First of all, a HUGE Thank You to the publisher Minotaur Books and BookishFirst for sending me this advance readers copy! I read a First Read snippet and was so hooked I couldn’t stop thinking about what was going to happen next. Needless to say I felt like a million bucks after winning that raffle. Thank you, again!
Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
Pub Date: March 2, 2021
Wow, if there was ever a suspense novel to keep you guessing, Every Last Fear gets the job done–quite well, I might add. By the time I had reached the end I wanted to applaud and give a standing ovation to the production I’d just read. It was that good. Okay, let’s start with the synopsis.
Matt’s entire family is found dead from an apparent gas leak in Mexico. The police think it’s an accident but the FBI isn’t so sure. His only remaining family member is his brother Danny, who’s serving a life sentence for the murder of his girlfriend. A Netflix Documentary was made on the case that’s got the nation convinced of Danny’s innocence, but Matt saw something that night that tells him otherwise. With a media frenzy already around their family, it’s up to Matt to put the pieces together. Could the two crimes possibly be related?
The premise of a Netflix documentary about Danny’s case felt very current and relatable since crime docs are a hot topic between just about everyone I know. (Seriously, haven’t you seen Don’t F*#! with Cats? or Tiger King?) The writing felt young and modern, casual like a friend was relaying all the bloody details. I’ll admit I don’t always see the killer coming, but I usually do. In this case I had no idea what the outcome was going to be and it made for a really fun ride. The story is told in the “Before” and the “After,” being before the murder/documentary and the aftermath, and I liked that it the perspectives of all the family members.
Besides having a killer plot (hehe), the writing was also eloquent enough that I was able to get lost in the art of creative writing as I read. I couldn’t help thinking that this Alex Finlay guy really knows his stuff and whatever he writes next, I’ll be there to pick up a copy. Overall, this book is intriguing as all hell, the writing is perfect, and I could see myself picking it up and reading it again just for the ride. I highly recommend if you enjoy suspense, crime documentaries, and a good tangled web of mystery.