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  • I Enjoyed It

    Matt Pine receives word that his family has been found dead in Mexico. The Mexican Authorities have deemed it an accident. The FBI and State Department have their suspicions. All the remains of their family are his older brother who is in prison and himself. The Pine family is well known. Danny, Matt's older brother is serving time for killing his high school girlfriend, Charlotte. Everyone believes that he is innocent. He was convicted with no evidence and an obvious coerced confession. The Pine family was featured in a documentary and everyone knows the family and believes in Danny's innocence. Reeling from his family's deaths, Matt is "welcomed" back to his hometown but hostile individuals who want to keep the past in the past. There he learns that there is more to his family's death than meets the eye. Plus, strange things have been happening around him. Could he be next? Did his family die without incident or were they murdered? Who would have a reason to kill them? Is Charlotte and his family's death related? If so, how? This was a very smart thriller with a nice amount of twists and turns along the way. I really enjoyed how the author kept giving clues, giving some answers and yet also bringing up more questions. I really enjoyed the ride and even though I figured out the killer mid-way though, it did not affect my enjoyment of the book. I found this to be a well written captivating thriller. The pacing was spot on. Nothing in this book felt rushed or drawn out. Most of the characters are likeable and had me wondering what I would do if I were in their shoes. This was told through various POV and with two timelines. Riveting, smart and well written.

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  • Great Thriller

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Wowza! This was one impressive debut novel, and I will certainly be looking for the next book from Alex Finlay. After their teen-aged son is convicted of murdering his girlfriend, the Pine family is devastated. The parents are convinced he is innocent and spend all their free time looking for evidence to help overturn the conviction. Their daughter Maggie is a super-sleuth, and joins in the investigations, but Matt isn’t so sure of his older brother’s innocence. Needless to say, the family is under immense financial and emotional strain, and familial relationships are troubled to say the least. After a true crime documentary is aired, Mr. Pine receives some new information, requiring a trip to Mexico. He doesn’t want to get his wife’s hopes up, so instead claims the family could benefit from a trip to Tulum during spring break. The parents, Maggie and their youngest son head off, but Matt stays at NYU. After partying all night, Matt is met at school and learns that a gas leak took the lives of his parents, Maggie and his younger brother. But why is the FBI involved? And why does he personally have to claim their bodies? And who is following him? And who is trying to kill him? And why? The story is told in alternate timelines with alternating narrators, but it is so well-written that it is never confusing. The plot thickens at the end of each chapter, and there are twists galore. The characters are all extremely likable, with great depth and complexity. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and staying up reading way past my bedtime! Thoroughly enjoyed this thriller! https://candysplanet.wordpress.com/

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  • Suspenseful and tragic treat😲

    Matt's tragic loss: its genesis kept me guessing🤔 4.5🌟 stars I found Finlay's thriller captivating and the use of alternating time periods and perspective to link the family's past to their present day slaughter really worked for me. There's never a dull moment in this search for two truths: if not Matt's brother, who really killed Charlotte and why was the family lured to Mexico and eliminated? With a number of probable reasons for his family's tragic demise while on vacation in the Yucatan, clueless college student Matt is thrown into the thick of it, with FBI, consular and foreign officials, contract killers, a hostile hometown crowd and a brother languishing in prison for a murder he holds he did not commit. Matt's got a posse of college friends and an overwhelmed aunt to support him but he's bewildered, grief-stricken and shocked by public opinion suspecting he's involved in the murders. I particularly liked the way Finlay slowly revealed more about Matt's family and the secrets they were hiding from each other. They seemed real, flawed but likable and that made the tragedy of their murders all the more poignant: especially for promising teen sleuth Maggie. Thanks to Macmillan and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • Every Last Fear

    From the very first page Every Last Fear (Alex Finlay) grabs the reader's attention and continues to be a page turner. Mr Finlay tells the story in various voices and back and forth in time with perfect precision. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an early copy to review.

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  • Great Suspense

    Synopsis: Danny Pine is serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend, Charlotte. His family, except for his brother, Matt, believe strenuously in his innocence. A documentary on the murder brought to light issues with how the police interrogated Danny and although the Supreme Court has refused his appeal, work continues to try to overturn the conviction. Spring break arrives and the Pines head to Tulum, Mexico. Matt Pine is a NYU student and his spring break does not align with his siblings so he stays behind at school in New York. A few days later, the FBI contact Matt to advise him that his family have been found dead in their rental accommodation and while the Mexican authorities are claiming a gas leak as the cause, the FBI agent has doubts. Matt returns to his hometown in Nebraska to bury his family, along with the FBI agent in charge of the case and together they get to the truth of not only what happened to Matt’s family in Mexico but also the truth about Danny. My thoughts: The story is told through the different character’s points of view and alternates between the past and the present day in a very effective manner. I wouldn’t call this book a thriller but it is definitely a suspense with lots of twists and turns. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about when I could get back to my book to continue with the story. If you are in the mood for a suspenseful read, I highly recommend this book. This is a debut novel for this author and I look forward to more books from him in the future. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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