What Have We Done, a review by Shelley

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Alex Finlay

St. Martin’s Press | Minotaur Books
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
368 Pages
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I read and loved both Every Last Fear and The Night Shift by this author. But this one just didn’t do it for me, it didn’t even feel like Alex Finlay wrote it. I am used to his books being more on the mystery/suspense side of things and this title was more like an action movie.

Five teens find themselves in a group home and become fast friends, 25 years later the secret they’ve been keeping has been let out of the bag and someone is after them for it. We get multiple points of view from all involved and we also get two timelines. This is my favourite format but it did not work with this book. The past timeline was a little more interesting and believable to me, but when it came to the present it got a little too over the top.

I don’t mind books that are over-the-top action-packed thrillers and this one started out okay but somewhere around the halfway mark, I started to find it a little too repetitive and unrealistic. I don’t mind having to suspend belief for entertainment’s sake but having the same thing happen over and over again gets boring. There was just a lot going on and I mean a lot. There was just too much action and not enough plot or character development for my liking. This book will be a hit for many, I am just not one of them.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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