When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

when the lights go out

4/5 stars


Fiction – Thriller
Goodreads Summary

A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica 

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

This was my first Mary Kubica book. I have The Good Girl sitting on my bookshelf and just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’ve heard great things about Mary Kubica books but have seen mixed reviews regarding When the Lights Go Out, so I didn’t go into it with very high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! This book really sucked me in right away. It was more emotional than I was expecting, pulling at my heart strings and even welling up some tears in my eyes. Yes, I’m emotional! 🙂 This was also different than most thrillers I read as it was a bit creepier. There were times while I was reading that I got a little scared and realized that if someone were to walk into the room without my realizing it, I would’ve jumped and screamed. However, I wouldn’t say it is overly terrifying by any means. The concept as a whole is quite shrewd and puzzling. My guess as to what was really going on in the story was way off, and I was shocked at the end. I always feel like a book is noteworthy when it keeps you thinking about it after you finish, which is exactly what this book did. If you are looking for a fascinatingly twisty thriller, pick Mary Kubica’s newest title up!

Author Mary Kubica’s website

Thanks to BookSparks for my free copy of this book.

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