Monday, February 27, 2023

What Have We Done by Alex Finlay

In one of the year's most anticipated thrillers #1 New York Times bestseller Sarah Pekkanen calls "Alex Finlay's best yet," What Have We Done is a tale about the lives we leave behind and the secrets we carry with us forever.

A stay-at-home mom with a past.
A has-been rock star with a habit.
A reality TV producer with a debt.
Three disparate lives.
One deadly secret.

Twenty five years ago, Jenna, Donnie, and Nico were the best of friends, a bond forged as residents of Savior House, an abusive group home for parentless teens. When the home was shut down—after the disappearance of several kids—the three were split up.

Though the trauma of their childhood has never left them, each went on to live successful, if troubled, lives. They haven’t seen one another since they were teens but now are reunited for a single haunting reason: someone is trying to kill them.

To save their lives, the group will have to revisit the nightmares of their childhoods and confront their past—a past that holds the secret to why someone wants them dead.

It’s a reunion none of them asked for . . . or wanted. But it may be the only way to save all their lives.

What Have We Done is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and a gut-wrenching coming-of-age story. And it cements Alex Finlay as one of the new leading voices in thrillers today.

Kindle, 320 pages
Expected publication March 7, 2023 
by St. Martins Press
3.5/5 stars

I loved Alex Finlay's previous book Every Last Fear so it only stands to reason I'd grab this one.  I was lucky enough to receive both the kindle and audio book.

Told from the perspectives of a trio that were bound together by a shared experience in a group home 25 years ago.  This experience wasn't shared with anyone turning this into a dark and mysterious story.  I was captivated right away. 

What Have We Done is a story that jumps around a lot.  The mystery held my attention and left me scratching my head wondering what was going on. But my interest did start to want somewhat in the middle.  I think after a certain point, with a lot of characters, things were a little muffled in terms of who was who.  Ultimately though things fit together at the end.

The audio was read by a number of different voices, all of whom did a great job.  It came in at almost 9 hours and was enjoyable to listen to.

While What Have We Done?  was an entertaining read Every Last Fear is still my favourite and one I recommend.

My thanks to St. Martins Press and Macmillan Audio for advanced copies in exchange for a honest review.

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