Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
Every Last Fear opens on NYU student Matt Pine, who after a night of partying, returns to his dorm to find an FBI agent. His entire family has been found dead on vacation in Mexico in what appears to be an accidental gas leak. The local police rule it an accident, but the FBI suspects foul play. The Pine family is no stranger to the spotlight. Oldest son Danny Pine is currently serving life in prison for the murder of his high school girlfriend, a subject which is the plot of a popular Netflix documentary that attempts to show that Danny was wrongfully committed. But who would want to kill the rest of the Pine family? And why were they in Mexico in the first place? Is Matt also in danger? Frantic for answers Matt must uncover the truth on his own before it’s too late.
Told in the third person from multiple perspectives, Every Last Fear leaves the reader unsure who to trust. In the present, it follows Matt and Agent Keller, the FBI agent assigned to investigate the suspicious deaths of the Pines. In the past, it follows father Evan, mother Liv, and loyal daughter Maggie, as they live out the final weeks of their lives.
This is quite a dark story, not for the faint of heart, about death, loss, and murder. It makes you really think about the consequences of true crime documentaries to the families of both the victims and the suspected murderers. While the majority of the book focused on murder and loss, my favorite scenes involved Matt’s core group of friends from college. They’re such an eclectic group but they always show up for Matt when he needs it, and you could tell how much they truly loved him. Scenes with their group were quite a refreshing break.
Every Last Fear is perfect for fans of slow-build, built-narrator suspense novels.
Thank you to Minotaur Books and Netgalley for the review copy. All opinions are my own.