Every Sigh is told in a fragmented style, with multiple shifts in time and setting. There are two parallel storylines with the same narrator, one taking place in the days surrounding New Year’s Eve 1999, and the other told from a holding cell in late 2005.
Narratives converge, echo, and overlap each other throughout the novel. There are also moments of meta-fiction and "breaking the fourth wall," as well as various references to pop culture, horror films, and the zombie genre itself.
The story follows protagonist Ross Orringer, his family, and closest friends as Y2K approaches. Ross makes a paltry living wage by selling exploitation and B-movies with his best friend Preston Nichols. He lives in the shadow of his younger sister’s academic achievements, and suspects his girlfriend Lydia of having an affair.
Further, he suspects that he is being followed and photographed by mysterious figures somehow related to his father. As December 31 approaches, Ross plunges deeper and deeper into a conspiracy involving the US government, reality television, and living dead.
Author and critic Devon Kappa said, "Jason Hornsby's Every Sigh, The End may be the best zombie novel I have read. It feels like a grand truth is peeking through the enigmatic and conspiratorial fog that suffuses the novel. It all seems to mean something..."
Matt Adder of Bookgasm wrote in his review: "Every Sigh, The End—yes, another novel about zombies—is hip, referential and daring…Hornsby has given us one of the strangest and intellectual offerings I’ve read in months."
Jessica Brown of Dark Markets commented, "I sometimes appreciate, possibly even require, a work of fiction that forces me to exercise my brain a bit more than it’s used to. It keeps me on my toes, challenges me to read a bit deeper and with a bit more concentration than I normally would and helps me expand my imagination. This book did all that, and because the benefits outweighed the bizarreness I was more than happy to overlook and in some places enjoy things that might normally put me off rather quickly."