Every Last Fear
by Alex Finley
Discussion Questions:
1. This story weaves together mystery, true crime, and family drama. What did you enjoy most about the book? Which part did you enjoy the least?

2. The Pine family's story is told from multiple points of view and mixes past and present. Did you like this format. Was it informative, confusing?

3. Evan and Maggie aren't truthful about the reason for the trip to Mexico. Instead, they both obsess about proving Danny's innocence. Do you think they realized the grave danger they faced?

4. Was it right for Evan to make decisions about his family without consulting other family members? Do you think he neglected his family trying to get Danny out of jail?

5. This story sheds light on our flawed justice system. Danny is wrongly convicted. Discuss the strife within the Pine family caused by Danny's conviction and his questionable guilt. Which family member was most affected. Talk about the impact this has on Danny?

6. After Danny is convicted and sent to jail, Matt distances himself from the family. He refuses to participate in the documentary. Why? What would you do in the same circumstances?

7. Did the author do a good job of keeping you guessing? Was the story suspenseful and thought-provoking enough?

8. How did the story make you feel? Did you get emotional? Angry?

9. Were you invested in the characters? Were they well developed? Who was your favorite character? Least favorite?

10.Did any part of the plot surprise you? In your mind, were there any questions left unanswered? Was the story plausible?

11.Every Last Fear is loosely about a true crime. Talk about the effect the true-crime documentary has on the Pine family. Do true crime stories raise awareness in a good way?

12. What point, if any, was the author trying to make?
Book Club Talking Points:
So, book clubs will love that this is based on a true crime. There is also the documentary element - documentaries are popular, but how do they affect the person involved? Then there is the very popular family drama - always a book club favorite talking topic.

Discussion Questions by PrincetonBookReview
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