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What Have We Done

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What Have We Done

by Alex Finlay
Published by: Minotaur
Publish Date: March 2023
Genre(s): Mystery/Thriller
HB&W Rating: 3
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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.

Synopsis source: Goodreads


Thank you to Minotaur Books and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

One of the year’s most anticipated thrillers of the year is the latest from Alex Finlay, author of Night Shift and Every Last Fear. When I saw it on the Minotaur affiliates email, it was an auto-request for me. I hadn’t read anything by this author, but I had heard so many good things about his previous work that I felt sure it would be a slam dunk thriller. Perhaps I should have started with one of the other books after all because this was just okay for me. I liked it, but honestly, I was disappointed. It wasn’t what I was expecting from someone of Finlay’s caliber.

Let’s start with what I liked. I liked the female characters, who were simply more interesting than the male characters. I actually ended up quite liking Casey and Haley, sociopaths though they may be. The story had a decent plot, but while there were a few tense moments, it wasn’t the thriller I was expecting. Too much of the story was too over the top to be believable and it needs to be believable to be suspenseful.

Still it was an enjoyable enough read. Even though this is my first of his books, I liked it well enough to try another of them. I’ll probably give Night Shift or Every Last Fear a shot. If you have read those and loved them, I still think you might like this one, but I don’t know if it will live up to them.

What Have We Done releases on March 7, 2023.

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