Book Review: Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay #Thriller #EveryLastFear #BookReview #NetGalley

Every Last Fear

By Alex Finlay


I’ve read some really intense, outstanding books this year so far. Every Last Fear turned out to be an excellent mystery thriller!

The story begins with Matt, a college student who’s suddenly informed that almost his entire family is dead. It doesn’t really make any sense that these deaths could be an accident, and there’s more to the story that’s yet to be disclosed. The family already has some history, and now Matt has to deliver the news to his brother who’s serving time for something from his past. Were these deaths just an accident, and can all of this somehow connect?

Here’s a true puzzling thriller that I refuse to spoil! I’ll admit that I was a little nervous at first with the different points of view and the back and forth writing, but it came together perfectly and wasn’t hard to follow at all. It wasn’t easy to figure everything out right away either, which is always ideal when reading books with a mystery. The book is heavily character driven, and it’s like you really connect with these people. The strong family theme pulled me in as well.

If you love intense thrillers with surprising twists, go check this one out, and be sure to go in blind. I practically finished this in one sitting.


I’d like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me in exchange for my honest review.

Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Publisher : Minotaur Books; 1st edition (March 2, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1250268826
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250268822


“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.

Thanks for reading my review. Have you read this book? Do you have any other thrillers to recommend? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section! Happy Reading.

❤️ Mischenko

23 thoughts on “Book Review: Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay #Thriller #EveryLastFear #BookReview #NetGalley

    1. You are probably better at figuring it out than me, Teri. I feel like I’ve been quite lucky this year with the thrillers I’ve read because they haven’t been so easy to figure out. Having taken a big break from thrillers may have helped! 😉

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  1. David R. Dowdy

    Even the cover is thrilling and suggestive of different voices coming to a point. I read some of the negative reviews on Goodreads. Unfortunately, some people are unable to suspend their disbelief.

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    1. Yeah, I did notice some negative reviews. It makes me wonder if taking a break from thrillers is a big factor in me enjoying them so much this year. Most of my GR friends enjoyed this one though. Hope you enjoy it if you try it. Thanks, David. 😊


  2. I have read some good things about this book. I like when I can’t figure out what is going to happen, but when it comes together, it all fits and makes sense. Great review Jen, I will have to see if this one is a good price on Amazon.

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  4. Hmmm, might have to check this one out. Sounds a little bit like my book with the flashbacks revealing more about the characters. Even if some of the things are guessed earlier on, if the author takes you on a journey that draws you in with strong characters and plot, it’s always a plus. Will be putting this on my list to read. 🙂


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