Monday, January 15, 2024

Review - What Have We Done

Title:  What Have We Done
Author Alex Finlay
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:   Kindle and Audio ARCs
Narrated by:  Brittany Pressley; James Patrick Cronin; Jon Lindstrom; Maggie Thompson
Length:  8 hr 47 min
No. of Pages:   358
Date of Publication:   March 7, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

In this thriller from Alex Finlay, 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, having forged a bond through the abuse and neglect they endured as residents of Savior House, a 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 accomplished―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 survive, the group will have to revisit the nightmares of their childhoods and confront their shared 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.

In this fast-paced thriller by Alex Finlay, three people, once connected when they all lived in the same group home, are now in danger of their very lives. Their lives have taken completely different directions, yet an event from their once shared past just might be the ruination of them all.

Something happened 25 years ago when five teens were all involved. One has been killed and now three of them are being hunted by a pair of twin psychopaths. They are assassins with a very specific motive and now Nico, Jenna and Donnie are all desperately trying to stay alive.  

We will begin with Jenna. At the tender age of fifteen, she was recruited to become an assassin of a secret corporation. She eventually retired, married and became a stay-at-home mother of two girls, one a problematic teen stepdaughter. Although retired, she is forced to take another assignment, one which could end up costing her her life, and also the lives of her family.

Nico is successful in his career as a television producer, but finds himself trapped in a mine when they were filming. Nico barely escaped with his life. What is more is that Nico was more than a show producer. In fact, he is highly in debt to an Irish mob. and he wonders if it is them who might be after him. 

Lastly, there is Donnie, a famous rock star who is also in jeopardy. His drug addiction might be his downfall, but for now he is being hunted, just like Nico and Jenna are. 

The three met as kids at a home called Savior House and the story occasionally goes back to that time, but the present is where most of the story takes place. Very interesting premise and the story moves along nicely and comes to a satisfying conclusion.  Factor in the four narrators and a good story is made batter.

Many thanks to Minotaur Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Alex Finlay is the author of the 2021 breakout novel, Every Last Fear, the 2022 Goodreads Choice nominee for Best Mystery & Thriller, The Night Shift, and the 2023 LibraryReads Hall of Fame recipient, What Have We Done.  His work has been an Indie Next pick, a LibraryReads selection, an Amazon Editor’s Best Thriller, as well as a Cosmopolitan, CNN, Newsweek, E!, BuzzFeed, Business Week, Goodreads, Parade, PopSugar, Scribd, and Reader’s Digest best or most anticipated thrillers of the year. Alex’s novels have been translated into twenty-one languages and are sold around the world.  All of his novels have been optioned for film and television, and Every Last Fear is in development for a major limited series.  

Alex writes under a pen name and is a prominent Washington, D.C. lawyer who has represented clients in more than 40 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

His next novel If Something Happens to Me releases in May 2024.

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