Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read a ton of books by May Kubica. Ever since I read The Good Girl, I have always taken the time to seek out her newest book and give it a go. While I have yet to find one I like as much as her debut, I think that she has really created a name for herself in the thriller genre. With that being said, Every Last Lie is her latest foray in the genre and it is being released in just a couple of weeks. So here is my review of the ARC:

When Clara Solberg finds out that her husband and their 4-year-old daughter were in a car crash, time stops. She is devastated to discover that while her daughter is unharmed, her husband has died in the accident. Clara is shrouded in mystery and everyone agrees that this is just a terrible tragic accident … until Maisie starts having nightmares that make Clara question what really happened in that car. Struggling with her grief and life as a single mother, and obsessed with discovering the truth behind Nick’s death, Clara is plunged into a world of lies. Who would have wanted Nick dead and why? Clare won’t stop until she finds out – but the truth may be more than she can handle.

From the very first page, the author had me in the palm of her hands. With vivid descriptions of Clare’s first moments dealing with the news of her husband’s passing, I was reeling from the emotions that were portrayed. The effect just grew stronger as Clare’s grief became more pronounced. Even though Clare was not as strong as I would have liked, I really liked her character; she was one of the most realistic characters I have ever met (in terms of her response to tragedy). The story is told from dual perspectives, with chapters alternating from Nick’s voice to Clare’s voice. It made for a very interesting story, and I kept trying to piece all of it together. This book really does make you think about all of the lies that can crop up between two people who love each other and the way in which they can alter the relationship! Every minute of the story was fantastic … until I reached the end. The ending just took me aback. After all of the buildup, after all of the paranoia and suspicions… it ended on such a bland note. I had been eagerly waiting for that satisfaction of the final reveal but it just … flopped on me. I had become so engrossed in the story and I had had such high expectations reaching the end, but the finale was just so lackluster that it made the whole story not worth reading. If you are a big fan of Mary Kubica, I would still recommend you read this novel because maybe you might enjoy it more than I did. I will be giving this book a 3.5/5 stars; in spite of its shabby conclusion, this novel was well-written and had skillfully portrayed characters that made it an enjoyable read (for the most part).

Happy reading ~

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

I had the opportunity to read this book before its release and give my feedback about it. I am so grateful for this chance, especially since I always feel like I’m the last person to read the up-and-coming books! What makes me even MORE happy is that I’ve read Mary Kubica’s work before and I really really REALLY love her style of writing (check Pretty Baby and The Good Girl)! Anyways, here is my review:

When Quinn Collins can’t find her roommate, Esther Vaughan, she begins to get a little worried. Esther would never just LEAVE without giving some kind of notice. But as Quinn becomes more antsy, she decides to snoop around for clues in Esther’s room. What she discovers makes her question whether she really knew Esther at all…

Meanwhile, in a little town outside of Michigan, Alex sees a mysterious young woman in the quaint little coffee shop where he works. He is immediately drawn to her and takes the time and effort to befriend her. But he may have chewed off more than he can handle…

As both Alex and Quinn make their way into the depths of madness, a family’s secrets will finally be brought out into the open – but will it destroy them in the process?

As usual, Kubica delivers a profoundly intense thriller. It is gripping and twisted and will keep the reader engaged with every turn. Every character, every conversation, every detail is significant and it is all tied in seamlessly at the end. I love how the story is told from alternate points of view and the final convergence of the two story lines is masterfully done. It is everything you could hope for in a thriller – and I’m sure readers will love to get their hands on this novel when it is released!

Happy reading ~

Good Girl by Mary Kubica

I was recommended this book because of my love of dark novels and I must say that this novel is definitely sinister. It was slow going at first but I’m glad I pushed through with it!

This novel revolves around one incident: the kidnapping of Mia Dennett, daughter of a prominent judge. The reader glimpses the impact of this event through the eyes of Eve, Mia’s mother, who is distraught and feels guilt. We also glimpse the event through the eyes of Gabe, the detective in charge of this case, who is beginning to realize that not everything is what it seems in the Dennett family. Most surprising of all, we experience the kidnapping through the eyes of the kidnapper, Colin; he was merely supposed to deliver Mia to his boss but instead, he decides to keep her with him and hide her from the world. As the story moves from past to present, the real motive behind the kidnapping is revealed.

At first, I thought this novel would just be about the sufferings of a mother and the challenges that detectives face. But it’s so much more than that. It is about love and betrayal, about family secrets, and even about doing the right thing in the midst of evil. I truly enjoyed the book and I loved how shocking the ending was. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a dark and moody book!

Happy reading ~