Every Last Fear
By: Alex Finlay
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: 03/02/21
My Rating: 5 Stars
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.
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.
"This debut is gripping from the first bone-chilling line until the final page."―Newsweek
One of Goodreads' "Most Anticipated Books of 2021"
One of Goodreads' "Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021"
One of PopSugar's "Best New Books Coming Out in 2021"
One of BuzzFeed's "Mystery Novels We’re Highly Anticipating in 2021"
One of BookBub's "Best Mysteries and Thrillers Coming Out This Year"
One of Mystery and Suspense Magazine's "The Best and Most Anticipated Thrillers of the Year"
One of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine's "Books to Look Forward to in 2021"
One of Murder & Mayhem's "New Mystery and Thriller Books We Can't Wait to Read"
One of Bibliofile's "Best Mystery Books for 2021"
"True-crime buffs will devour Every Last Fear." ―PopSugar
"This highly anticipated thriller has layers of mystery and intrigue." ―BuzzFeed
"Every Last Fear is a knockout debut by Alex Finlay that is as poignant as it is thrilling." ―BookBub
"Page-turning entertainment... perfect for anyone who loves thrillers that have all kinds of secrets & conspiracies within their pages." ―Crime by the Book
"[T]he 'buzz' book of early 2021. It has a Harlan Coben-esque plot with an intriguing premise." ―Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine
"[A] fast-paced, suspenseful thriller." ―Mystery Scene Magazine
"Finlay imparts nuance via a prismatic narrative that jumps back and forth in time, examining both tragedies from multiple angles. Those who favor character-driven crime novels will find much to admire." ―Publishers Weekly
"Finlay’s debut is a fast-moving, often-emotional portrayal of a family in turmoil... fans of a good chase scene won’t be disappointed, either."
"Prepare yourself for twist after exciting twist. A standout novel plotted with surgical precision.”
―Karin Slaughter, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"Explosive! A knife-edged thriller that explores the true meaning of family, including love, loyalty, and lies."
―Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
“Brilliant. Finlay weaves a story as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking. Hooks you from the very first page and keeps you guessing until the final explosive twist. Taut, smart, and compelling. A do not miss!”
―Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
"Every Last Fear is a hugely ambitious novel that satisfies on so many different levels. It's a riveting mystery, a propulsive thriller, and a moving portrait of a family torn apart, and brought together, by tragedy."
―Lou Berney, bestselling author of November Road
"Alex Finlay’s jaw-dropping Every Last Fear, about a family found dead years after their true-crime Netflix documentary makes them infamous, is a powerful, standout thriller. Finlay is a masterful storyteller, seamlessly shifting perspectives and timelines to add layers of emotional depth and suspense to this fast-paced, expertly plotted, utterly engrossing novel. Hands down the best thriller I’ve read this year."
―Jennifer Hillier, author of Little Secrets and the award-winning Jar of Hearts
"I loved Every Last Fear. What elevates this thriller are the characters: real, flawed, heroic, driven. What would you do if someone you loved was convicted of a crime you were certain they didn't commit? You won't be able to put down this fast-moving, thoroughly compelling story until the very last page. A winner."
―Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author
"Alex Finlay's Every Last Fear reads like a bullet and had me hooked from the first few brutal pages."
―Brian Panowich, author of Hard Cash Valley and the award-winning Bull Mountain
About 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. Website