Book Title: Every Last Lie
Author: Mary Kubica
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Genres: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Date Read: 06/10/17
Pub Date: 06/27/17
“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.”
Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.
Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.
Of course I gave this 5 stars; what did you expect? 😂 In all honesty I’m a Kubica junkie. I truly love how fleshed out her characters are and how the suspense just builds from beginning to end. This one was very different than her previous three novels. Maybe it was because Clara was in a similar walk of life as I am (young mother with 2 small kids) or maybe it was because she put some of my worst fears on paper, but I really connected with the story. I think readers will be split over the ending; personally I loved it but I can see how some might be expecting a different direction. This ended up being a buddy read with the lovely Sam @ Clues and Reviews (she loved it to by the way) and trust me, you’re going to want to have someone to talk to once you finish it.
My mood has been solely focused on slow burning novels at the moment; I’m not sure what the reason is behind this. Maybe it’s a need for a deeper connection with my characters, possibly it’s because I have had so many review copies to churn out that my inner book nerd is craving something I don’t feel pressured to fly through; whatever the reason, THIS book satisfied that desire. Please be aware that there is nothing fast paced about this novel; it needs to be savored and enjoyed slowly as it is heavily character driven. I’m amazed that a book can lack so much action and yet captivate my attention so fully. Even with it being a slow paced read, I still found myself not wanting to put it down, only wishing I had more time to read continuously. So this is your warning for those who like to constantly state that slow books=boring books; this psychological suspense won’t be for you.
THAT ENDING. I’m sure it was just me, but I was completely taken by surprise with that ending. Maybe it’s that I’ve read so many twisty novels of suspense lately that keep trying to out-do each other with elaborate, over-the-top schemes that this finale was refreshing and powerful to my psyche. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers or causing your mind to drift in any one direction, but I’m convinced it’s the type of ending that will be controversial amongst readers; you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. I can’t get into WHY I loved it, but just know that I did. It was a risky move of Kubica and I applaud her for going outside the genre’s comfort zone to give us something fresh. Note- outside of genre’s comfort zone is not referring to a supernatural/paranormal twist. Highly recommended to suspense readers looking for a realistic, moving suspense that deals with the domestic struggles of one young family; if this is you then look no further.
*Many thanks to the author for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.
Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels, including THE GOOD GIRL, PRETTY BABY, DON’T YOU CRY and EVERY LAST LIE. A former high school history teacher, Mary 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, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Her first novel THE GOOD GIRL was an Indie Next pick in August of 2014, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014. Mary has been described as “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune) and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times). She is currently working on her next novel.
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