Every Last Lie

Every Last LieEvery Last Lie by Mary Kubica
Published by Park Row Books on June 27th 2017
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0778319989
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four-stars

Clara Solberg’s life gets turned upside down when her husband and their four year old daughter, Maisie are in a car crash. Her husband, Nick, had taken Maisie to her ballet practice, picked up Chinese food and was on his way home when his car hit a tree, killing Nick but leaving Maisie unharmed.

Clara is not willing to believe that her husband’s death is accidental. Her daughter is having nightmares about a bad man being after them. A bad man who may have been following then that tragic night. Clara, who has recently given birth to the couple’s second child is sleep deprived and full of grief. She is fueled by the need to know the circumstances surrounding her husband’s death.

This book is told through both Nick and Clara’s point of view/perspectives. Through Clara’s POV the reader gets a glimpse on how she is coping with her husband’s death and the “truths” she uncovers surrounding her husband, his dental practice, their finances and his relationships with others. Through Nick’s perspective, we see a man hiding secrets from his wife. He’s not a bad guy. He is a man who wants to protect his wife from feeling stress while she is pregnant, so he is not forthcoming with the truth. Nick plans to come clean – to tell her everything. He just never seems to find the time to sit her her down and tell her everything. He also makes decisions without his wife’s knowledge. What will happen when she finds out the truth? How will he dig himself out of the hole he has dug? ¬†What happens when your good intentions spiral out of control?

What really worked for me was the alternating perspectives of Nick and Clara. This book was a fast easy read which kept my attention the entire time. Kubica kept the plot, secrets and revelations coming at a very good pace. I had to keep reading to find out what lies and what truths would be revealed. As the story progresses, the book turns into a page turner as the truth finally comes out. Clara and the reader eventually learn the truth about Nick’s accident.

This is a good book for those who enjoy a good mystery/thriller without an graphic scenes/language/gore, etc.
I received a copy of this book from Harlequin/Park Row books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

Don’t You Cry

Don’t You CryDon't You Cry by Mary Kubica
Published by MIRA on May 17th 2016
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0778319059
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three-half-stars

Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Don’t you cry is told through two different characters (Quinn & Alex) point of view.

Quinn in living in Chicago and wakes up one morning to find that her roommate Esther is missing. While going through Esther’s room she finds her roommates cell phone and a letter addressed to “My Dearest” While trying to find out if her friend is truly missing or not, she finds out some information about her roommate and wonders if she truly knew her roommate at all.

Alex is a young man working as a dishwasher in order to support himself and his father. A mysterious woman comes into the diner where he works one day and he is intrigued by her instantly. He begins to follow her and finds out that not everything is as it seems with her.

Both story-lines merge together at the end for the reveal of the novel. As a reader, I knew from the beginning that in some way, the stories were related. Characters are important in this book. They are in the book for a reason. I really like how clever the Author was in interweaving these two story lines. I’ll give it to her, she did a good job because I did not figure this book out. I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong. Although this book is not a nail biter, I did not sit on the edge of my seat turning pages to see what happens next, this book is still intriguing and intelligent in how information is given. Is this the best book I have ever read? Certainly not. But it is good. I think fans of Mary Kubica will not be disappointed. It is a nice mystery. Not everything is as it seems. The Author did give some clues along they way, I see them now looking back. Hindsight is as they say 20/20. A good book choice for mystery fans.

three-half-stars