When The Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica @MaryKubica #review #mrsbloggsbooks

• Publication date: 23 Aug 2018

• Publisher: HQ

• Language: English


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Mary Kubica is back with a bang in this compulsively gripping tale of obsession and desperation.


As far as the world’s concerned, she’s already dead

Jessie Sloane is getting her life back on track after caring for her sick mother. But she’s stopped short when she discovers, that according to official records, ‘Jessie Sloane’ died seventeen years ago.

So why does she still feel in danger?

Thrown into turmoil and questioning everything she’s ever known, Jessie’s confusion is exacerbated by a relentless lack of sleep. Stuck in a waking nightmare and convinced she’s in danger, she can no longer tell what’s real and what she’s imagined.

The truth lies in the past…

Twenty years ago, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret history. Has her whole life been a lie? The truth will shock her to the core…if she lives long enough to discover it.

I absolutely love how Mary Kubica writes. Her books are usually tense psychological reads of the kind that holds my attention right until the very end and this latest book is no exception.

I was completely caught up in every page of Jessie Sloane’s nightmare story after her mother died and she finds out that her social security details belong to a girl who died seventeen years ago when she was a only three years old.

Jessie’s struggle to sleep and her increasing anxiety and other symptoms brought on by lack of sleep felt were described so intensely that I started to feel a tad peculiar myself and read on into the night feeling wide awake – the power of suggestion and I’m very easily drawn into the emotion of novels, especially ones as well written as this one.

The twist at the end nearly made me fall out of bed with amazement! I wasn’t keen on the ending I have to admit and keep re-reading it with my sleep deprived addled brain to make sure I’d read it correctly.

That ending will most probably be the talk of book clubs everywhere! Very clever and that’s all I’m saying.

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Mary Kubica is the New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL, PRETTY BABY, DON’T YOU CRY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

Visit Mary at http://www.marykubica.com/

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