Pub Date 07 Mar 2023
St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books
General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading What Have We Done, the second book by Alex Finlay I’ve read for review (Every Last Fear, 5 Stars). I wish I hadn’t missed out on his 2022 release Night Shift, because this author has become one to watch for me. What Have We Done is action and adventure, mystery and thriller rolled into one exciting read. It’s similar to Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X titles–one of my favorite must-read, never-to-be-missed series. I especially liked Finlay’s protagonists Jenna and Donnie, and rooted for them throughout this multi-layered, deeply emotional story. The book is unputdownable, and I raced through the pages to find out what would happen next.
This novel would have been a 5-Star read for me, since it has most of the elements I love in a thriller, including a happy marriage (yay!). The single disruption was the frequent POV switches among the many characters, including the antagonists, that slowed the pacing and caused me to occasionally backtrack and reorient in order to move forward. The story would have worked better for me with less frequent shifts, but other readers will feel differently. What Have We Done is still a solid read and an enjoyable, entertaining novel. Highly recommended.