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Publisher's Summary

“High-energy.... Finlay expands the puzzle and ratchets up the action.” (New York Times)

"This debut is gripping from the first bone-chilling line until the final page." (Newsweek)

One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021: • Newsweek • CNN • E! Online • Goodreads • BuzzFeed • PopSugar • BookBub • Bibliofile • Mystery and Suspense

In one of the year’s most anticipated debut psychological thrillers, a family made infamous by a true-crime documentary is found dead, leaving their surviving son to uncover the truth about their final days.

"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 gripping thriller, it’s also a poignant story about a family managing heartbreak and tragedy and living through a fame they never wanted.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

"Prepare yourself for twist after exciting twist. A standout novel plotted with surgical precision." (Karin Slaughter)

"Explosive! A knife-edged thriller that explores the true meaning of family, including love, loyalty, and lies." (Lisa Gardner, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"Brilliant. Finlay weaves a story as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking. Hooks you from the very first page and keeps you guessing until the final explosive twist. Taut, smart, and compelling. A do not miss!" (Liv Constantine, internationally best-selling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish)

©2021 Alex Finlay (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Fantastic!

This is book one of the most well-constructed mysteries that I have ever read and that is significant, because I have been reading since I was a preteen and I am now 70. Treat yourself to this book. You deserve it.

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Smartly crafted thriller!

Weaving together a variety of points of view and providing the clues through non-linear story telling, the author does a great job of keeping the reader guessing about what's really going on and who's behind the crime. Really interesting way of taking the fascination the public has for "true crime" stories and using that to drive the plot of this fun "read." Using two readers for the audio book was a great choice as well, as it helps emphasize the different lines of the story that are going on at once. Looking forward to more from this author!!

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Don’t think twice - this one is Suspenseful & Smart

Every Last Fear showed up in my feed as a suggested read and I’m glad I did. The story was suspenseful - well developed characters and the narrators did a great job bringing them to life. The technical details were accurate without over burdening the reader/listener with unnecessary details. I found myself wanting to know more, and re-listening to chapters to make sure I didn’t miss any important details. Well rounded story that didn’t leave any loose ends. Look forward to more from this author, and the narrators as well.

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One of the best!

I've enjoyed this story. It made me cry, it made me talk back and it made me hold my breath!
The narration was absolutely perfect, drawing the story in my mind. I may listen to it again!

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A Favorite

This book pulled me in & didn't let go. Definitely a favorite! On to check out this author's other books.

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Disappointing

The story gets off to a promising start, but after a few hours it becomes a painful listen. The female narrator tries too hard and her performance falls flat, particularly when she voices the teenage daughter. I also found much of the dialogue throughout the book stilted, awkward, and amateurish. Ultimately, I couldn't buy in to the story.

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Solid Murder Mystery

I enjoyed this story about a college student whose older brother was (wrongly?) convicted of murdering a high school girlfriend 6 years before the book begins. When a Netflix documentary is released about his brother's case, there are far-reaching consquence for the entire family. It was a fun listen and the narration was solid. I did figure out the whodunit about halfway through the book but it was still fun to hear it unfold. The author employs the overused convention of eventa taking place in the present and past but it does work in this book and I wasn't at all distracted by it. I'd recommend for anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery.

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WOW!

This book has an original story and kept me riveted! The narrators were great, too. I highly recommend!

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Thriller that keeps you guessing!

A favorite author of mine recommended this book, so I had to try it! I was not disappointed! So many rich detailed characters! So many directions you think this book will go and it changes with each character narration change!! You get so many perspectives that you won’t ever get bored, but pay attention they’re all important! I give this book a solid five stars!

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I have never given a poor review like this and I hate to do it in a way, cuz this book is somebody’s baby. BUT, this is really one of the worst books I’ve ever experienced. It has a great premise but meandered, failed to develope the characters, included a lot of unnecessary and painful prose. The end is terrible, a real splat. I’m not sure how this book got the positive reviews it did, but buyer beware.....you will regret the purchase and any time you spend on this one.