Oh this one is good.  It’s hard to believe it’s a debut, and those are the best kind!  The kind that shocks you!

Matt Pine’s mom, dad and two siblings are found dead from an apparent gas leak at their rental in Tulum, Mexico.  Matt’s older brother, Danny, is in jail for allegedly killing his girlfriend.  Could this college kids life be any more messed up?!  Enter badass FBI Agent Keller who is looking into the company Matt’s dad used to work for.  

Unfortunately Matt has to go to Tulum to bring his family home.  When he gets there it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want him there snooping around.  Back in the states Keller, with help, discovers that someone staged Matt’s family’s bodies after they died.  Now it’s a race to figure out what really happened and the real reason they were in Tulum.  It all revolves around Danny, the brother in jail for murder.

Alternating between past and present until they collide and multiple points of view, this one had me guessing until the very end!  The ending has more twists thrown in than I’ve seen in a long time.  It was heartbreaking to read the reason behind the killings of the Pine Family and reading about their funeral with the casket sizes of the children.  Oh man!

It’s humorous that a big part of the book takes place in my home state of Nebraska.  Reading about Runza, Lincoln, Omaha, Omaha Steaks had me chuckling….although the author doesn’t paint Nebraska in a pretty picture.  However he got our slogan down. ” Nebraska.  Honestly, it’s not for everyone.”  

Anyways this book is amazing!  Everything you would want in a fast paced suspense read! Thank you Minotaur Books, Author Alex Finlay and NetGalley for my #copy!  Grab yours on March 2nd, 2021!

Book Rating: 5/5

Wine Pairing:  Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


Goodreads Synopsis

“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.