When the Lights Go Out

When the Lights Go Out

by Mary Kubica


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When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778330783
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 32,947
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She 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 and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

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When the Lights Go Out 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous 9 days ago
At times it was rather boring...but it all fit together.
CLynnT 12 hours ago
Oh Mary, I love your writing style and I will continue to crave your books like a fix. But you let me down with the ending of this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride; I stayed glued for the entire day off and don’t regret a minute of the suspense. But the twist was a bit of an insult. I literally flipped back thru to try to find the clue I missed. There were just too many items left dangling that remain unclear. But I forgive you, because it was an enjoyable read. I anxiously await your next project! (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Harlequin- Hanover Square Press for making it available.)
Anonymous 3 days ago
Very good but sad
BookishlyBedelia 6 days ago
Who am I? Where do I come from? Is my whole life a lie? These are questions that Jessie Sloane is now forced to ask herself in the slow burn psychological thriller, When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica. Jessie's dying mother tells her to 'go find yourself'. Jessie, assuming her mother meant for her to make something of herself, do what she enjoys, make her life what she has dreamed of enrolls in college but after red flags are raised as to her identity, Jessie has to wonder if that is what her mother actually meant by those words. Now: Plagued with insomnia Jessie takes us with her on her quest to 'find herself'. Not just questioning her identity but also the things around. her. Is she seeing what she thinks she is, hearing what is being whispered to her or is the insomnia making her endeavor that much harder? Each passing day brings her closer to solving the mystery of her life but with each passing day brings more exhaustion and the fear that lack of sleep will eventually end her life. Then: We follow Eden back 20 years and relive her emotional and heart wrenching struggles with her. Her story is one born of love and what society tells us are worth is to be. The triggers and stumbling blocks taking Eden to places that she never thought she would be. Eden may hold the answers to Jessie's questions. When The Lights Go Out is told with a then and now narration volleying between Eden (then) and Jessie (now). I adored both of them. I found Eden and Jessie incredibly relatable and likable. I cried for Eden and bit my nails for Jessie and loved every moment of the book. Prior to reading this book, I read the mixed reviews and I knew the end was a love or hate conclusion and I can say that I loved it. I thought it was perfect and flowed really well with the rest of the story! Given an alternate ending, I wouldn't have chosen any other. I very much enjoyed When the Lights Go Out!
AmberK1120 6 days ago
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free review copy. Ok, so here's my brutal truth review: I don't really know what I just read. I stayed up late to finish it because I couldn't wait to find out what really happened, but I'm still not sure if I know. I think I need to process it some more because I have questions! 
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I've heard some mixed reviews, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I found myself repeatedly seeking out the book so I could keep reading. I will agree with readers who have said this has a slower pace than some of Kubica's previous books. Honestly, when I realized that only a day or two had passed in the timeline, I was baffled because I'd thought it had been four. But for me, it only added to the confusion and uncertainty of Jessie's narration. I mean, she's suffering from severe insomnia, which is guaranteed to make her unreliable, so this was the kind of uncertainty I wanted from the book. 
This is the third thriller I've read over the last couple of weeks where going into it with minimal knowledge of the plot really enhanced the reading experience, in my opinion. Had I gone into this book with anything more than the synopsis above, I'd have been very disappointed. I loved experiencing everything as it played out for Jessie, and not knowing what was real or what was her insomnia.
I really loved this book. I was confused and completely immersed in the chaos, and it was a fantastic escape. If you're intrigued by the synopsis, if you're a Kubica fan, I recommend diving in fairly blind. Don't seek out too much info from reviews, just go in with the synopsis and be ready for lots and lots of questions. 
Highly recommend.
LeslieLindsay 8 days ago
Twisty, thought-provoking, dizzying, hypnotic, emotionally-wrenching fifth book from Mary Kubica about identity, motherhood, loss, and insomnia. Mary completely wow-ed me with her breakout novel, THE GOOD GIRL, and since 2014, I've gobbled up every one of her novels. She's immensely talented and her writing is always darkly brilliant. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT (Park Row, September 4 2018) is different than her other books and I am afraid some die-hard thriller fans will be disappointed. If you go into this hoping for a fabulous, classic, I-didn't-see-this-coming twist, you might find it disconcerting, frustrating, ____[insert own adjective here]; because it is a little bit of a rude awakening (pun not intended). But. If you go into it with an open mind, with a slightly different focus--one erring on the side of motherhood, grief, loss, and identity, then I think you'll find WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT provides a unique reading experience. Jessie Sloane is tired. She's been caring for her ailing mother for years and her time is coming soon. Dedicated and devoted, Jessie is at her bedside in the hospital but she can't rest knowing her mother is on her deathbed, that there are just minutes, hours left of her mother's life. And then Jessie is hit with a remarkable sense of grief, a horror of living, of trying to re-build. She's only 20 and suddenly she's alone, without a home, a mother, and who is her father, anyway? Told in alternating settings (Door County, WI and Chicago), time periods (1996-1997, and present-day), and narrators (Jessie and mother Eden), we experience several worldviews and a highly emotional ride. Eden's sections focus mainly on motherhood, loss, grief, marriage and just how far a woman will go for a baby. I identified with some of those feelings, forcing me to ponder, 'how far would I go to attain motherhood?' With Jessie, we experience a 20-year old struggling with her own identity, the grief of losing her mother, her debilitating insomnia, and thus, paranoia. Together, these pieces weave in and out of consciousness, leaving the reader to puzzle it out. There are challenging aspects to the narrative--including infertility, miscarriage, divorce, that may not be for everyone. In several instances, I was reminded of Jodi Piccoult's storytelling techniques , especially in terms of suspension of belief and memory, particularly in her 2014 novel LEAVING TIME. While the ending of WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT might not be what you were expecting--desiring, even--it serves as a reminder that life (and books) aren't always perfect little packages.
Carolefort 9 days ago
This is my first Mary Kubica novel and I can't wait to read her previous work. This book has completely bowled me over. Due to the convoluted plot, it is difficult to discuss the storyline without divulging too many details. Jessie Sloane is at her mother's deathbed. While grieving her passing, she finds a new home and applies for college. The college notifies her that she needs her social security number which leads her to realizing that she does not know who she really is. The novel alternates between Jessie's present life and the life of Eden twenty years before. It is up to the reader to solve the puzzles that link these two women. Just when you think you know Jessie's identification, the author takes you down another rabbit hole. What a great read. Thank you to Harlequin-Hanover Square Press and NetGalley for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
SL22268 9 days ago
Not my favorite by this author Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have read several of Mary Kubica's books and was excited for this one; however, I was not a fan of this one. There were a couple of times where I didn't even want to finish but was waiting for the twist. The twist was there, but it wasn't a very good one. I would recommend reading other books by this author before reading this one. Pretty bummed :(
bookluvr35SL 11 days ago
Jessie Sloan''s mother dies of cancer, and her dying wish was for Jessie to "find herself". So Jessie sells the house she grew up in, signs up to go to college and finds a new place to live where there are no ghosts from the past. Then she receives a call from the college saying her social security number belongs to someone who has been dead for 17 years. This prompts Jessie to go on a quest to get answers to who she really is, and everything spirals out of control. I really enjoyed this author's previous book, but this one fell short for me. There were twists at the end, but it just left me more confused and dissatisfied than anything. That said, give it a try and see if you come to a different opinion.
mweinreich 12 days ago
In this well written drama, Mary Kubica confronts two issues that have plagued women, that of infertility and that of insomnia. Statistics say that 12.1% of women suffer with infertility problems while 6.7% are actually infertile. Sixty million people suffer from some level of sleep disorder. While there is medical treatment for infertility, it can cost in upwards of one hundred thousand dollars. Insurance will cover some of the costs but most insurances have a maximum amount that they will cover. For women who so want a child, and will try anything to conceive, they and their partner encounter an enormous amount of debt trying to become pregnant. In the book When the Lights Go Out, Ms Kubica introduces us to Eden, a young girl happily married to her spouse who decide to have a child. However, they experience much difficulty and explore all options, acquiring massive debt and eventually wrecking their marriage. Years later, Eden's daughter, Jessie Sloane, confronts her own problems. She is an insomniac, her mother is dying of cancer, and after Eden's death, Jessie needs to find out about herself. She tries to enroll in college but then finds out her social security number belonged to a three year old child who had died. Jessie embarks on a mission to find out who she is, but her insomnia plagues her, opening her up to chronic sleeplessness, memory issues, and hallucinations. She is on a road to paranoia. Told in two concurrent voices, that of Eden's and Jessie, this story confronts the issue of family love, the overwhelming desire for a child, and finding oneself among the chaos of life and its many problems. It is a sensitive story, one that is written about so well, by the author. At times, the two unreliable narrators of this story relate things that seem murky and at times some of the details are slightly unrealistic. However, I do recommend this book as a worthwhile read and one many will enjoy as you ponder the issues these two women faced. Thank you to Mary Kubica, Herlequin-Hanover Square Press and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this thought-provoking novel. Thank you also to the Traveling Sisters group on Goodreads who read along with me. We had quite a discussion about this book and as always, it made the story ever more intriguing.
SilversReviews 12 days ago
No identity, no birth certificate, no social security card, no mention on her mother’s income tax forms. Jessie found out she was non-existent, but how could that be possible? Was she really born in Illinois? Was Sloan really her last name? Was what her mother told her not the truth? If not the truth, why? We follow Jessie after her mother passed away with no questions answered about her life and her identity. She never thought to ask her mother because the need never came up to wonder why she was an unknown person. Meanwhile Eden’s story is being told along with Jessie’s. What is the connection? Does Eden have the answers to the questions of her missing identity? The book had a slow start, but once it got going, I didn’t want to put it down. The slow start was because I was a bit confused, but I knew that would not continue and the book would get tense and interesting. I, of course, was correct. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT was a thriller with odd characters. Jessie was totally off-the-wall and Eden was strange as well. As usual Ms. Kubica has created another spinning tale that keeps you guessing and wondering along with Jessie about her life and her mother’s parting words about finding herself. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT has a unique, creative story line with some upsetting situations, but the ending will have you saying: Ah ha as well as have you scratching your head. ENJOY if you read Ms. Kubica’s newest. 4/5 This book was given to me as an ARC. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 12 days ago
I'm a huge fan of Mary Kubica and this is the fourth book of hers that I have read. While it's not my favorite of hers, it still kept me awake all night with the familiar chant of "just one more chapter" until I found myself at the end of the book as the sun was rising. From the beginning you know what's happening as it doesn't appear that the author is trying to hide a twist from you... or is she? This could have been a five star from me if not for the out-of-the-blue plot twist towards the end of the book. I don't get it, I don't understand why Kubika decided to go this route and, in my opinion, ruin an incredibly paced story that had so much potential to end in an extraordinary climax. I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
lsmoore_43 12 days ago
I received a copy of this via #NetGalley. This book blew me away. It pulled me right in and was a roller coaster of a ride from start to dramatic ending. I kept trying to figure out what was going on. What happened. Who did what and where Jessica came from. I was totally blown away. I was shocked by this book. I did not figure out what happened at all. Had no idea and personally I loved the ending. I think it was perfect for this story. The dove part made me cry so bad and the letter ripped my heart right out of my chest. I went to bed with puffy swollen eyes from crying so hard and I beleive it was perfect. It just fit. I loved the characters of this book and how they were to each other. It shows what you will do if you want a baby so bad you can’t breathe. How it’s not always to late to make something right that you did wrong to another person. To me it was sad but perfect. I gave it a 5 star rating and believe it well deserves it. I loved this book. I can relate to insomnia. Maybe not as bad as Jessie, but still....
Bonnie Franks 13 days ago
I have read other books by Mary Kubica and she has become an author I will read no matter what as I am impressed with her writing. She can write a thriller that pulls you in and has you looking for that one little thing that will give you all of the answers you are seeking.....and then when you get it, you are floored because you have been looking in all the wrong places. What an awesome thing for her to be able to do! It's frighteningly wonderful. This book is sad, but there are numerous instances of good times remembered and the presence of love . I can't go into a lot of detail, but just know that this psychological thriller is well worth reading and makes you feel all the feels. This book was provided to me by NetGalley.com and the publisher.
UpAllNightBB 14 days ago
3 Stars Review by Morgen Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica encompasses how grief can shatter your reality. Jessica grew up with a single mom and loves her wholeheartedly. When her mother is diagnosed with cancer her world slowly crumbles around her. She doesn’t sleep and it starts messing with her mind. She is determined, curious, and strong. Eden is a new wife who wants nothing more than to be a mother. Her and her husband try everything they can to get pregnant with no success. Her need for a child starts to become an obsession and their relationship suffers for it. She is caring, compassiionate, and determined. Jessica’s mother’s cancer has metastasized. Her mother’s doctor says she doesn’t have much time left and Jessica has been up for days living off coffee, not wanting to miss her mother’s final moments. Secrets come to light and her world starts to fall away beneath her feet. Eden is struggling with her feelings of inadequacy and hopelessnes because of her infertility. It is hard for her to cope with seeing everyone around her being a parent when she can’t, and add on top of that they don’t seem to appreciate the joys of parenthood as she would. When both of their realities are altered how do they endure the unknown? Find out how these two are connected in this story full of intrigue and suspense. The storyline is refreshingly new. We see the story from Jessica and Eden’s POV giving us a fuller perspective. It keeps us guessing the whole way through. The story unravels slowly and the amount of detail slowed the pacing a bit. The characters weren’t given enough depth for me to truly root for them. The twists I never saw coming. Some parts were so unexpected they completely blew me away. Definitely worth the read for the mind bending anticipation at each turn. I would recommend for anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
Honolulubelle 14 days ago
Favorite Quotes: I told her that we’re trying. Trying to have a child, trying to start a family. An odd choice of words for creating a baby, if you ask me. Trying is how one learns to ride a bike. To knit, to sew. To write poetry. The frustration over my identity boils inside me until I feel myself begin to lose it. All this red tape preventing me from getting what I need, from proving who I am. I’m starting to question it myself. Am I still me? It’s an insidious way to die, I think, from lack of sleep because there is nothing gory about it, no blood, no guts, and yet the effects are just as gruesome. I know because I’m living it. As the sun begins to rise on the eleventh day, it’s only a matter of time until I die. This is what it feels like knowing you’re about to die. My Review: What clever sleight of hand, and I totally fell for it. This engrossing book was a minefield of intriguing and heart squeezing storylines. Ms. Kubica’s excellent storytelling was expertly woven with flawless word choices, bringing forth vivid and sharp visuals and several instances of chicken skin. I was quickly under the influence of her powerful word voodoo and keenly felt the characters’ frustrations, discomforts, confusion, and fatigue. Written from a dual POV, the two main characters and narrators were difficult to hold in positive regard, as they were often exasperating and repellent. Jessie was struggling with a conundrum while she was also not the brightest bulb in the pack. And as Jessie was suffered from extreme sleep deprivation and experiencing hallucinations, her observations and thoughts were untrustworthy and increasingly erratic; while her mental and physical decline and descent into madness were fascinating. I steadily grew to despise the character of Eden and found her obsessive and all-consuming drive to reproduce to be horrendously irresponsible and selfish. Ms. Kubica’s well-crafted storylines and writing style were compelling yet taut with tension and angst. I was so caught up in their apprehensions that I am in dire need of a relaxing spa day. Until I can work one of those into my schedule, the next best plan would be a generous scoop of Ben and Jerry’s while trolling my TBR in search of an amusing comedy and lighter fare for my next read.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Mary Kubica’s When the Lights Go Out is a heart pounding, breath holding, fast paced, edge of your seat thriller that will leave you guessing until the very last page. I am a thriller lover. I will devour anything that can get my blood pumping but I find that I have read so many great thrillers that I have a hard time being surprised anymore. A good book can be ruined so easily by becoming overly complicated and easily predicted. About half way through this book, I was wholly expecting to be disappointed in this way. So happy this was not the case! Not only was this book not over done but it’s written so well that just as soon as you have it all figured out and are ready to throw it in the *meh* bin…BOOM….Mind. Freaking. Blown! Not only was I not able to guess what was coming but the characters were written in a way that I was really able to connect with them and that takes a great bit of writing, as far as I’m concerned. Connecting with characters has always been hit or miss with me but I was right there with Eden and Jessie for the full ride. Feeling what they felt and being able to think what they were thinking (even though I was WAY off sometimes) made this book just that much more enjoyable to read. This would have been a 5 Star read for me were it not for the ending. So many mixed feelings there that I don’t even know where to begin and I don’t want to give anything away, because this is a must-read book, so I’m just going to say that while I did not see that coming at all….it was a little on the anticlimactic side and I was definitely expecting more there. All in all, this book blew me away and I would highly recommend picking it up. Free yourself up an afternoon with some wine and munchies, though, because this is a one-sitting read. I would also like to thank NetGalley and Harlequin for providing a copy of this book.
cristieu 15 days ago
This is the stellar writing that I expect when I pick up a book by Mary Kubica! The characters are well developed and the plot moves along at a great pace. I became invested in Jessie's journey from the first page. This is how psychological thrillers should be written!
SheTreadsSoftly 15 days ago
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica is a so-so novel of psychological suspense. Jessie Sloane's mother, Eden, dies from cancer and now she must try to continue on with her life after spending her teen years, since she was 15, caring for her mom. When the college she has applied to informs her that her social security number belongs to a 3-year-old girl who died 17 years ago, she needs to find her social security card, but can't. Jessie can't even find her birth certificate and she doesn't have any other identification, like a driver's license. Eden never told her the name of her father, so Jessie is running out of options. She is also struggling with insomnia, which is causing hallucinations and paranoia. Between Jessie's narrative are flashbacks from Eden's past, beginning in 1996. Eden and her husband were newlyweds in 1996 and wanted to start a family. Soon her inability to conceive became an obsession for Eden and led to more expensive medical intervention to assist them. Her obsession becomes increasingly unhealthy and threatens her marriage. The quality of the writing is great, but the actual plot, not so much. I struggled to get through this novel and kept talking back to the plot/action because it didn't make sense. The ending, which was likely supposed to explain all the things I was upset with in the novel only resulted in pure disgust and reduced my rating to 2 stars. (It is 2 stars because Kubica gets 1 for her writing ability. Great writer; bad plot device.) Saying anything about the extremely disappointing "twist" at the end will ruin the novel for others, but I feel like it was a lazy ending. When the ending technique used here has been tried in other circumstances, it is consistently a hit or miss for people. This was a total miss for me. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Park Row Books.
jdowell 16 days ago
Another hit from Mary Kubica - but this is very different than her other works. I found this to be more of a mystery than a thriller - it doesn't have that edge of your seat tension like a thriller. The story is told in two time periods. One story is Jessie's, in current time, whose mother is in the hospital dying of cancer. jessie and her mother have always been extremely close and she doesn't know what she will do without her. Jessie has no idea who her father is or any family other than her mother. The other story is Eden's, in the 1990s. Eden is married to Aaron and they love each other deeply and are trying to have a child. Unfortunately, due to various issues, Eden is unable to conceive and it is driving her to do things she wouldn't normally even think of doing. The book kept my interest and the writing is wonderful. At the very end there is a twist that changes all you have imagined throughout the book. Definitely not the ending I suspected! Although not my favorite of Mary Kubica's, it is definitely worth reading and is a really good mystery. I would read anything Mary Kubica writes - she's a very good storyteller! Thanks to Mary Kubica and HARLEQUIN - Hanover Square Press through Netgalley for an advance copy.
Karen_Benson 16 days ago
I've been a fan of Mary Kubica's ever since I read The Good Girl several years ago, so was really looking forward to reading her newest thriller. And this one once again kept me up until the wee hours because I just had to finish and find out what happens! I love a book that keeps me turning the pages where I'm completely absorbed in the story. The story alternates between current day Jessie and the past of Eden. Jessie's mom is dying from cancer, dies, and Jessie then tries to cope with her grief. She becomes an insomniac to the point of not sleeping whatsoever for days on end. Because of this, she becomes an an unreliable narrator, which is not my favorite, but I still couldn't put the book down. Eden is happily married and her and her husband Aaron decide they want to have a baby. She then slowly goes down the rabbit hole as a year passes with no baby. It was hard to watch her delve so deep into despair. I was sure I knew what the ending would be and then the author completely throws the readers under the bus with such a bizarre ending, that I'm still reeling from it 12 hours later. I wasn't happy with the ending of this or it would have been a 5 star read for me. Overall, I did really enjoy the ride though. To be honest, except for that HUGE twist, I was okay with where the characters ended up at the end, even if it was such a roundabout way to get there. *Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harlequin Publishers for the advance copy!*
Persephonereads 16 days ago
I first want to thank the publisher Harlequin/Hanover Square Press and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. Within the last year I have read all of Mary Kubica's novels. Sometimes I really like them but sometimes not as much. This book is my favorite Kubica book that have read thus far. With Chicago as the backdrop like most of Kubica's novels we follow Jessie Sloane whose Mother passed away while Jessie fell asleep in the hospital bed next to her. Her Mother's last words to her were "Find yourself" and so Jessie sets out on a journey to find herself. The problem is that at every turn Jessie is hit with one obstacle after the next as she finds that she has been declared dead many years ago. It must be a mistake, right? On top of that she is not sleeping. Jessie has not been able to sleep since her Mother died as she is wracked with the guilt of not being awake when her Mother passed away. As her lack of sleep begins to turn her days and nights into waking nightmares her world begins to fall apart more and more. She begins to question everything she thought she knew of her life. We also hear from another woman named Eden in Wisconsin as we read her diary and see how her life and marriage begins to fall apart because of her desperate need for a child that she seems to not be able to have. Both Jessie and Eden are likeable and interesting characters and my heart broke for Jessie almost constantly. As someone who has lost my Mom I identified with her sorrow and grief as it was just her and I our whole life. I felt the pain that Jessie was going through. The novel is well written with a dreamy quality that pulls you in and keeps you interested until the end. Now, for the end. I will be including a spoiler of sorts down below if you don't want to be spoiled please don't not go below the ***! *****************************************************************Spoilers Sorta************************************************************************* I did enjoy the ending a lot. I did figure out the twist about three chapters away from the end and am kind of surprised that it took me so long. Though, as I said I really .enjoyed the ending I can imagine that there will be a lot of people very upset with the twist. Let's just say that there will be readers that may be tossing the book across the room.
Rhonda-Runner1 16 days ago
OMG, this book, this ending. I was totally hooked by this book from page 1 and could not put it down. I thought I had it figured out several times but I was wrong every time. The book switches back and forth from Eden and Aaron, a young couple who are trying to have a baby to Jessica, a young girl whose mother is dying of cancer. Lots of twists and turns with an ending you will never see coming. If you love thrillers, this is for you and I highly recommend it. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Kristy_K 17 days ago
I have to say this first to get it out of the way: I hated the twist at the end. It made everything not worth it and honestly, it felt cheap. That being said, I still didn’t find the story that compelling. I thought it would be more psychological thriller, but what I got were two women in transitional phases stories with a hint of suspense. I couldn’t care less about Jessie or Eden. They were both immature, naive, obsessive...a lot of negative qualities and no redeeming ones in my mind. There were a few interesting parts but that was it. I’ve been interested in reading Kubica for a while, but after this book I’m hesitant to pick up another.
teachlz 17 days ago
My Review of “When the Lights Go Out” by Mary Kubica, Park Row Books , September 4, 2018 Bravo to Mary Kubica, Author of “When the Lights Go Out” for for her vivid descriptions, and her riveting, captivating, intense, and suspenseful writing. This is a page-turner chock full of surprises, that questions everyone and everything. The theme in this story is insomnia. Does anyone really know what happens when one is sleep deprived? How do you determine reality vs. illusion? The Genres for this novel are Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, and Fiction. The timeline for the story is in the present , and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her colorful and dysfunction cast of characters as complex and complicated. Jessie Sloane has taken care of her terminally ill mother, and is now ready to move on with her life. Unfortunately, that is not easily the case, as Jessie stumbles upon one problem after the other. Her Social Security number is that of a dead person. Jessie discovers that her mother had deep dark secrets, and a picture of a man surfaces that her mother had hidden. Who exactly is Jessie Sloane? As Jessie encounters another sleepless night she fights for the recognition of reality and her imagination. The author also goes back twenty years and explores how Jessie’s mother might hold the key to unlock many of the answers. Be warned, the ending is not at all what it seems to be. All the clues lead you to a place where it is indeed difficult to foresee the conclusion. I was totally taken by surprise. No peeking now, be sure to read the book!! I highly recommend this novel to those readers who appreciate a tense, roller coaster of a ride thriller, with suspense and surprises. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review. Edit PUBLISHED BY LINDASBOOKOBSESSION