What Have We Done? by Alex Finlay #NetGalley #ARCReview #Thriller

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.

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Told from multiple points of view, this thriller from Alex Finlay had me on the edge of the seat. Jenna, Nico, Donnie, Ben & Artemis lived in a group home 25 years ago. Something happened involving them, it’s not explicitly stated until late in the book but enough hints are given that the reader figures it out well before then. Now, it appears someone is trying to take all of them out, but none of them can figure out who.

Ben, the federal judge, is murdered. Donnie, his best friend and washed up rock star, is threatened with a gun by an attractive woman and is forced overboard of a cruise ship; somehow miraculously, he’s rescued by fisherman. Nico is a reality television producer on a show featuring coal miners and is attacked by an attractive woman, which makes him run down a mine shaft. Then there’s an explosion and Nico is trapped.

Jenna is a different matter. She’s a “retired” assassin for hire, who receives a cryptic message telling her about a hit she has to do or her new family will be in danger. The hit turns out to be her old Savior House friend Artemis, who is a Bill Gates-like character in the book. She purposely misses her shot when she sees who the target is, and that’s when all hell breaks out. She’s on the run and has to get her step-daughters and husband to safety. Luckily, she told her husband all about her past and they have a safe house ready and waiting for them. Once they’re secured, Jenna needs to find out who hired the female assassin and if it has anything to do with the events of 25 years ago.

It turns out there’s not one but two assassins, the Doublemint twins, if you will, who aren’t the typical killers. They don’t do it for ideology or for money, they do it for sport. And that makes them that much more dangerous.

Each chapter is short, covering Nico, Donnie, Jenna or the killers’ point of view, which quickens the pace of the story and makes you want to keep flipping the pages. The person of interest who may have hired the assassins is the son of the headmaster of Savior House, who mysteriously disappeared 25 years ago. He was brother to the town mayor and given the job to keep him out of trouble. His son, Derek, is now a freshman congressman from the district, and has motive. But how did he find out what the gang did all those years ago? Someone must have been talking. Ben was killed because of it.

Jenna, Nico, and Donnie need to band together to figure out the mystery before the assassins try to take them out again. The answers to the mystery are surprising.

I’m not normally big on thrillers because they usually involve a fair amount of violence, but What Have We Done does not have gratuitous scenes. When someone is injured, there isn’t an in-depth discussion of wounds, for which I was grateful.

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from NetGalley and Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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