The Ex-Husband by Karen Hamilton (Excerpt)

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The Ex-Husband  Author: Karen Hamilton ISBN: 9781525811609 Publication Date: January 18, 2022 Publisher: Graydon House I am super excited to be part of the Harlequin/Graydon House book blog tour for Karen Hamilton's upcoming book The Ex-Husband, which releases on January 18, 2022. Book Summary It’s an offer she can’t refuse…and can’t escape. True: Charlotte has an unsavory past. She married the wrong man, got caught up in his con artist games, took what wasn’t hers. She got out, though: divorced Sam, started fresh. False: She left him before things went too far. Nothing bad happened. True: Sam is missing, and before he disappeared, he left cryptic messages about someone threatening him—someone who has been threatening Charlotte, too. True: She’s on the straight and narrow, has accepted a job as a personal assistant for an engagement party on board a private luxury cruise ship, the  Cleobella . False: No one on board knows about her past, and she’s far away from anyone who means her

Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay


Title:
Every Last Fear
Author: Alex Finlay
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Format: Kindle
No. of Pages: 363
Date of Publication: March 2, 2021





Description: 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 page-turning thriller, it’s also a poignant story about a family managing heartbreak and tragedy, and living through a fame they never wanted.

My Thoughts: It's hard to believe that this is Alex Finlay's debut book. I had a really hard time putting this book down and really enjoyed it. I found it to be high paced and filled with twists and turns. I did not expect the ending, which is always perfect because I hate a book where it is very transparent on who the murderer is from the beginning.

Every Last Fear has multiple narrators and it does have time jumps from past to present. I found this to be confusing at times because I found it difficult to keep track of everything going on and to keep it straight. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars because the multiple narrators/perspectives and time jumps from past to present.


About the Author: 
Alex Finlay is the pseudonym of an author who lives in Washington, D.C. His 2021 breakout thriller, EVERY LAST FEAR, was an Indie Next pick, a LibraryReads selection, an Amazon Editor’s Best Thriller, as well as a CNN, Newsweek, E!, BuzzFeed, Business Week, Goodreads, Parade, PopSugar, and Reader’s Digest best or most anticipated thriller of the year. Alex’s work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and optioned for film and television. Learn more at https://alexfinlaybooks.com/




Many thanks to St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books and Netgalley for this review copy. This is my honest opinion.

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