Title: Every Last Fear
Author: Alex Finlay
Genre: Mystery Thriller
About the book: It’s a standalone about Matt Pine, a university student, who finds out his family died from an apparent gas leak while on vacation in Mexico. Meanwhile Matt’s older brother, Danny, is in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Charlotte; however, some people think he was wrongfully convicted. The local police think it’s an accident, but the FBI take on the case, and Matt has to uncover the truth behind the night Danny was sent to prison.
First impressions: The premise sounded interesting, so I was looking forward to reading this novel. I like the title and cover.
Characters: It took some time for the Pine family to grow on me, but I found myself more invested in everyone halfway through. I enjoyed how they had different personalities and problems.
“Memories formed under intense emotions are seared into our thoughts, branded by the hot iron of trauma.”
Writing: It’s over 400 pages with short chapters and alternating points of view, but I could follow along no problem. The book covers some mature issues, which may be difficult for some readers. It also reads like a movie as Finlay writes in a way that makes it easy to visualize what’s happening.
Final thoughts: The pacing is slower in the middle but picks up at the end. It was fun to see all the pieces coming together as I couldn’t predict everything. If you’re a fan of mystery thrillers with developed characters and layered storylines, pick up Every Last Fear.