“Every Last Fear”

“Every Last Fear” by Alex Finlay earned a spot on my “Best Books Ever” list. The characters are compelling; the plot is well organized, and the narrative is gripping. It is the story of things that just get out of hand. It is about a family, the Pine family, a family that dies in the first sentence. (I will not give away more than that)

Things for the Pine family are characterized as before “Year Zero” or after it. Readers meet all the members of the family’ learn what they did, and how “IT” influenced them, and what happened when the cameras stopped rolling. They are living in a national game of Clue where journalists and internet detectives come up with elaborate theories and spend an unbelievable amount of time trying to prove their ideas. This is the new but not improved Pine family.

Finlay hints at significant but unknown details and expertly seeds the readers’ minds with questions. Crumbs of information and tiny details of evidence lead readers down a path that might lead to answers but mostly elicits more questions. What about the party? The medication? That Netflix show? A phone call? Some missing data? Those people who pop into the narrative from nowhere?

“Every Last Fear” is the story of what happened to a family caught in a web of social media, documentaries, politics, and secrets. I received a review copy of “Every Last Fear” from Alex Finlay, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books. I purchased my hard copy at Book Carnival, my local independent book store. Everyone has secrets; no one wants to tell them, but everyone eventually finds out.

Plan your time wisely because once you start reading, you will NOT be able to put this book down.