then who did? Who killed the Pine family? Who is trying to kill Matt? And why? What doesn’t he know that he knows?

Every Last Fear is an extremely satisfying read. It is a
riveting mystery, with bucket loads of suspense and thrilling twists leading to an ending I had never envisaged.

⭐⭐⭐⭐.8

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THE AUTHOR: Alex Finlay is the pseudonym of an author who lives in Washington, D.C. Born in Opelika, Alabama, Alex’s formative years were spent traversing the globe, from a tropical island in the Pacific to a small village in the UK to a remote region in the Far East. But it was on a vacation in Tulum, Mexico that Alex was inspired to write Every Last Fear. (Amazon)

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Head of Zeus, Aria and Aries, via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

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Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

12 thoughts on “Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay”

  1. Sandy! I am just back from camping & see the tsunami warning for N.Z. !
    I have you in my thoughts, I planned to catch up on blogs today & only updated my food blog.
    Please let us know how it’s going, stay safe!
    Tina
    xo

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    1. Hi Tina. Thanks for your concern. We live in the middle of the north Island on a hill so I think we are quite safe from tsunamis. But if the volcanoes in the centre of the North Island ever erupt, we might be in trouble. I believe they have downgraded the tsunami warnings now. Just home from work so going to catch up on the news. ❤

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      1. I’m so glad to hear that, Sandy. I have just been able to get back on internet again and while I’d read your response earlier I wasn’t able to answer. xo

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  2. Sandy, we haven’t heard from you. I hope that it’s just the busy week you were talking about and that everything is okay there. Thinking about you and your fellow New Zealanders! Let us know you’re safe!

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