Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#SRC2017 Book Review: Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Title: Every Last Lie
Author: Mary Kubica
Published: June 2017, Park Row Books
Format: ARC E-copy, 336 pages
Source: Netgalley via publisher

New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow's pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche. 
"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. 

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara's investigation and Nick's last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

My thoughts: It's no surprise that I am a huge Mary Kubica fan...she is definitely an author on my must-read list. Her psychological thrillers are top-notch and I love nothing more than settling in with one of her books - I know I am in for a good read!

This one is a little different than her previous books - it's more of a slow-burn, and I loved it! There's no fast-pace action going on here, but make no mistake - there is still that suspense building as the book progresses. The way the story is told, with Clara's part in the present and Nick's part in the past leading up to his death just add to the tightly woven tension and overall suspense. And through these two narrators we meet a whole cast of characters that add suspicion at every turn.

One of the things I love about Mary's books is that all the characters she creates are always so well-developed. They are engaging and interesting and you just want to know all you can about them. You can't help but feel for Clara and all that she is going through. The writing is so tight and clear that I often felt her grief - that's how palpable the writing is.  And then there's Nick...I really felt that despite all that he got himself involved in, he really did have good intentions.

This is such a twisted book - but so addicting. Once you start reading it, you will find yourself completely consumed with it...and despite the fact that it's a slower pace than her previous books, it's still really good, with just as many twists and turns.  I was all over the place with where I thought it was heading and was completely surprised with where it ended, but in a good way. I loved the ending and I think that Mary Kubica has proven that she is one master-storyteller, able to craft more than one kind of story! 

Every Last Lie  by Mary Kubica is one of  BookSparks "Summer Reads" reading selection picks. 
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  1. I've been wanting to read Mary Kubica since her first book came out a couple of years ago and this sounds just as good! I like that even though it was a little slower paced it still kept you hooked.

  2. I completely agree with your review. I've heard some rumblings about the ending, but I thought it was perfect given the circumstances. I will admit to shedding a tear at the last line.


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